Lena Headey is sure to irritate folks with her comments regarding the insanely controversial Game of Thrones rape scene.
Warning: If you're not completely caught up with HBO's wildly popular series, then this article may spoil a few of the program's recent moments. Of course, chances are you've already consumed the episode and discussed the sequence at-length with your friends. Even people who don't watch the show found themselves caught up in the ensuing controversy.
Although the rape scene doesn't appear in author George R.R. Martin's books, this didn't stop producers from putting together what's become one of the most talked about moments in the entire series. Considering some of the nastiness that's taken place during Game of Thrones, that's really saying something.
The sequence in question finds Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) standing near the body of her recently deceased son. As odd as it may sound, her brother and lover uses the opportunity to take advantage of his sibling. The sexual encounter that follows raised more than few eyebrows, though Headey doesn't seem too bothered by it.
"She's staring at the body of her dead son... she's joined by her brother who's also her lover, so, you know we've got bigger problems than the one everyone is talking about," Lena recently explained.
The actress continued, "There's lust and desperation... there was this need. It wasn't right and yet it felt great and it played out the way it did. And I was really happy with it."
While their encounter starts out as rape, Lena Headey's character eventually succumbs to her brother's advances. The fact that Cersei ended up enjoying the encounter is what ruffled feathers around the globe. Many people thought the sequence was a slap in the face to rape victims, though Headey firmly stands by the scene.
She recently told GoldDerby:
"I stand by it absolutely and I think that it's an interesting turning point for Jaime's character, massively, because we've kind of despised him. You know, he killed a f***ing child while shagging his sister and then we fell in love with him again and now this you know, this greatly divided scene has happened and it's getting people talking and bringing up important, important conversations."
Are you a fan of Lena Headey and Game of Thrones? What do you think about the controversy that erupted following the show's controversial rape scene? Do you think the HBO series took things one step too far?