Emilia Clarke is a Real Life Khaleesi, Here’s Why

It is officially Game of Thrones season or as we call it, Winter is coming!

After two years worth of wait, Game of Thrones will be finally gracing our screens this month with its final season. Everyone seems to be pumped up as one of the greatest shows of this decade will come to an end. While everyone grips on to their screens, clutching to their sofas, eyes glued to the screen, we have something for you.

We all know who Emilia Clarke is, one can even call her the protagonist but alongside Cercie she is the most powerful female character in the TV show who goes by the title Khaleesi. Daeneys Targaryen is the youngest sister of Rhaegar Targaryen who was married to a Dothraki ruler, Khal Drogo. After that, she gets the title of Khaleesi which means Queen.

This title does not only limit to the TV show as we found out that Emilia Clarke is a Khaleesi in real life as well!

It was revealed by Emilia Clarke last month that she experienced several life-threatening brain aneurysms that started when the first season came to an end. Now for those of you who aren’t aware of what brain aneurysm is, a brain aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain. A rupture or leak can cause hemorrhagic stroke often leading to death.

Her First Aneurysm

In an essay for the New Yorker, Emilia explained her first experience with it. She talked about her life after becoming a TV actress. Things had changed. She was terrified of the attention, of the industry she was in, terrified that she had big shoes to fill. The relieve stress she started working out. She pushed herself and it was during one of her workout session when she got the first brain aneurysm.

“Then my trainer had me get into the plank position, and I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t. I told my trainer I had to take a break. Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the locker room. I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain—shooting, stabbing, constricting pain—was getting worse,” she wrote.

A woman who had decided that she wanted to be an actress at the age of four, was at the pinnacle of her career when her life was dangling in front of her. Quick steps had to be taken so it wouldn’t result in death.


In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die.

Soon after the surgery, Emilia suffered from aphasia which was the consequence of the trauma that she had suffered.  She couldn’t recall her name.

But after a week, the aphasia went away she was able to speak and remember everything. SHe returned to work six weeks later and didn’t want to disclose what had happened. She made her way through it.

Emilia further told CBS This Morning on Sunday about her experience and shared pictures from the time she was hospitalized.

These images were taken back in 2011 during her first aneurysm.

In her interview with CBS, she went to reveal that she had yet another aneurysm that was life-threatening. She got so paranoid thinking that:

“What if something has short-circuited in my brain and I can’t act anymore?’ I mean, literally, it’s been my reason for living for a very long time.”

It went on to affect her mental health as well as she was too caught up thinking if she would be able to make it. She started thinking about her mortality. However, she told that playing Khaleesi helped her recover. Playing a strong character on screen helped her channel that strength in her real life as well.

“You go on the set, and you play a badass character, and you walk through fire and you speak to hundreds of people, and you’re being asked to work as hard as you possibly can. And that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality.”

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