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Game Of Thrones Actresses Say Their Kiss Was Improvised

Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 7, episode 2

Not every moment that happens on Game of Thrones comes straight from the script.

Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy, told Entertainment Weekly that one of the big moments in "Stormborn," the second episode of season 7, was totally improvised. But you can't really blame her. It occurred during the scene in which Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) cozies up with Yara and the pair kiss.

"It wasn't directed that we would kiss," Whelan said. "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, there was at least one person who was apparently hesitant to kiss Varma: Whelan's stunt double. While kissing doesn't seem all that hazardous (although you never know when it comes to Ellaria), it happens just as Euron attacks the fleet and violently rocks the ship.

"Gemma had hurt her back so there were some stunts she couldn't do," Varma said. "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."

Whelan said she loves the tone of the moment. "I think it's a wonderful scene and amusing as well," she said. "Like that look from Yara to Theon (Alfie Allen) that says 'a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.'"

If you missed the episode, check out our recap.