Emilia Clarke Is the Queen of Summer on ‘Glamour’ Cover

Emilia Clarke Weighs in on ‘Game of Thrones’ Sexism Claims
The Mother of Dragons isn’t here for your controversy…

The beauty behind Game of Thrones’ most formidable female covers the latest issue of the fashion mag.

Emilia Clarke covers the newest issue of Glamour magazine in bright, eclectic colors; a far cry from the muted flowing garments of Daenerys Targaryen. Likewise, her chat with the mag explores the gentle thespian behind the most powerful leader of Westeros.

Here’s what she said about the troubling rape scene following he wedding to Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) on the show:

“Yes. Well, Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s arranged marriage, and the customary rape that followed—ask George R.R. Martin why he did that, ’cause that’s on him. But I thought the consensual sex she has thereafter was genius. She is physically saying, “You can’t rape me again. I’m going to be in control and show you something you’ve never seen before.” At the heart of it, we’re telling a story; you need that part of the story to feel empathy for Daenerys. You see her attacked by her brother, raped by her husband, and then going, ‘Fuck all of you, I’m gonna rule the world.’ That’s where we are now.”

Emilia Clarke on the Cover of 'Glamour' Magazine
CREDIT: Steven Pan/Glamour

Clarke also discussed the varied encounters she’s had with fans of the show. “This gorgeous girl once said to me, ‘Watching Khaleesi makes me feel like I can be a strong woman.’ I remember being like, ‘That’s proper.’ That is a wonderful thing. Then there are times with certain dudes where I’m like, ‘You’ve seen my tits. OK, sure, you can have a selfie.’ Awkward!”

The interviewer also asked the actress how she feels about the inequality between the sexes in terms of the nudity depicted on the hit HBO show, for example asking why viewers never saw her TV husband Drogo’s man parts. And her response is just about perfect:

“I saw his member, but it was covered in a pink fluffy sock. Showing it would make people feel bad. It’s too fabulous.”

Emilia Clarke Poses for 'Glamour' Magazine
CREDIT: Steven Pan/Glamour

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