Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has had an interesting few months. While she’s been quiet about the climactic events of the show’s final season, which premieres April 14, she has shared the real-life drama of surviving two brain aneurysms.
Now, she has revealed photos from her recovery in hospital, revealing things could have been much, much worse.
Speaking to CBS Sunday Morning over the weekend, Clarke told host Tracy Smith her life was put on hold by a brain bleed after Game Of Thrones‘ first season. A second bleed threatened to take her life two years later.
The actor behind Daenerys Targaryen revealed images taken around the time of her first hospitalisation, and two from her second stint in treatment.
After likening the feeling of the first incident to a rubber band being snapped around her brain, Clarke told Smith “with the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died.”
Clarke described her fear of learning which faculties may have been impacted by the second bleed.
“They literally were looking at the brain and being like, ‘Well, we think it could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision.
“I always say it’s my taste in men that’s no longer there.”
Fortunately, Clarke said she and her brain are now “completely in the clear.”
Her appearance on Sunday Morning comes a few days after she outlined her despair and recovery in a powerful essay for The New Yorker.
Discussing the temporary onset of aphasia, a neural condition which limits the ability of sufferers to speak, Clarke wrote “in my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug.
“I asked the medical staff to let me die.”
Things did improve. “In the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes,” she wrote.
“I am now at a hundred per cent.”
Just as well. You’ll be able to catch her doing her thing when Thrones‘ final season hits screens in just a few days.