“Wow, that’s difficult. I can’t say that I identify with him, but I have a wonderful photo of Gandhi and his family, by Margaret Bourke-White, which I keep close everywhere I go. I look at it every day and remind myself to be inspired by the things he achieved and the way he did them.” - on which historical figure she most identifies with.
mary and francis + doing dumb shit in order to save each other’s lives.
I’m writing this as someone who doesn’t ship Jaime and Cersei and never initially paid enough attention while reading their scenes in the books.
Maybe I’m reading it all wrong, but to me, this scene between Jaime and Cersei is not about a power struggle. At all. If you read the dialogue and think “power struggle,” then there’s a problem, because Jaime’s offering comfort to Cersei in this scene and Cersei’s desperate for him. It’s supposed to be a tender and intimate moment despite Jaime crudely telling her that they can make another son, despite Cersei having her moon’s blood, despite Joffrey’s dead body lying near them, despite her fear that they’ll be caught.“Jaime could smell the fear on her, even through the rank stench of the corpse. He wanted to take her in his arms and kiss her, to bury his face in her golden curls and promise her that no one would ever hurt her…”Jaime is all about protecting Cersei and she takes comfort in that. I just don’t understand blatant misinterpretation of this moment as a power struggle. There’s no justifiable reason that I can see that it had to be changed to something so much more disgusting and disturbing than in the books because of the lack of consent and lack of intimacy and care between them…it was the simplest thing to accurately translate to screen and yet.Cersei’s doesn’t get to consent, doesn’t get to control her sexuality, and Jaime (who finds rape despicable) is now a character who, instead of wanting to protect Cersei, resents her and punishes her by forcing himself on her because she kept spurning his advances. Marinate on that.
“Hurry,” she was whispering now, “quickly, quickly, now, do it now, do me now. Jaime Jaime Jaime.” Her hands helped guide him. “Yes,” Cersei said as he thrust, “my brother, sweet brother, yes, like that, yes, I have you, you’re home now, you’re home now, you’re home.” She kissed his ear and stroked his short bristly hair.
- A Storm of Swords, Jaime VII
A+ ability to read. Very accurate. Good adaptation.
the observations here being that
a) grrm is a terrible writer
b) grrm is not as terrible at writing as D&D are at adapting