Clarke on that game-changing finale: 'Winter is coming ... and I’m bringing the heat!'
Warning: This post contains spoilers about the Game of Thrones season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter”…
Forget about winter. Daenerys Targaryen is coming to Westeros!
After six seasons exiled across the Narrow Sea, the Dragon Queen set sail for King’s Landing in the final moments of the Game of Thrones season finale, accomplishing a goal she’s been chasing since the show’s very first episode. We spoke to the show’s Emmy-nominated star Emilia Clarke about this enormous story change for her character (which she was understandably excited about). Plus, we asked her to speculate about what might happen in season 7 when Daenerys hits King’s Landing — Clarke doesn’t actually know, but she can guess like the rest of us — and whether this big move means that Dany will meet Jon Snow, who we’ve now learned is almost certainly her nephew.
Entertainment Weekly: So Dany finally left Meereen!
Emilia Clarke: Since marrying Khal Drogo, her one aim has been to get back to Westeros. But, oh bugger, I gotta learn how to rule. Oh god, we gotta get here first. Oh f—, I might as well rule this city. Ah, a revolt — bugger! Dammit, now I’ve got to go over there! No more slaves! Done! Brilliant! She’s got the dragons. She’s got the manpower. She’s got the ships thanks to the Iron Born. So there’s nothing else to do. She’s got to go now. Iron Throne!
And she’s got the confidence now too …
Exactly. She’s got the balls. And she also knows she’s got to go forward to help Meereen. She’s got to sit on the Iron Throne for the ripple effect. She knows she can do rule better than anybody else.
How does it feel to know Dany is finally going for it — unless there’s a storm at sea and all your ships sink.
Don’t even suggest that! You might give them ideas. I’m going to go back and see my mates, so Emilia feels really happy, I get to come home. It’s amazing. But the idea [Dany] might might not see [Jorah Mormont actor Iain Glen and Daario Naharis actor Michiel Huisman] again, that idea suddenly makes the show feel like it has a finite ending and that’s really sad. So there’s the excitement of getting there and being with everyone else and also being like, “Yo! Other queens! Bye!”
Speaking other queens, you have to think Cersei doesn’t stand a chance. You got dragons, the Unsullied and the Dothraki. She can barely control anybody around her aside from a gang of street kids.
I mean, yeah. That’s what I’m saying. If we talk about this: basically, I’ve got ships, I’ve got manpower, I’ve got dragons that breathe fire, and I apparently cannot be killed. I don’t even have an attractive man who wants to take his shirt off anywhere near me now, so there are no distractions. Though we have yet to see [Peter Dinklage] without his clothes on. The only thing missing is Jorah. He’s gotta come back. I said I can’t rule the Seven Kingdoms without him … But as with Game of Thrones, you know when your character is looking good, that’s when you know you’re not safe. Because [the writers are] all, “Oh, do you like her? We’ll kill her!”
Speaking of men taking off their tops, it seems pretty likely now that Dany will meet Jon Snow at some point, right? Fire and Ice?
Yup, but I just don’t know. Those rumors have never been substantiated within the Game of Thrones circle. It’s never been said. So I don’t know. I could kill him. He could kill me. He could be dead before we even meet. I could be dead before we even meet. Arya could kill us both! You never know! Anything’s possible. All I know is winter is coming … and I’m bringing the heat!
READ ON: Here’s star Natalie Dormer revealing her feelings about her character’s tragic end. Here’s star Lena Headey with her thoughts on those huge game-changing twists (she doesn’t think she’ll last long against Dany either!). Plus there’s our ultra deep-dive recap with our opinions on the finale. Our breakdown of the Tower of Joy scene. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Game of Thrones Weekly podcast (New episode posted below)!