During the first two seasons of HBO's Game of Thrones, the show attracted criticism for its "sexposition" scenes, in which important dialogue was delivered alongside gratuitous nudity, presumably to make it more interesting for viewers less invested in the show's complex plotlines. The series has slowly weaned itself off such practices; there's still nudity, of course, but it's typically in service to the story.
But part of that decline in nudity might be because one actress simply refuses to appear naked on-camera anymore. That's certainly what Oona Chaplin thinks. That actress, who plays Robb Stark's wife Talisa Maegyr, claims that one of her fellow castmembers told producers she wouldn't appear naked on the show anymore.
"One of the girls in the show who got her kit off the most in the first couple of seasons now doesn't at all," Chaplin told The Telegraph. "She said, 'I want to be known for my acting, not for my breasts.'"
Who might this actress be? Fans speculate that it was Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the show. Clarke's very first appearance on the series included nudity, and she appeared naked several more times throughout the first season (though, I would argue, the contrast between her nudity at the beginning of the first season and at the end was representative of her empowering character arc). Clarke didn't appear nude in the second season at all, and only recently shed her clothes again for a scene in Sunday's "Second Sons."
But if it's not Clarke, then who? My guess is Sibel Kekilli, who plays Tyrion's lover/prostitute Shae. We haven't seen Shae nude at all this season, and Kekilli has a pretty solid reason to not want to be known for nudity.
What do you think? Is Game of Thrones nudity still gratuitous? Who do you think Chaplin is referring to?
Game of Thrones returns June 2 for the penultimate episode of season 3, "The Rains of Castamere."