Despite the final episode of beloved TV show Game of Thrones airing a year and a half ago, fans are still excited to get the behind-the-scenes details of filming.
In a newly released interview, it’s revealed Emilia Clarke, who plays the formidable character Daenerys Targaryen, rewrote an entire scene in just 10 minutes.
James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly recently published an ‘outtake’ interview he did with show director Jeremy Podeswa in which he describes the “amazing job” she did.
Podeswa explains that, while filming the scene from season 5, the showrunners realised that Clarke’s dialogue would have even more impact if delivered in the show’s invented language of High Valyrian, instead of in English as they had been shooting.
He said: "I went over to Emilia and I was like, 'I know this is a really big ask, but do you think you could figure out a way to do this in Valyrian?'" Podeswa said. "She went off and cobbled together things that [Daenerys] had said in the past that made sense. She came back in 10 minutes and had this whole monologue down."
People on set were amazed at her ability to memorise and deliver the dialogue in Valyrian which, according to Podeswa, usually takes a lot of time, preparation and studying to perfect.
But, he was left stunned that the talented actress not only memorised the unfamiliar wording but delivered it alongside a brilliant acting performance that’s totally believable.
“I just had to hand it to Emilia for taking on the challenge and making it completely credible,” says Podeswa. “Every single take, every intonation, and the way she phrased everything, you completely understood what she was meant to be saying.”
You’d never know she only had ten minutes to prepare.