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House Of The Dragon's Intimacy Coordinator Praised By Fans Who Say Love Scenes Are "Better" Than GoT

TheThings 9/23/2022 Kathryn Morris
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Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean made headlines when he shared his controversial views on intimacy coordinators, a role that most hadn't heard of until recently. But House Of The Dragon star Emily Carey said that an intimacy coordinator helped her to feel much more relaxed during filming an intimate scene after she initially feared shooting with 49-year-old Paddy Considine.

Emily Carey was seventeen when she was first cast as Young Alicent Hightower in the Game of Thrones spin-off series, and she became one of many to praise the "amazing" intimacy coordinator that helped her, and the vital role that intimacy coordinators play today.

What Is An Intimacy Coordinator?

Like a stunt coordinator is responsible for a show or movie's stunts and action sequences, intimacy coordinators are responsible for the love and intimate scenes in a show or movie.

Intimacy coordinators work out the positions of the cast, so that scenes look convincing, and also make sure the cast members feel comfortable when performing such scenes.

But not everyone understands the role of the intimacy coordinator or thinks there's a demand for this role within the film industry.

Sean Bean, who played Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones, made comments on the role of intimacy coordinators, saying that intimate scenes are about chemistry, not preparation, and that intimacy coordinators take away spontaneity.

Intimacy Coordinator On House Of The Dragon Responded To Sean Bean

Miriam Lucia, one of House Of The Dragon's intimacy coordinators, responded to Sean Bean's comments in a wonderful way that explained her highly misunderstood job.

"I just think he is a man of a certain age, who has been in this industry for a very long time, and he doesn’t have an experience of the other side," Lucia said.

Lucia also added that she doesn't think her job gets in the way of the creative process, but actually enables it.

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"I think once you’ve worked out what the actors are comfortable with in terms of touch and consent, and what the movements are going to be, then you add the emotion to it," Lucia explained.

"And then you find the freedom, because you’re not scrambling and fumbling and trying to find it there and then in the moment."

Fans Loved The Intimacy Coordinator's Statements

House Of The Dragon already had high expectations to meet, with it being the spin-off of Game of Thrones, which was one of the most watched and most talked-about shows in the world. Is House Of The Dragon's intimacy coordinators helping the show to reach the success of its predecessor though?

Several fans said that compared to Game Of Thrones, which has a bad rap for "gratuitous" love scenes, the scenes in House Of The Dragon were much better, and that it was clear the intimacy coordinators were having a positive influence over the show.

"House of the Dragon's intimacy coordinator really be doing THE MOST," one fan tweeted. "Episode 4 was outstanding."

"Props to the intimacy coordinator for assisting and protecting actors during very delicate scenes!" another fan tweeted.

"[The] presence of an intimacy coordinator on House Of The Dragon is incredibly noticeable as a viewer…" another fan tweeted, sharing Variety's tweet about Emily Carey praising the intimacy coordinator.

"[The intimate scenes] in last night’s episode were well done and not half as gratuitous as those in GOT but equally fulfilling narrative-wise."

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It seems that House of the Dragon could succeed where Game of Thrones failed since it has "a lot more awareness" than before, an intimacy coordinator being proof of House Of Dragon's willingness to change Game of Thrones' bad rap.

Another fan shared their view on intimacy coordinators, saying that they appreciate how House of Dragon handles these acts "in a less exploitive way than Game of Thrones."

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The fan also said that they imagined "part of [how certain scenes are handled is down to] the role of this intimacy coordinator."

For the most part, intimacy coordinators have received high praise now that fans of House Of The Dragon understand their role in filming far better.

So whether fans love them or hate them, intimacy coordinators are clearly a much-needed asset to fans' favorite movies and shows.

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