Let’s face it. The Game of Thrones success story did not happen overnight: most of us happened to watch the show at least 3-4 seasons had already passed, until excessively positive word got around and we gave in to the frenzy. I can bet a good amount that a part of the show’s popularity, apart from of course the impeccable production quality, its huge lineup of characters and their complex, intertwining character arcs and some amazing special effects, and a great part of that increasingly positive word of mouth, would be its unique brand of violent, untimely deaths, and its raw, sensual sex scenes. Here, we primarily focus on the brand of the latter.
Game of Thrones has had its fair share of truly diverse sex scenes, some of them even controversial and dividing the audience because of their brutality or just the inappropriateness of it (looking at ya Jaime and Cersei). While scenes of regular sexual intercourse featuring a fair share of nudity have been peppered throughout the series like you would a juicy steak, ‘Game of Thrones’ has also featured scenes of incestual sex, homosexual engagement and even scenes of non-consensual forceful sex, something for which the makers have drawn a lot of flak. However, I have to admit that few shows out there can level the ingenuity, the sheer inventiveness, and dare I say it, the courage or craft necessary to film such scenes in a way that they almost become trademarks of the show, leave alone a reason for its popularity and a part of its positive word of mouth as well.
The final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is here, and while we will in a subsequent series of lists cover reviews, battles, and the best scenes overall, we thought that the sex scenes require a separate list. While I suspect given the show’s 6-episode long runtime and it being the final season with a lot of story lines to tie together, the makers wouldn’t put in a sex scene until absolutely necessary. We will have to wait until the end of the season to know for sure, but here we rank out the sex or nude scenes as and when they occur in Game of Thrones season 8. Read on.
1. Jaime and Brienne (S8 E4)
All I know is fans had been waiting for this one, almost pining even, as the numerous memes and posts on the internet would suggest. This one had been brewing since as long as Season 3, probably more than any other unrequited romance on the show, so the passions being ignited was obvious. What added more fuel to this vehicle was the revelation by Brienne that she was a virgin just moments before in a drinking game, when the crew sat celebrating in the Halls of Winterfell, following the Night King’s defeat in ‘The Long Night’. It is Jaime that approaches Brienne in an inebriated state, but the attraction as it turns out was mutual all along, as Brienne quickly submits to her desires as well. It is all the more endearing given how narrowly they escaped the white walkers during the long night, and how Brienne was knighted by Jaime just an episode earlier.
While the scene itself involved no explicit nudity or lovemaking except for some sensuous kissing, it is the long histories of the characters and their visible, unsaid longing for each other that made this one worth it. However, this too ends in heartbreak for Brienne when Jaime departs from Winterfell reminding him of the monster that he has been, as he embarks for King’s Landing upon hearing news of a possible carnage by Daenerys that might threaten Cersei’s and his unborn child’s life. All said and done, the only person who I think would be miffed with this one would be Tormund Giantsbane, although he seemed to move on quite quickly. Quite a shame we wouldn’t get to see the monster babies he would’ve had with Brienne.