House of the Dragon star Fabien Frankel spent seven months preparing for the sex scene between Rhaenyra and Criston

house of the dragon Star Fabien Frankel has said he spent seven months preparing to film his sex scene on the show.

The British actor appears on HBO game of Thrones Prequel series as Ser Criston Cole, the Warden tasked with protecting Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock).

*Spoilers for House of the Dragon below*

In episode four, Rhaenyra is taken to a brothel by her uncle Daemon (Matt Smith), where the two kiss and begin to undress. Daemon then leaves, and Rhaenyra returns to her castle and has a much more intimate sex scene with Criston.

Appears on EW‘s West of Westeros Podcast Frankel praised episode director Clare Kilner for her work on the scene and explained that he felt inspired by the BBC drama normal people and the way it “highlighted the realities of sex, especially at such a young age.”

“We talked about this for seven months. It was one of the first things I really wanted to talk about,” Frankel explained. “The most important thing for me was that it didn’t feel like yet another unnecessary sex scene with sweat streaming down their backs, because it just isn’t like that.

“Sex just isn’t like that, and anyone who’s ever had sex will tell you sex isn’t that pretty. It’s not a quaint, amazing thing. It’s uncomfortable, especially when you’re young. There’s an awkwardness to sit in and you have to discover and understand each other’s bodies, not to mention the practical side of it all.”

He continued: “I only remember back and forth texts, back and forth phone calls, back and forth meetings between Clare, me, Milly and Miriam [Lucia] our intimacy coordinator. But especially me, Clare and Milly said, ‘How do we do this humanely?’ … I was very adamant, and I think both of you were too.”

Frankel in “House of the Dragon”


The snake Star then described how the scene shows Rhaenyra removing Criston’s armor piece by piece.

“Those are all things that were really important to me, because they take away these types of, in my opinion, archaic sexual sex scenes that have existed on TV and film for so long and make it feel real and what it was going to be like… It went.” it’s about the fight in every way – the fight to take off the armor, the fight of him to break his vows… That’s how I wanted to put it.”

In this week, house of the dragonThe intimacy coordinator of , Miriam Lucia, spoke about the impact her work had on the young female performers and how this went against Sean Bean’s comments that they were removing “spontaneity” from sex scenes.

You can read the biggest talking points from episode five of house of the dragon here.

house of the dragon will continue in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Mondays at 2am before repeating later in the day at 9pm. House of the Dragon star Fabien Frankel spent seven months preparing for the sex scene between Rhaenyra and Criston


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