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Game of Thrones put virginity front and center back on TV, but instead to preach on the subject – like others in its genre - it did so by capturing Daenerys's fears on her wedding night, taking the audience through her dread, trepidation and pain. Leaving viewers to cry for her - and with her - until her marriage turned into a love story that made the audience cry for completely different reasons.

King Robb's first time was more passionate than effective. Although he more than make up for it during the course of his marriage, he was never the natural Pod or Jon Snow were on the show, yet the story didn't make him less of a conqueror, a father or a man because of it: The King in the North saved his virginity for the woman he loved, no matter how long it would take to find her.

It wasn't until The Red Wedding that the audience understood how humiliating a bedding ceremony could be for the bride, Talisa the perfect surrogate for the audience's pity towards Roslyn Frey. As sure as Lord Bolton was that Catelyn Stark endured her wedding night with grace, Ned's fears about breaking a man's jaw so long as he touched his bride made the viewers realize this ceremony couldn't be any easier for Catelyn's brother than it was for his poor wife.

So, why would anyone go through it? Why would this fantasy show impose such a horrible challenge to its characters? The answer provided by the Maid of Tarth and the Kingslayer on their way to Harrenhal: because virtue is important. It says something about those who wait for the right person, and something about those who find it all too late. Its something so precious that Jaime's sword hand is the only price worth of Brienne's honor. Marriage the ultimate throne in which such a virtue should rest.


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