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When Loras and Renly got hot and heavy during Game of Thrones Season 1, some fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series were taken by surprise, because the two were never explicitly lovers in the books. Now, the subtext was definitely there, but the HBO series made very explicit what had otherwise only been implied.

Why does the book series — which is certainly not shy about straight sex scenes, and has also featured some girl-on-girl action — stay away from ever making love affairs between male characters textual?

Series author George R. R. Martin addressed this question at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday, reports The Guardian.

According to George, gay sex hasn't been relevant to the plot. He says he'd put in such a scene if it ever made sense, but because he liked to stick to a handful (or two) of viewpoint characters, the scope of what he shows is inherently more restricted than the show. For instance, neither Renly nor Loras are viewpoint characters — which makes a fair amount of sense, since neither are central to the plot — so of course we never saw them having sex.

He added, "I'm not going to do it just for the sake of doing it."

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Source: The Guardian