Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke recently revealed to the public that she suffered a huge brain aneurysm during the filming of the first season of GOT, and then another a few years later. In an interview with CBS, Clarke revealed the heart-rending details of what she dealt with in the early season.
Clarke revealed she suffered what is called a ‘subarachnoid haemorrhage’ which occurred during 2011. Clarke described her inability to stand or walk, fearing she had been brain damaged. Photos she shared showed her recovering in a hospital bed. She was fortunately able to return to the set of GOT a few months later.
Two years after the first haemorrhage, the second struck. Emilia Clarke faced near death from a severe bleed. She expressed that her biggest paranoia was that she would never be able to act again. Thankfully, this was not the case.
“There was a bit of my brain that actually died.”
“If a part of your brain doesn’t get blood to it for a minute, it will just no longer work. It’s like you short circuit. So, I had that. And they didn’t know what it was. They literally were looking at the brain and being like, ‘Well, we think it could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision’.”
Clarke attributes her ability to keep going and regain strength from playing such a strong character — the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.
And what a bad-ass woman she is. We wish Emilia Clarke all the best and are way too keen to see Dany take the throne like a total boss lady.
Game Of Thrones‘ final season premieres Sunday 14 April.
Image Credit: Emilia Clarke, CBS News