If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you'll remember the controversial scene where Cersei and Jaime Lannister commit incest beside the body of their dead son, Joffrey. What really got people riled, however, is the idea that the scene may depict a rape.
Here's the scene in question:
The scene - dubbed 'rape-cest' by the show's detractors - caused waves, but it's interesting to hear the views of the actors portraying the couple in question.
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) spoke to EW about the scene:
"It’s that terrible thing as a woman talking about something as horrendous as rape and dismissing it, which I’m not. But we never discussed it as that. It was a woman in grief for her dead child, and the father of the child—who happens to be her brother—who never really acknowledged the children is standing with her. We’ve all experienced grief.
There’s a moment of wanting to fill a void, and that is often very visceral, physical. That, for me, is where she was at. There was an emotional block, and [her brother] was just a bit of a drug for her."
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) added to his co-star's opinions on a scene which caused controversy, especially given its difference from the equivalent portion of the Game of Thrones novels:
"Most people I spoke to got from the scene what we were trying to show—a very complicated relationship, and two people in desperate need for each other. All these emotions going through them, it was never intended to be something where he forced—it wasn’t a rape, and it was never intended to be.
But it’s one of those things where you can’t [publicly] say ‘it wasn’t rape,’ because then everybody goes, ‘How can you say it wasn’t rape?!’ But that was definitely not the intention.
Whatever people get from it, they get from it. But it did surprise me. I thought the outrage would be about that they were having sex in front of their dead son."