what alarms me more than anything is shit like this.:
OK. OOOOOOOOOK. CONGRATS, YOU’VE PROVOKED ME INTO DOING THIS, YOU DID IT, LET’S GO THEN
Here’s the thing: there’s no such thing as an 100% villain in Game of Thrones, particularly when it comes to POV characters. If you think that there are, then you clearly haven’t read the books. So much of the point of how the Lannister family is represented is to show a group that would traditionally be the villains - and what they do is often wrong, absolutely - and subvert your expectations of them. By giving you the perspective of the villain, you get to know them and their motivations, and you sympathize with them, or love them for the bad things that they do. No one is asking for a redemption arc for Jaime Lannister here (he’s still the man who threw Bran out of that window and, I believe, he always will be), but you can’t say that he’s a full out monster. Morality is not that black and white in Westeros. Just because he was willing to kill Bran doesn’t automatically mean that he is willing to do anything terrible in order to accomplish what he wants, including raping the one women he has ever loved.
And that’s just it - it’s NOT FUCKING IN CHARACTER. It’s not in character for any form of Jaime Lannister. It would be an abomination in the book, and it’s a pretty great example of character assassination in the show as well. Jaime doesn’t adhere to a black and white morality, that much is sure, but there is an understandable motivation behind each of his actions. He commits regicide to save the seven kingdoms from burning; he tries to kill Bran to protect his sister and her position as Queen. Yeah, that last one is selfish, but it makes sense. Now, explain to me, how does it make sense for him to rape Cersei? In every single way, Jaime has proven himself to be one of the only male characters that is firmly against rape. He states more than one that the only woman he has ever loved is Cersei, that he has “more honor” than Ned Stark because she is the only woman he has ever slept with. They say that IN THE SHOW!!!! It is extremely clear that he has never raped a girl before, nor has he even considered it!! Jaime Lannister IN THE SHOW threatened to kill Robert because he raped Cersei. Jaime Lannister IN THE FUCKING SHOW gets his hand cut off because he was mouthing off in order to prevent Brienne from being raped. IN THE SHOW he says that, if he were a woman, he would rather die than be raped. Funnily enough, he also says in the books that if he were a woman, he’d be Cersei. Interesting.
Here’s more book evidence, just in case you still are upholding your dumb opinion:
Jaime’s reaction to Rhaella being raped
The day he burned his mace-and-dagger Hand, Jaime and Jon Darry had stood at guard outside her bedchamber whilst the king took his pleasure. “You’re hurting me,” they had heard Rhaella cry through the oaken door. “You’re hurting me.” In some queer way, that had been worse than Lord Chelsted’s screaming. “We are sworn to protect her as well,” Jaime had finally been driven to say. “We are,” Darry allowed, “but not from him.”
This definitely seems like a dude who’s trying to rape his sister, the one woman he has ever loved, the one women he has always wanted to protect - right?????
Jaime’s reaction to Pia’s rape
Someone had broken her nose and knocked out half her teeth. The girl fell at Jaime’s feet when she saw him, sobbing and clinging to his leg with hysterical strength till Strongboar pulled her off. “No one will hurt you now,” he told her, but that only made her sob the louder.
Remember how he hanged the man that had raped her, even though he screamed the entire time, even though he insisted that he had raped her a thousand times before? Still think that Jaime Lannister is a flat out monster, with no regard for any kind of morality??
What Jaime did to Bran was horrible and selfish, yes. But it was in character. I’m not saying that Jaime Lannister is a saint, nor do I want him to be. But raping his sister is not in character, either in the books or in the show - not if you’re actually paying attention to him and his development. Changing a consensual sex scene into a rape scene (she guided him into her body, please don’t try and say to me that it was rape in the books because it straight up wasn’t) seems to actually be playing into this idea of the redemption arc, which is horrifying to me, as he enacts some sort of vengeance or punishment on Cersei for her “evil” influence on him. That’s fucking terrible. But worse than that, the reason why this rape “seemed to really bother me,” as you put it, goes past that, and goes past even my general aversion to rape (amazing? I don’t want to watch rape?? who would have guessed). This scene is part of a larger pattern in Game of Thrones, created and perpetrated by David Beinoff and D.B. Weiss, in which women are subjected to unnecessary sexual violence in order to create shock value for the “most risque show on TV.” I’m tired of people telling me that I should expect this, because it’s an HBO show, or that I should be complicit with how often this is included. This is just another scene in a long line of scenes - of prostitutes being tortured by Joffrey, of Ros being created as a major character only to die horribly - that does nothing for world building, and does everything for raising ratings. Game of Thrones has to be edgy right? And what better way to be edgy than make a consensual sex scene, which was already pretty fucked up since it’s next to the body of their dead son, into a rape scene?? That’s disgusting. The idea that anyone shouldn’t be upset by this is DISGUSTING. We should all be in an outrage, beating down HBO’s door, because I am done with something that I love being made into something DISGUSTING AND MISOGYNISTIC AND TRIGGERING. I’m done with the excuses, I’m done with people trying to apologize it away, and I’m done with people talking around it. It’s there, it’s a problem, and we have to fucking deal with it - because this isn’t true to the original story, nor is it fair to the current audience.
So yeah, I guess you could say I’m “bothered.” I guess you could say that.
SEASONS OF D&D WOOBIFYING JAIME LANNISTER - MAKING HIM KINDER, MAKING HIM CARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN HE HAD WITH CERSEI, GIVING HIM SCENES THAT HINT AT REDEMPTION - AND THIS ALL CUMULATES IN THEM TAKING THE ONE THING THAT IS PURE ABOUT JAIME LANNISTER, THE ONE HONOR HE HAS, HOW MUCH HE LOVES CERSEI LANNISTER AND NO ONE ELSE, AND THEY FUCKING DESTROY IT WITH A NON CANON RAPE SCENE
i need feminism because when jesus does a magic trick it’s a goddamn miracle but when a woman does a magic trick she gets burned at the stake
i mean they did also kill jesus. that was a pretty significant thing that happened. like i understand where you’re coming from here but they very much did kill jesus.