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Were you frustrated by Daenerys Targaryen’s season 2 progress on Game of Thrones?
Emilia Clarke understands. Sitting in the lounge of a hotel in West Hollywood, her natural dark hair effectively hiding her TV alter ego as the dragon queen to passing guests, Clarke says her character had a “very frustrating season two.” The exiled heir to the Iron Throne spent the season in the wealthy city of Qarth, getting the runaround from its rich patrons, battling a warlock and even losing her precious trio of young dragons for a time (say it with me now, “Where are my dragons!?”).
Season 3 starts much the same way. Dany arrives at another Mediterranean-style city (called Astapor) and still seeks resources to invade Westeros. But expect her story to move very quickly. “She hits the ground running, lets put it that way,” Clarke says. “Season two was so much about trust and she learned she couldn’t trust many people. Season three is her trusting herself and not trusting other people. She has to prove to herself and others that she knows what she’s doing.”
Dany sets her sights on acquiring a slave army called the Unsullied. The fighting men are considered among the best in the world, though are also quite expensive. “She starts the season with nothing — just the dragons,” she says. “It’s a huge test this season to get the army. It’s what she always should have had, basically.” Her dragons, by and by, are firmly bigger and more vicious than last year, as the Thrones producers discussed in our previous post. Not that Dany is afraid of them. “Her maternal instinct outweighs any trepidation,” she says.
The 25-year-old Clarke has a unique position on the hit show since her character doesn’t interact with any of the show’s main cast members. She’s basically the star of her own separate program and this season her scenes were largely shot in an entirely different country (Morocco) from the rest of the show. “I get to be in The Dany Zone for ages,” she says. “I always get the lovely hot destination.”
Though her characters still longs for her ill-fated Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), she says fans can expect a “light smattering of romance” this season.
Clarke has also been expanding her sights beyond Thrones recently, starring in a new stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway. “She’s probably the nicest human on the planet,” says Thrones executive producer David Benioff. “But when she goes full Daenerys Stormborn, you completely believe she’d burn people alive.”
Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Emilia Clarke chat with AccessHollywood.com‘s Laura Saltman at Season 3 premiere of “Game of Thrones.” There are 27 regular characters on the show, how many can each of them name in just 20 seconds? (source)
Emilia is featured in the April issue of i-D Magazine, I’ve added the scans to the gallery. The photoshoot is really great so let’s hope is some outtakes :)
Magazine Scans > 2013 – I-D Magazine, April [+3]
Added in the gallery, even more pics from the Game of Thrones Season 3 Press Conference (thanks DeA and Renee), a new photoshoot (from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s promotion) and the OUT Magazine digital scans!
While in New York for the upcoming Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere, the cast members of GoT: Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Maisie Williams (click on the names to go on their sites) went to see and support Emilia at her play Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
Thanks to Olivia I’ve added some new photos of Emilia at the “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”: Press Preview and Curtain Call from the Opening Night!
Public Appearances > 2013 Appearances > February 27: “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” Press Preview [+33]
Public Appearances > 2013 Appearances > March 20 : Breakfast at Tiffany’s Opening Night – Curtain Call [+6]