Here’s Why That GAME OF THRONES Sex Scene Was So Vanilla

Editor’s note: Halt! This here post is dark and full of spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones. If you’re not caught up, turn away and head back to the Citadel to complete your homework.

Fire and ice came together in a brand new way in “ The Dragon and the Wolf.” After some subtle flirting and lots of intense and meaningful eye contact, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow jumped into bed for a private planning session in the Game of Thrones finale. The most notable part about Dany and Jon’s sex scene was Tyrion creeping outside the door with an odd expression on his face–which is saying something. The episode’s director, Jeremy Podeswa, spoke with IndieWire about the scene (which we saw on Entertainment Weekly) and explained he wanted to focus more on the emotion than the actual sex.

So, the scene was vanilla on purpose. Podeswa didn’t want the scene to be at all “prurient.” Instead, he said, “It was shot very, very simply. It’s basically just one steady push in shot to Jon and Dany and then that very important look between them at mid-level. And then a one-shot looking at Jon, then looking down at Dany. It wasn’t about shooting a big lovemaking scene. Once they’re making love, that’s the story. There’s no reason to kind of linger on that.”

This approach probably meant Jonerys shippers were disappointed, but I get it. Even without the whole incest factor, a relationship between the duo is a questionable move–Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington agree with that sentiment. Between the Night King and Cersei, Westeros has serious problems ahead. I’m not saying Dany and Jon shouldn’t enjoy some extracurricular activities, but given their status and position, it’s a tricky situation. From the story point of view, the fact that they’re sharing a sex scene is enough. We don’t need to see the specifics, I guess.

What’s your take on Jon and Dany’s up close and personal time? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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