Winter is coming and sadly, that means that Game of Thrones has yet again wrapped for another season. The wait may be more unbearable than ever considering we're now going into what will be the final season that may not hit the air until 2019.
There are many elements that help make Game of Thrones one of the most successful television shows of all-time. And while there were many memorable scenes from the recent season finale, we wouldn't blame you for a second if your first thought went to the boat booty bumping between Daenerys and Jon Snow.
Hell, we wouldn't blame you if your favorite moment from the entire season was when Missandei left absolutely nothing to the imagination! But when it comes to filming some of the most intimate scenes in the history of television, the stories behind the set may be even more intriguing than what you got to see unfold.
Which is where we come in. With quotes from the actors themselves in every single entry, there isn't a more comprehensive look at the steamiest scenes that are still stuck in your brain. Including which scenes made Emilia Clarke gag, which actress choose to use a body double and both Sophie Turner and Lena Headey's thoughts on their infamous rape scenes.
We know you're already hooked, so let's get to it. These are the 15 secrets behind the most intimate scenes in Game of Thrones.
15 Leslie Reveals It Was Her First Love Scene
Rose Leslie's character Ygritte may not have stuck around for as long as we had hoped, but she certainly did all she could to make a memorable impression. Including as we're sure you remember, getting hot and heavy with Jon Snow.
When discussing the scene, Leslie admitted
"That was my first ever sex scene. You have no idea how many takes that took. I felt certainly within that scene with Jon Snow and Ygritte that it needed to happen. They finally got together and got to show their love to one another. There was no political ploy or tactical play. It was pure romantics."
We're sure you too were ecstatic when they decided to knock boots! One thing that also may have made the scenes less awkward? Harington and Leslie are dating in real life.
14 Nairn Reveals His Prosthetic Junk
This list might be chock-full of the gorgeous Game of Thrones women opening up, but they aren't the only people who have opened up for the camera. In season 1 actor Kristian Nairn who portrays Hodor was required to go the extra mile.
"I, unfortunately, had a nude scene to do where I had to hide in a bush until the correct moment and young Isaac [Hempstead-Wright] was sitting, waiting for me. I had a huge, prosthetic p**is strapped onto me, in a very, very uncomfortable way," said Nairn in an interview with CBC.
Something tells us that experience won't be coming up at future auditions!
13 Van Houten Doesn't Keep A Bra On!
There is little denying that Game of Thrones is home to some of the most powerful women in the history of television. One of the most captivating may be Carice Van Houten who plays the character Melisandre.
When talking about the scenes where Melisandre leaves nothing to the imagination, Houten revealed
"In Melisandre’s case, I think I can justify it because she uses sexuality as a weapon… she’s trying to manipulate. I find it hypocritical that we can show people with their heads blown off, then there’s one nipple and viewers get upset. That’s the thing that I struggle with… you don’t have sex with a bra on. I just want to normalize it."
Considering the fact that Houten has stripped it off for other roles and it helps make it clear that she is comfortable letting it all hang out.
12 Dormer Comments On Why She Doesn't Mind
Natalie Dormer has bared it all for several roles, but we're sure the scenes that are flooding to your memory come from when she let the clothes drop for Game of Thrones. When talking about the scenes of nudity, Dormer was quick to point out that females aren't the only ones baring it all in the series.
"There’s plenty of male nudity in Game Of Thrones, too. Sex is part of life, ergo it’s part of art. If you’re representing real life, then you will represent sex.”
Here's hoping that Dormer is going to find herself with roles in the future where she may also find herself in her birthday suit.
11 Clarke Reveals Fun Conversation With Her Dad
This list is peppered full of steamy details from behind the set, but we're also going to add a humorous tale of Emilia Clarke and her father.
"When I first read the scripts, I was on holiday with my family. I told my dad, you’re not going to be able to watch the first five episodes."
You can definitely understand that there are some scenes that Clarke would much rather not talk to her parents about. Though considering she also strips it off for other roles, such as the film Voice from the Stone, you'd hope that everyone in her life is understanding that it can sometimes just be part of the job!
10 Headey Says Love Making By Dead Joffrey Wasn't Assault
One of the most memorable, albeit perhaps not for the right reasons, scenes of Game of Thrones comes when Joffrey passes away; leading to a moment of intimacy between Jaime and Cersei.
While many people called the scene sexual assault after the scene opens with Headey saying "Stop, it's not right" and Jamie saying "I don't care", Headey defended the scene in an interview
"It’s that terrible thing as a woman—talking about something as horrendous as rape and dismissing it, which I’m not. But we never discussed it as that... It was a woman in grief for her dead child, and the father of the child—who happens to be her brother—who never really acknowledged the children, is standing with her."
9 Clarke Opens Up About Gag-Inducing Season 7 Finale
There were many moments in the season finale of Game of Thrones that you loved, but you definitely knew which scene you were going to read about when you entered this list. And while you may have loved getting to see Clarke knock boots, the incestual nature of the relationship left Clarke with a left than desired reaction post-filming
“As actors, it’s just weird. The reality of what they are to each other, I don’t know how that’s going to… I think [gags] might be the reaction.”
Clarke also opened up about how it was extra unusual because this was the first year that the two filmed together,
"Both of us were going, 'Ahhh what are you doing on my set!? This is weird!"
8 Emmanuel Opens Up About Opening Up With Grey Worm
One of the most touching moments of the past season of Game of Thrones came when Missandei and Grey Worm engaged in some adult activities. When describing the scene, Emmanuel stated
"When I read the script the first thing I thought was that it’s a big deal for these two characters and also it’s a nude scene and you can’t help but think about that...You’re like, ‘Okay, I’m getting naked.’ And that was really strange for Jacob and I because we’ve danced around that scenario and we’ve become good mates and now we got to be naked around each other. But it was fine and, obviously, done really respectfully."
Emmanuel went on to say,
"It’s never a comfortable thing to do but if you trust your director and actors and the people on set, it’s fine,”
7 Harington Admits It Was Just Wrong
Emilia Clarke wasn't the only person involved in the infamous boat scene that occurred at the end of season 7. It takes two to tango, so to speak, and when asked about his thoughts on the scene, Harington disclosed
“I think they both know it’s wrong [because of the incestual nature] I think they both know it’s going to cause problems. But it’s that thing, when you suddenly feel that deeply about someone and you go through these events together, it’s like a runaway train. You can’t stop it from happening,”
As well as adding
"I think it was an inevitability from about halfway through the season that Jon and Daenerys will fall into bed together.”
6 Khal Drogo Was Huge And Used A Pink Fuzzy Sock
Emilia Clarke is no stranger to getting into some adult situations on the set of Game of Thrones. But one of her first moments of intimacy came in the arms of Khal Drogo during season 1. And while the scene may be passionate, you probably aren't sitting there and thinking about what type of cover-up Momoa used on his junk.
That being said, that doesn't mean you aren't dying to know the answer! When talking about the scene, Clarke said
"There was the lovely, uh, the lovely rape scene...so obviously, there's nudity and you kind of have to try to lighten the mood. So he decided to not use a modesty sock but use a beautiful pink, fluffy sock,"
she went on to say
"So getting that close-up from me looking petrified, just like 'I didn't want it to happen' [drew] lots of laughter—'It's huge and it's big and I don't know what to do!'"
5 Turner Calls Her Assault Scene "Satisfying"
There are plenty of moments of Game of Thrones where the booty bumping that is going on is consensual. But that isn't always the case, as we saw with the character of Sansa Stark, who gets sexually assaulted by Ramsay Bolton.
But when talking about the scene, Turner was quick to point out the positive dialogue that it could create
"To be completely honest, my initial reaction was satisfaction. That rape, domestic violence and systemic sexual inequality is something we are capable of talking about; that we are capable of creating and sustaining a visible public dialogue."
Despite Turner's stance, you can understand why people had some negative reactions to the scene.
4 Dormer Required A Scene To Be Altered
You can imagine that there are some scenes for actors that they would feel uncomfortable filming. For Natalie Dormer, part of that occurred when she was filming scenes alongside King Tommen Baratheon who was 12 years old.
Her discomfort got to the point that she requested a scene, though she wouldn't reveal which one, got altered.
When talking about the role, Dormer stated
"It's the nature of the beast that I'm four years into playing Margaery Tyrell and the big plot points of the book are in stone. You can't change them. George R.R. Martin wrote a particular plot line, so on the specifics of Margaery and Tommen getting married, there's nothing I can do. On the show, we had to find a way to navigate that in a sensitive way. There's more of it next season too, and we're trying to handle it with intelligence, and integrity."
3 Headey Reveals Her Body Double For Walk Of Shame
Lena Headey has had several moments in the series that we're sure you aren't soon going to forget. One of the most memorable may be her Walk of Shame that occurred during season 6. But while the scene may have required Headey to strip down, we're going to have to inform you that it was, in fact, a body double that was stepping into her place.
Headey received some backlash for her decision, but shot back at her haters in an interview with entertainment weekly,
"I film every year and I have kids and they know me now and [being naked in the scene] was just too much on top of that. So yeah, people that get it thought it was great," as well as admitting that the scene required three days of nudity for filming.
2 Dormer Admits The Scenes Are Awkward
Natalie Dormer might have experience letting the world see her in her birthday suit, but that doesn't mean it is her favorite thing in the world.
When talking about filming some booty bumping for the Game of Thrones cameras, Dormer revealed
"Anyone who says they’re laid-back about sex scenes is a fibber. It never gets any less… not traumatic, that’s the wrong word, not embarrassing… it can be a bit awkward..The choreography of sex scenes is so unsexy and unglamorous, it’s all about camera angles, you have to recreate the moment so many times. It’s just timing and technical."
1 Clarke Loved Taking Charge Of Daario
You can imagine if Emilia Clarke was standing in front of you and demanded you strip off your clothes, that it would take you about 2 seconds to obey. Especially if she was Daenerys! In one infamous scene, that's exactly the order she gave to Daario prior to engaging in some adult activity.
It just happened to also be one of Clarke's favorite scenes in the series,
"I was like, 'That's a scene I've been waiting for!' Because I get a lot of crap for having done nudes scenes and sex scenes. That, in itself, is so anti-feminist. Women hating on other women is just the problem. That's upsetting, so it's kind of wonderful to have a scene where I was like, 'There you go!'"