Emilia Clarke has been noticeably absent from filming in Seville this past week, but perhaps we can chalk it up to her incredibly busy schedule promoting her new film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Clarke is currently in France for the Cannes Film Festival, but she did take some time to discuss Game of Thrones at the Kering Women in Motion talk.
As an avowed feminist, Clarke shares her views on how women can push for more equality in Hollywood, especially regarding the wage gap. This isn’t an issue for her on Game of Thrones, as she says, “I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars. It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my paycheck.” She stresses the importance of women advocating for themselves and making it clear they won’t accept less than they’re worth – something she admits is difficult for her at times. “Khaleesi aside, I’m not naturally aggressive as a human.”
Playing a powerful character like Daenerys has led to Clarke being labelled as “strong woman,” a term she hates. She believes it gives the implication that most women are weak, and it is almost never used to describe men. “Find another adjective, damn it,” she insists. “Enough already with the strong women. Let’s just be women.”
Clarke declines to give any details about the final season of Game of Thrones, but she does confess how difficult it is now that it’s coming to an end. “It really feels like preparing to leave home…so that’s exciting, but it’s sad and scary, all at the same time.” It may seem hard to believe, but she is adamant about not knowing how the series ends. In her opinion, however, “it will be what none of us think it will be.”
The entire interview is worth a watch – check it out below.
Armorer and weapons specialist Natalia Lee has been with Game of Thrones since the very first episode, and in a new interview with Metro she admits working on the final season has been bittersweet. “It has been a huge journey. For a lot of us it has been the end. You have to look at it as we are happy to move forward and do other things and be challenged. But it is sad. We are like a family.”
Lee explains that working on the show has been one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs she’s had, and that it will be difficult to find anything else like it. “I have shot on glaciers in the middle of Iceland to deserts in Spain and Morocco, and on fortress walls. For me it was a masterclass of filmmaking. It is the best of the best. The hardest thing is that we have set a benchmark, and we are not going to top anything like this again in our careers.”
Although she won’t give any secrets away, Lee does have a few hints about what to expect in season eight.” All I can say is think big and multiply it by a billion,” she teases. “We know the storylines now. It is survival of the fittest. There’s only a few left standing. Anyone and everyone can die.” Let’s hope it doesn’t go quite that far!
Read the rest here.
Finally, Rodeo FX has released the VFX breakdown for two big moments of season seven – the nighttime sea battle between Euron Greyjoy and the Targaryen forces, and the Night King and Viserion bringing down the Wall. Take a look at the video above to see each sequence from concept art to spectacular finish! It’s especially amazing to see the fall of the Wall in such detail and from so many more perspectives than in the show.