Emilia Clarke recently spoke to Rolling Stone at length about her life and career, in particular her star-making role as Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, in HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones.” She even teased a few details about the upcoming season, telling the magazine, “It’s a really interesting season in terms of some loose ends that have been tied, some really satisfying plot points … Rumors are going to be confirmed or denied.”
Season six ended more than a year ago as characters and storylines were finally beginning to converge. Daenerys continued her journey towards King’s Landing to take the Iron Throne, while Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) took the crown following the suicide of King Tommen, her son. And we learned that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) might also have a claim on the throne; a vision revealed him to be the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, which makes him the grandson of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, and the nephew of Daenerys.
This is an especially important time for women to be seen as leaders, according to Clarke. “Women have been great rulers. And then for that to be a character that I’m known to play? That’s so f*cking lucky. Anyone who seems to think that it’s not needed need only look at the political environment we’re all living in to be like, ‘Oh, no, it’s needed. It is needed.'”
With two seasons of “Thrones” left to go, Clarke has two more chances to win an Emmy for her role. She has been nominated three times for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013, 2015-2016), so Daenerys may be crowned in more ways than one before all is said and done on “Game of Thrones.” But Clarke won’t be nominated this year since the show didn’t air during the 2016-2017 eligibility period. Its seventh season premieres July 16.