"We watched her audition on a tiny, two-inch-by-two-inch video window on a computer in David's kitchen.
Then we met her in London—this fun, friendly, easygoing person who was about five-foot-nothing.
We get a glimpse of Daenerys's future capabilities when she's literally tossed into an arranged-marriage bed with the muscle-bound 6'4" ruler of the semibarbarian Dothraki clan.
For one, she's not allowed, contractually, to divulge any .
"This film dispels the very common interpretation that if you're going to do a big blockbuster, you just need to stick some muscles and a pair of boobs in, and that will be that," she says.
But it's the lover who has generated the controversy.
is a show that can creep up to the border of soft porn—yes, all those harem scenes—and yet virtually nothing on TV or in film has so many strong, indelible female characters: Lena Headey's Cersei Lannister; Sophie Turner's Sansa Stark; Maisie Williams's Arya Stark; and, of course, Clarke's Daenerys, whose control of the bedroom is as firm as her dominion over the multiple kingdoms she conquers. She's even game to gleefully dissect one remarkable scene in the fourth season, when her lieutenant Daario slips into her bedchamber, and Daenerys basically commands him to disrobe before her. That's upsetting, so it's kind of wonderful to have a scene where I was like, 'There you go!
Take that yet-to-be-shot final season of : "Oh God, I get sleepless nights over it. It's the last season, and it's going to go wrong.' My mates are like, 'It's you—you [and Daenerys] are one and the same now. And you don't have to take a refresher course in Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell to recognize the different forms it takes: lover, warrior, mother, at times something close to messiah.