Emilia Clarke is more than TV’s Khaleesi and now, as George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones prepares to enter its final season on HBO, she’s about to leave the title behind for good. In fact, she’s already done with the role — as far as this show is concerned. While production has been ongoing for a while and the secrecy of the scripts has been tight-lipped since its beginning, Clarke recently let some details loose that teased the end of Daenerys.
In a profile for Vanity Fair, Clarke discussed two of the biggest media franchises on the planet in which she now plays key roles. Solo: A Star Wars Story and Game of Thrones are so big that they ran into each other.
Before she took the role of Qi'ra, Han Solo’s love interest and all-around mysterious lady, she needed to clear it with the bosses of her home base franchise. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were quick to grant permission, however. “Solo felt like a great fit that would let her show off her versatility,” Weiss and Benioff said, working their schedule around Solo. “Also, we figured she’d probably get to shoot a ray gun. Ray guns are something we just can’t offer, unfortunately.”
Getting the go-ahead was great, but now Solo is about to hit theaters and her work on Game of Thrones is done. While post-production work still needs to take place, Clarke is effectively done with the final season and the show in general. She’s apparently already shot Daenerys’ last scene, saying “It f**ked me up. Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is...” That teases some messed-up behavior for a fan favorite’s last impression. “I’m doing all this weird shit,” Clarke says of the final season. “You’ll know what I mean when you see it.”
While Daenerys is one of a few able to theoretically come out on top during the struggle for Westeros’ throne, this season at least puts her with some of the main cast for the first time. The profile explained that she’s shooting with Stark sister actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams in the final season, possibly jumping off of her tryst with Jon Snow - which could lead to an incestuous partnership strong enough to win this series-long civil war.