Even for a nude-friendly network like HBO, the sex scenes on Game of Thrones are plentiful. There are entire plot lines revolving around relationships with prostitutes, and the consequences of the sexuality of powerful men. So if the show opened up your eyes a little bit, you're probably not the only one.
In fact, you happen to share that trait with a member of the Game of Thrones cast! When Sophie Turner began preparing for her role as Sansa Stark, she was still a young teenager finding her way through the world. Now 21 years old and mainstay in the Game of Thrones universe, she can admit just how naive she was when she started.
“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," she told The Sunday Times. "I was like … ‘Wow! People do that? That’s fascinating!' I guess that was my sex education. Being on Game of Thrones.”
That doesn't mean she stayed naive for long. Being a star on the biggest show on cable put her alongside some beloved characters of both sexes, and she claims once her friends saw her on screen with some good-looking co-stars, they immediately asked her to set them up. “I felt like a pimp," she says of showing off her friends to her male counterparts. But she says it wasn't until she got older and was no longer seen as the "little sister" of the group that they started paying any attention to her and her friends.
Turner also opened up about the subject of sexual assault, which has appeared frequently on screen in Game of Thrones and has been a subject of intense debate among viewers. Her character was a victim of sexual assault on the show, and while she says she pondered whether it was right to show after blow back from fans, ultimately she feels it's important to keep the conversation going.
“The more we talk about sexual assault the better, and screw the people who are saying we shouldn’t be putting this on TV and screw the people who are saying they’re going to boycott the show because of it," she said. "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?”
For someone who had to go through such a public coming-of-age, that's a remarkably mature view of the whole thing. Even if she had a lot to learn when she first arrived on set, Turner sounds like she has learned a lot about herself and how she views the world since she started filming Game of Thrones, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that her character has transformed into a genuine badass.