SPOILER: Game Of Thrones Creator On Controversial Scene
George RR Martin weighs in on disturbing events in most-recent episode of drama...
SPOILER ALERT: This story gives away key plot details from the fourth series, including the very latest episode.
George RR Martin has spoken out about the shocking rape scene which left fans of Game Of Thrones angry after this week's episode.
Screened last night in the UK, the episode was called A Storm of Swords and saw Jaime Lannister force himself on his sister Cersei next to the corpse of their child Joffrey.
Fans of the fantasy saga had been protesting that the scene was changed from the book, in which the sex had been consensual - with accusations of misogyny being aimed at the show.
However Martin has taken to his own personal blog to give his version of events on the difference between the TV and text versions of his story.
"I think the 'butterfly effect' that I have spoken of so often was at work here. In the novels, Jaime is not present at Joffrey's death, and indeed, Cersei has been fearful that he is dead himself, that she has lost both the son and the father/ lover/ brother.
"And then suddenly Jaime is there before her. Maimed and changed, but Jaime nonetheless. Though the time and place is wildly inappropriate and Cersei is fearful of discovery, she is as hungry for him as he is for her.
"The whole dynamic is different in the show, where Jaime has been back for weeks at the least, maybe longer, and he and Cersei have been in each other's company on numerous occasions, often quarrelling.
"The setting is the same, but neither character is in the same place as in the books, which may be why Dan & David played the sept out differently. But that's just my surmise; we never discussed this scene, to the best of my recollection."
He also adds: "The scene was always intended to be disturbing… but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons."