Thank god for the A.V. Club, the only media outlet that has outright called bullshit on this so far.
And another really important quote:
Rape is a tricky thing to use as character development, for either the victim or the rapist; doing it twice raises a lot of red flags. It assumes that rape between characters doesn’t fundamentally change the rest of their story—and it assumes that the difference between consent and rape is, to use the parlance, a “blurred line.”
I don’t know why they changed the scene, but I couldn’t get to bed after, as I lay awake thinking about it. I’m assuming the show runners actually put some thought into it; it’s not just one of their throwaway exploitation scenes, because they talked about it in Inside the Episode, and they talked about it from the perspective of Cersei’s trauma.
Most definitely, the relationship between Jaime and Cersei will change., and their personal relationships to the world around them will change. It’s worth noting that it changed in the books, without the rape, but the show tends to be more visceral. Despite season three, Jaime is still a flawed character prone to acts of antagonism. And despite the fact that Cersei’s victim hood has turned her into an oft cruel and dangerous bully, she’s still, thanks to gender, sometimes a victim of others. That’s about as far as I can take this line of thought before seeing for sure how the ramifications play out on screen. But I appreciate this article for pointing out how rape should be used to inform characters, and I hope the show does it justice.
(Final tangent—they’ve always been the most thoughtful when it comes to Cersei, more thoughtful than the books, in fact. They allowed her to actually fall for Robert in the beginning and bear one of his children. They gave several of her book faults, like ordering the deaths of Robert’s bastards, to Joffrey, and cast her in the role of occasionally trying to reign in—and acknowledge—his cruelty. And at Joff’s viewing, at least given where the camera was pointed, they took her side of needing some emotional space to mourn her son, over Tywin’s quite logical assessment that he was a horrible, stupid king. I guess I’m saying that for all the issues the show has with depicting women, I trust them the most when it comes to Cersei’s storyline. Hell, I think they sacrificed Cat’s because of their attentions to the queen regent. /groggy rambles)
My Jonquil, you are almost there
I’ll always be sad that the Sansa/Dontos relationship on the show will have lost a bit of its potency, given that they weren’t secret confidants since shortly after she saved his life. So I’ll just appreciate the quote about the Fairytale Sansa related him to, and the glorious images of Sansa getting the fuck out of King’s Landing. :D. (She may not be headed towards an easy happy ending, but at least she’s starting a new leg of her journey.)
“Unfortunately, I can’t seal the sponsor deals for you. Only Haymitch can do that,” says Effie grimly. “But don’t worry, I’ll get him to the table at gunpoint if necessary.” Although lacking in many departments, Effie Trinket has a certain determination I have to admire.
I hate all these damn comparisons; I just like the gifs and the book quotes. :p
Snow and Regina is undoubtedly my favorite female friendship (feotp?) in this show. #TeamSnowQueen
We can never know our past completely. If we had, I probably wouldn’t of spent so much time trying to kill you.
Character development at its finest.
Once Upon a Time—.where Snow White and the Evil Queen gravitate more towards the middle of morality, and where the isolated Savior discovers the complicated meaning of family.
The beautiful Rose McGowan playing young Cora.
*sigh* I’m a little irritated after listening to a podcast where a cohost went on a long, self-righteous, one-sided tangent to justify her continued dislike for this character. This included a lot of white elephant side-stepping BS, because a lot of the backstory this episode involved how a male character blatantly lied to and took emotional and sexual advantage of her. I’m just…so sick (and part of this is certainly bleed through from similar GOT stuff) of this notion that flawed, villainous characters can’t also be victims sometimes. In fact, one of the major tenants of this show, repeated often, is how monsters are made, not born. And explicitly in this episode, that the world is too messy for the good guys to always be good guys. I wish more people would put their prejudices aside to more fairly analyze the story in front of them.