Game Of Thrones is no stranger to controversy. The show is absolutely filled with violent moments, from the infamous Red Wedding (there’s the Purple Wedding, too) to the fate of a certain Oberyn Martell, the brutal moments come thick and fast.
Then there’s the sex. Game Of Thrones is not the kind of show you want to watch with your parents, children or grandparents, as it contains so much naked flesh it might as well be part of the high-school reproductive biology curriculum.
Much of these brutal and sexy moments were first written by George R.R. Martin in his A Song Of Ice And Fire series, and are merely adaptation. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, over Game Of Thrones’ run, it’s begun to stray from the source material more and more, taking immense liberties when it comes to interpretation.
Though the controversy was loudest during the recent season five, the show has a history from the very beginning of sometimes going way, way too far.
8. When Jaime Raped Cersei At The Sept
This is undoubtedly one of the most ludicrous and baffling changes made by the television show, and is a clear example of the show going way, way too far. In the season four episode Breaker Of Chains, Jaime finds Cersei at the Sept mourning the death of Joffrey. After a rather terse exchange, Jaime forces Cersei to have sex with him as she desperately pleads for him to stop, physically attempting to restrain him while he tears off her clothes.
It’s an incredibly sinister moment and completely out of character for Jaime, who had been gradually proving himself to be one of the more likeable, loyal and misunderstood characters on the show. What makes it totally unforgivable, however, is the fact that the scene isn’t even vaguely similar in the book. Sure, they have sex at the Sept, but it’s completely and unequivocally consensual (even if it is pretty messed up).
In the book, Cersei says:
“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.”
In the show, Cersei says:
“Jaime, not here, please. Please. Stop it. Stop. Stop. Stop!”
There’s really nothing more to be said.
7. When Loras Shaved Renly
They’re gay, get it? These two characters are gay. They’re always naked and touching each other and look, they even shave each other, too! Because they’re gay. Understand?
Nobody can accuse Game Of Thrones of gradually turning the characters Renly and Loras into gay stereotypes across the run of the show. Why? Because they do it from the very offset, specifically during a scene in season one that sees the two characters engage in a conversation while Loras shaves Renly’s chest. Oh, and when he finishes with the chest, he starts on his armpits.
Why was this needed? In the books, the character’s relationship is depicted with such grace and subtlety that it’s possible to not even realise they’re gay for quite a long time. Why? Because that’s not what the characters are primarily about. They’re actual people, not an excuse to get a couple of men shirtless. The shaving scene is an example of one of the first times the show went way too far, and it only carried on from there.