Game of Thrones: Cersei, Jamie’s Insane, Taboo Sex Scene Ever on “Breaker of Chains” Episode

Lena Headey as Cersei on Game of Thrones
Lena Headey as Cersei on Game of Thrones Neil Davidson/HBO

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Eh, well, everyone mourns in their own special way, right?! Entitled "Breaker of Chains," the Sunday, April 20 episode of Game of Thrones was a much quieter one than last week's bombshell "Lion and the Rose" installment — still, one scene in particular had viewers gasping for breath and shaking their heads. As all of Westeros reacts to the shocking wedding day death of King Joffrey (the consensus: he was poisoned), none is more devastated by the loss than his mother, Cersei.

In the talked-about scene, Cersei and twin brother Jamie are alone in the Great Sept of Baelor as they watch over Joffrey's corpse pre-funeral (the dead, mostly-hated king is secretly, in fact, one of the incestuous twins' three kids together). While Cersei is beside herself with grief, Jamie, newly returned with a golden hand and feeling slighted by his sister, is dealing with different kinds of feelings. Overwhelmed, Jamie grabs his beloved sister and rapes her right next to Joffrey's lifeless body. "It's not right!" Cersei protests, fighting him in vain. "I don't care," he says after angrily ripping away parts of her dress.

The shocking encounter — rape, incest, even a hint of necrophilia — is a slight departure from author George R.R. Martin's imagining in Storm of Swords (book three in the Songs of Ice and Fire saga), which depicted a consensual, but still funereal, sex scene.

Otherwise, the episode saw Cersei and Jamie's dwarf little brother, languish in a dungeon and prepare to be tried for poisoning Joffrey (spoiler: he's innocent); Joffrey's kingly successor will be his kid brother, Tommin, who in turn will wed his brother's widow Queen Margaery (who is now dealing with the sudden death of her second husband); Sansa Stark, meanwhile, is whisked away to safety to a waiting ship where Littlefinger reappears and promises to give her sanctuary. Jon Snow and the Night's Watch, meanwhile, are steeling themselves for an impossibly huge onslaught of Wildlings at the Wall.

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