– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Game of Thrones is known for a few key things: amazing characters, fantastic plot, a downer of an ending, lots of gore, and perhaps most importantly, lots of sex. Personally, I never understood how a series as dense as Game of Thrones caught on with mainstream audiences, as I could only get into it having read the books. Had I gone in cold, I think I would have been bored to tears.

But there is one potential explanation as to how it got so big has to do with “sexposition,” in which key plot detail happened while either sex and nudity were on screen. One character who found herself light on clothing early on was Daenerys Targaryen, who was played by Emilia Clarke.

As it turns out, she was actually pressured into those scenes early on, as she revealed to Dax Shepard on his Armchair Podcast.

“I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing,” she said. “I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up’, and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans’. And I’m like, ‘F*** you.’”

Of course, as the seasons went on, she spent a lot less time in nude scenes, and unsurprisingly, it had a lot to do with her growing clout as an actress.

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“I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was, like, ‘Oh, there’s the catch!’ But I’d come fresh from drama school,” Clarke recalled, “and I approached [it] as a job – if it’s in the script then it’s clearly needed, this is what this is and I’m gonna make sense of it… Everything’s gonna be cool.”

Clarke continued:

“So I came to terms with that beforehand, but then going in and doing it… I’m floating through this first season and I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea what any of this is. I’ve never been on a film set like this before, I’d been on a film set twice before then, and I’m now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I don’t know what I’m meant to do and I don’t know what’s expected of me, and I don’t know what you want and I don’t know what I want.

“Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything, I’m not worthy of needing anything at all… Whatever I’m feeling is wrong, I’m gonna cry in the bathroom and then I’m gonna come back and we’re gonna do the scene and it’s gonna be completely fine.”

We know now that it all worked out for Clarke, but it’s hard not to feel bad about the cost it had. Luckily for her, her co-star Jason Momoa encouraged her to set boundaries where necessary, but that didn’t stop nudity from being a franchise staple, for better or worse.

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SOURCE: Armchair Expert (via The Independent), Cultural-Learnings

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.