A Song Of Sex And Power: Portrayal Of Sex In The HBO Masterpiece Game Of Thrones

The show that has won Emmys consecutively, Game Of Thrones, has the attention of the entire planet. They have captured millions of humans by the fantastic depiction of medieval kings, queens, kingdoms, dragons, and sex. Not in that order. The plot is fantastic, and the story takes us along the lives of 3 main royal families, the Targaryens (the dragon riders), the Starks (the direwolves), the Lannisters (the lions). The plot did have many more royal families, but these are the only ones remaining as of now. It is widely famous for killing off literally any main character; you wouldn’t see it coming at all. The violence, gore, and sex scenes are graphic. Many have actually criticized the show for being overly pornographic or displaying intense sexual violence, but I just think they are depicting what life was like in the medieval times, it is obviously not based on a true story though, but we can say the human elements in the show are depicted very realistically.

Summers span months and winters span years with a slight hint of magic introduced by the birth of three gorgeous beasts, the dragons, and also “The Night King”, who is a magical being who is sentient, all-powerful, possesses magical abilities and also the one who can resurrect any dead body of a living being into a “wight or a white walker” which is basically a fancy term for zombie. The real diehard fans of Game Of Thrones know that the show is more than just nudity and incest, oh yeah, did I mention the show has incest? Twincest to be precise. Took me a while to get used to it as well. At its core, though the show is about courage, bravery, bad-ass dragons, family, loyalty and most of all… love. The incredible author George R R Martin is responsible for this awe-inspiring, grand show and also set of books that have plagued our Earth. Sex in GoT happens for a large number of reasons and serves and huge plot points.

  1. When Bran sees Cersei and Jaime having sex in the tower (the twins I was talking about earlier), he is pushed out of the window, setting the entire plot in motion. He does survive though but is paralyzed from the waist down.
  2. The scene in Kings Landing, where Oberyn and Ellaria are in bed with male and female prostitutes, characterizes Oberyn as a free spirit who is indeed bisexual and open about it.
  3. Stannis Baratheon has sex with the red woman, Melisandre, who gives birth to a shadow which ends up killing his opposing younger brother. So here sex is used in warfare and politics.
  4. Margaery Tyrell sleeps with her then-husband and King Tommen to gain his trust and approval and also to try and drive a wedge between him and his insanely brilliant and bad-ass mother Cersei Lannister.
  5. Ygritte and Jon Snow sleep together in the cave and realize they are in love, which indeed breaks Jon’s vows as a brother of the nights watch.
  6. Daenerys asks one of her handmaidens to teach her how to please her Khal Drogo sexually, in order to make him fall in love with her. This actually works, and the two of them fall head over heels in love with each other. They even conceive a male child together, but the child is never born.
  7. Other sex scenes signify the sadistic behaviours of the villains Joffrey and Ramsay who use sexual violence in the show and have actively made the entire audience hate them, I do believe they are excellent actors but horrible characters. Joffrey murders the prostitutes after he tortures them, Ramsay tortures and cuts off the penis of Theon, tortures and rapes Sansa Stark multiple times. But, reader! Don’t fret, these two got what they deserved and faced horrendous death sentences, Joffrey poisoned in front of the entire kingdom, and Ramsay gets eaten alive by his own hounds.

Additionally and undeniably GoT attempts to be true when it comes to complex relationships, traditions, etc. Ignoring things like prostitution, sexual abuse and violence would be like erasing a significant aspect of the real human history; these are things that people actually have faced and still face in some parts of the world.  Game Of Thrones is one of the most influential shows out there, and certainly, if it weren’t as realistic as it is, it would not have pulled that many audience members into becoming hardcore fans.

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