New details on that first-ever on-screen meeting between Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington: In this week’s EW, we give some behind-the-scenes intel on making the HBO drama, including both actors noting that shooting last week’s “The Queen’s Justice” scenes were super awkward after working on the same show for so long.
“Both of us were going, ‘Ahhh what are you doing on my set!?’” Clarke recalls.
The actress — who wears an elaborate blond wig on the series — joked about sharing the stage with her famously follicle-blessed costar: “This is weird!” she said. “There’s another Hair in town, and I don’t like it!”
Harington agreed: “We were both kind of freaking out,” and he even needed a bit of assistance recalling some key details of Dany’s storyline: “I asked Emilia what her dragons were called again.”
As we’ve all seen, the duo nailed their tense and awkward first few encounters in last Sunday’s episode, as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen strove to figure out how to come to some kind of working partnership. Both actors were quite conscious, however, of fandom pressure on the scene.
“Usually you start working on a movie and meet [a costar] for the first time and you develop chemistry on screen over time,” Harington said. “Here, you know somebody for seven years and you’ve watched their character on screen all that time. So it’s a unique experience as an actor to come together and know the world is watching.”
The world is most assuredly watching, and in record numbers: Game of Thrones is having its biggest season yet by far — the season 7 opener has racked up an incredible 30 million viewers across all of the network’s platforms.
Earlier this week, Harington gave us a bit of additional detail about the scene. “I predicted, like everyone, they would meet this season, but I don’t think I predicted it quite as quickly,” Harington said. “But then again, you’ve got to take yourself out of the mindset of the viewer. As far as Jon knows, he’s just meeting this queen he’s heard of and trying to negotiate with her — he’s not meeting Daenerys, who the audience has been watching for so many years. That helps with the surprise of it. He walks into the room and doesn’t expect to see such a beautiful young woman of similar age to him. Any young man’s reaction is going to be, ‘Okay…’ but he puts that aside because he has to.”
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Read our coverage of episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice”:
— Gemma Whelan discusses Yara’s humiliating walk
— Game of Thrones showrunners on losing that fan favorite
— Game of Thrones actress on that brutal ‘worst nightmare’ Cersei scene
— Our deep-dive recap
— Game of Thrones actor on surprise reunion
Subscribe to EW’s Game of Thrones Weekly podcast – on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts – to hear expert analysis and tales from the set in Entertainment Weekly’s after-show recap every Monday during Season 7.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.