From threesomes, orgies and sex on horses (and on boats, in caves, next to corpses, etc.) through to straight up incest, Game of Thrones is renowned for being a total shag-fest.

The show is often under fire for the sheer amount of sex scenes, with many dubbing them enough to make Peter Stringfellow blush. It also gets pretty fucking weird sometimes. But Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke has had enough of people slagging off the steamy side of things - which she sees as, ultimately, just part of life.

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, she said: "I'm starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, 'Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on'. I'm like, 'The Handmaid's Tale?' I fucking love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn't handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity.

"There are so many shows centred around this very true fact that people reproduce. People fuck for pleasure - it's part of life."

Daenerys

Credit: Game of Thrones / Warner Bros

That's not the first time she's had to defend herself or the show, either. She once told TV Insider that "In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I'm perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros...

"If it's gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle," she said. "In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I'm always in control."

She has a point, and obviously there's a lot more to why we're all so obsessed with the fantasy series. The catchy theme tune, for instance, or amazing special effects. The fact that everyone's wearing giant fur coats or Tyrion Lannister's sick one-liners. Dragons. See, it's not just about the threesomes, orgies and sex on horses.

So, yeah, lighten up. Like Emilia says, sex is just part of life - though in fairness, some of the sex they're having on Game of Thrones isn't exactly part of life for most of us mere mortals. But, y'know, each to their own and all that.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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