When Emilia Clarke literally lost her mind; actress reveals 2 nearly fatal brain aneurysms during ‘GoT’

FPJ Web Desk

Emilia Clarke form the HBO’s show Game of Thrones recently revealed about her two nearly fatal brain aneurysms and two surgeries in the early years of filming the hit series. The actress shared the story in an article she wrote for The New Yorker magazine, titled as, A Battle For My Life.

The British actress known as Daenerys Targaryen wrote that the first aneurysm rupture struck after shooting for the first season of the show in 2011. Emilia while at gym was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. A form of stroke triggered by bleeding into areas that surround the brain, which kills about one third of the patients it strikes.

Emilia at the time 24 said, “At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged. For a few moments, I tried to will away the pain and the nausea. I said to myself, “I will not be paralyzed.” I moved my fingers and toes to make sure that was true. To keep my memory alive, I tried to recall, among other things, some lines from Game of Thrones.”

Talking about her recovery period she revealed it was hard for her to recall her name. And the condition called aphasia — gave her “a sense of doom.”

“In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die.” she said.

After the first surgery the actress was diagnosed with a second aneurysm that could rupture at any moment. She revealed she took morphine between interviews while promoting the acclaimed show. “Even before we began filming Season 2, I was deeply unsure of myself. I was often so woozy, so weak, that I thought I was going to die.”

During a routine checkup they found her growth had doubled in size and decided to operate, which was supposed to be a simple procedure but resulted in another month at the hospital.

Clarke who has now helped develop a charity to offer treatment to patients recovering from stroke and brain injuries, said she has “healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes.”


Talking about Game of Thrones hitting its end season in April she said, “There is something gratifying, and beyond lucky, about coming to the end of ‘Thrones. I’m so happy to be here to see the end of this story and the beginning of whatever comes next.”