But the biggest story development in Sunday’s episode The Winds of Winter was for Daenerys Targaryen, who FINALLY set sail for Westeros hungry for the Iron Throne!
After spending six seasons exiled across the Narrow Sea raising an army, an empire, and three near fully grown dragons, Dany is finally heading for King’s Landing!
And while Emilia Clarke doesn’t actually know what’s in store for her character when she hits Westeros, she’s understandably excited for what’s to come in Season 7!
Speaking to EW, the actress spoke on how Dany needed to learn how to rule before taking Westeros back, explaining:
“Since marrying Khal Drogo, her one aim has been to get back to Westeros. But, oh bugger, I gotta learn how to rule. Oh god, we gotta get here first. Oh f*ck, I might as well rule this city. Ah, a revolt ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ bugger! Dammit, now I’ve got to go over there! No more slaves! Done! Brilliant! She’s got the dragons. She’s got the manpower. She’s got the ships thanks to the Iron Born. So there’s nothing else to do. She’s got to go now. Iron Throne!”
While Clarke is happy to join the rest of the cast IRL, she admits Dany leaving Meereen is bittersweet for her character, continuing:
“I’m going to go back and see my mates, so Emilia feels really happy, I get to come home. It’s amazing. But the idea [Dany] might might not see [Jorah Mormont actor Iain Glen and Daario Naharis actor Michiel Huisman] again, that idea suddenly makes the show feel like it has a finite ending and that’s really sad. So there’s the excitement of getting there and being with everyone else and also being like, ├óΓé¼╦£Yo! Other queens! Bye!'”
And now that the Mother of Dragons “knows she can rule better than anybody else,” she has the confidence to kick any other queen to the curb (we’re looking at you, Cersei)!
“I’ve got ships, I’ve got manpower, I’ve got dragons that breath fire, and I apparently cannot be killed. I don’t even have an attractive man who wants to take his shirt off anywhere near me now, so there are no distractions. Though we have yet to see [Peter Dinklage] without his clothes on. The only thing missing is Jorah. He’s gotta come back. I said I can’t rule the Seven Kingdoms without him ├óΓé¼┬ª But as with Game of Thrones, you know when your character is looking good, that’s when you know you’re not safe. Because [the writers are] all, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, do you like her? We’ll kill her!'”
Or, in this case, let her inherit her father’s insanity!
Speaking of family, Clarke discussed the potential that Dany will meet Jon Snow at some point — who was basically confirmed in the finale to be her nephew. She said:
“I just don’t know. Those rumors have never been substantiated within the Game of Thrones circle. It’s never been said. So I don’t know. I could kill him. He could kill me. He could be dead before we even meet. I could be dead before we even meet. Arya could kill us both! You never know! Anything’s possible. All I know is winter is coming ├óΓé¼┬ª and I’m bringing the heat!”
Well, anything is possible on Game Of Thrones — and we have a feeling there are still plenty more twists and turns to come for our favorite Khaleesi!
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