If you’ve seen HBO’s Game of Thrones, the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed book series, then you know that there is no shortage of sex scenes to be found.
Aside from dragons, war, and rivalries, sex remains one of the biggest aspects of the series. While some viewers argue the sheer amount of sex scenes is excessive, other viewers who’ve read the books argue that they simply follow the depictions that Martin has created.
Nevertheless the topic has definitely created debates amongst viewers since the first season and there’s one Game of Thrones alum who is over it.
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In a sneak peek of the upcoming December/January 2018 issue of Harpers Bazaar, Emilia Clarke speaks out against the criticism the series has faced.
“I’m starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, ‘Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on,’ ” Clarke says. “I’m like, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale?’ I fucking love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn’t handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity. There are so many shows centered around this very true fact that people reproduce. People fuck for pleasure — it’s part of life.”
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Clarke’s bold statement is both a hit and a miss. While Game of Thrones is certainly not the only popular show to showcase sex and nudity, the differing functions of it should not be ignored. For the most part, sex in The Handmaid’s Tale is purely political, emphasizing how a non-consensual systematic sexual act oppresses women’s rights in a male-controlled world.
While there are non-consensual sex scenes in Game of Thrones which similarly function to show the power dynamic between men and women, it is clear those aren’t the acts to which Clarke is referring. Nevertheless, even if they function differently, both instances may be valid for their own reasons. When acknowledging some of the most common, and controversial, sex scenes in the show i.e. Cersei/Jamie, Dany/Jon, Sansa/Ramsay, etc. they do have larger purposes rather than simply using sex to gain viewers.
These examples have all greatly impacted the storylines and have shined a light on the personalities and traits of the characters. In my opinion, while sex scenes can be uncomfortable and can take time away from the action scenes you’ve been waiting for, it’s important to acknowledge how it contributes to the story rather than simply shrugging it off as unnecessary and excessive.
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