Emilia Clarke shares her true feelings about the nudity in 'Game of Thrones'
One thing Game of Thrones fans and non-fans often joke about is the nudity in the show. While most of the show deals with moral ambiguity and political conspiracies, all while subverting the cliches and tropes of fantasy stories, it often gets over-simplified to be 'the show with all the boobs and violence'.
That's not to say it doesn't have plenty of both - and sometimes it can be an issue. There are plenty of dramatic discussions between two scheming masters of manipulation, which feature butt naked women wandering around in the background for little reason over than an explicit form of set decoration.
Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the hit series, was nude multiple times in the first few seasons of the show. However, in an Instagram post she did make her feelings clear on the use of nudity in drama, saying that "if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it."
As she became more of a well-known actor, likely able to make more demands of the show as one of its key stars, she reportedly introduced a 'no nudity clause' into her contract, which meant that after the third season her nude appearances ended - at least for a little while.
In the sixth season of the show, that changed once more. In one scene, she triumphantly burned down a temple full of Dothraki leaders to take control of their armies. Being Daenerys the unburnt, she was the sole survivor of the blaze, emerging sans clothes to her new followers. Speaking about this change of heart in 2016, she said:
"It was just a wonderful, strong moment I wanted to own, a real empowering, girl-power wow scene."
"I was so thrilled with it. It's not a sexy scene, she's not naked for no reason, it's not gratuitous. She's naked because she's just destroyed her enemies in this almighty blaze after they underestimated her – how could I say no?"
Now that the seventh season has ended, those scenes have diminished once more, but there are still many that associate the show with unnecessary nudity - and the actress has had enough of it.
Speaking to Harper's Bazaar about her feelings about the industry, as well as her upcoming roles in such films as the Star Wars spin-off movie Han Solo, she got to the heart of why she's sick of talking about this topic:
"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'".
"I’m like, 'The Handmaid’s Tale'? I f**king 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 centred around this very true fact that people reproduce. People f**k for pleasure - it’s part of life."
So if any other person or news publication wants to ask Emilia Clarke what she thinks about the nudity on Game of Thrones, perhaps it's best to move on to something else.