Like, I think it was supposed to be shocking that there was sexual stuff going on next to the body of their dead son?
Well, if that was the intent, the writers blew it, because it was completely overshadowed by “Wtf is Jaime really going to rape Cersei?!”
That made so little sense. I’m glad to learn that it’s completely non-canon, because at least it means the books make sense.
Cersei is the one person Jaime truly cares about, more than himself. I was going to say “the one thing he values,” but that is wrong—he values his family, his knighthood, his sword skills and reputation, etc. Cersei he loves.
He’d give up all the “things” he values for Cersei, and has.
This is the man who joined the Kingsguard, an organization that forbids its members to marry, so that he could stay close to Cersei and not leave her. He refused to step down from it, even when told he would be disowned, because it would mean leaving Cersei.
This is not a man who views Cersei as something owed to him, to be taken when she proves difficult—it is a man who views his own life as belonging to Cersei.
She’s been with other men—he’s never been with anyone but her, of his own choice.
He has also stood up for women and fought to stop rape in every situation where he’s been faced with it. He’s done this to great danger to himself, and sometimes very grave consequences, and we’ve never seen him regret it or consider it to have been not worth the risk.
It is so, so, so out of character. For him to rape Cersei that way—out of sexual frustration, out of anger that she’s so “hateful,” out of a sense of resentment, to gain the upper hand—destroys everything we know about him and their relationship. It makes him the kind of man who’d abuse the woman he loves because he was upset.
And not the heated-momentary-outburst kind of abuse either, not that it would be better. No, the kind of abuse that requires continuous applied force, and a sustained effort to continue even as the woman he supposedly loves says “No, no, no, stop” over and over and over.
Because she what, provoked him? Because she held off affection? Because other things in his life were bothering him?
It makes him the kind of man who’d stop seeing the woman he loves a woman and see her body and affections instead as a recompense owed to him, to be taken, as soon as their relationship got difficult.
And Jaime raping Cersei does not make their relationship “more complicated” or “more weirdly fucked up.” It actually makes their relationship pretty damn plebeian, and takes the complexity out of Jaime and makes him just like any other man in Westeros.
(I mean, Cersei acting so cold to him is also out of character. She can be spiteful, and petty, and vengeful, and childish enough to take out her distress at Jaime’s circumstances on Jaime, but she’s far too codependent with him to cut him off from her like that.)
More than that, it seems to send the message that—even a man who stands up for women, who defends women from rape, who is loyal and devoted and has a strong personal code of honor… even he will rape someone if he’s just pushed enough. And any man who hasn’t raped yet… just hasn’t experienced a situation with the right amount of stress to push him over the edge? I guess?
That’s a horrible view of men to put forth, and an even worse one to hold, and I am very worried that the show runners might think it’s “understandable” that Jaime did this, because, well, Cersei is so very “difficult” and that’s just what a man can be pushed to do if a woman is bitchy enough.