Thanks to HBO’s “the more naked people, the better” policy, Game of Thrones has gotten to explore some boundary-pushing sex scenes—and not all of them are without controversy. But the show’s *best* sex scenes aren’t the ones that are simply controversial. They’re the ones that are gorgeously filmed, sex-positive, and a break from the norm. Here’s the best of the best, which we went ahead and rated on a scale of dracarys (dragonfire) flames, because we are unabashed nerds.
SAM AND GILLY
Do not @ us. This might not be the *sexiest* sex scene ever, but we challenge you to find a sweeter moment of intimacy in all of Game of Thrones.
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DAENERYS AND JON SNOW
Look, we know this scene was fifty shades of disgusting. But it makes the list because there has been so much hype surrounding Jon and Dany’s relationship, *and* because Jon Snow’s butt went viral, *and* because it single-handedly convinced most of the internet that incest between aunts and nephews is just fine. Help! What is life!
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CERSEI AND JAIME
We’re including Cersei and Jaime’s debut incestual sex scene on this list because it’s completely insane, broke a million taboos, and—to be honest—was kinda steamy. Let’s just forget about the fact that they’re siblings, mmmkay?
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DAENERYS AND HER HANDMAID
Before seeking out mutual respect in her sexual relationship with Khal Drogo, Daenerys got lessons in love making (sorry) from one of her handmaids, who taught her to make eye contact and encouraged her to be on top. To quote: “You will make him like it, Khaleesi. Men want what they’ve never had.”
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DAENERYS AND DAARIO
Daenerys took a long time to get over the death of Khal Drogo, but once she did, it was insanely hot.
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MISSANDEI AND GREY WORM
This scene was A) a long time coming, and B) featured oral sex on a woman—which just doesn’t get as much screen time as it deserves on TV. But the great thing about the moment is it wasn’t just built out of lust and sexual tension. These two have been hopelessly smitten forever, and to see them so vulnerable was extremely sweet.
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ROBB AND TALISA
This scene makes the list because—like Jon and Ygritte—there was *so much* sexual tension leading up to it. But the best part? How Talisa had to undo all the fancy laces on Robb’s leather vest. Tragically, it’s impossible to watch without crying due to Wed Redding related trauma, so have fun with that.
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JON AND YGRITTE
Hello and welcome to the best sex scene of all time, the moment in which Jon Snow proved he does, in fact, know some stuff—that stuff being how to perform oral sex on a woman in a dimly lit cave.
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DAENERYS AND KHAL DROGO
This is the scene where Daenerys takes control of her sexual relationship with her husband Khal Drogo (they’ve previously only ever had sex from behind), and tells him “tonight I would look upon your face.” They proceed to form an intimate connection that changes the tenor of their relationship.
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From: Harper’s BAZAAR US