Emilia Clarke recently revealed that she watched recordings of Adolf Hitler and other historic dictators to prepare for her epic speech in the finale episode.
Clarke plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Mother of Dragons. She delivered a warmongering speech in two fictional languages, Valyrian and Dothraki, which the actress had learned over the course of eight seasons.
In a recent interview, the 32-year-old told that she watched a lot of videos of dictators and powerful leaders speaking a different language. She did this in order to see whether she could understand what they were saying without knowing the language.
She was quite astonished by seeing that she could clearly understand what Hitler was actually speaking in a foreign language.
Finally, she decided that if she believed every single word she would speak, then the viewers would not need to look at the subtitles too often.
Clarke has given many speeches over the 10 years on ‘Game of Thrones.‘ However, she admitted that preparing for the finale ‘almost killed‘ her.
As she understood that this was one of the most solidifying, integral moments for Daenerys as a character. Clarke was referring to Daenerys’ transformation into the Mad Queen in the finale episode.
The actress said that she used to stay up late every night and rehearsed the speech for two months. She used to practise in front of her co-workers, her refrigerator and even window before finally performing it in front of a green screen.
She said that she did not sleep the night before the actual shoot. She kept thinking all night ‘I can’t do this. I can’t get through it without messing up my lines,’ tearfully.
But unexpectedly, Clarke walked on the set without another rehearsal and got through the whole thing perfectly on the very first go. She further admitted that she had already forgotten the speech by the next day.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ series finale set a new all-time HBO rating record on Sunday night. The episode was watched by 13.6 viewers according to the Hollywood Reporter.