Fans of the hugely popular “Game of Thrones” have a long wait ahead of them for Season 7, but that hasn’t stopped them — or the actors — from speculating about what might be in store.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emilia Clarke opened up about Daenerys Targaryen’s journey to Westeros. While neither she nor any of her co-stars have been told what’s in the cards for Season 7, there’s one thing Clarke knows for sure: “Winter is coming and I’m bringing the heat!” She assured fans that the Mother of Dragons is pretty much unstoppable at this point — especially without the distraction of “an attractive man who wants to take his shirt off” around her. As such, she’s not worried about confronting the ruthless Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who has now taken the Iron Throne. While the chips are stacked in her favor, Clarke feels Daenerys could use a little advice from an old friend on ruling.
“If we talk about this: basically, I’ve got ships, I’ve got manpower, I’ve got dragons that breathe 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 Tyrion [Peter Dinklage] without his clothes on. The only thing missing is Jorah [Iain Glen]. He’s gotta come back. I said I can’t rule the Seven Kingdoms without him,” she said.
The Emmy-nominated actress also touched on rumors that she may come face to face with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) — who may be her nephew, if there’s any truth to the R + L = J fan theory — in the coming season. Clarke noted that “anything’s possible” in the world of “Game of Thrones,” but added that fan rumors often prove to be unfounded. She told EW that she had no idea how she and Snow may come to cross paths, noting that one or both of them could end up dead before they ever have the chance to meet.
“Those rumors have never been substantiated within the ‘Game of Thrones’ circle,” she explained. “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 [Maisie Williams] could kill us both! You never know!”
Clarke further teased her plans for the Iron Throne on Instagram. In a post on Monday, the actress was seen swiveling in an airplane seat. She joked that her first move as queen would be to make the Iron Throne a swivel chair.
Season 6 of “Game of Thrones” came to a close on Sunday with a bloody episode titled “Winds of Winter.” While the episode was filled with shocking moments, none were more surprising to viewers than one from the past. During the episode Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), now acting as the three-eyed raven, traveled back in time to the Tower of Joy where he was finally able to put together the final piece of a puzzle. Unlike in his previous visit to the tower, Bran learned that his father, Ned Stark (Sean Bean) may not actually be Jon Snow’s father. In the scene Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark (Cordelia Hill) — who is believed to have been kidnapped and raped by Rhaegar Targaryen — shares an inaudible secret with her brother, forcing him to promise to care for and protect her son. Many believe that this confirmed a longstanding theory that Rhaegar and Lyanna are Jon Snow’s real parents, which complicates both his claim as King of the North and Daenerys’ quest to the Iron Throne.
HBO's “Game of Thrones” will likely return in the spring, given the show’s history. Nothing has been announced at this time.