Experiences that are important to us are generally like savings in our lives. We want to fall back on them as and when we wish so as to wonder, learn, and sometimes reminisce just for pleasure. And if it’s an experience as special as working on the biggest show on the planet, the saving becomes a treasure. So, you keep souvenirs to symbolize that treasure-full-experience. Game of Thrones actors have earlier talked about taking/getting something or the other from the sets. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) got a little something from the set too, though not by herself. She recently came on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show and revealed the details.
While talking about properties from the set, the host said “When Kit Harington (Jon Snow) came in, he said he had a keepsake. He had kept, bizarrely, the stone statue of Jon Snow. He was a bit worried coz no-one else had kept theirs.” Emilia was all surprised, saying, “How did he get it out?” The host suggested that he probably smuggled it under his coat. Looks like winter helped the Lord Commander.
So, the question was popped to Emilia as well, “Did you keep anything of hers (Daenerys)?” She was exasperated at that. “I was such a frustratingly good girl, I didn’t! I didn’t do anything, abided by the rules.” But good students are not all clean, they’ve got sneaky friends.
She went on, “However, umm I am just gonna say this live on the radio; my amazing brother, he is in the camera department and he worked on the show as well, this Christmas gave me the best Christmas present ever. He had, in one of the battle scenes – I think he had got a mate of a mate of…anyway, he got one of the Targaryen flags. So, I opened it this Christmas and just burst into tears. I was literally like, so that’s going up ‘pride of place’ because I keep asking Game of Thrones lot, please could I have a wig, a coat? I know I had eight.”
The host also asked if Clarke missed Daenerys and playing her or if it is good to have a break from that, letting the actress know that the fans miss them all Game of Thrones lot. The mother of dragons seemed relieved to be off duty.
“It’s been really nice (to have a break). I think my brain, and my soul probably needed a bit of a break from it, coz it just kept getting bigger, bigger and bigger. And I could never quite see what it was coz we were in it. I always used to say that it’s like we all just got in this bunker for 10 years, and then came out and it was like, where are we? What’s happened? Yet it feels very freeing to be free, literally of the show. That being said, Daenerys is very much a part of me,” she said.
The shocking devastation that Mhysa caused to King’s Landing in the finale was very un-mother-ly. It wasn’t well-received either, some felt that it didn’t make any sense (burning citizens like that) and many thought the flip wasn’t built up to the hilt. Emilia played Daenerys Stormborn for 8 long seasons, so naturally, she would know the inner conflict better than most. “I listened to a producer the other day. He said that an actor is the character’s best lawyer. And for me with Daenerys, with everything that happened, I was literally like, ‘but here’s why, here’s what my girl means!’” she said.
All questions and answers aside, the mother of dragons had a long journey. She had to run away from home, keep fighting off predators, and reclaim what she felt was hers. So, it was never going to be pretty, and she knew it. May she rest in peace! What are your thoughts? Talk to us in the comments.
Humility is a virtue possessed by few. Even though Game of Thrones reached great heights, the show’s cast was always humble to their roots. They have won the admiration and respect of fans all over the world due to their down-to-earth nature. For example, Jason Momoa reached out to a young Aquaman fan battling cancer last year. Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked to Digital Spy about the show’s success and praised his co-stars.
He said, “It didn’t happen overnight, and I think for us that was a good thing. I mean it was always immensely popular, I just think as the seasons went on it moved from a really amazing TV show into a kind of phenomenon. It sort of turned into that thing that everyone talks about, people say over the watercooler at work. “
“It’s crazy, because every TV show you watch these days, every single TV show or movie, they all reference Game of Thrones. It always blows me away. I watch a show I love and there’s a reference to Hodor, there’s a reference to Khaleesi. It’s become such a huge part of the public psyche. I don’t think we ever dreamed before season one was out that that would happen. It still happens!”
“It kind of grew, it really doubled per season. But we grew into it, which made it kind of easy. The cast was really down to Earth. I can say hand on heart we’re all really down to Earth. I think that’s a really nice thing. Just the whole Hollywood thing, we’re all kind of aware of that… Game of Thrones is so brutal and real. It’s important to keep it real.”
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Game of Thrones was an enchanting journey that lasted for nearly a decade. Some of the show’s cast was very young when the show began. They sort of grew up with the show, like Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Stardom can be a bit scary when you are young. Especially for someone as studious as Isaac Hempstead-Wright. He revealed about his nervousness in an interview with Digital Spy.
Isaac (Bran) said, “It was actually a little bit intimidating. I remember seeing the show go interstellar. Especially when you’re separate from it a bit [Bran was off-screen during season five], you really just see how huge it is when you’re not in the midst of the whole thing.”
“I really think season five was when it had its meteoric rise. So coming back into season six – and I hadn’t acted for a year; I’d been doing my GCSEs – coming back in was kind of like, ‘Argh! I’ve forgotten how to act!’”
He continued, “I think also there had been a lot of bonds forged in that season, and a lot of people had grown up. I’d kind of grown-up, but I had that key year of being 15, 16 away from it. So it was a weird one to come back to. But after a couple of days, it was business as usual.”
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Game of Thrones ended more than one and a half years ago. It was a beautiful journey for both the fans and the crew that lasted for a decade. The fantastical series still holds the record for the most number of Emmy Awards won. On the occasion of New Year, the cast of the show came together for an interview with Digital Spy. They shared their experience while shooting for the fantasy epic. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked about how they were cast for their roles.
Gwendoline recalled, “I immediately rang my agent and said, ‘I want to do this’. My agent said, ‘What are you talking about? I’d never ever put you up for this. She’s ugly, her nose is broken, her teeth are broken and you’ll need to use a sword’.”
Nairn remembered, “I was a first-time actor. I was glad I didn’t know anything about the show at the time. Because if I had I would’ve realised what a huge audition I was going for. I had no idea what Game of Thrones was. I had auditioned for a part in another movie called Hot Fuzz, and I didn’t get the part. It was the casting director Nina Gold who remembered me – she called me in for this audition. I didn’t know it at the time, but when you’re called for an audition, that’s really in your favour.”
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