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Tamzin Merchant, the previous Daenerys Targaryen, details how uncomfortable the nude scenes were in Game of Thrones
Shooting that pilot was a really great lesson. It was an affirmation about listening to my instincts and following them, because I tried to back out of that situation and, during the contract process, I did back out. I was talked back into it by some persuasive people. Then I found myself naked and afraid in Morocco and riding a horse that was clearly much more excited to be there than I was.
This scene was part of Daenerys’s wedding night in the pilot. However, this was made more seductive by the showrunners than the one starring Emilia Clarke. It even involved the horse being stimulated in one shot of the explicit scene. This taught Merchant a valuable lesson, as she said:
It was a lesson that if my guts are telling me a story isn’t something I’m excited to tell, then I shouldn’t try to be excited just because other people are telling me that I should be excited.
Other incidents of harassment and abuse
Sadly, the inappropriate behavior and uncomfortable scenes for women were far from over on Game of Thrones. Future Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke also had to shoot “terrifying” nude scenes, where the crew didn’t even leave her any robes. Only Jason Momoa went out of her way to protect her in an environment that was hostile for her as well as other women. Other than Emilia, Daenerys’s assistant and confidant Missandei actress Nathalie Emmanuel also faced sexual harassment at the hands of a supporting actor during the shooting of season 3 on the set of the show.
And Emilia Clarke stepped in to save her and got her back, which resulted in an unbreakable bond between the two. However, these were far from being the only uncomfortable moments on the set of the show.