Warning! If you have not watched last night's episode of Game of Thrones titled Book of The Stranger, there will be spoilers throughout this story. If you did watch, you know that Daenerys Targaryen performed yet another spectacular feat on the small screen in this latest episode. She not only finally managed to escape her Dothraki captors. But she literally brought the house down in a now-legendary Fire Goddess scene that reminded everyone just how epic and awesome the Mother of Dragons truly is. This is a woman not to be messed with.
Most fans predicted that Ser Jorah and Daario Naharis would smuggle Dany out of her predicament. Some hoped that Drogon might swoop in and save the day by torching Dany's enemies in a call back to Season 5. No one thought she wouldn't escape her confinement at Vaes Dothrak, but not many, if anyone at all, saw this coming. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss pulled off a cool little magic trick, bringing a scene that was both clever and shocking. And it provided the perfect character-driven twist. Here's what Emilia Clarke had to say to EW about the scene, revealing that the body on display is 100% her, and that she is quite proud of her latest nude moment on the show.
"It's so exciting, very tingly-making. Every season I get at least one spine-chilling moment. I just stand up and I go, 'I'm hearing what you're all saying, but funny thing, I'm going to kill you all. I forgot that I have an ace in my back pocket and now I win.' I'd like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season 3. That was awhile ago. It's now season 6. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I'm just feeling genuinely happy I said 'Yes.' That ain't no body double!"
Many always believed that Dany was fire-proof. In the pilot, the woman is seen wading into a scalding bath. And when her brother dies, she declares, 'He was no dragon; fire cannot kill a dragon'. And she emerges unburnt from the birth of her dragons. Though, in the novels, author and creator of this fantasy universe George R.R. Martin suggested her fire-proofing was just a one-time thing. But now we've learned that being fireproof is Dany's secret weapon, and has been since the show's debut in 2010. Says Dan Weiss.
"That's what's most fun about this. You know from the first season that, as you say, it's her 'superpower,' but this is not really that type of story. It's almost like the revelation she had when Jorah and Daario come to the rescue. She's like, 'Wait, I can do something none of these people can do and now that these two people can help me, I can use that to my advantage.' It's a very simple solution, a plan where you can use three people to take out dozens in a very dramatic way by just lighting things on fire and standing there."
The queen of Meereen has now taken on an even larger army by executing the Dothraki leadership and showing off her true powers. Clarke claims that the 'Dothraki are the missing piece of her crew' and that she is 'seemingly indestructible having Dothraki on her side'. Emilia Clarke's nude portion of the scene was shot on a closed set in Belfast, while the portion featuring the Dothraki actors was shot at the Vaes Dothrak village set constructed in Spain. Clarke claims shooting this scene was very reminiscent of when her clothes were scorched off in Season 1.
"Taking off my clothes is not the easiest thing, but with the magic of the effects, I don't have to do a season 1 and go on a cliff and do it. I'm in control of it."
The scene has been completed for a couple of months. And Benioff was one of the first to view it in its entirety. Here's what the show runner had to say about Clarke's performance.
"Emilia absolutely crushed it. It's one of those weird scenes because it was half shot in Spain, half in Belfast. But largely due to her performance, it works brilliantly."
In the recent past, it was actress Oona Chaplin who claimed that one actress in particular hated doing nude scenes, and many believed she was talking about Clarke. And then last year, a tabloid claimed that Clarke detested doing the sex scenes on the show. Emilia was quick to clarify this on Instagram, saying it wasn't true. In terms of last night's episode, Clarke wanted to assure her legion of fans that getting naked was all part of the fun, and that she was completely down with it. Game of Thrones returns this Sunday with the all-new episode titled The Door, premiering May 22 at 9 PM ET on HBO. You can take a look at the sneak peek below.