Everyone knows that when it comes to sex, Game of Thrones (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, starting July 16 on HBO Canada) isn’t a show that has traditionally held back. In fact, we’ve seen countless types of sex/sexual violence over the life of this series to-date, including incest, orgies, oral sex, rape and more. We’ve grown so accustomed to it, perhaps, that we forget some of the show’s actors were actually quite young when they first started getting exposed to this stuff through the scripts.
Sophie Turner — who plays naive-girl-turned-ruthless-ruler Sansa Stark — is reminding us of that though, as the upcoming seventh season draws near. Ahead of the July 16 return to HBO Canada, Turner has revealed that her entire sex-education came from reading the show’s scripts.
“I’d be doing a read-through and we’d be talking about very graphic stuff,” she told the Sunday Times. “The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script. I was like … ‘Wow! People do that? That’s fascinating!'”
Keep in mind that Turner was just 12 years old when she first auditioned for the role of the eldest Stark daughter. Just imagine how the rest of the kids on set probably reacted to reading those kinds of things.
Quite the introduction, non? Especially if you stop and consider some of the things Sansa has been through, like her twisted relationship with Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) or the fact that she was repeatedly raped by her husband Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) in the fifth season. Actually, the public outcry to that last storyline even made the producers change their approach to the stories in season six.
Given all of the crazy sex-scenes and uncomfortable stuff the show has dealt with, we hope Turner — who is now 21 — has since looked elsewhere to further her education. Because you know… as entertaining as it is to watch some of this stuff, it’s definitely not kosher in real life. Jamie and Cersei, here’s looking at you.
At any rate, we imagine Turner’s new reported fling, Joe Jonas, has been sharing a thing or two with her. And thank goodness for that.
Game of Thrones returns Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Canada.