You can read my full recap here, but just in case you want to know where I come down on the episode’s most controversial issue:
Speaking of still being alive, Jaime Lannister is, and he’s a man, and he has needs. In a reversal of the Jaime-is-becoming-a-better-human-being plot, here we have a sex-starved Jaime raping his sister over the body of their dead child — in other words, we have a return to the incestuous relations that make King’s Landing the city we love to hate.
As for whether it’s a rape, director Alex Graves told Alan Sepinwall that “it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.” Which means, yes, it’s rape.
So, there’s that out of the way…
My podcast with Steven Attewell on the new episode of Game of Thrones is also available:
Audio available here.