Game of Thrones is more than a show; it’s a cultural phenomenon. The HBO fantasy drama manages to make the complicated politics of a fictional world completely interesting with the help of a stellar cast, CGI dragons and a lot of nudity. Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 6, and to drum up anticipation, we’ve archived all the nude scenes over the last three seasons into a handy guide. How many of these characters were naked for a good reason and how many stripped down just to distract you while someone else gave all the complicated exposition? And when was it both?
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Game of Thrones is returning to HBO this Sunday night and we couldn’t be more excited to go back to Westeros and back to the action, intrigue and sexy, sexy people. With so many characters occupying the world of Game of Thrones, it doesn’t matter whether you’re into regal beauties or murderous burn-scarred giants or adorable ingenues or creepy people without balls. There’s someone for everyone!
But what does your Game of Thrones crush say about you?
It’s just so rare to completely change our minds about a celebrity, but here we are in 2013…learning to love Seth MacFarlane. It’s not that we ever hated Seth MacFarlane, per say. It’s just with Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show informing the zeitgeist for the past 14 years, we had long ago suffered from an acute case of McFarlane Overload (Main symptom: extreme nausea and diarrhea upon hearing a Stewie impression.) But despite all of our male cousins quoting everything Seth has ever written since 1999, we realized something as we watched MacFarlane’s first Oscar promo today. We realized we’re basically Seth MacFarlane fans now.
Then it seems…well, not normal. Less weird, let’s say. We thought the gossip about Seth MacFarlane romancing Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke was exceedingly rando (Would Stewie date Khaleesi in anything but fan fiction written by the saddest perv in the world?), but then we went to add them to our 20 WTF Celebrity Couples List and realized Seth was already on there…with former flame Amanda Bynes. There is nothing more random than Seth MacFarlane dating Amanda Bynes! Allegedly dating! Although…we guess Amanda did at least guest star on Family Guy. The Emilia Clarke thing is even more out of the blue! On a semi-related note, couples like these are why the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game actually works.
Interestingly enough, the photo above is a snapshot of Seth and Emilia hanging out at a Playboy True Blood event back in July. Could that have been the night they met? If so, we really can’t blame Clarke’s Game of Thrones costar Alfie Allen for leering at them like a weirdo; we would have done the exact same thing. Also interesting is how Seth seems to be sticking pretty hard to the whole “13 year age difference” thing when choosing romantic partners. Bynes was 21 when they allegedly started dated back in 2008; Clarke is currently 25. Now, just to be clear, we are not saying dating Seth MacFarlane will eventually lead to Emilia Clarke to drive aimlessly around L.A. or hiding in a dressing room for hours at a time. No one is saying that at all. On a semi-related note, if we ever find out Amanda Bynes is dating Jason Momoa, we will literally die.
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As our Comic-Con coverage wraps up and our intrepid reporters/fangirls Kate Spencer and Sabrina Rojas Weiss take a much-deserved nap, we’d like to take a minute to recap our very favorite interviews and press conferences via easily-consumable and definitely-hypotizing GIFs. From Aaron Paul‘s teeth, to Kristen Stewart digging a hole for herself, to our one and only Khaleesi, the star-filled convention was chock full of hilarious and heartthrobbing moments.
I interviewed the cast of Game of Thrones high atop the WB booth in the middle of the main Comic-Com exhibit hall on Friday afternoon. Many had just come from the first few weeks of shooting season three, and we did our best to dig up a few tidbits about what the future holds for our favorite wannabe kings and queens.
Emilia Clark plays Daenerys Targaryen, widow of Khal Drogo and Mother of Dragons (if you haven’t watched the show or read the books, stop reading this post and get to work), who spent season two wandering the desert dealing with deserters, dragons and creepy dudes in the city of Qarth. We asked the actress if her character might get back in the saddle and give the ol’ romance thing a try again. “There’s a few interesting journeys that she goes on” said Emelia, “and there’s a lot of new stuff that goes on for her. I can’t talk about and all I want to do is talk about!”
Not only is her character popular, but “khaleesi” has become a much-used pet name amongst couples. Emilia offered up her thoughts on why so many people connect with Daenerys. “I think she’s a character that lots of people and women can relate to,” she said. “The way they’ve written her you really can care for her because you can see her vulnerability.”
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