I have this to say, and then I’m done. In fact, I’m logging out of tumblr for a while, because I just can’t.
There was no “questionable consent” in “Breaker of Chains”. There was nothing remotely ambiguous about that scene. Jaime raped Cersei. Whatever else you may think about the episode or the show or the question of whether or not this qualifies as character derailment, the fact that he raped her is not up for discussion. If you think it is at all debatable, you are dead wrong. Not only are you wrong, you are irresponsibly wrong. There is already a huge population of men in the world who have committed rape and who don’t understand that they have committed rape. Anyone who argues the ambiguity of such a blatantly unambiguous depiction of rape is only doing more damage, further adding to the psychological sludge we have to wade through in order to create a world where people understand what consent does and does not look like. We already live in a cultural environment filled with toxic misconceptions of consent, conditioned to look skeptically on any accusation of non-consensual behavior. Don’t make it worse.
End of song.