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Emilia Clarke Had Secret Brain Surgery During ‘Game of Thrones’

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Being on Game of Thrones almost killed Emilia Clarke, and having seen the ending, it would not have been worth it. Between seasons one and two, Clarke had a brain hemorrhage and had to have emergency surgery to remove it, according to a new behind-the-scenes book excerpted by Entertainment Weekly.

Here’s what Clarke said about filming in the desert after the surgery.

It was crazy intense. We are in the desert in a quarry in like ninety-degree heat, and I had the consistent fear that I was going to have another brain hemorrhage. I spent a lot time just being like: “Am I gonna die? Is that gonna happen on set? Because that would be really inconvenient.” And with any kind of brain injury it leaves you with a fatigue that’s indescribable. I was trying so hard to keep it under wraps.

This is back when she would still get naked. Do you think it’s just a coincidence that Game of Thrones got terrible after they took all the sex out of it?

They didn’t want to work me too hard. I was like: “Don’t think I’m a failure; don’t think I can’t do the job that I’ve been hired to do. Please don’t think I’m going to f–k up at any moment.” I had the Willy Wonka golden ticket. I wasn’t about to hand that in.

I mean, that’s a very good way of putting it. No one expected Game of Thrones to be as big as it was and make huge stars out of the entire cast, so these unknowns like Clarke got cast just for looking younger than they are and being willing to get naked with Jason Momoa. You’re not going to let a little brain hemorrhage stop your big break, are you?

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