There has been a lot of discussion across the web (and the WiC comment section) about the changes made to Jaime and Cersei’s sex scene in last night’s episode, when compared to the original writings of George R.R. Martin.
Today, in the comment section of his blog, Martin directly answered a fan’s concern about those changes.
“I think the “butterfly effect” that I have spoken of so often was at work here. In the novels, Jaime is not present at Joffrey’s death, and indeed, Cersei has been fearful that he is dead himself, that she has lost both the son and the father/ lover/ brother. And then suddenly Jaime is there before her. Maimed and changed, but Jaime nonetheless. 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.
The whole dynamic is different in the show, where Jaime has been back for weeks at the least, maybe longer, and he and Cersei have been in each other’s company on numerous occasions, often quarreling. The setting is the same, but neither character is in the same place as in the books, which may be why Dan & David played the sept out differently. But that’s just my surmise; we never discussed this scene, to the best of my recollection.
Good news on the ratings front again! James Hibberd reports that episode 403 of Thrones matched the series premiere record at 6.6 million viewers for the first hour. Additional 1.6 million people watched it on rerun Sunday night.
Hear Me Roar: Very cool to hear. I think it is safe to assume that somewhat fewer people were around during the Easter weekend to watch the show right away, which cancelled out the surge after the “purple wedding” episode. Still, there were 5 per cent more people tuning in to see the latest installment right away compared to last week’s number (6.31 million). Upwards and onwards!
Whether celebrating a death years in the making, solving a murder mystery, arguing consent, or applauding Tywin Lannister’s general badassery, Game of Thrones has kept the internet buzzing for weeks.
Director Alex Graves, the man responsible for bringing the events of the past two episodes to life, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his experience filming “Breaker of Chains.”
Graves says that during his work on last night’s episode, he experienced one of the greatest days he’s ever had while filming.
“To film Charles Dance kidnapping Lena’s son with words for three minutes of monologue — and to have Lena keeping up with him at the highest bar of acting possible with no words at all — was a joy. It was directorial crack to do that scene. It was one of my favorite scenes I’ve ever shot… Because you’re sitting here going, “This is so dysfunctional and bizarre.” She’s a wreck. Tywin is really going on about this historical stuff, and you slowly start to go, “He’s kidnapping her only boy,” because she’s not going to have him anymore. And then he succeeds, and then Jaime comes in and he rapes her. That was like — you read the scene and go, “Wait, who’s directing this?””
In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau shares his thoughts on last night’s controversial scene between Jaime and Cersei Lannister.
Nikolaj says that, like many of the viewers, he found it difficult to understand Jaime’s actions, ultimately calling it an act of powerlessness.
“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.”
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King Crossbow is gone, but his legacy lives on even as his parents have a less-than-consensual copulation on the floor beside their dead son. For those of you scoring at home, the normal factor of that scene was zero.
But let’s take it all in and discuss. This episode was busy…
Last night we all got to enjoy “Breaker of Chains,” the third episode in the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The
Purple Wedding rocked King’s Landing and the shockwaves are still being felt throughout the Seven Kingdoms.
Today on Winter is Coming Live, we’ll discuss all the fallout from the Purple Wedding. We’ll also touch on the happenings up at The Wall and in Meereen.
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The fallout from last week’s Royal Wedding shares the focus in this week’s episode with Daenerys setting her sights on Meereen and the escalating struggle at the Wall. Check out our book reader’s recap below, and share your thoughts in the comments section!
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Tonight brings the aftermath of the Purple Wedding, Dany’s arrival to Meereen, the continuing adventures of Arya & The Hound, and the promise of much more. Discuss the third episode of Season 4 with fellow fans and look forward to our recap later tonight. Episode details are after the break.
Here is a quick roundup of new interviews with the cast and crew to make the next few hours a little shorter.
- The Hollywood Reporter has released a few new tantalizing quotes from their interview with Director Alex Graves. Graves teases tonight’s new episode, saying that “Episode three is in part an aftermath episode, where you settle and everything takes a turn toward the second half of the season.” He also reveals that the episode contains “one of the best speeches in the series.”
This week’s Thronecast featured a great new interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Isaac discusses Bran’s magical abilities at length, his path for Season 4 and beyond, and much more.
George R.R. Martin was interviewed last night on ABC World News as their Person of the Week.
The A Song of Ice and Fire author answers fan questions about his inspirations for King’s Landing, and the villainous Joffrey. He talks about writing strong female characters, and says that if he could play any character it would be the classic hero, Jon Snow. He also reveals that although his pilot cameo ended up on the cutting room floor, we can expect to see him on screen before the show’s end.