Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says Emilia Clarke's sex scene in 'Game of Thrones' season 1 was 'degrading' to play

Emilia Clarkes Daenerys was raped by Jason Mamoas Khal Drogo in the pilot of the series. Tullio Apulia / Getty Images / Warner Bros. Television Distribution
In an interview with The Times of London, "Game of Thrones" actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said that Emilia Clarke's sex scene from the first season was "tough and humiliating" to play.
In the pilot of the series, Clarkes Daenerys is raped by Jason Mamoas Khal Drogo on her wedding night.
Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister on the show, said, "It was very tough and humiliating for Emilia to play this on the first series because what this character is going through is horrible."
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In an interview with The Times, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said the season one sex scene that Emilia Clarke had to shoot was "harsh and humiliating" for her.
The Jaime Lannister actor discussed the controversial scene from the show's inaugural season, in which Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen is raped by Jason Mamoas Khal Drogo.
"It was really tough and humiliating for Emilia to play that on the first series because what this character is going through is horrible. She was sold to a man who raped her, but the way she perseveres is a tremendous journey, or?"
Coster-Waldau, who is promoting his new film "The Silencing," agreed that Daenerys' eventual rise to power showed how the show changed its treatment of women, but said, "It's in the books too."
The actor added that many women were in positions of power on the show. One of those women was his sister and on-screen lover Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey.
"Also, Cersei was never seen as equal to her brother just because of gender. But then she rises to the top. And one could argue that the way these two women turned out was because they were on Were brought up this horrible way. "Said Coster-Waldau.
In James Hibberd's recent behind-the-scenes book, Fire Can't Kill a Dragon, Game of Thrones author George RR Martin said the decision to have Daenerys rape in that scene made the episode "worse, not better." made. "
Martin said, "Why did the wedding scene change from the consensual seduction scene ... to the brutal rape of Emilia Clarke? We never talked about it."
Cersei and Jaime Lannister in "Game of Thrones", played by Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. HBO
Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime in 55 episodes of "Thrones," including the very first and very last, also incriminated the series' much-criticized ending in his interview with The Times.
He said the horrific rape scene from season one may have led to Daenerys' surprise decision to burn Kind's Landing: "This is the storytelling, and it's interesting."
He told the Times that he also found it "interesting" that people were so angry about the show's ending.
"Because when you meet people, they're not angry at all, are they? Then they sit behind a keyboard and get an opinion and write a petition. I've made a round table with hardcore fans and we all got over the ending and What I found was that most of them had a different idea what would have been a great ending, but in the end they just didn't want the show to end. "
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