That lesbian kiss in Game of Thrones was completely improvised
Two very important female characters got close on Game of Thrones – but apparently it wasn’t how it was meant to go down in the script.
In episode ‘Stormborn’, which aired on Sunday, Iron Islander Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) was shown getting intimate with Dornish ruler Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma).
The pair were shown flirting as Ellaria taunted Yara’s brother and ‘protector’ Theon.
Caressing Yara she jokes that “a foreign invasion is underway”, before the two women kiss.
The moment is rudely interrupted when their ship is raided by Yara’s uncle Euron, who murders the crew and takes them both hostage.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Whelan revealed that the kiss was entirely improvised, and the moment was a lot less sexual in the original script.
She said: “It wasn’t directed that we would kiss. It just seemed like something we should do.
“We led it, very much so. It was meant to be a suggestion [of flirting] and then it became more sexual than we expected because it seemed right.
“There was only a skeleton crew working because the rig could only take so much weight, so we were left very much on our own.”
She quipped: “And who wouldn’t want to kiss Indira? I mean, come on!”
Varma added that part of the kiss was actually with a stunt double.
She explained: “Gemma had hurt her back so there were some stunts she couldn’t do, so I had to start kissing this poor stunt double and she was so terrified!
“That was quite funny, bless her. I don’t think she’d ever been put in that situation before.
“She’s used to falling over and being attacked and all the stunts, but to be kissed by an actress was a bit beyond her.”
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The future is not bright for the two characters, who are currently the hostages of the murderous Euron. The pair are expected to be handed over to Queen Cersei as a ‘gift’.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the series, also says she wants her character to be bisexual.
Asked who her character should end up with, she said: “Judging by Sansa’s relationship with Margaery… probably Margaery.”
Margaery was promptly killed off.