The Mother of Dragons has come a long way since she first began her journey on Game of Thrones, and it’s safe to say fans cannot wait to see how it all ends in the final season, premiering on April 14. You know who else is excited about the final season? The Breaker of Chains herself, Emilia Clarke! The 32-year-old actress has been sporting a white-blonde wig and burning legions of people atop a CGI dragon for ten years, and in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar she had to admit, “[The ending] was just the mother of all releases.”
To be fair, Clarke’s had a decade-long run as queen Daenerys Targaryen and she’s put in a lot of work for the role. She’s walked through fire (unburnt, duh), dealt with copious misogyny, and, oh yeah, set out on a campaign to claim her rightful place on the Iron Throne. So, she’s been pretty busy! But the final season of GoT isn’t the end for Clarke by a long shot. The actress has plenty of projects lined up, including the upcoming holiday rom-com Last Christmas, also starring Crazy Rich Asians‘ Henry Golding, and a chilling thriller titled Above Suspicion, which is based on real-life events.
But before she moves on to all that greatness, we’ll have to say goodbye to a certain Khaleesi. Read on for some of Clarke’s sweetest quotes about bidding adieu to the one and only Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen.