The discussion about one particular scene in the third episode of "Game of Thrones'" fourth season has been illuminating and necessary. As was the case with an important recent event on "The Good Wife," I have many thoughts about the scene and its aftermath, hence the attempt to corral them on this list. (Needless to say, don't read on unless you have seen "Breaker of Chains.")
- What occurred was rape. That is without question. Yes, Jaime and Cersei have a complicated relationship. Rape can occur within complicated relationships. Rape can occur between siblings, spouses, friends, acquaintances and strangers. Let's be clear about this at the start: Jaime raped Cersei.
The rest of the season will show us whether the choices made in the sept scene deepen or cheapen the narrative. If "Game of Thrones" is truly interested in examining the consequences of brutal acts and oppressive attitudes -- and that has long been its principal obsession -- what happened to Cersei should have large and important reverberations. Not because she's a Lannister, but because she's a survivor, a woman and a human being.