But when you’re discussing rape, there are things that go unspoken, the assumptions that have to be laid out and dismantled every time anyone talks about rape, because people come in and demand clarification every time anyone talks about rape. You know the list, probably, of things that have to be debunked: It’s not rape if you’re in a relationship; it’s not rape if your relationship is contentious. There must be, deeply unspoken as regards this show but indelibly there, the quiet and terrible satisfaction of some that it’s not rape because [she]’s such a bitch that it must, somehow, have served her right.
Intense is not synonymous with rape. Complicated is not synonymous with rape. To film a scene that is both intense and complicated requires a knowledge of the lines between, and the awareness of what it becomes when you cross over.
“I wanted to rehearse that scene four days before, so that we could think about everything,” says Alex Graves. “And it worked out really well.”
A long piece on my site about Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Turn, rape on TV, and complicated things. [CW for rape, spoilers for episode 4.03 of Game of Thrones.]