Wednesday 21 February 2018

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin reacts on his blog to shocking scene (Spoiler Alert)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey star in Game Of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey star in Game Of Thrones
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has reacted to a shocking scene in the latest episode of the hit TV series, after the small screen scene was presented different to what was written in the book.

Writing on his blog, author Martin said that the scene changes were never discussed with him but he explains to fans why it may have been changed for the small screen.

In season four’s third episode, called ‘Breaker of Chains’, character Jaime Lannister appears to rape his sibling and love Cersei, while fans who have read the book have pointed out that Cersei was only briefly hesitant on paper.

"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," Martin wrotes.

"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,” he continued.

“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.

"Also, I was writing the scene from Jaime's POV, so the reader is inside his head, hearing his thoughts. On the TV show, the camera is necessarily external.

“You don't know what anyone is thinking or feeling, just what they are saying and doing.

"If the show had retained some of Cersei's dialogue from the books, it might have left a somewhat different impression -- but that dialogue was very much shaped by the circumstances of the books, delivered by a woman who is seeing her lover again for the first time after a long while apart during which she feared he was dead.

“I am not sure it would have worked with the new timeline."

Martin completed his blog post by apologising to fans who may have found the scene disturbing.

"That's really all I can say on this issue,” George RR Martin wrote.

“The scene was always intended to be disturbing... but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons."

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