George R.R.Martin's novels are renowned for their use of sex. However in the novels any intercourse has a purpose; it's used to display power, a lack of power or to highlight key plot developments. However, there are arguments as to whether or not the same can be said for the television series, is the on-screen sex necessary or is it gratuitous?
Season three has been relatively light on the nudity, and has also gone someway to bridging the gap between the inequality ratio of male to female nudity. Despite this episode eight's 'Second Sons' vastly increased the nudity portion of the show with Emilia Clarke and Carice Van Houten completely disrobing.
Oddly with rumours circulating in newspapers last week, such as The Telegraph and The Sun, that an actress has refused to film any more nude scenes, it is the Daenerys Targaryen actress herself who is at the forefront of these rumours, with many speculating that she is the one who no longer wants to do nude scenes, considering that in season one she was nude a lot, and she hadn't been nude again until 'Second Sons'.
The rumours come from an interview from Oona Chaplin, who plays Talisa Maegyr, in which she said "One of the girls in the show who got her kit off the most in the first couple of seasons now doesn't at all because she said, 'I want to be known for my acting not for my breasts."
However it seems unlikely that Emilia Clarke would actually say this considering her other pursuits outside of Westeros. She displays full frontal nudity on a Broadway stage in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and her next film role is as a stripper so it's clear that as an actress she doesn't have a problem with baring it all.
This appears to have been confirmed by an article on gossipcop.com. The website checked in with a HBO insider, who rubbished the rumours by telling us the story is "completely untrue," and adds that it's highly unlikely Chaplin was speaking on behalf of Clarke because the actresses don't work alongside each other on the show."
However, there are also suggestions that the story is true, but instead the actress in question is Esme Bianco, who portrayed the redhead prostitute Ros. She was nude a lot in season one, and then her nudity was drastically cut back as well. Many people believe that she refused to do nude scenes so was promptly killed off by the show.
Whilst there is not yet any official confirmation about this rumour at all it does raise important questions about the use of sex in 'Game of Thrones'. Many a joke has been made about scenes taking place in Littlefinger's brothel, featuring one of his many naked prostitutes (of which Ros was one of them) in the background, for seemingly no other reason than to appease the male viewers.
On this basis, if Ros did refuse to do nude scenes it's hard to disagree with Bianco's position. Whereas Emilia's nude scenes were to display her rise in power, such as her domination of Khal Drogo, or emphasizing her presence over Daario, Ros' nude scenes were just pure 'sexposition', scenes in which she was nude just to make some scenes more visually stimulating. It's also hard to blame an actress for wanting to be taken seriously on the basis of their talent, not their breasts.
What do you think about the actresses stripping off in the show, is it necessary or does it sometimes go too far?