Game of Thrones is one of television’s most talked about dramas thanks to its complicated plot, unpredictable character deaths, gritty depiction of a fantasy world, and oh yeah, its crazy number of sex scenes.
Of all the depictions of sex during the show's first three seasons on HBO (and there have been a lot), which are the most memorable? Here are our picks for the five that have stuck in our brains the most.
Cersei and Jaime. At the end of the very first episode of the series, we bore witness to the incestuous relationship between Queen Cersei and her brother, and the scene set the tone for just how insane this show was going to be. But we weren’t the only ones to catch a glimpse of the secret lovers — Bran Stark’s being in the wrong place at the wrong time kicked off the Stark-Lannister rivalry that has provided much of the backbone for the story.
Jon Snow and Ygritte. Jon Snow is such a do-gooder it’s annoying. He always does the right thing, no matter how much we want him to take a risk once in a while. That’s why it was so satisfying to see him finally cave to temptation (in a cave, too) with Ygritte. The sexual tension between the two had been building for weeks, and Jon finally just saying “screw it” to honor made his character so much more relatable.
Robb Stark and Talisa. Damn it, Robb. We know Talisa is hot and exotic and so unlike the other girls in Westeros, but did you really have to go and tick off Walder Frey? Robb’s boneheaded decision to follow his heart sealed his fate (and the fate of the North), leaving us with the unfortunate, but unforgettable, Red Wedding.
Dany and Khal Drogo. Dany and Khal Drogo's first time was easily the most difficult of these scenes to watch, because it was clearly rape by modern standards (though the characters probably wouldn't see it that way). That said, this scene was an important one for Dany, establishing the way she was used to submitting to the will of the men around her. She eventually made a conscious decision to take more control of her life — it’s just a shame we had to see her taken so low first.
Podrick Payne. Finally, on a lighter note, there was the scene with Pod and the whores. While the viewers were only treated to the introduction of the whores and their many talents and don’t actually get to see Pod get down, the aftermath of Pod saying they wouldn’t take any payment for his services was one of the show’s funnier moments that didn’t come from the books, as well as one of the show’s greatest mysteries. Just what did he do in there?
What’s your most memorable sex scene from Game of Thrones? Sound off in the comments!