updated 03/27/2014 AT 12:15 AM ET
•originally published 03/28/2014 AT 8:35 AM ET
The gender disparity in cable nudity has become a social-media flashpoint, and few shows on television have received as much criticism on this issue as HBO’s Game of Thrones, a fantasy series with enough female nudity to invite the term “”King’s but nary any of the displays of swordsmanship its female fans might want to see.
With the controversy large enough to garner its own CollegeHumor parody, the male-nudity question has become the first topic of discussion any time a Game of Thrones actor is interviewed anywhere.
And now star Kit Harington is speaking out, saying it would be fair for the men on the show to disrobe as much as their lady counterparts.
In an interview with GQ, Harington discusses the nudity clause in his contract, which mandates that he bare his flesh every time the script requires it.
“It’s only right, if you’re going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it,” the Pompeii star told the magazine, “that you be a part of that.”
Unfortunately, Harington wasn’t able to show off his own body in that infamous cave scene with costar (and real-life ex) Rose Leslie: “When it came down to [film] it I had a broken ankle, so the only time you saw my a–, it wasn’t my a–.”