The sexual politics of Game of Thrones just got enormously worse

An unexpected and bafflingly ill-conceived act of sexual violence will have serious consequences for two of the show's most interesting characters

Jamie Lannister
(Image credit: (HBO/Macall B. Polay))

More often than not, I like it when Game of Thrones changes on its way from the page to the screen. George R.R. Martin's books are immersive and sprawling, and the TV series is admirably tighter and more narrative-driven. Both are totally successful in their distinct own ways.

Several of my favorite scenes are totally original to the HBO series: Robert and Cersei's sad detente about the state of their marriage, Catelyn's dark confession to Robb's wife Talisa, or the tense mini-arc in which Arya served as cupbearer to Tywin Lannister. There have been some minor missteps along the way — but on the whole, the writers have done a stellar job streamlining and amending Martin's story to fit the needs of a TV series.

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