Game Of Thrones is not about the nudity, actress Emilia Clarke has said.
The blockbuster drama has sparked headlines over violence and nudity and a scene involving Kit Harington’s bottom was billed by some fans as an “epic” moment in the TV series.
“Kit’s ass, someone else’s ass, my ass, it doesn’t matter! It’s not what the show is about, it’s not what any bit of acting is about,” Clarke said.
And she said: “As for my character, I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve been naked.”
But she added of the drama’s portrayal of women: “I can talk about the importance of women in this show until the cows come home.
“It has gone a way to changing the landscape of the industry as we see it, which is really vital and really important.”
Co-star Gemma Whelan said: “I think when people sit down to write a female character now – it won’t get made if they write an unrealistic woman.
“That’s the important thing Thrones will provide for people going forward – writing other female characters.”
Co-star Gwendoline Christie said her character, Brienne, “was defying gender norms and the female perceptions that we have” on TV so far.
The final series of Game Of Thrones will air on April 15 at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV. All episodes of Game Of Thrones from series 1-7 are now available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.