This Is Emilia Clarke Riding a Dragon Pre-CGI on Game of Thrones

Since she wasn’t badass enough, actress Emilia Clarke, aka Daenerys on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, is the coolest looking Mother of Dragons in the biz. The show recently released clips detailing the process behind all the CGI that makes the show as gory and magical and cool as possible, and this behind-the-scenes peek makes it even cooler.

The clip interviews Sam Conway, the show’s special effects supervisor, where he talks about the details of what goes into the CGI-heavy show. “The special effects as a department brings to a production the chaos and mayhem,” says Conway. “We handle gas, we handle water, we handle wind, we handle smoke, we handle pyrotechnics, we handle engineering, blood, snot…” he laughs. “You know. Everything. Everything you can possibly imagine is our trade.”

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So, when writers and producers asked for dragons, they got a combination of a bunch of those things — fire, smoke, wind and definitely chaos and mayhem. But there is also quite a lot of technology that goes into it as well, and the video shows just that.

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Seeing Daenerys ride dragons on the show is one thing that takes your breath away, but seeing Emilia Clarke’s intensity and poise while riding the pre-CGI dragon is masterful. She also does a great job working with even the silliest of pre-CGI moments, like having to pet one of her baby dragons, whose head is just a ball of green string.

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So, to those who say, “Acting isn’t that hard,” I dare you to keep your cool while you’re basically barely strapped onto a mechanical bull and rehearsing lines that have to be believable all at the same time. Yeah, good luck.

In conclusion, Emilia Clarke deserves awards on awards on awards, and maybe a real dragon of her own.


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