Emilia Clarke is one of the hottest celebrities in Hollywood right now, and she has HBO’s Game of Thrones to thank for all of that. What we didn’t know though, was that she almost had to quit the show because she nearly died due to a brain aneurysm.
Clarke had recently come out to the New Yorker that she had to be rushed to the hospital after she experienced a severe headache during one of her workout sessions in 2011—This was before she started work as Daenerys on GoT.
“Nonsense words tumbled out of my mouth and I went into a blind panic. I’d never experienced fear like that — a sense of doom closing in… I could see my life ahead, and it wasn’t worth living. I am an actor; I need to remember my lines. Now I couldn’t recall my name.”
The first aneurysm wasn’t enough though. While in the middle of working for the third season, Clarke had to undergo surgery again for a second brain aneurysm. She continued:
“When they woke me, I was screaming in pain… The procedure had failed. I had a massive bleed and the doctors made it plain that my chances of surviving were precarious if they didn’t operate again. This time they needed to access my brain in the old-fashioned way — through my skull. And the operation had to happen immediately.”
Apparently Clarke now has a huge scar on her head with some parts of her skull replaced with titanium. She even wrote that she was already asking the medical staff to ‘let her die.’
She had been keeping this surgery a secret until now, and it’s kind of shocking that no one was able to find out about this at all. Clarke does confirm that she is now feeling a lot better than she used to after the second surgery, and we should expect her to stick around for longer.
Catch her in the last season of Game of Thrones which comes out April 14.