'Game of Thrones' showrunners call rape a 'horrifying scene'

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"Game of Thrones'" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had a fundamentally different reading of the "Breaker of Chains'" rape scene than director Alex Graves. In the Season 4, episode 3 "Inside the Episode" video, Benioff and Weiss break down the scene that has everyone talking.

In regards to Jaime's "Why have the gods made me love a hateful woman" line, Benioff explains, "He's not saying he doesn't love [Cersei]. He's saying he wished he loves somebody less hateful, but unfortunately he loves her and she happens to be his sister on top of it."

When Jaime forces himself on Cersei, Benioff says, "It becomes a really horrifying scene because you see obviously Joffrey's body right there and you see that Cersei is resisting. She's saying 'no' and he's forcing himself on her. It was a really uncomfortable scene, and a really tricky scene to shoot."

By contrast, Graves said of the scene, "Ultimately, it was meant to be consensual. [The writers] tried to complicate it a little more with her rejecting his new hand and the state of things." Many viewers have agreed with Benioff's take more than Graves'.

The "Inside the Episode" video also touches on why Tywin is happy about Joffrey's death, why the Thenns are the worst Wildlings and how Arya and the Hound are "rubbing off on each other." "Game of Thrones" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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