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EST 2012 | formerly Emilia Clarke Central
06/09/2017

BELEFAST TELEGRAPH – Ahead of the seventh series of Game of Thrones which begins in July, Una Brankin talks to the show’s biggest stars, including Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, about the ending of the most-watched TV show in the world and how they feel about their last days of filming and leaving Belfast behind.

 

It’s girl power all the way in the seventh series of Game of Thrones according to the cast members who filmed their final scenes in Belfast’s Titanic Studios and the Linen Mill studios in Banbridge.

 

And to the delight, especially, of those playing the warring women of Westeros, the drama that started out in 2009 as a male-dominated medieval adventure has become a powerful tale of female empowerment.

 

Actress Emilia Clarke has high hopes for her warrior queen character, Daenerys, ending up on the famous hot seat.

 

All eyes will be on the tiny but fierce Daenerys and her ferocious dragons (now three) as she makes her bid for power, alongside “the imp” Tyrion Lannister, in the final series of the hit show, which begins on Sky Atlantic on Monday, July 17.

 

“Right now, I’m sort of feeling – with her – optimistic,” says Emilia, who was cast as Daenerys, the princess also known as Mother of Dragons, after a guest spot on the BBC drama Doctors. “She’ll probably need some help, though. I’ll definitely be disappointed if she doesn’t make it.

 

“I think that there was always that idea that she would know where she was going to, but the reality is frightening.

 

“I mean, I always believed that Dany had the highest of hopes for what kind of impact she could leave on this world.

 

“She is continuously reaching for purest level of rulership – is that a word? I just made it up.”

 

The official Game of Thrones season seven trailer announced the imminence of the Great War of Westeros, placing Daenerys and the fantasy’s other female leaders to the fore in the battle against the evil Cersei Lannister, who currently sits on the iron throne. The trailer even hinted at a possible alliance between the Daenerys and Tyrion, and the red priestess Melisandre, the banished servant of the Lord of the Light R’hllor.

 

“Suddenly like, it’s a woman’s world,” says the petite Emilia. “That’s nice; that’s good. Dany is exploring every avenue that her kind of bloodline has been to. People have an idea of what her father was and everyone has vague idea what her brother was.

 

“She knows what those things are but it could be very easy for her to do something very rash.”

 

Last seen on the big screen in the romance Me Before You, Emilia (30) has been filming for the Star Wars prequel about Han Solo, due for release in 2018. Before Game of Thrones wrapped filming in Northern Ireland, she was spotted shooting a scene with Jon Snow, whom she finally meets in series seven. The two English actors have been based in Belfast for filming here.

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