Get ready for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7: Watch interviews with Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey …

On Sunday July 16, the reigning Emmy champ “Game of Thronesreturns to TV with the episode “Dragonstone,” which can compete at next year’s awards. “Game of Thrones” won a record dozen Emmys in each of the last two years. Before then no show had won more than nine a single season. But, with no new episodes the past television season it will not be back at the Emmys this year.

Now is the perfect time to revisit our exclusive interviews with some of the “Game of Thrones'” biggest players: Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targarian), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell). We look back at landmark moments for the series, past characters and behind the scenes stories (watch above).

Last season saw Cersei Lannister claim the iron throne after the death of her last living child Tommen. Headey reveals the motivation for her character: “When Cersei was young she was told she’d outlive her children. She covered her paranoia with a lust for power. She’s lost a big chunk of her sanity. The power of a mother’s love is undeniable and intrinsic.”

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Coster-Waldau thinks that his character should stay away from his incestuous romance with Cersei. As he explainsm ” it’s not very healthy. His whole life has been about sacrificing for Cersei. I think he maybe loves her more than she loves him.”

This upcoming season may see Daenerys finally get a chance to claim the throne. Clarke regards her character’s biggest weakness as her “naiveté of youth. I think that whilst she’s seen a huge amount for someone her age, she’s also still quite quick to give her opinion and quick to judge.” But the actress adds, “the best thing about Dany is she learns from her mistakes really really very quickly.”

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