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Emilia Clarke looks back at Game of Thrones, says- “First season was non-stop joy.”

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Game of Thrones was a beautiful journey for both the fans and the cast alike. Even though the first attempt was a complete failure, the pilot was reshot and the show steadily took off. Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys on the show, was fresh out of Drama school aged 23 when she joined. She talked about her warm feelings for the show in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Clarke said, “I honestly still look back at it and go, ‘I’m so not at a point where I can retrospectively see this for what it is.’ I think I’ll be 90 when I can actually do that. The experience was so enormous, and so all-consuming, and defines me at that young moment in my life. You kind of look back at it like you would high school or college. When you’re young like that, you’re so in the moment.”

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She continued, “I look back at the person who was there and go, ‘You really have no idea what’s coming. You have no idea what’s about to hit,’” the actress says. “And it was beautiful for that. We were all very much in the moment that we were in, and very unaware as to how it was going to be received, what people were going to think, who we were going to be at the end of it. I’m going to call us kids because we were — we were just having fun, experiencing this crazy thing. And it was joyous for that. That first season was nonstop joy and so much fun. I look back at it with complete love.”

How do you look back at the first season of Game of Thrones? Tell us in the comments below!

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HBO is celebrating a decade of Game of Thrones as The Iron Anniversary. The month-long celebrations are currently underway, and fans all over the world are reliving the fantastical series watching the Marathrone. HBO recently released a series of videos where various cast members looked back fondly at 10 years of the show. Recently, Emilia Clarke talked to Entertainment Weekly on the special occasion.

The 34-year-old actress famous for playing Daenerys Targaryen on the show reminisced the first season with much love. She compared the cast members with kids, where everyone had fun on the set.

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On being asked about HBO’s plans of expanding the Game of Thrones universe, she said with a laugh, “Godspeed, everyone! You do you, you go, Glenn Coco! It’s just inevitable. I wish you all the best, it’s gonna be whatever it will be, but of course, they’re doing more. You can’t create something that big and not have people go, ‘And? What else? This is really good! Let’s do loads more!’”

She also extended her good wishes to Miguel Sapochnik, the director of iconic Game of Thrones episodes like ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ ‘Hardhome,’ and ‘The Bells’. He is the co-showrunner of the Targaryen-centric prequel series House of the Dragon. “I love him completely, so I have no doubt that’s gonna be an enormous success because he’s just a genius,” Clarke said.

What are your hopes for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequels? Talk to us in the comments below!

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Game of Thrones wrapped up filming nearly two years ago. The final season of the show met with a lot of controversies. Even though the show is dubbed the greatest TV show of the 21st century, many fans disliked the rushed ending. Some even petitioned to get it remade. HBO recently released a trailer for season 8 of the show, which doesn’t contain any previously unused footage but is new in the sense that it’s a re-edited version. However, actor Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) was scared to watch the final season due to the backlash it received.

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Roose Bolton died in season 6, but McElhatton continued to watch into season 7 because he was a fan of the show. He was reluctant to watch the final season as the bad reviews kept flowing in. He told the Express, “I always watched them a little bit later, I absolutely loved them, but I wasn’t kind of chomping at the bit to see (the final episodes). And then I guess – I will watch them one day, but it got such negative press, didn’t it? I mean, I just, I was really disappointed.”

He continued, “How can you be that big and that original and that new for eight seasons? Eventually, something’s got to give. And in a way, maybe it might have been better to finish at seven seasons. But I understand the pressure HBO probably put them under to say, ‘look, this thing is just a cash cow, it’s delivering and you’ve got to keep it going.’ Some series really do suffer from that, you know. They go on way too long and pass their story. But that’s where I guess art and commerce meet.”

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Hobbies are a great way of calming the mind while keeping one’s passion alive. Some of us slip into reading books or watching TV, while some others take more creative approaches like gardening. Game of Thrones star Sean Bean recently talked to the Financial Times about his childhood hobbies. He also talked about his love for gardening.

Sean said, “Acting is probably the last thing on my mind when I’m gardening: it’s nice to get away from all that. I think it helps my work in the end because it frees the mind from everyday stress, the nitty-gritty. And you realise that things are not quite as important as you think they are.”

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“I find I just focus on the moment. It’s a kind of mindful process: you know where you are, you know you’re in the present. But at the same time, your mind is wandering and visualising and imaging colours and structures and shapes. It’s precise, in the sense that you know exactly what you’re doing, but other ideas are also formulating – you’re planning for the future without really recognising that. It’s an interesting state of mind.”

Sean Bean recently talked about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel play at Broadway. What do you think about gardening as a hobby? Talk to us in the comments below!