Matt Smith says he doubted the number of sex scenes in the coming Game of Thrones spin off, House of the Dragon.
In the former doctor who star – who will play Prince Daemon Targaryen in the upcoming series, based in part on George RR Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood – explained how he felt about the sexually explicit scenes in the HBO series.
“You do find yourself wondering, ‘Do we need another sex scene?'” Smith said. “And they say, ‘Yes, we do.’ I think you should ask yourself, “What are you doing? Are you representing the books, or are you diluting the books to represent the time?” [we’re living in]?’ And I actually think it’s your job to present the books truthfully and honestly, as they are written.”
When asked if Daemon would have these scenes, Smith confirmed yes, joking that there were “a little too many, if you ask me.”
Game of Thrones, whose eight seasons ended in 2019, has faced controversy for its sexually explicit content, particularly for sexual assault scenes. Since the show is based on fantasy – as opposed to historical fiction – some viewers questioned whether the show’s stories contained sexual violence.
Bee Miguel Sapochnik, the showrunner of House of the Dragon and directed several episodes of Game of Thronessaid the new series would “retreat” sex scenes, but would still include sexual assault.
“If anything, we’re going to shine a light on that aspect,” Sapochnik said. “You cannot ignore the violence perpetrated by men against women at the time. It must not be trivialized and it must not be glorified.”
However, an interview with executive producer Sara Hess clarified exactly how sexual assault will be handled on screen.
“I would like to clarify that we are not depicting sexual violence in the show,” Hess said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “We deal with one instance off-screen and instead show the aftermath and impact on the victim and the perpetrator’s mother.”