Ever since the TV series “Game of Thrones” appeared on HBO for the first time in 2011, it has been stirring up controversy. Perhaps no other show in recent memory has been so scandalous, combining a mix of brutal violence, gratuitous sex and bloody, inhuman cruelty in ways that sometimes defy imagination. In the savage, cutthroat world of Westeros portrayed in the HBO series, it is not enough merely to vanquish an opponent or claim a sexual conquest – it is necessary to push the bounds of what is humanly possible. So, for that reason, we’ve put together a list of the 3 most scandalous scenes in the history of “Game of Thrones.”
#1: Daenerys seduces Khal Drogo by riding him like a wild whore
When we first encounter the beautifully enchanting Daenerys in Season 1, our initial expectation as viewers is that she will be a pure, chaste virgin. Instead, we find her being auctioned off to the highest bidder – in this case, a savage warlord known as Khal Drogo whose only intention is to subjugate her like a cheap concubine. On the first night of their wedding, he savagely takes her from behind, unwilling even to look in her face. Daenerys cries and sobs, and knows that her life has forever changed.
But instead of giving up, Daenerys takes matters into her own hands, determined to prove her worthiness to Khal Drogo and force him to love her like a real woman, not a concubine. So she hires a prostitute to show her the finer points of making love to a man, including how to ride a man on top. She practices, in fact, in a stunning scene of girl-on-girl lovemaking. To top it all off – you might call it her final exam – she decides to try out her new seduction and lovemaking skills on Khal Drogo himself.
At the end of one episode in Season 1, Khal Drogo emerges, fully naked and fully intent on dominating Daenerys and taking her once more from behind. But Daenerys has other plans for him – she flips him over, and starts to show him how much pleasure a man can get from a woman riding him on top. Needless to say, HBO’s audience had a collective freak-out at this, with no idea that this was just a sign of more to come. Over the next six seasons, some of the most titillating lovemaking and sex scenes have always involved Daenerys.
#2: The incomprehensible carnage of the infamous Red Wedding
Who said revenge was a dish best served cold? “Game of Thrones” proves that revenge is a dish best served with plenty of gruesome bloodshed and a full-on family massacre. If you’re going to get rid of your opponent – you need to take out the whole family, not just one person. And thus what we see in the “Red Wedding” scene is absolutely mind-blowing – it was a scene so unfathomable that it even got its own trending hashtag on social media. In pop culture today, a “red wedding” event is an event so unspeakably vile that it boggles the mind.
How the scene plays out is truly epic. Lord Walder Frey invites the Stark family to a wedding party, and the whole family attends – including the mother (Catelyn Stark) and her son, Robb Stark. These were two of the most popular characters on “Game of Thrones” at the time, but HBO has shown time and time again that it has absolutely no fear about killing off characters for no good reason.
And, in this case, the scene was absolutely jaw dropping. As soon as “The Rains of Castamere” begins playing at the wedding (the theme song of the House of Lannister), mayhem erupts. Wedding guests turn out to be soldiers, and there’s nearly a full-on slaughter. Crossbows, long axes, swords, you name it – if it kills and causes bloodshed, then it’s in this scene. Topping it all off, one of the victims of his slaughter is the pregnant Talisa Stark. Evil henchmen stab her in her pregnant belly, determined to kill any future offspring of the House of Stark. See? It’s not enough just to take out your enemies on “Game of Thrones” – you have to completely, overwhelmingly annihilate them in the most brutal manner possible.
#3: The incest rape scene featuring the evil, no-good Lannisters
There have been plenty of rape scenes in “Game Of Thrones” – most notably, the rape of 15-year-old Sansa Stark – but the one rape scene that stands out amongst all of them goes one step further – it involves the rape of a sister by her brother. Yes, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is unofficially the TV series that united incest and rape into one vile, unfathomably immoral combination.
In this scene, Cersei Lannister is grieving for the loss of her son, the boy-king Joffrey, in his burial chamber. As a mother, her loss is inconsolable. Even worse (from her perspective), it upsets her plans to win the Game of Thrones and control all of Westeros. So what could HBO possibly cook up at her moment of greatest vulnerability? Let’s just say that it involves her nefarious brother, Jaime. He enters the burial chamber and is so completely turned on by what he’s seeing (WTF?) that he decides to take Cersei right there, right then.
Jaime rips at Cersei’s clothing and he begins pawing her like a wild wolf. Despite all her protestations, he begins to rape her. She continues to resist, but does not have the physical strength to push him away. Even worse, Jaime is literally raping Cersei on the tomb of their child in a burial chamber! As you can imagine, this is a scene that caused moral outrage in the TV community – but also guaranteed that millions of viewers would be hooked on “Game of Thrones” for successive seasons.
As you can see, the producers of “Game of Thrones” have not been afraid to push the envelope when it comes to sex, violence and moral chaos. These three scenes, in fact, are really just the tip of the iceberg. Add in beheadings, orgies, vile murders, gruesome tortures and more rape scenes than you can count on two hands, and it’s clear that “Game of Thrones” has forever changed television.