One of the standout moments during the “Stormborn” episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday night (besides Grey Worm and Missandei OMG) was Euron Greyjoy and his men literally going bananas on that ship, Pirates of the Caribbean-style.
But before the intense bloodbath, Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand shared a flirty little kiss. However, that kiss was never in the script.
The moment happens just before Euron attacks Yara’s fleet — and it might be one of the last happy moments we ever see on Game of Thrones. In the script, the women were just supposed to flirt. But when you get talented actresses like Gemma Whelan and Indira Varma in a room, they go for it. Besides, what’s more dramatic and cinematic — flirting or kissing?
“It wasn’t directed that we would kiss,” Whelan told Entertainment Weekly. “It just seemed like something we should do. We led it, very much so. It was meant to be a suggestion [of flirting] and then it became more sexual than we expected because it seemed right. There was only a skeleton crew working because the rig could only take so much weight, so we were left very much on our own. And who wouldn’t want to kiss Indira? I mean, come on!”
However, for certain angles, Whelan’s stunt double had to fill in and apparently, the stunt actress was a little overwhelmed by the stage kiss.
“Gemma had hurt her back so there were some stunts she couldn’t do,” Varma added. “So I had to start kissing this poor stunt double and she was so terrified! That was quite funny, bless her. I don’t think she’d ever been put in that situation before. She’s used to falling over and being attacked and all the stunts, but to be kissed by an actress was a bit beyond her.”
While it’s unclear what happened to both ladies — as Yara was taken by Euron as a “gift” and it’s implied that Ellaria was captured as well — we hope they make it out okay and live to see another day (and maybe another kiss).