Esquire gives its cover to Clarke for its annual Sexiest Woman Alive issue. In the interview she says she had to look up the Game of Thrones series online before auditioning for the role.
I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R.R. Martin] books. So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.
Clark is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for Game of Thrones.
Thank you. I was, hilariously, I was at the doctor’s waiting to go in. It was a very embarrassing moment. There’s a lovely British girl waiting in the doctor’s office, and you’ve got the best news ever, and you’re very excited and a bit loud on the phone. All you want to do is just scream and shout, and you have all these people glaring at you thinking, ‘What is that woman on?’ So, yeah, I had to try and contain my excitement for that moment. But it was pretty brilliant nonetheless.
Clarke appears on the cover of May 2015 issue of British Vogue. She talks about her parents reaction to her becoming an actress, and what it’s like working on Game of Thrones.
I went back to Game of Thrones and it was like coming home. Just the smell of the hotel in Belfast made me feel safe…I told myself, forget the big game plan; all I want is to do jobs that make me happy.
Clarke appears on the cover of April 2015 issue of The Hollywood reporter. She talks about playing Sarah Connor, turning down ‘Fifty Shades‘ and the success of Game of Thrones.
Never in a million years did I think Game of Thrones was going to take off like it did…It’s taken me five years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.
Paramount picture releases first trailer of Terminator Genisys. The movie stars Clarke, Schwarzenegger and is scheduled to be in theaters on July 1.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the tenth episode of season four, The Children. Daenerys is forced to chain up her remaining two dragons after the third dragon creates havoc and then goes missing.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in episode eight of season two, The Prince of Winterfell. The Westerosi knight in exile Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glen, advises her to leave the city of Qarth in Essos and sail to Astapor without her dragons. She reminds him that she possesses powerful magic and insists he take her to the House of the Undying, where the warlock Pyat Pree is holding the dragons.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh episode of season four, Mockingbird, alongside Michiel Huisman as her lieutenant Daario Naharis and Iain Glen as her counselor Ser Jorah Mormont. Daario speaks with Daenerys about his dissatisfaction with his role keeping the peace in the Essosi city of Meereen, and the two have sex. Ser Jorah advises mercy for the slavemasters of the city of Astapor, who have recaptured their former slaves, and Daenerys says that he may allow them to live.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the the sixth episode of season four, The Laws of Gods and Men. In the city of Meereen on the continent of Essos, Daenerys struggles to learn the art of administration. She is forced to repay a peasant whose goat has been killed by her dragon, and realizes the consequences of her decision to crucify the city’s former slavemasters in retribution for their own crucifixion of slaves.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things, the fourth episode of the first season, alongside Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen and Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont. The Dothraki khalasar arrives at the city of Vaes Dothrak. Viserys becomes enraged that he has not been given the army promised him by Khal Drogo and that the Dothraki have been marching east further into the continent of Essos rather than west towards the Narrow Sea crossing with Westeros. When Daenerys invites him to dinner in her tent, the two quarrel and Daenerys tells Viserys that he has no honour among the Dothraki as he has won no battles. He attempts to assault her but she is able to resist him physically and warns him that if he tries to strike her again he will lose his hands, as she is the queen of the Dothraki horde and carrying the khal‘s heir. Counseled by Ser Jorah, Daenerys realizes that although Viserys is the Targaryen royal family’s heir by birth, he could not challenge for the throne of Westeros even if he was given an army.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the fifth episode of season four, First of His Name. After her lieutenant Daario Naharis, played by Michiel Huisman, captures the navy of the city of Meereen, she considers the possibility of sailing across the Narrow Sea from the continent of Essos to conquer King’s Landing in Westeros. However after learning that there is unrest in the former slave cities of Astapor and Yunkai, which have been freed by her army, she decides to stay in Meereen and learn how to administer a city.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the fourth episode of season three, Oathkeeper. Daenerys’s army is able to incite a successful slave revolt in the city of Meereen in Slaver’s Bay on the continent of Essos. Against the advice of her counselor Ser Barristan Selmy, played by Ian McElhinney, she orders 163 former slavemasters to be crucified as retribution for 163 crucified slaves that were used as signposts to point the way to the city.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the third episode of season four, Breaker of Chains. The slave city of Meereen, on the continent of Essos, sends a champion to challenge her lieutenant Daario Naharis, played by Michiel Huisman. Daenerys’s army of freed slaves catapult their broken chains over the city walls in order to incite a slave revolt.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in Two Swords, the first episode of the fourth season. As her army marches towards the slave city of Meereen on the continent of Essos, they encounter the gruesome spectacle of crucified slave children hung beside the road to act as signposts toward the city. Daenerys promises that she will bear witness to their suffering before burying their remains.
Clarke appears on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Flare magazine. She talks about Game of Thrones, her childhood, and her role in Terminator.
This is the most physical transformation I’ve ever done. But I haven’t done anything before this—I’ve done Game of Thrones and that’s about it. With Dany, it’s all CGI dragons, so not much training is needed.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the eighth episode of season four, The Mountain and the Viper. Realizing that she has been betrayed by her counselor Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glen, she orders him to leave the city of Meereen or face death.
Paramount confirms Clarke is cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genesis, the fifth film in the Terminator franchise and the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. On preparing for her first major film role:
I’ve been spending all day, every day, in weapons training. I’ve been shooting guns, weightlifting, kick-boxing.
Clarke is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.
6 am rolls around this morning and my alarm in my hotel went off randomly — and I never set it. So I was in a daze, finding things to throw at this machine that I couldn’t get to stop beeping. Then my phone was ringing… I’ve kind of just been laughing and smiling ever since…
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the tenth episode of season three, Mhysa, alongside Nathalie Emmanuel as her advisor Missandei. After the slaves of the city of Yunkai are freed, they gather in front of Daenerys and address her as mhysa. Missandei informs her that this means ‘mother’.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the ninth episode of the third season, The Rains of Castamere alongside her three advisors Ser Jorah Mormont, Barristan Selmy and Daario Naharas, played by Iain Glen, Ian McElhinney and Ed Skrein. Ser Jorah, Daario and the Unsullied warrior eunuch Grey Worm, played by Jacob Anderson, seize the city of Yunkai on the continent of Essos.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the eighth episode of the third season, Second Sons, alongside Skrein as the mercenary Daario Naharas. After negotiations fail to free the slaves of the city of Yunkai, Naharas betrays the other leaders of his company of mercenaries and pledges loyalty to Daeneryis.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh episode of season three, The Bear and the Maiden Fair. On the continent of Essos, Daenerys offers to spare the city of Yunkai from overthrow if its people will voluntarily free their slaves.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the fifth episode of the third season, Kissed by Fire. Daenerys orders her army of Unsullied warrior eunuchs to choose new names as freed men.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the fourth episode of season three, And Now His Watch is Ended. In the city of Astapor on the continent of Essos, Daenerys completes her transaction to buy an army of Unsullied warrior eunuchs in exchange for a dragon. She then kills their former slaveowner and orders the army to overthrow the city in a violent slave revolt.
Clarke plays the character of Daenerys Targaryen in the third episode of season three, Walk of Punishment, alongside Iain Glen and Ian McElhinney as her advisors Ser Jorah Mormont and Barristan Selmy. In the city of Astapor on the continent of Essos, Daenerys announces that she will trade a dragon for an army of Unsullied warrior eunuchs.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the first episode of the third season, Valar Dohaeris. Daenerys’s dragons continue to grow and are able to sear and eat fish that they catch on a sea journey, but they are not yet developed enough to assault the continent of Westeros. Daenerys’s party arrives at Astapor in Slaver’s Bay on the continent of Essos to assess the city’s Unsullied warrior eunuchs. She is told that there are eight thousand of them for sale and that she has a day to decide whether she can purchase them. While considering her decision, she survives an apparent assassination attempt by the Warlocks of the city of Qarth.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in Valar Morghulis, the tenth episode of the second season. Iain Glen plays her counselor, the Westerosi knight Ser Jorah Mormont while Jason Momoa plays Khal Drogo, her dead husband. Ser Jorah accompanies Daenerys to the Tower of the Undying where the warlock Pyat Pree, played by Ian Hanmore, is holding her dragons. She is magically separated from Ser Jorah and sees visions of the Iron Throne of Westeros and Khal Droho and their stillborn son, brought to life by magic. Imprisoned by Pyat Pree who hopes to force her into an alliance, she finally manages to defeat him and escape with her dragons.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in A Man Without Honor, the seventh episode of the second season, with Iaian Glen as her advisor Ser Jorah Mormont, Nonso Anozie as the merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos and Ian Hanmore as the warlock Pyat Pree. Daenerys orders Ser Jorah to find her missing dragons, and Ser Jorah questions the masked woman Qauithe, Laura Pradelska, who says Daenerys is already with the person who has taken them. Xaro Xhoan Daxos and Pyat Pree betray and murder the councilmembers of Qarth and proclaim Xaro king of the city. Pyat Pree tells Daenerys to find her dragons in his stronghold, the Tower of the Undying.
In episode six of season two, The Old Gods and the New, Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen negotiates with a rich merchant in the city of Qarth on the continent of Essos to fund her invasion of Westeros, but is unsuccessful. She returns to the home of her host in the city, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, played by Nonso Anozie, to find that the guards have been killed and her dragons have been taken. A hooded stranger carries the dragons to a stone tower.
Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen appears in The Ghost of Harrenhal, the fifth episode of the second season. In the city of Qarth on the continent of Essos, Daenerys has taught her dragons to breathe fire on her command. Daenerys’s counseler Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glen, is warned by a masked woman named Quaithe, played by Laura Pradelska, that she needs protection from people who desire her dragons. Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the nobleman hosting Daenerys and her party, says he will fund her invasion of Westeros if she agrees to marry him. Ser Jorah warns her against accepting aid and says she can conquer Westeros with a single ship.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in episode four of season two, Garden of Bones. Trapped in the Red Waste of the continent of Esteros with the remainder of her Dothraki khalasar, she is informed by a returning bloodrider that the city of Qarth is nearby and will give her group refuge as she is ‘The Mother of Dragons.’ Her counseler, the Westerosi knight Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glen, advises her that the area around the city is called the Garden of Bones as people who are turned away from its gates perish there from exposure and thirst. The group travels to the city and its council demand to see Daenerys’s dragons or they will not let her in. Daenerys threatens to take vengeance on them, until one of the council swears a blood oath to allow them to enter the city as his guests.
Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen appears in The Night Lands, the second episode of season two, with Iain Glen as her counseler, the Westerosi knight Ser Jorah Mormont. Daenerys and her khalasar are trapped in the Red Waste of the continent of Essos with dwindling water when the horse of one of Daenerys’s Dothraki bloodriders returns riderless. Ser Jorah deduces that he has been killed by a rival horde as he sought to find refuge for their group.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the first episode of season two, The North Remembers, with Iain Glen as her counseler Ser Jorah Mormont. After the death of her husband Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa, she leads the few remaining members of her Dothraki khalasar into the Red Waste desert land of Essos. Ser Jorah tells her that she is surrounded by powerful enemies who will kill her and take her dragons. Desperate and facing starvation for her and her people, she sends three of her Dothraki bloodriders in different directions to find refuge for the group.
Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen appears in Baelor, the ninth episode of season one, alongside Jason Momoa as her husband, Khal Dothraki horselord Drogo, and Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont, the Westerosi knight. Daenerys grows concerned that a wound Khal Drogo sustained fighting for her honour is growing infected. When Khal Drogo falls from his horse, a sign of weakness among the Dothraki, she insists that he be treated by a healer woman captured from a village by the Dothraki. Ser Jorah warns her to leave, as if Khal Drogo dies the new leader of the Dothraki will kill her unborn son as his heir. The healer promises to save Drogo but says she must take a life in return. She leads his stallion into his tent and begins to sacrifice it, angering the Dothraki and forcing Ser Jorah to kill a warrior who threatens Daenerys. Daenerys begins to go into labour, but none of the Dothraki midwives will help her as they believe she is cursed.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in Fire and Blood, the tenth episode of the first season, alongside Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo and Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont. Daenerys awakes from unconsciousness and is told by Ser Jorah that her and Drogo’s son, Rhaego, is deformed and stillborn. Drogo is alive, but in a vegetative state, and the khalasar has moved on without them. Daenerys chooses to end Drogo’s life rather than let him linger. She has a funeral pyre built to burn Drogo’s body and the healer woman who betrayed him. She then walks into the flames herself and is apparently consumed. The next morning, it is revealed that she has survived, and the dragon eggs she placed in the flames have hatched.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in The Pointy End, the eighth episode of the first season, alongside Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo and Iain Glen as the Westerosi knight Ser Jorah Mormont. After vowing to conquer the Iron Throne of Westeros, Khal Drogo leads the Dothraki horde west through Essos towards the Narrow Sea crossing. The khalasar raid villages to take slaves to sell to finance the war. Despite the advice of Ser Jorah, Daenerys orders them to stop raping the women they have captured, and takes the women into her service to protect them, angering the Dothraki warriors. Khal Drogo fights a duel to the death with a warrior who insults Daenerys and although he is victorious, he suffers a deep wound. Daenerys insists that a female healer from the captured village be allowed to treat the injury, although Khal Drogo’s Dothraki bloodriders protest that she is a witch.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in You Win or You Die, the seventh episode of season one, alongside Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo and Iain Glen as the Westerosi knight Ser Jorah Mormont. Daenerys attempts to convince Khal Drogo to cross the Narrow Sea to take the Iron Throne of Westeros, but he responds that his heir does not need an iron chair to be a king. Daenerys visits the market in Vaes Dothrak, where Ser Jorah prevents an apparent attempt by Westerosi King Robert Baratheon to assassinate her with poisoned wine. Learning of the attempt, Khal Drogo promises that he will conquer Westeros and the Iron Throne.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in A Golden Crown, the sixth episode of season one, with Harry Lloyd as her brother Viserys, Jason Momoa as the horselord Khal Drogo, and Iain Glen as her counseler, the Westerosi knight Ser Jorah Mormont. In Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys places one of her dragon eggs into the brazier to see if it will be affected by fire. Despite the heat, she is unaffected when she holds the stone egg, although a serving girl is burned when she touches it. She is summoned by the wise women of the Dothraki dosh khaleen and is made to eat a stallion’s heart to prove her strength as mother to the heir of the khal. Viserys attempts to steal Daenerys’s most valuable wedding gift in order to raise an army of mercenaries, but is stopped by Ser Jorah. Viserys then threatens Daenerys and her unborn child and breaks Dothraki law by drawing a blade within Vaes Dothrak. He is punished by Khal Drogo with an agonizing death.
Clarke appears as Daenerys Targaryen in the third episode of season one, Lord Snow, alongside Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen, Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont and Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo. As khaleesi, or queen, she orders the Dothraki horde to halt at her whim. Viserys, whoo is riding with the horde, objects to taking orders from his sister and threatens her. He is subdued by Rakharo, played by Elyes Gabel, who is a bloodrider to Khal Drogo. Viserys is forced to walk as a punishment. Daenerys learns she is pregnant with Khal Drogo’s heir.
Clarke appears in episode two of season one, The Kingsroad as Daenerys Targaryen alongside Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont, Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen and Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo. Ser Jorah reveals that he is in exile for the crime of selling slaves in Westeros, and counsels Daenerys that her role as khaleesi, or queen of the Dothraki horde, will become easier. At the advice of serving girl Doreah, played by Roxanne McKee, she begins to assert herself sexually with Khal Drogo.
Clarke appears in the series debut, Winter is Coming, as Daenerys Targaryan. In the Free City of Pentos on the continent of Essos, her brother Viserys, played by Harry Lloyd, informs her that she has been betrothed to the Dothraki horselord Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa. Viserys warns that she must go through with the marriage as it is part of a bargain by him and Magister Illyrio, played by Roger Allam, to assemble an army for Viserys to challenge for the throne of Westeros. During the wedding, several Dothraki tribesmen fight to the death over slave women. Daenerys is counseled by Ser Jorah Mormont, a Westerosi knight played by Iain Glen, that this is part of their warlike tradition. She is presented with wedding gifts including a white stallion from Khal Drogo, books of stories and songs from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros by Ser Jorah, and three petrified dragon eggs from Illyrio. Although she is terrified, she consummates her marriage with Khal Drogo in traditional Dothraki fashion.