We know the Game of Thrones cast is close, but these comments still have us reaching for the tissues. At Wednesday’s Game of Thrones season eight premiere in New York City, Jason Momoa opened up about Emilia Clarke’s terrifying illness, which she wrote about in a revealing, personal essay for the New Yorker last month. Although he hasn’t been on the HBO series since season one, when his character Khal Drogo was killed, Momoa still has a lot of love for his former on-screen wife.
“I’ve kind of been a part of that whole situation for a very long time, so we’ve had so many scares and trying to find the right way to come out and help,” Momoa said of Clarke’s two life-threatening brain aneurysms, the first of which she experienced shortly after filming wrapped for the first season of the show. He continued, “I just think it’s beautiful that… she’s so brave in helping the world and trying to raise awareness.”
Clarke has undergone several surgeries to fix the injuries to her brain and has now fully recovered. She is using her platform and her experiences to help others through the charity SameYou, which she formed with partners in the U.S. and the U.K. to assist patients who have suffered brain injuries and strokes.
“I’m very sad, because we almost lost her the first time,” Momoa said at the Thrones premiere. “So, I love her to bits and she’s here and she’s going to do great things with it and teach the world.”
He also reflected on what it meant to be at the premiere itself. “It’s an honor,” Momoa told ET. “I love [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss]. David, Dan, Emilia, Kit [Harington], those are the people I’m really closest to, so it’s just, it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of this show.”
As for who deserves to win the Iron Throne, both Momoa and his wife Lisa Bonet agree: it has to be Daenerys. “My khaleesi!” Momoa cried. Of course her sun and stars is rooting for her from the beyond — anything else would be too devastating to contemplate.