"One of the first houses we lived in was like out of a fairy story. We had a stream that ran through our garden, and we played with the ducks - we locked them in my mum’s office and they pooed everywhere. It was crazy, picking blackberries and mushrooms, rabbits running through your legs." — Emilia Clarke for Flare Magazine (April 2014)
"We needed an actress who could convincingly embody both the timid, voiceless Dany we first meet, and the Mother of Dragons she later becomes," say Benioff and Weiss, who made each auditioning actress read from both the pilot and the season finale. "Some of the young women could do fearful but not fearsome—one or two could do the reverse. Only Emilia nailed both."