It might deal with complex themes of blurred morality but Game Of Thrones is, above all, famous for three things: violence, dragons and gratuitous shots of women without their clothes on. According to one of the show’s stars, Kit Harrington, however, the latter could do with a bit more equality.
Harrington, who plays Jon Snow in the HBO fantasy series, gave his thoughts after being asked whether there should be more male nudity in the show. He said: “It’s only right, if you’re going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that.”
Beyond a full-frontal shots of those such as Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy and Kristian Nairn’s Hodor, male nudity is rare in a show that has been criticised for ‘sexposition’: the means to spice up scenes of exposition with a naked woman in the background.
Harrington’s character has featured in a nude scene before – when he strips off in a rock pool with love-interest, Ygritte – but was actually portrayed by a body double. “When it came down to it I had a broken ankle,” he told GQ, “so the only time you saw my ass, it wasn’t my ass.”
So, of course, the big question is: he may talk the talk, but would he walk the walk and actually get naked himself?
“I wouldn’t say I’d be happy about it,” he said. “It would have to be fu**ing well deserved.”