Although these scenes may be more powerful than others, they are still very meaningful. Game of ThronesHowever, stars are still being questioned about their necessity. Matt SmithThe role of Rhaenyra’s Uncle Daemon Targaryen was played by Jeremy. “You do find yourself asking, ‘Do we need another sex scene?'” He said Rolling Stone U.K. “And they’re like, ‘Yeah, we do.'”

Smith eventually came to realize that Martin’s universe includes sex. “I guess you have to ask yourself: ‘What are you doing? Is your time representing the book or are you diluting it to be representative of the time [we’re living in]?'” Smith replied. “And, I really think that it’s your duty to represent them truthfully and honestly as they were originally written.”

See how the writers reimagined Martin’s world through a critical lens when House of the DragonPremieres August 21 on HBO