Jon Snow who? Sunday's Game of Thrones gave fans something far more fascinating to discuss: Daenerys Targaryen's highly braggable distinction of being fireproof. The episode's final moments showed Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) setting the temple ablaze to escape Dothraki leaders. That seemingly risky move paid off, with a nude Daenerys effortlessly walking away from the flames entirely burn-free thanks to that aforementioned skill.
But utilizing a body double to capture the triumphant scene's raw power? No such thing, Clarke insists. "I'd like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season 3," Clarke toldEntertainment Weekly. "That was awhile ago. It's now season 6. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I'm just feeling genuinely happy I said 'Yes.' That ain't no body double!" According to Clarke, the scene was just one of many "tingly-making" scenes in her character's repertoire.
"Every season I get at least one spine-chilling moment," she said. "I just stand up and I go, 'I'm hearing what you're all saying, but funny thing, I'm going to kill you all. I forgot that I have an ace in my back pocket and now I win.'" Thrones heads were largely stoked regarding Dany's takedown of the Dothraki higher-ups, praising the fiery sequence with appropriate nods to other classic moments in cinematic fire history:
That praise is well-earned, as the HBO series was forced to shoot the character-defining scene on a top secret set in Belfast. "Emilia absolutely crushed it," Thrones showrunner David Benioff said of the final product. "It's one of those weird scenes because it was half shot in Spain, half in Belfast. But largely due to her performance, it works brilliantly."