Emilia Clarke Focused After A Brain Aneurysm By Playing Dragon Queen In “Game Of Thrones”

Nalini Suri |Jun 05, 2019

“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has confessed that Daenerys Targaryen role urged her to fight with a life-threatening brain aneurysm to save her life.

32-year-old Emilia Clarke said to Regina Hall in Actors On Actors series of Variety that after hospitalized during acting for the second series of the show in 2011, her role as stoic Dragon Queen kept her mind in the right head-space to fight with brain aneurysms.

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Emilia Clarke snaps from her days in the hospital

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO series "Game of Thrones".

In March, the actress revealed that in 2011, at the age of 24, she had suffered 2 serious brain aneurysms which threatened to her life.

The star told Regina that filming her last scenes for the divisive series finale of Game of Thrones was ‘bizarre’ and ‘surreal’ after 9 years as Mother of Dragons. In the long-awaited finale aired last month, Daenerys Targaryen falls into a dreadful end by her death at her lover and also nephew Jon Snow’s hands (by Kit Harington).

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Daenerys Targaryen's death scene in "Game of Thrones" finale.

Emilia Clarke shared:


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Actress Emilia Clarke said goodbye to her character as Mother of Dragon Daenerys Targaryen but has been still taking treatment from brain aneurysms. She did fight with it and she will win, by all of her desires and efforts, not just by her role in Game of Thrones.


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