There has been a lot of discussion across the web (and the WiC comment section) about the changes made to Jaime and Cersei’s scene in last night’s episode, when compared to the original writings of George R.R. Martin. Today, in the comment section of his blog, Martin directly answered a fan’s concern about those changes. GRRM: “I think the “butterfly effect” that I have spoken of so often was at work here. In the novels, Jaime is not…
*SPOILER FROM THE 4X03 EPISODE, DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED IT*
I rarely do posts about fandoms, but I was so concerned too after the last episode of Game of Thrones. It touches me deeply mainly because Jaime is one of my fav characters and I’m so attached to his redemption arc, like most of the book readers, I suppose. The TV series suddenly shows him in a very bad light, AGAIN, and this pisses me off on so many levels. I was curious to know what GRRM would have thought of the adaption of this scene, and this is his response. I agree with him completely. It’s true that the timeline is different, it’s true that in the show Jaime and Cersei are quarreling more than in the books, but some specific changes were so unnecessary, because they made the scene appear disturbing for the wrong reasons.
It seems that Jaime does what he does to punish Cersei, moved more by anger, than hunger/love. And Cersei keeps crying and sobbing, in short, she becomes a victim. I’m starting to think the writers have chosen this “rapey” variation to make the watchers feel really bad for Cersei (generally an hated character). If this is the reason, sure Jaime didn’t need such reversion in exchange. T___T
This also makes me think how much a reader/watcher is inclined to “forgive” (or, at least, try to understand) a character that you used to really love, despite his/her behaving like an asshole at some point of his/her story. TV!Jaime will have hard times, since he already started like a questionable character. I read that many people who was starting to like him, now are thinking: “I’m done with you. You haven’t changed, afterall!”
(p.s. to anyone who wants to discuss about this, feel free to do it!)