Game of Thrones, the new HBO fantasy series set to premiere April 17, is going to be "beyond R" in the ratings department, according to the show's producer David Benioff.
Benioff, who wrote the screenplay for the 2004 mythological epic Troy with a naked Diane Kruger, is taking full advantage of HBO's skinthusiasm for the female body as represented in shows like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
The series, which features 300 star Lena Heady, is based on the award-winning series of epic fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire. And Benioff is going to make sure that all the dirty parts make it to the screen. Hopefully some of them will include Lena!
"Here, because we have ten hours to tell the story, we're able to include all the major characters... and we're able to do it the way George does it in the books in terms of the darkness of it and the violence of it and the sexuality of it, which a major studio would never let you do, even if you're lucky enough to get an R rating," Benioff told Access Hollywood. "George's world is a violent world - there's a lot of killing and bloodshed and eviscerations and decapitations and there's a lot of sex. It's one of the things that I loved about these books."
Game of Thrones sounds like something you would play with yourself.