Daenerys of House Targaryen, Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Dothraki, First of Her Name arises from her bath. She affixes the brazen mercenary Daario Naharis with an unblinking stare. He has brought her the heads of his former allies and an offer of his loyalty. Daenerys is naked but unashamed; she has nothing to hide.
It all sounds a little bullshit, doesn’t it?
As a character, Daenerys is a rare example of a fictional female character that is resourceful, powerful and not defined by the men in her life or the patriarchal system around her. But as an actress, Emilia Clarke is subject to a lingering close-up on her breasts – a gaze about as male as they can get. Is Daenerys’ nudity in this scene a necessary element to demonstrate her fearlessness and her confidence in her own skin? Or is it yet another example of entertainment produced by men for men, objectifying an attractive woman to increase the ratings – a slim excuse to get Emilia Clarke’s boobs out?