Though the time and place is wildly inappropriate and Cersei is fearful of discovery, she is as hungry for him as he is for her.
"She is as hungry for him as he is for her."
So I’m not saying that all the people going on about how Jaime was an unreliable narrator and how Cersei’s “weak” rejection wasn’t actually “weak” and how she only gave consent to get it over with faster…
… because the author is saying it for me.
(Though he should have stopped when she first said “no.” That wasn’t cool. But yeah, Cersei’s consent was real is my main takeaway from this.)
To understand the psychology behind it, and why he goes as far as he does, was really difficult. To me it became, When does physical desire take over? It’s one of those things where he’s been holding it back for so long, and then out of anger he grabs her, and instinct takes over, and he lets loose. He says, I don’t care. He wants to not care. He has to connect to her, and he knows this is the most fucked up way for it to happen, but in that moment, he knows it’s all he can do. It’s an act of powerlessness.
“It took me awhile to wrap my head around it, because I think that, for some people, it’s just going to look like rape. The intention is that it’s not just that; it’s about two people who’ve had this connection for so many years, and much of it is physical, and much of it has had to be kept secret, and this is almost the last thing left now.”
RAPE IS ONLY AN ACT OF POWERLESSNESS FOR THE PERSON BEING RAPED, NOT FOR THE RAPIST WHO IS MAKING THE CHOICE TO RAPE SOMEONE.
Now that I’ve had a few minutes to digest that scene…
I’m actually really, really angry.
It’s not just because Jaime is my favorite character, but because Jaime is (per the books) one of the few men in this series who respects women.
Jaime, who wanted to protect Rhaella from Aerys.
Jaime, who actually grasps that rape is a terrible, terrible thing (“If I were a woman, I’d make them kill me,” he said to Brienne, a line that was included in the show).
Jaime, who actually left when Cersei asked him to leave (even though he “travelled a thousand leagues to get to [her] and lost the best part of [himself] along the way”).
Jaime, who is very intentionally not a rapist because he is supposed to be the archetypical knight in shining armor who believes in chivalry and old-fashioned romance and protecting highborn ladies.
That was a lot more rapey than it was in the books.
Are we being serious right now?
But I guess that’s what happens when you rewrite the relationship into a one-sided infatuation that ended earlier than it was meant to, right, GOT?
… Now it’s going to be difficult when I say that Jaime is my favorite character to show-only people.
Jaime: You’ll never marry Cersei.
Loras: And neither will you.
ARE YOU GUYS READY FOR SOME JAIME “GOLDENHAND THE JUST” LANNISTER?