The Game Of Thrones Sex Scenes We Can't Unsee

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There are a number of potential states of being one can experience while watching Game of Thrones. One is abject confusion upon realizing that the show's most important plot detail occurred before the HBO series even begins (see: Robert’s Rebellion). Another is a blend of nausea and admiration at the show’s abundance of creative deaths. But the most dreaded of all? When, while watching Game of Thrones with your parents, the camera shifts to a boudoir somewhere in King’s Landing, and you experience a cringe so powerful the living room shakes with tremors of embarrassment.
At its heart, Game of Thrones is an ambitious cable series — and that means it has a lot of sex. But there’s no show that matches both the sheer volume and diversity of Game of Thrones’ sexual pairings. Over six seasons, we’ve seen everything from orgies and twincest to coitus in caves.
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That’s not to say that all the sex in Game of Thrones is entertaining. On this series, sex and violence are often too closely, and very controversially, intertwined. Game of Thrones' frequent depiction of rape has incited a dialogue about the necessity of including sexual violence on TV. In response, showrunners of Starz' American Gods and Hannibal have vowed to eliminate sexual assault from their shows.
So, keeping this in mind, this is our list of Game of Thrones' most unforgettable (and consensual) sex scenes.
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Ros is distracted during her conversation with Littlefinger.

Petyr Baelish tells Ros of his love for Catelyn Stark as she has sex with another prostitute.
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Theon and Yara get frisky on a horse.
Season 2, Episode 2

Much like Luke and Leia kissing in Star Wars: A New Hope, Theon pleasures Yara atop a horse before he knows Yara is his little sister. But unlike Star Wars, Yara knew full well who Theon was, and let him go ahead anyway. Yet another incident of Game of Thrones incest.
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Melisandre gets knocked up with a shadow baby.
Season 2, Episode 2

Step one in Stannis' questionable approach to the Iron Throne? Impregnating Melisandre with an assassin smoke demon, who, upon exiting the womb, kills Stannis' brother. This is Rosemary's Baby 2.0.
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Jaime and Cersei and their not-so-secret tower tryst.
Season 1, Episode 1

Bran Stark sees something he shouldn't, and gets thrown out of a high window. Later, Ned Stark learns something he shouldn't, and gets executed. Clearly, Cersei will do anything it takes to prevent people finding out about her relationship with her twin brother, Jaime.
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Oberyn and Ellaria organize an orgy.
Season 4, Episode 3

There's no party like a Dorne party, cause a Dorne party has no clothes.
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Dany learns the ways of the bedroom.
Season 1, Episode 2

Once Daenerys becomes Khaleesi, a group of handmaidens tends to her every need. But only one — Doreah — is there to speed up her sexual education.
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Khal Drogo sees the sun and stars.
Season 1, Episode 2

After Doreah's lesson, Daenerys and Khal Drogo's bedroom relations take on a markedly different tone.
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Daenerys and Daario have political pillow talk.
Season 5, Episode 7

Not even Frank and Claire Underwood have pillow talk this laced with ambition.
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Jon Snow learns something.
Season 3, Episode 5

After seasons of apparently knowing nothing, Jon Snow ventures into Ygritte's wildling natural environment and learns a thing or two. Look at our little boy, growing up.
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