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Here’s Why There’s No Gay Sex In The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Books

'I've had letters from fans who want me to present an explicit male sex scene.'

On Tuesday, George R.R. Martin took the stage at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and dropped some spoiler-filled knowledge and insight on the audience from his upcoming books, “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring” from the novel series that inspired HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Naturally, there were a few things that merit discussion. So we’ve compiled them all below to obsess over — because isn’t that what the Internet’s for?

While it’s no secret that the HBO TV series and Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series have deviated from one another in ways that have previously upset fans, other aspects have brought a bit more equality to the mix. Like the depiction of Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell’s love affair in season two. When asked why such a thing was not made as visually explicit in the novels, Martin explained that he was actually more limited in his ability to tell the myriad stories than the TV shows because of his viewpoint-styled chapters.

Given that none of the viewpoint characters (thus far) are gay, it left little room for explicit gay sex in the books. “A television show doesn’t have those limitations,” Martin said. “Will that change? It might. I’ve had letters from fans who want me to present an explicit male sex scene – most of the letters come from women.”

What about those other fan thoughts? Like, say, that super-mega potential theory spoiler? Well as far as our read on the situation, he all but confirmed it. Still, given that it is a still-unconfirmed hypothetical in the books, if the fans are correct about that bombshell, will he change it in order to keep the mystery alive? No, apparently not! “I’ve been planting all these clues that the butler did it, then you’re halfway through a series and suddenly thousands of people have figured out that the butler did it, and then you say the chambermaid did it? No, you can’t do that.”

But perhaps the most interesting tease of all? There’s a new, major character coming onto the scene: Willas Tyrell, the crippled but brilliant eldest son of Lord Mace Tyrell. Martin did not that though his part is important, he will not be a viewpoint character.

But this is GRRM we’re talking about, and he’s one wordy MFer, so who knows: maybe that’ll change, or he’ll kill someone off. Who knows.

Too much exuberance for one person.
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