For all the acclaim Game of Thrones has received for being a sensational drama, full of spectacle, there’s one element everyone remarks on: the nudity and sex. If you’ve read George R.R Martin‘s novels you’ll know these are not chaste tales, but being books most of the kinky stuff is left to the imagination. Not so with the TV series. It’s all there and now we know why.
Director Neil Marshall, the man responsible for that epic “Blackwater” episode, recently spoke to ScreenCrush about what it’s like working for HBO. As you know, they’re tagline is ,”It’s not TV, it’s HBO,” which should really be changed too, “We’re not basic cable, bring on the titties!” Marshall explains,
The weirdest part [of directing Game of Thrones] was when you have one of the exec producers leaning over your shoulder, going, ‘You can go full frontal, you know. This is television, you can do whatever you want! And do it! I urge you to do it!’ So I was like, ‘Okay, well, you’re the boss.'”
This particular exec took me to one side and said, ‘Look, I represent the pervert side of the audience, okay? Everybody else is the serious drama side, [but] I represent the perv side of the audience, and I’m saying I want full frontal nudity in this scene.’ So you go ahead and do it.
Ha! Yes, I’m the head of Pervert Relations for HBO. What a job!?!
But seriously, HBO knows what sells and it’s teh sex. What do you think? Is there too much tits, ass and rampant sex on Game of Thrones or do you find they hold back before becoming too gratuitous?
It’s not a spoiler there’s sex on Game of Thrones, but what is chocked full of spoilers is this incredible map tracking the journey of every major character throughout A Song of Ice and Fire. Ye be warned. Hit the jump the check it out!
You ever wonder who’s behind the *ahem* plentiful nudity in Game of Thrones? Saturday Night Live provided insight during a sketch from this past weekend’s Josh Brolin-hosted edition. The answer, should come as no surprise.
What helps make the difference between shows produced for HBO and those on normal American network TV? Well, high-budget cinematic production comes to mind. Tremendous latitude given to show creators to tell the stories they want to tell is another. But I think what we’re all really thinking is uncensored sex and violence.
But apparently not Humaid al Suwaidi, chief executive of eVision, a television service provider owned by Etisalat, the United Arab Emirate’s largest telecommunications company.
While airing the latest episode of Game of Thrones this past Monday, eVision cut the show off and smashed cut to black because the show’s abundant nudity, now, seems to violate UAE laws of decency.
“Those shows are not really suitable for the family because of the nudity scenes,” al Suwaidi said. Typically, his channel responds to these things with black bars and selective editing. “This is a decision as per the prevailing law in the country. Whenever there is nudity, we don’t show it to our viewers because we respect our viewers.”
So were there any angry Thrones viewers? No doubt, and interestingly this is apparently the first time eVision has taken the step of censoring the nudity and violence, they claim breaks national law.
“There’s been nudity, sex and violence all the way through the series,” said a “western expatriate” who declined to be named. “You either show it or you don’t. They’ve got to decide the threshold of tolerance for all this stuff.”
Of further interest, the Orbit Showtime Network, which broadcasts Game of Thrones throughout the Middle East and North Africa, has apparently shown much more scandalous TV than Thrones.
“I’ve seen stuff on OSN that wouldn’t get through on American cable networks,” said Matt Duffy, a journalism professor at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University. “OSN seems to almost have a European-style approach as to what is permissible.”
Well, I guess it’s nice to know that hypocrisy and double standards for media aren’t a uniquely American phenomenon.