Putting aside the back-stabbing storylines that keep you on the edge of your throne, amazing (and sometimes downright disturbing) characters, and heart-pounding action, Game of Thrones is infamous for its explicit and frequent sex scenes. Overall, it feels like an episode can't go by without the audience seeing an unbelievable amount of flesh.
Now, such heavy graphic content may make the audience feel uncomfortable at times, but it doesn't compare to the awkwardness the main actors have to endure.
As it turns out, those practices of the flesh had an unexpected effect on #SansaStark herself, Sophie Turner when she was a young girl. The actress first auditioned for the #GeorgeRRMartin adaptation at 12, and she's since grown up with the series.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Turner revealed that, when she took part in an early read-through of the series, she noticed there was a ton of graphic scenes. The situations depicted on the script escalated until she reached a scene depicting oral sex. Seeing how she had no idea what that was at the time, the inappropriate script became her first sexual education experience:
"I'd be doing a read-through and we'd be talking about very graphic stuff. The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script. I was like … 'Wow! People do that? That’s fascinating!' … I guess that was my sex education. Being on 'Game of Thrones.'"
Yikes... That... well, that must have been pretty shocking for a 13-year-old kid — although it's worth pointing out that she was a child-star lead in a TV-MA-rated TV series full of gore, nudity, violence, sex and even incest, so something like this was to be expected. Things didn't end there though and this wasn't the only sexual learning process she went through throughout the series:
Sansa's Sexual Assault
Back in 2015, Game of Thrones came under heavy fire for a scene depicting #RamsayBolton raping Sansa. It was a brutal sequence and Turner revealed she wasn't prepared for the backlash the scene would receive:
"Sexual assault wasn’t something that had affected me or anybody I knew, so I was pretty blasé about the whole thing. Naively so. And then I shot the scene, and in the aftermath there was this huge uproar that we would depict something like that on television. My first response was like, maybe we shouldn’t have put that on screen at all."
She eventually understood, however, that it was important to tackle such a storyline. As she stated, rape is something that's happened in the past and continues to happen to a lot of people around the world. Seeing that, she thought that, just like with any issue, it's better to shine a light on it and open the situation up for a conversation:
"The more we talk about sexual assault the better [...] This sort of thing used to happen and it continues to happen now, and if we treat it as such a taboo and precious subject, then how are people going to have the strength to come out and feel comfortable saying that this has happened to them?"
It's great to know that, as awkward as the moments were, #SophieTurner used the experiences to grow. You know, now that I think about it, as strange as this entire "sex" situation was for Turner, it weirdly presents parallel between her and Sansa. Both her and Stark were technically forced to grow up too fast because of events in Game of Thrones.
What do you think about Sophie Turner's unexpected learning experience with Game of Thrones? Let me know in the comments!