Top sex scenes on TV: From 'GOT' and 'Outlander' and 'Shadowhunters', here are the steamy couplings that made us sweat
Sex always sells, and there is no doubt that a good sex scene leaves both the audience and the critic immensely satisfied
It takes a lot more than seducing dialogue to set the mood and execute a well-defined sex scene. While most times the concentration is on the setting of the scene, aspects such as fitting the scene into the plot and letting the characters (not the actors) perform it, should be considered when determining good sex scenes.
Over the years, the execution of the act of having sex has tremendously revolutionized on screen. With the audience becoming more familiar and comfortable (exceptions are always there) with watching such intimate acts being exclusively carried on screen, filmmakers have tried out every possible way to make the only monotonous act of human behavior look interesting.
Sex has sort of become a recurring feature in some of the most well-known TV shows such as 'Shadowhunters', 'Peaky Blinders', and certainly 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander'. As we celebrate this primal instinct, let's take a look at the top 10 sex scenes on TV:
1. 'Shadowhunters' (Season 2 Episode 7)
This one stands out because the two characters completely change their dynamics when it comes to their first time with each other. A supernatural gay couple, Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario) and Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.) love-making is for captivating one's intrigue.
What's interesting is the experienced warlock was the one being nervous about “rushing into anything” with his new boyfriend, but the boyfriend took the lead despite having relatively lesser experience. The end result? Pure ecstasy.
2. 'Outlander' (Season 4, episode 1)
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser's (Sam Heughan) sex scene in Season 4 Episode 1, was a culmination of all the steamy sex throughout. Reminiscing their 24 years of marriage and decades of separation, Jamie and Claire aren't the sexy young couple we once knew. "When my body dies, my soul will still be yours," Jamie tells Claire and she climbs on top of him. They have passionate sex by the bonfire, and wake up overlooking the lush New England of the 18th century.
3. 'American Gods' (Season 1, Episode 3)
The scene occurs after an Omani businessman Salim (Omid Abtahi) meets a taxi driver with flaming eyes. The two speak of their past - Jinn speaks of how his people have forgotten him, while Salim recalls the folktales about Ifrit (Jinn, played by Mousa Kraish) and the palpable chemistry between the two leads to sex. The scene was one of the most talked about while it aired. Gaiman initially found the scene challenging.
4. 'Sense 8' (Season 2, Episode 12)
‘Sense8’ was cancelled way ahead of its time, but it went out with a bang. Literally! The series finale was marked with one of the biggest orgy scenes to be captured tastefully on screen. Marking the end to a tumultuous time, and the beginning to a beautiful union, this scene is not just sexy because of the act in itself. It captures the moments in which people of various races, body-types and genders become one.
Through the language of lovemaking, The Wachowskis showed that love conquers all. As Rajan, (Purab Kohli), who is seen connecting with and kissing Wolfgang during the group sex scene, says to his wife Kala (Tina Desai), "My God, I didn't think such things were possible", we couldn't agree more.
5. Game of thrones (Season 7, Episode 7)
Nothing was more excruating than waiting for one whole season to watch Jon (Kit Harrington) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finally make the move. As Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wight) narrated Jon's true identity as a Targaryen, we watched him get into bed with the Mother of Dragons, who is also his aunt.
The scene actually symbolized the title of the first book in the 'Game of Thrones' series. 'A Song of Ice and Fire' was finally sung when the King in the North entered the secret chamber of the Mother of Dragons.
6. Game of Thrones (Season 1, Episode 2)
Nothing beats the relationship of Daenerys and Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) which had actually ignited the Dragon in the Queen. Their relationship started with a customary rape but soon Daenerys understood that the Khal was not a bad man.
He followed his rules mindlessly but if he could be shown a different route, a better one, he would choose that. Daenerys learned to please her man, and when she tried to take control, Drogo did not resist. He let her take things the way she wanted, and that was the beauty of their relationship.
7. Game of Thrones (Season 3, Episode 5)
Jon Snow knew nothing until he met the Wildling red-head, Ygritte (Rose Leslie). He claimed that he literally knew nothing about women since he had never been with one, and Ygritte was the first woman he saw naked. Although she strongly believed and would continuously repeat the line, "You know nothing, Jon Snow", she was ultimately proven wrong when Jon went down on her in that cave. That's one thing he knew, aye Ygritte?
8. 'Peaky Blinders' (Season 1, Episode 5)
Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and Grace (Annabelle Wallis) met under the most unfamiliar situations, and this is one couple who came together through blood and betrayal. After the murder of the two IRA men at the Garrison Pub, when Grace actually helped Thomas by shooting them, they finally share their first moment together.
This scene was important to their relationship since this was the first time, Grace realized that she no longer wished to spy on the Shelbys but be part of them. As for Thomas, Grace was the only friend he had, and he told her, "I found you. And you found me. We'll help each other."
9. 'Manifest' (Season 1, Episode 10)
Fans had been rooting for Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) and Jared (J.R. Ramirez) to get together, ever since she returned after disappearing for five and a half years. The exes finally confessed their love for each other, and once that was done, they clearly couldn't hold themselves back.
Their furious love making soon made them forget that Jared was already married to Lourdes, who is apparently pregnant with his baby. However, things didn't end very well for them, and just like their night of love making, it seems Michaela and Jared's relationship is also short-lived. That scene was almost like creator Jeff Rake's way of pointing out that once we get everything we want, we are once again left unsatiated.
10. 'Bodyguard' (Season 1, Episode 2)
Richard Madden's David Budd is just the perfect rendition of the damage man whom almost everyone finds quite strangely alluring. Let's just say even Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) is unable to keep herself together around her young, hot, bodyguard. We all remember the time when the two finally let down their guards and shared a moment in her hotel room.
Julia, who for long had been eyeing her bodyguard, finally let him in when she said, "I’m not the queen. You can touch me, you know." Once they start kissing each other, there is no return. Their clothes come off, and soon they are estranged from the world and its diplomacy, busy embracing their primal instincts.