Emilia Clarke pens emotional essay about surviving two aneurysms while filming ‘Game of Thrones’

Emilia Clarke holding a print of the UK Mail postage stamp featuring Daenerys Targaryen in 2018.

Emilia Clarke holding a print of the UK Mail postage stamp featuring Daenerys Targaryen in 2018.

Here at Watchers on the Wall, we don’t often report on the personal lives of the cast and crew of Game of Thrones — we like to respect their privacy and focus on the art they create. However, Emilia Clarke recently opened up about a life-threatening situation she faced not once, but twice during filming of the series, and how it affected her professional as well as personal life. Have some tissues handy, readers, because this story is an emotional rollercoaster.

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Kit Harington & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau speak out about their last days in Season 8

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With Game of Thrones coming to an end soon, most interviews with the cast follow the familiar pattern of looking back to nearly a decade of work on these characters, including their end, and also of looking forward to whatever may come next. In two fantastic new interviews, Kit Harington and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau may not break the mold but they do go deeper than most regarding their challenges throughout the Game of Thrones years, as well as the difficulty of filming as Jon and Jaime for the last time.

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Writers explain Season 7 timeskips and suggest a more naturally paced Season 8

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Though season seven of Game of Thrones was generally well-received, a much-maligned aspect of it was its quick pacing—or, more specifically, how it was perceived to rely on timeskips more often and more abruptly than any previous season. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, the writers have finally addressed this charge, which they never had before, explaining why they did what they did and how the final season may differ.

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Bid to win tickets to Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premiere and afterparty in NYC

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Just in case the impending culmination of eight years of extraordinary television (and extra extraordinary fandom) wasn’t getting you hyped enough, Charity Buzz, an online auction site, is now offering you the chance to attend the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere and its afterparty in New York City next month.

You know … if that sort of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity appeals to you.

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Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reflect on their years with Game of Thrones

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With Game of Thrones season 8 encroaching ever closer, I thought it best to have some fun with our latest interview roundup. Sure, lots of the cast and crew are talking (and talking), but why not truly match two characters whose destiny is sure to intertwine in some way or another? I’m talking of course about Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.) At Emerald City Comic Con, Gwendoline gave a thorough interview on her career, touching (naturally) on GOT quite a bit. Meanwhile, Nikolaj talked to Modern Luxury about the good and bad sides of Jaime (and we know that there’s quite a bit of both.) Let’s dive in…

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#ForTheThrone: Join the Quest!

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HBO has decided to end our collective boredom with a bang by unleashing a flood of Game of Thrones content all at once and we don’t hate it. As the latest leg of their #ForTheThrone campaign (and hopeful less painful than the blood donation portion of festivities), a mysterious new Quest was unveiled for fans today on the website. What does it entail? To be honest, we’re not entirely sure…

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Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams give advice, no one wants to be stuck in an elevator with a White Walker, and a new ‘Inside Game of Thrones’ installment

Son of the Harpy stunt performers set on fire in "The Dance of Dragons"

Son of the Harpy stunt performers set on fire in “The Dance of Dragons”

With less than a month to go before the Season 8 premiere, the Game of Thrones hype train is hurtling down the track, pulling a cargo of interviews and sound bites from cast and crew alike. And you won’t hear us complaining that there’s new stuff every day to round up!

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