From Wholesome To Awesome: ‘Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke Ends No-Nudity Clause

If Game of Thrones can be described in the fewest words as possible, it’s that it is “not for the conservative types.” Emotions in Game of Thrones are raw, forceful, and moving. The gore is unbelievable and all over the place. And of course, who can deny that Game of Thrones is always full of sexy naked bodies doing all sorts of stuffs ranging from inspiring to almost-porn.

We are already in Season 6 of Game of Thrones and, apart from Jon Snow’s incredible comeback (quite literally, in this case), one of the hottest (also quite literally) and most talked about scenes in Game of Thrones is character Daenerys Targaryen’s (played by actress Emilia Clarke) epic nude scene.

Jon Snow is alive [Image via HBO]
Well, Emilia Clarke getting naked is not actually something new in the series. She has been stripping from Season 1 anyway. To be honest, Clarke getting naked on Season 1 was still kind of unsettling for us—not because of the nudity per se, because that is one of the main reasons we love Game of Thrones—but because it was Clarke doing it. Daenerys Targaryen’s character was just too young then to bare it all, and that’s why we feel uncomfortable.

A younger Daenerys Targaryen (via HBO)
And then she did it again, and again, and again until we got used to her beautifully awkward body. We were seeing Emilia Clarke’s body ’til Season 3 of Game of Thrones and then all of a sudden, there was just more clothes and less body! What happened?

Behind the scenes, Clarke reveals that she had to take a step against the nude scenes. In fact, she had to sign a no-nudity clause to put a stop to the frequent stripping. Clarke explained to the Daily Mail.

“I don’t want to have sex thrown in my face and I’ve always thought the suggestion is so much more titillating than the act itself.

“Most sex scenes you see in films or on TV are gratuitous and they’re usually just to attract an audience. On screen, the subtler the better. Sex scenes should be more subtle. I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway—I can’t stand it.”

This is one of the many reasons why Clarke has not been appearing as a topless Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones for years—well, that’s before Season 6 happened, anyway.

Now, she has done a complete U-turn in her perspective, and is again owning her body in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. In Episode 4, “Book of the Stranger,” of Game of Thrones Season 6, Clarke adds another spectacular feat to her long list of amazing Daenerys Targaryen moments. Targaryen falls victim to the hands of the new Dothraki leaders in the opening episodes of Game of Thrones Season 6. To escape from her Dothraki captors, Daenerys burns down the whole house and emerges whole, sans clothes, and reminds everyone how awesome she really is as the Mother of Dragons.

The Mother of Dragons emerging unscathed from the fire (via HBO)
From the wholesome Emilia Clarke that argued that bodies shouldn’t be used to draw crowd to the Game of Thrones, she reminds everyone how awesome and scarily good baring it all is.

Setting it straight, Emilia Clarke now feels free with regards to her body.

“If a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. This is all me, all proud, all strong. That ain’t no body double. I’m just feeling genuinely happy I said yes.”

It did, however, take Emilia Clarke a couple of swigs of vodka and flattering lights for the Khaleesi to pull off that epic Game of Thrones scene. Clarke turned out great, nonetheless, and she reveals that she even watched her naked but equally epic Game of Thrones scenes with her parents.

This is not the first time Clarke needed some alcohol magic to pull off some daring shots. In a photoshoot for Esquire as the Sexiest Woman Alive, she admits that the end product was made possible by some vodka and Photoshop magic.

We still have five more episodes remaining for Game of Thrones’ Season 6. Let’s stay tuned to find out if we are seeing some more of Emilia Clarke’s spirit-freeing naked scenes.

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