In the wake of HBO’s recent GLAAD nominations, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has confirmed that the first entry in the Song of Ice and Fire series features multiple gay characters, and those characters’ sexuality will be even more clearly visible on the HBO show premiering April 17.
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Martain says that by the third episode of the ten episode premiere season, viewers will know that the ‘Knight of Flowers’, Loras Tyrell as well as another character named Renly are in a same-sex relationship.
“I like to handle things subtly,” Martin says. “I couldn’t ever actually say, ‘such-and-such is gay,’ because, as I’m sure you know, the word wasn’t invented until the 60s. And I’m talking medieval times… But I thought it was pretty clear in context.”
Other gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual characters also inhabit Westeros. The Red Viper of Dorne, for example, gets outed as a bisexual character.
The show’s executive producer and writer D.B. Weiss says that HBO is quite possibly the only network where this would be possible. Wiess also says the show’s second season will see even more of these LGBT characters in action than the first season.