The Mother of Dragons has spoken.
“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke said Friday that she has been actively avoiding watching HBO’s “House of the Dragon,” reports Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s too weird,” said Clarke at the Sundance Film Festival. “I’m so happy it’s happening. I’m so over the moon [about] all the awards. Everyone who’s made it,”
Despite not watching the show, the “Star Wars” actress gave a shout-out to one of the show-runners, Miguel Sapochnik, who helped the former Targaryen direct several of the most beloved episodes of the fantasy show.
“Love him. Brilliant. Wonderful,” said Clarke. ” “I just can’t do it. It’s so weird. It’s so strange. It’s kind of like someone saying, ‘You want to go to this school reunion that’s not your year? You want to go to that school reunion?’ That’s kind of how it feels. I’m avoiding it.”
Comparing watching the show to having an awkward run-in with old classmates, Clarke added: “It’s kind of like someone saying, ‘You want to go to this school reunion that’s not your year? Want to go to that school reunion?’ That’s how it feels. I’m avoiding it.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Clarke showed love to Miguel Sapochnik, the show’s Season 1 co-showrunner, who also teamed up with her to film some pretty epic episodes of “Game of Thrones.”
“Love him. Brilliant. Wonderful,” she gushed about the director.
Clarke isn’t the only “GoT” star who didn’t seem too eager to watch “House of the Dragon.”
Speaking with The Associated Press in 2021, Kit Harington — who starred as Jon Snow in “GoT” — shared his hesitancy to tune into the series, adding that “there’s going to be a rawness there.”
“There’s emotion connected to that for me,” he said of the show at the time. “I think to see people get into outfits and costumes that resemble what we wore for all those years, and it [has] the same music and style and tone, but not be in it is always going to feel — there’s going to be a rawness there.”
Clarke was nominated for four Emmy awards for her role as doomed Westeros ruler Daenerys Targaryen. “House of the Dragon” has already soared into several accolades including its win for Best Drama Series at the 2023 Golden Globes.
“House of the Dragon” is set 200 years before the beginning of “Game of Thrones” and stars Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen as they battle Queen Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and her family for the Iron Throne.