The final season of Game of Thrones remains in production and will continue for a little while longer, but it stands to reason some cast members may already be done with their parts at this point. This is not the case for Emilia Clarke … but it is for Daenerys!
In this month’s Vanity Fair cover story, Joanna Robinson interviews Emilia Clarke (with occasional additional remarks by Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Dan Weiss, David Benioff and others) about her life and career before and after Game of Thrones, as well as, of course, the blockbuster Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which she stars as Qi’Ra (she is also surprisingly candid about the disastrous experience of filming Terminator: Genisys.)
Here we are all about Thrones, however, and thankfully she did reveal a few things: she’s already shot Dany’s “final on-screen moments.” In her own words, “it fucked me up. Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…”
Damn. That may not be a spoiler but I’m sure it will give birth to hundreds of wild theories about what she could possibly mean. Am I crazy or is she saying her character’s final moments in the show may be quite controversial? Whatever she means, I believe it must be made clear Clarke is not done with season eight. She did film Dany’s last scene, as the show is never shot chronologically, but it’s likely Clarke will be around until the end of production, given her character’s importance and usual screen time.
And what will what screen time consist of? Believe it not, she offers a few tidbits. While discussing the difficulty of infusing the serious Daenerys with Clarke’s own light-hearted humor, she implies we shouldn’t expect much of that in season eight. More than that, she says she’s “doing all this weird shit. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.”
The interview also confirms something we knew had to happen, given where Jon and Dany were heading last we saw them, but it’s still nice to know for sure: she’s “shooting for the first time with several of the show’s top stars, including Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.” I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to that encounter!
Clarke also discusses pay parity; her journal of her experiences in this final season that we may one day get to read; and much more. However, for that you should really read the cover story at Vanity Fair, wonderfully written by friend of the site (and Con of Thrones special guest!) Joanna Robinson. Seriously: give it a read! It’s a great piece.