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Sex & Nudity


The sexual content on this show is very consistent and graphic.

Season One

Episode 1:

A man is shown in a brothel. Scene begins with him receiving oral sex. You cannot see anything, but it is heavily implied and you can hear it happening off screen. Camera stays focused on his face (showing pleasure) until the prostitute performing it stands up, completely naked. They then lie in bed together. The woman's breasts are visible and partially also her buttocks. 3 more women enter, revealing their breasts and buttocks. Scene is relatively long.

A man removes a woman's gown , revealing her breasts and buttocks. She is then seen naked for a short while.

At a wedding many men and women are dancing seductively and having semi-clothed sex during the dance; their breasts are often visible. Men fight each other to have sex with the women. The scene is very primitive.

After the wedding, a man takes his new bride to the shore and undresses her slowly; her breasts are visible but no sex is shown. She is crying and trying to cover her breasts. Not exactly a tender love scene.

A man thrusts into a woman from behind. They both grunt and moan, but are fully clothed.

Episode 2:

In the 'Previously on Game of Thrones' the scene with the woman showing her breast in bed is replayed.

A man thrusts into a woman from behind while she cries. Her breasts are clearly visible as they move. Two women discuss how to sexually please a man. A clothed woman seduces a man and thrusts graphically on top of him. He is naked, but she is not. His buttocks can be seen, but not his penis.

Episode 3:

One scene takes place in a brothel. Prostitutes with bare breasts are seen briefly. A man and a woman are shown lying in bed post coitus, naked. One of the woman's breasts is partially visible from the side.

Episode 4:

A man and woman sit naked in a bathtub. Her breasts are partially visible. She climbs on top of him and they begin to have sex.

Episode 5:

A man thrusts into a woman from behind. She moans loudly when he climaxes in her. Her breasts are visible. He then moves from behind her and she stands up. Full frontal nudity on both man (briefly) and woman is visible. She sits down and they have a conversation while still naked. (Very graphic scene)

A man unlaces another man's trousers and pulls them down. It is heavily implied he gives him oral sex.

A child of around six or seven years old sucks on his mother's breast before she moves him away. Her breast is briefly seen. (Very weird and random scene)

A prostitute is seen topless in a brothel.

Episode 6:

A man gives a woman a coin so she will flash him, so she does, showing him her vagina. (Very brief but graphic)

There is some nude dancing in a hut during a celebration (women's breasts seen)

Episode 7:

In a brothel, two whores are practicing sex acts on each other while another man instructs them on what to do. They moan and scream loudly while using very explicit sexual dialog. (Full frontal nudity) The scene is very long, graphic and explicit.

A man approaches a chained-up woman from behind and positions himself as if about to engage in a sexual act when they are interrupted. (no nudity)

A man is forced to walk naked after a horse with his hands tied. Full frontal nudity.

Episode 8:

A woman is raped, but nothing is visibly shown.

A fat man walks around naked. Buttocks are visible. Full nudity is shown very shortly (2 secs).

Episode 9:

An old man fondles the clothed backside of a much younger woman (2 secs).

A woman removes her gown, revealing her breasts. (short clip) She climbs on top of a man and they kiss.

Episode 10:

A man is seen naked from behind. A woman tells him to get back to the bed.

A prostitute is seen naked before putting on her gown.

A woman's breasts are shown, but her lower parts are covered .

Season Two

Episode 1:

In a whorehouse a man is lying down and a woman is straddling him as they have sex; the woman is told to have sex "slowly and with passion". The woman's breasts are shown.

Episode 2:

A man takes off his clothes; a woman is sitting naked on the edge of a bed. They proceed to have sex, thrusting in different positions is clearly shown. The woman is naked for the entire scene, her breasts are visible throughout and there is brief full frontal nudity.

There are a few short scenes from a whorehouse, a man is looking through a peephole. A woman is shown having sex with a man, she is completely naked and her breasts are visible. In another scene a woman is shown performing oral sex on a man, she is almost naked however no nudity is shown. Later full frontal nudity of the same woman is shown as she presented to another man for sex, she has traces of semen on her lips.

A man fondles a woman's breasts while on horseback, he then proceeds to fondle her crotch. No nudity is seen.

A woman takes off her gown while assisted by a man. Her breast and nipples are clearly visible. The man then lays the woman on the edge of a table and proceeds to have sex with her. Thrusting is shown.

Episode 3:

Two men kiss and grope each other on a bed, they are about to have sex but one man refuses.

A woman wears a very low-cut top dress. She then unclips her dress and removes it, revealing her breasts. The woman begins to kiss a man and places her hands down his pants. It is clear she wants to have sex with him but he refuses.

An old man is seen in bed with a woman, she is completely naked. Full frontal nudity is briefly shown in this scene.

Episode 4:

Two women are seen in a bedroom, one is completely naked. Full frontal nudity is shown for an extended period. A young man instructs the women to touch each other, then forces one woman to beat the other woman while he watches (very disturbing scene).

A pregnant woman disrobes, full frontal nudity is shown. She sits down on the ground and opens her legs, she then gives birth . Her breasts are visible from a distance and in closeups for an extended period during this scene.

Episode 5: No nudity

Episode 6:

A young woman is chased into an alleyway by a group of men who are attempting to rape her. Her clothes are ripped and her legs are forced apart, but no rape ends up occuring. No nudity is shown, but it is very emotionally upsetting because the victim is only 15.

A woman's dress is ripped, revealing a breast for a very brief second.

A woman playfully rubs her backside against a man while they lay next to each other fully clothed (not very sexual, discreet brief scene).

A woman disrobes, she is completely naked. Full frontal nudity is shown. She then proceeds to have sex with a man offscreen after embracing him. In a later scene shortly after, her breasts are briefly seen as she climbs out of bed while the men sleeps shirtless.

Episode 7:

A man is seen lying on his stomach naked, his whole backside is shown.

A young woman is chased into an alleyway by a group of men who are attempting to rape her. Her clothes are ripped and her legs are forced apart in a nightmare and she is stabbed, No nudity is shown.

A girl has her period, we see blood on her thighs and blood stains on her dress and the bed sheets.

Episode 8:

A man and a woman kiss passionately,

A man and a woman kiss then undress each other and begin to have sex, her breasts and backside are shown.

Episode 9:

A woman gets on top of another man in bed, no nudity is shown.

We see naked women in the background kissing clothed men and another being undressed, she remains fully undressed on a clothed man's lap for almost the whole the scene.

Episode 10:

A prostitute shows her breasts (5 seconds)

Season Three

Episode 1:

A scene with a prostitute features breast nudity and some mild sexual banter, lasts 2-3 minutes.

Episode 2:

It is implied that a woman gives oral sex to a dwarf.

Episode 3:

Several women are seen topless in passing in a brothel.

A young man is taken into a room and gifted time with three prostitutes, two show full frontal nudity and a third scantily clad woman contorts into provocative positions.

A infant boy is scene naked. Glimpse of his genitals can be scene (2 seconds).

A man whispers sensually in a woman's ear ''I want you''.

A man is almost raped, his pants are forced down and he begs for them to stop. We see his buttocks briefly.

A group of men talk about raping a woman, they beat her but she fights back. They then drag her offscreen and we hear her screams and wails in the distance, it is implied she is raped.

Episode 4: No nudity

Episode 5:

A woman strips naked, breasts and buttocks are shown. She and a man kiss, and it is heavily implied that he gives her oral sex. They lie naked together (breasts shown briefly).

A woman and a man bathe in a large bathtub, buttocks are shown.

Two men kiss in bed together. One is fully naked, full frontal nudity is briefly shown.

Episode 6:

The outline of a woman's breasts are seen through a sheen blouse.

Episode 7:

A man and a woman lie naked in bed. The man's genitals are visible for less than a second as well as his buttocks. The woman shows full nudity from behind. Her breasts are displayed for a few seconds later in the scene. It is a lengthy scene and the woman stays naked for the entire duration.

A woman puts her hand in the pants of a man. She then undresses another woman. Full nudity is shown: front and back. She climbs on top of a shirtless man, then proceeds to rub against the man. The other woman undresses with full frontal nudity. Both women show full frontal nudity, side by side. Another man caresses the buttocks of the women (it is shown). It is a long and disturbing scene.

Episode 8:

A woman sits on a man's lap. The majority of her breasts are visible throughout the scene. The man gropes her.

A woman undresses a man then undresses herself. They then proceed to engage in sex. It is shown. Full nudity for the woman is present.

A woman sits in a bathtub. Her breasts are shown. Full rear nudity is shown later in the scene.

Episode 9: No nudity.

Episode 10: No nudity.

Season Four

Episode 1:

A woman's robes are removed, revealing her fully naked body, full frontal nudity as well as her backside are briefly shown before she puts the robe back on after comments are made toward her timidness of being naked.

In the same scene, another woman is disrobed, revealing her breasts and buttocks (brief full frontal nudity is shown). She then proceeds to kiss a fully clothed woman in bed.

A man asks another man to take his clothes off. After refusing the man grabs the man's groin area before they are interrupted.

A woman places a man's hand under her dress to arouse him. The man, who doesn't share the same desire, removes his hand after a few seconds without interest to continue.

Episode 2:

There is absolutely no scenes involving sex or nudity.

There are some mild sexual references.

Two midgets playfully thrust one another in order to taunt a king's homosexuality. The entire act is in no way meant to be sexual, but comedic in order to entertain a wedding feast, however some viewers may find this act upsetting because of it's homophobia.

Episode 3:

A man rips a woman's dress and forces himself upon her, thrusting and a brief struggle is seen. No nudity is shown.

Women's breasts are seen in a couple shots during one scene, but only VERY briefly and aren't the focus of the scene.

Men and women kiss each other in the same room, some completely nude, others partially clothed. A woman is seen giving another woman oral sex (nothing explicit shown). A nude man (buttocks visible) kisses another man. Two nude women kiss each other in the background (breasts visible). They are interrupted and full frontal male nudity as well as breasts are briefly seen after several of them walk out of the room.

A man's penis is briefly seen as he pees on the ground.

Episode 4:

Some women are sexually assaulted by men, breasts and some thrusting is visible for a couple seconds.

Episode 5: No nudity.

A woman tells people that she'll scream when she makes love to her new husband. It cuts to a scene of a girl who can hear the woman screaming while having sex.

Episode 6:

Women's breasts are seen throughout a scene inside a bathhouse, some full frontal nudity is also briefly shown. The scene is long.

A woman has sex with a man. She thrusts on top of him, her breasts are shown and moaning/screaming is heard.

Episode 7:

A woman tells a man to take off his clothes and he strips, full rear nudity is shown. She stares at him for a couple seconds. It is implied that they have sex.

A woman sits in a bathtub and talks to another woman. Her breasts are visible. Full rear nudity is shown later in the scene. The scene is lengthy.

Episode 8:

Women's breasts are briefly visible in the background of one scene.

A man watches a group of nude women wash and focuses on one of them. Full nudity -front and back- is shown, except for the woman's genitalia which is not visible.

Episode 9:

No nudity or sex.

Only a sexual reference.

Episode 10:

No nudity.

Violence & Gore


The violence is strong and consistent, with violence being an aspect of every episode.

Characters can die from many ways (beheadings, neck slashing, burns, melted gold spilled on a man's head, stab wounds, minor gashes, rape, massacres, face smashing, etc). Even major characters that you won't suspect of dying has a big chance of getting killed. George R. R. Martin intended for this, he has stated that he wanted his book series to be realistic and unsuspecting. The violence in this series is brutal, realistic and sometimes gory. But, it is usually over quickly and is not lingered on for too long. Violence is still a strong presence on the show, however.

Beheadings are shown.

Jousting has been present in the show, with bloody results.

Battle scenes are normally bloody.

A numerous amount of soldiers get graphically stabbed by swords and spears, with blood spewing from throats and other body parts.

There are numerous grisly and gory images that will be upsetting to some viewers.

Some disturbing scenes of torture. (Especially in Season 3 and 4)

In one episode a horse is decapitated and another horse has its throat slit for a ritual, which may be especially upsetting for animal lovers.

There is some violence against frail, young women and children, which might be one of the most upsetting aspects of the show. In one episode, a knight starts beating a helpless young girl at the order of the king. In another episode a helpless young boy gets his throat impaled.

In Season 1 Episode 6 ''A Golden Crown'', a man has melted gold poured over him. He screams and gags in pain. His corpse later falls to the ground. Quick but really graphic scene.

In Season 1, Episode 9 "Baelor", a man is beheaded for a false accusation of treason. The actual execution isn't seen, but in the beginning of the next episode "Fire and Blood", it shows the sword that beheaded the man and it is covered in blood. Then you see the man's head, while his body is dragged off the execution site. Afterwards, the man's daughter is forced to witness her father's (the man who was executed) head on a spike outside the castle, she is crying and is in great emotional pain. She is then struck by a guard twice.

In Season 2 Episode 1 ''The North Remembers'', by the order of King Joffrey (son of King Robert), all the bastard children from King Robert are murdered by soldiers. A young prostitute's crying baby is grabbed from her arms and stabbed (it pans to the woman's face and the sound of stabbing is heard). The woman is in tears and is screaming. Another bastard boy of about the age of 5 is drowned. Babies are seen being grabbed and dragged by soldiers.

In Season 2 Episode 6 ''The Old Gods and the New'' a citizen throws a cow pie at the king and the king orders his soldiers to kill everyone who was in the city square. In one part of the scene, citizens rip a priest's arm off and tosses it into a crowd. This scene shows a plethora of blood, soldiers killing citizens, an attempt to rape an innocent teenage girl, etc.

Season 2 Episode 9 "Blackwater" features a very intense, violent battle scene in which many men are killed. This scene includes a man's head exploding, a man being hacked apart on screen, a man being partially beheaded with blood spurting out of the top of his head, men set on fire, and a man's leg chopped off, among other things.

Season 3 in particular ups the ante in this regard, as one character is seen getting sadistically tortured multiple times.

In Season 3 Episode 6 "The Climb" a young man is holding a crossbow. Then it pans to a dead prostitute. Her hands are tied up and is hanging from the roof with arrows shot into her body.

The Season 3 Episode 9 "The Rains of Castamere" features realistic and explicit killings and currently the most gruesome episode of the series. One victim is a pregnant woman and an innocent child. Lots of neck slashing that will upset viewers. Also, a man's wolf is shot by arrows, whilst in a cage, then later on in the next episode, the head of the wolf has replaced the owner's head, which will upset animal lovers.

The Season 3 Episode 10 "Mhysa" features a man cleaning up a plethora of blood and guts off the floor, which is the hall where "The Red Wedding" occurred.

In the end of Season 4 Episode 2 "The Lion and the Rose" a young man violently chokes on poison and collapses in front of his wedding feast. His face then turns a deep pale blue as blood and liquid ooze out from his nostrils and eyes. This scene can be uncomfortable to watch for some viewers as it is very confronting and detailed.

In the end of Season 4 Episode 8 "The Mountain and the Viper, two men are fighting during a trial by combat. In the end, the seemingly-wounded fighter trips the winning fighter, punches his teeth in and gouges his eyes and we see a large amount of blood coming out from his eyes as he is screaming in pain. He then gets his head crushed and there is a mess of gore and blood. It is the most graphically violent episode on "Game of Thrones", knocking "The Rains of Castamere" (a.k.a. The Red Wedding) down to second place for most violent episodes.

In Season 4 Episode 9 ''The Watchers on The Wall'', There is a long and intense battle scene, taking up about 45 minutes of the episode's 60-minute runtime, with lots of fighting and violence, including a man getting shot through the throat by an arrow and choking on his own blood, a man getting smashed over the head with a hammer so hard it gets lodged in his skull, a man having his head smashed against an anvil and more. Several minor characters, some of which have been in the series since the beginning, get killed in this episode.

In Season 4 Episode 10 ''The Children'', There is a lengthy and intense fight scene between a woman and a man; they punch and strangle each other, wrestle, kick each other in the groin, the man gets his ear bitten off and repeatedly hit in the face with a rock. The man falls off a cliff, and is later seen lying on the ground severely injured, covered in blood and with a large wound on his leg.



Uses strong words, such as "f*ck", "cu*t", "co*k", "bitch", "ass", "sh*t", "bastard", etc., though most strong language is used to their literal meanings.


Wine is consumed on a regular basis, particularly during feasts and gatherings. It is implied that some characters drink for the sole purpose to get drunk. No drugs are consumed.


The show is extremely intense in some parts, there are some very in-your-face scenes during some episodes.

There are certain moments that are dramatic, tragic, and intense. Major and even minor characters who are of importance get killed off.

In the very first episode, a young boy climbs a tower and high up in the tower, he witnesses a man thrusting into his sister in the behind. The sister sees the boy watching with fear and confusion. The man grabs the boy, talks to him for a little bit, then pushes the boy out the window, hoping the fall will kill him. He ultimately survives, but is left paralyzed.

While the show features many strong female characters, the recurring instances of sexual violence (predominately towards women but sometimes towards men) is disturbing to some.

There are several scenes throughout the series that includes "white walkers", which are zombies that live in the ice and have swords, blue eyes, blue mouths, and scrawny bodies that might scare younger viewers

There is a scene in season two, episode "Garden of Bones", where a woman gives birth to a dark, shadowy creature.

Worthy of its own note is the episode "The Rains of Castamere", which features a particularly uncomfortable and gruesome scene which goes on quite a while (commonly referred to as "The Red Wedding"). What makes this scene particularly upsetting is the fact that three major characters who the audience has known through multiple seasons get killed off in a sadistic betrayal which comes completely unexpectedly.. This scene in particular has been called by many viewers and critics as the most intense, emotional, and upsetting scene in television history.

The second episode of the fourth season "The Lion and The Rose" features the death of King Joffrey who is poisoned and violently chokes in front of his wedding feast. After drinking some wine laced with poison, he proceeds to cough up blood and fluids as his face turns pale blue and bloody liquid oozes from his nostrils and eyes, whilst he chokes and dies. This death is very unexpected and may shock viewers.

The episode "Breaker of Chains" has attracted much criticism for its portrayal of a man raping his sister next to their dead son's body. This scene was met with very negative reactions from critics and fans alike for being downright cruel and pointless, as the sex is consensual in the books, and the rape confused and shocked many viewers, including readers of the books. This is a very uncomfortable and disturbing scene that has been described as "pure shock value with no point" by some viewers.

The episode "Oathkeeper" contained a scene where the White Walkers take a baby to a ceremonial area where a very creepy looking White Walker touches the baby and the baby's eyes turn blue seemingly making him turn into a White Walker. The episode ends with the sound of the baby crying repeatedly over the credits. This scene was universally described by viewers as extremely disturbing and uncomfortable.

MPAA Rating: R for Strong Bloody and Brutal Violence, Torture, Strong Sexual Content, Graphic Nudity and Strong Language.

Suggested TV Rating for series so far: TV-MA LSV

HBO Rating Per Season:

Season 1: TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language, Strong Sexual Content, Nudity, Graphic Violence.

Season 2: TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language, Strong Sexual Content, Nudity, Violence

Season 3: TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language, Nudity, Graphic Violence

Season 4: TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language, Nudity, Graphic Violence

Through, if your children can handle it, the show should be suitable for 15 years old, depending on their maturity. HBO Nordic as well recommended the series from 15 and up.

A total of 44/50 overall.

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