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Sunday 20 April 2014

Game of Thrones: Outdoor sex, girl-on-girl sex, dwarf sex and incestuous sex

'I didn't realise there'd be so much sex'

Emilia Clarke and Jason Mamoa in a steamy clinch during Game Of Thrones

As entrances go, it's pretty dramatic. In the opening episode of Game Of Thrones we meet young actress Emilia Clarke, whose character Daenerys Targaryen appears to have forgotten to put on any clothes.

Throughout the episode she remains naked as her character indulges in some rather racy behaviour.

In one scene we see her power-hungry brother Viserys “measure her up” as he prepares to force her into marriage with a barbarian warlord.

Then it's the turn of the warlord to get to grips with his new bride.

All this is played out against the backdrop of some good old-fashioned exhibitionist sex.

Not quite the typical Northern Irish wedding. Well, not the ones I've been to.

In a recent interview Clarke admitted she had reservations about her family watching the series, saying she'd check it out first before letting her father tune in.

I wish I'd known that before settling down to watch it — along with my mum.

As my own DVD player was broken, I relocated to her house at the weekend, complete with preview DVD and popcorn.

Knowing that sex is an integral theme throughout George RR Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire — on which this series Game Of Thrones is based — I had a vague idea of what to expect.

I just didn't realise there'd be so much sex.

Outdoor sex, girl-on-girl sex lessons, a vertically-challenged character (played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage) cavorting with prostitutes, and, most shockingly of all, incestuous sex.

Is it any wonder I banished my mother from the room?

Anyone who's familiar with Martin's fantasy series will know that sex is employed as a weapon throughout... and Martin makes no apologies for the nudity.

“Sexuality is an important part of the books,” he said, “and it takes someone like HBO to do it. It's very brutal and very sexy,” said Sean Bean (Eddard Stark), while Lena Headey who plays Queen Cersei added: “There’s a lot of sexual intrigue going on.”

Hmm, that's an understatement from the actress whose character gets it on with her twin brother.

The sexual intrigue proved just too intriguing for my mum, who kept popping her head round the door to see how things were progressing.

“Oh, that's a bit naughty. Are those two not brother and sister?” she asked, while I quickly shooed her from the room again.

I needed to focus all my attention on the television screen — for review purposes, you understand.

Yes, Game Of Thrones is highly-sexed, but it’s also highly entertaining.

It’s certainly not a family drama and if you find it offensive, you don't have to watch it.

It is just fantasy, after all.

The story

Set in the land of Westeros, Game of Thrones follows the struggle for power between several noble families for the right to sit on the realm's Iron Throne. Lord of Winterfell, the honourable family man Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) is asked by King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) to head south to become his right-hand man.

He reluctantly agrees, aware that he is walking into a viper's nest of political in-fighting, treachery and into a violent world where sex is as powerful as the sword. Meanwhile, there is a plot by the son of a deposed king to raise an army to reclaim the kingdom from Baratheon.

What now?

Game Of Thrones has been commissioned for a second series after just one episode, it has been confirmed.

The fantasy series, filmed mostly in Northern Ireland, premiered in the US on Sunday night to an audience of 2.2m, followed by its UK launch on Sky Atlantic HD Monday night. American TV network HBO confirmed that Game Of Thrones would return for a second season, but it is not yet known when production on the new episodes will begin.

A spokeswoman for Northern Ireland Screen said it was “working hard” to bring the big budget production back to the province.

- Read Maureen Coleman's review

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