Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels will be excited to see the legendary Sand Snakes appearing on Game of Thrones this spring. But some people's enthusiasm was slightly tempered when the first set photos of the Sand Snakes appeared, revealing... armor with nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton says this was a mistake.

Talking to New York Magazine's "The Cut," Clapton seemed chagrined about these nipples:

"You've picked a bone of contention!" Clapton laughed. She told the Cut that "it certainly wasn't my intention" to have nippled armor. "I'm not terribly keen on it," she added. "I don't see the necessity for it. You don't do it on men." Well, except the famously ridiculed Batman suit. "Yeah, okay, that. But I wouldn't do it on men, and I don't really like the concept of it on women. Of course you have to have the woman's shape. That's fine. But [nipples on armor] is almost from a man's point of view, and there's something slightly cheesy about it."

So what happened? Clapton says it was a mistake, a result of the "structured molds" they use on the armor. "They sand it off to an extent, but they didn't do it as much as I wanted them to." The show was rushing into production, and Clapton didn't notice the nipples weren't sanded off sufficiently until they were already filming. Even still, she says it's way more noticeable in the set photos, thanks to a trick of the lighting, than it is in the actual footage.

Adds Clapton, "I had the same thought as you. I was surprised when I saw the picture. But I didn't notice them when I was there. And sometimes you can't go back and change things." [NY Mag]