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‘Game of Thrones’: Twitter reacts to Cersei scene, champions Daenerys

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:21
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The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance. Credit: (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to the supposed rescue of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gives Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a lesson on his power. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson and Peter Dinklage in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is accused of murdering the king in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Emilia Clarke in a scene from the Season 4 premiere of "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Maisie Williams in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Maisie Williams / HBO)

Peter Dinklage and Conleth Hill in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Sibel Kekilli in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Jack Gleeson and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Lena Headey in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Michiel Huisman and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Peter Dinklage and Pedro Pascal in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Natalie Dormer in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Charles Dance in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Rose Leslie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Gwendoline Christie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Diana Rigg in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Sibel Kekilli in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Stephen Dillane and Liam Cunningham in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

A dragon in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei in "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon in "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Sibel Kekilli as Shae in "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell in "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Rose Leslie as Ygritte and Kristofer Hivju as Tormund in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister in "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly in "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell and Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis in "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Sunday’s episode of HBO’s sprawling series “Game of Thrones” dealt with the fallout from the much-discussed Purple Wedding, but the installment also managed to churn up its own controversy on Twitter.

(If you haven’t seen the episode, “Breaker of Chains,” you should probably stop reading now.)

The hour was packed with grizzly drama but nothing quite like the dismal encounter between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the incestuous brother-sister pair whose relationship has sunk to a new low.

To say it plainly: Right next to the dead body of King Joffrey, their doomed love child, Jaime Lannister rapes his sister as some sort of twisted punishment for being a “hateful woman.”

Ever since Jaime returned to King’s Landing, with a stump where his sword-fighting hand used to be, Cersei has given him the cold shoulder. For some reason, Jaime seems surprised to learn what everyone in Westeros knew all along: Cersei loves only her children unconditionally; all other humans, blood-related or not, are on permanent notice.

The scene, which isn’t in the George R.R. Martin books (they do have sex near Joffrey’s corpse but it’s consensual, albeit rough), has spurred much criticism from fans online. Comments from the episode’s director Alex Graves haven’t helped matters.

The director claimed in an interview with Hitfix that the rape “becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.”

No one can deny the wretched dynamics between the Lannister siblings, but the scene, which has Cersei pleading “stop it” repeatedly and struggling against Jaime, appears far from consensual.

In addition to railing against the violent scene, viewers weighed in on other plot turns, including the return of Littlefinger, who claims to be protecting Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke’s) slaver-threatening ways at Meereen.

In one of her best scenes yet, the Mother of Dragons tells the slaves to rebel and launches crates that smash against the city walls. Inside are the broken collars of former slaves.

Daenerys’ promises of freedom come with a price (“you’re free… to join my army!”), but the scene got viewers pumped for Khaleesi’s continued ascent toward world domination.

The hashtag “Khaleesi2016″ has cropped up, in case you want to start your Super PAC now.

HBO, you're doing a cracking job with #GameOfThrones, but please stop with the vile rape scenes that are fabricated purely for the TV show.—
†anya (@tanyaportch) April 21, 2014

 

There is no reason for that scene to exist. None. I was dubious at first but am rapidly turning a violent shade of pissed. #GameOfThrones
Molly Templeton (@mollytempleton) April 21, 2014

 

Lannisters may always pay their debts, but they throw one messed up wake. #GameOfThrones
Eric (@diggaduh) April 21, 2014

 

So all the pushing I've been doing to friends watching #GameofThrones of how awesome Jaime is…that campaign flew off the rails last night.—
Matt McLean (@mattplanet) April 21, 2014

 

Daenerys Stormborn is my hero. @GameOfThrones #Khaleesi #GameOfThrones
Emma Bell (@EmmaBell17) April 21, 2014

 

Someone's gonna have to make a really good argument to convince me that Khaleesi won't take the throne. #GameOfThrones #Khaleesi2016
Denise Castelli (@DeniseMCastelli) April 21, 2014

 

Podrick would make a great boyfriend. He's loyal #DemThrones #GameofThrones
  (@BlackGirlNerds) April 21, 2014

 

Why does Little Finger suddenly sound like a Pirate just because he's on a shipt? #GameOfThrones
Michael Paterson (@ContrapuntalLie) April 21, 2014

 

Acting still good, quality still high, hoohoo-to-willy ratio still unbalanced. #GoT
Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) April 20, 2014

 

"I'm just so tired of all these games of thrones." – Stannis with the #gameofthrones titular line.—
Lincoln Michel (@TheLincoln) April 21, 2014

 

Getting the birds and the bees talk from Tywin Lannister. Not ideal. #GameOfThrones
  (@birchbox) April 21, 2014

 

I've definitely got the best hair in Westeros. #HairFlips #GameOfThrones
Jon Snow (@JonSnowBastrd) April 21, 2014

 

What did you make of Sunday’s episode? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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