If you’ve been watching the previous seven seasons of Game of Thrones, you understand full properly that any character who’s been round since Season 1 has an uncanny knack for survival, maybe no another so than Daenerys Targaryen, whose personal private arc has seen trial after trial. But the actress who performs our Khaleesi, Emilia Clarke, has lived by a lot worse.
In a private essay in The New Yorker as we speak, Clarke particulars for the primary time publicly that she had two mind aneurysms that required three mind surgical procedures, simply as Game of Thrones was turning into the largest present on tv. “I nearly lost my mind and then my life,” she writes.
The first aneurysm occurred after she had wrapped Season 1, however earlier than the present grew to become a phenomenon. She was figuring out, when she needed to excuse herself to the locker room because of a pounding headache and lethargy. In the locker room, she grew to become “violently, voluminously ill,” and “at some level” realized her mind was broken. She tried to maintain shifting her fingers and toes; to maintain her “memory alive,” she “tried to recall, amongst different issues, some traces from Game of Thrones.”
Fortunately, somebody got here to her support and obtained an ambulance on the scene, which rapidly took her to the hospital. “Finally, I was sent for an MRI, a brain scan. The diagnosis was quick and ominous: a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain. I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture,” writes Clarke.
She was ushered to London for mind surgical procedure, which appeared profitable. But whereas recovering, she was requested her full identify — Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke — which she couldn’t recall. “I was suffering from a condition called aphasia, a consequence of the trauma my brain had suffered,” she writes. Panic struck; How may she be an actress if she couldn’t bear in mind her traces, a lot much less her identify?
After a few week again within the ICU, the aphasia handed. After a month of being within the hospital, she was despatched residence, simply in time to do press for Season 1 and to begin taking pictures Season 2, though medical doctors additionally discovered one other, smaller aneurysm on the opposite facet of her mind. She was advised it may “pop” at any time, however that it was additionally potential it might stay “dormant and harmless indefinitely.”
She advised her HBO bosses about what had occurred, and that she didn’t need it to develop into a public dialogue and distract from the present. “The show must go on!” she thought, however deep down she was deeply fearful in regards to the ache and fatigue.
Clarke made it by the press tour, after which set off to shoot Season 2. “On the set, I didn’t miss a beat, but I struggled. Season 2 would be my worst. I didn’t know what Daenerys was doing. If I am truly being honest, every minute of every day I thought I was going to die,” writes Clarke.
After Season 2, Clarke went in for a daily mind scan, and was advised by the medical doctors that the opposite development had doubled in dimension, and that surgical procedure was needed. But that surgical procedure wasn’t successful, and he or she awoke “screaming in pain.” They needed to go in and do one other, extra invasive surgical procedure. “This time they needed to access my brain in the old-fashioned way — through my skull. And the operation had to happen immediately.”
Though you possibly can’t see the scars lately, Clarke notes that she emerged from that profitable surgical procedure wanting as if she’d been “been through a war more gruesome than any that Daenerys experienced.” She spent one other hopeless month within the hospital.
But she recovered, and some weeks post-hospital, she was doing press for Thrones at San Diego Comic-Con in entrance of 1000’s of individuals. And she slowly healed from there. “In the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes. I am now at a hundred per cent,” Clarke writes.
Thank the gods, Clarke shall be showing as soon as once more when Game of Thrones Season eight debuts on HBO April 14.