No disrespect to "Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey for using a body double in Cersei Lannister's naked walk of shame, but Emilia Clarke did not go that route for Daenerys Targaryen's fire walk-off at the end of last night's Season 6, Episode 4.
In "Book of the Stranger," Dany endured still more mockery and threats of rape, this time from the Dothraki men in Vaes Dothrak, but she showed them who was boss by setting the place on fire and emerging unscathed. 'Cause she's a dragon queen like that.
Emilia Clarke and showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff reacted to the scene after it aired, with Clarke telling Entertainment Weekly, "It's so exciting, very tingly-making. Every season I get at least one spine-chilling moment. I just stand up and I go, 'I'm hearing what you're all saying, but funny thing, I'm going to kill you all. I forgot that I have an ace in my back pocket and now I win.'"
In terms of shooting the scene nude, Clarke made a point to say, "I'd like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was Season 3. That was a while ago. It's now Season 6. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I'm just feeling genuinely happy I said 'Yes.' That ain't no body double!"
EW said production shot her portion of the scene on a private closed set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while the rest of the scene with the Dothraki actors was shot at the Vaes Dothrak village set in Spain. Clarke preferred this set up to the last time Dany had her clothes burnt off in the first season's finale. "Taking off my clothes is not the easiest thing, but with the magic of the effects, I don't have to do a Season 1 and go on a cliff and do it. I'm in control of it."
The point of the nude scene was to show, once again, how fire is basically (as Weiss put it) Dany's "superpower" and helps her take down the Dothraki leadership and become the leader of another army. "She realizes that this is the missing piece," Clarke told EW. "The Dothraki are the missing piece of her crew – she's seemingly indestructible having Dothraki on her side."
It was also a way to remind the audience of Dany's intelligence, strategy, wit, resourcefulness, and cool, calm, collected ability to save herself, even without the help of one of her dragon babies. And hopefully she is indestructible, since she has many miles to go from here. Long live the Unburnt queen!
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