(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!) Emilia Clarke is thrilled about her big scene on Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, in which her character, Daenerys Targaryen, takes out the entire Dothraki leadership in one fell swoop. She sets fire to the building to which they summon her to be judged, burning them all alive and once again emerging naked and unburnt from the flames.
Far from being upset about having to appear in her birthday suit, Clarke feels it was empowering.
“I’d like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season three,” she tells Entertainment Weekly. “That was a while ago. It’s now season six. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I’m just feeling genuinely happy I said ‘Yes.’ That ain’t no body double!”
Clarke notes there’s still a double standard when it comes to male and female on-screen nudity. “How many times has [the actor who plays Daario], Michiel Huisman, been asked about the fact he’s taken his clothes off a bunch? Is that even a discussion? No. So I’m doing it this year.”
Clarke also tells EW that the scene, in which she stands naked as all the Dothraki — as well as her lover, Daario, and her protector, Ser Jorah — kneel before her was “so exciting, very tingly-making.”
She explains, “Every season I get at least one spine-chilling moment. 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.’”
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