‘Game of Thrones': Twitter reacts to Cersei scene, champions Daenerys

April 21, 2014 | 1:21 p.m.
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Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann) meet some unexpected travelers. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Meera (Ellie Kendrick), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) on their way to the sacred tree. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Rose Leslie as Ygritte and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in battle. (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) speaks harshly to her once-trusted adviser Jorah (Iain Glen) while Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) looks on. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) rewards his bastard son Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) sits on the Iron Throne as judge at Tyrion's trial. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises his brother (Peter Dinklage). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) is crowned king by the High Septon (Paul Bentley). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Arya (Maisie Williams) shows the Hound (Rory McCann) her sword-fighting moves. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The lead mutineer (Burn Gorman) threatens Bran's friends (Ellie Kendrick and Thomas Brodie-Sangster). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to the supposed rescue of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gives Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a lesson on his power. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

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Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

Sunday’s episode of HBO’s sprawling series “Game of Thrones” dealt with the fallout from the much-discussed Purple Wedding, but the installment also managed to churn up its own controversy on Twitter.

(If you haven’t seen the episode, “Breaker of Chains,” you should probably stop reading now.)

The hour was packed with grizzly drama but nothing quite like the dismal encounter between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the incestuous brother-sister pair whose relationship has sunk to a new low.

To say it plainly: Right next to the dead body of King Joffrey, their doomed love child, Jaime Lannister rapes his sister as some sort of twisted punishment for being a “hateful woman.”

Ever since Jaime returned to King’s Landing, with a stump where his sword-fighting hand used to be, Cersei has given him the cold shoulder. For some reason, Jaime seems surprised to learn what everyone in Westeros knew all along: Cersei loves only her children unconditionally; all other humans, blood-related or not, are on permanent notice.

The scene, which isn’t in the George R.R. Martin books (they do have sex near Joffrey’s corpse but it’s consensual, albeit rough), has spurred much criticism from fans online. Comments from the episode’s director Alex Graves haven’t helped matters.

The director claimed in an interview with Hitfix that the rape “becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.”

No one can deny the wretched dynamics between the Lannister siblings, but the scene, which has Cersei pleading “stop it” repeatedly and struggling against Jaime, appears far from consensual.

In addition to railing against the violent scene, viewers weighed in on other plot turns, including the return of Littlefinger, who claims to be protecting Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke’s) slaver-threatening ways at Meereen.

In one of her best scenes yet, the Mother of Dragons tells the slaves to rebel and launches crates that smash against the city walls. Inside are the broken collars of former slaves.

Daenerys’ promises of freedom come with a price (“you’re free… to join my army!”), but the scene got viewers pumped for Khaleesi’s continued ascent toward world domination.

The hashtag “Khaleesi2016″ has cropped up, in case you want to start your Super PAC now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you make of Sunday’s episode? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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