Emilia Clarke Shares Photos Of Recovery From Life-Threatening Aneurysms

Emilia Clarke has opened up about her struggles with brain injuries

Emilia Clarke has opened up about her struggles with brain injuries

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke kept it secret that she'd suffered two brain aneurysms during the early days of the show.

Emilia recently told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show how she had been "petrified" after the life-threatening ordeal.

The first challenge came when she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is bleeding on the brain, while filming Season 1 in 2011.

"It was like an elastic band just went snap in my head - an enormous amount of pressure suddenly", she said.

Now, she has revealed photos from her recovery in hospital, revealing things could have been much, much worse. While she's been quiet about the climactic events of the show's final season, which premieres April 14, she has shared the real-life drama of surviving two brain aneurysms.

"So, with the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died", Clarke said. In that moment I knew I was being brain-damaged. Clarke was able to return to Game of Thrones six weeks later to film Season 2.

But Clarke also said that doctors told her part of her brain had died during the aneurysms. So, I had that.

Clarke had a moth-long stint in hospital after Game of Thrones third season
Clarke had a moth-long stint in hospital after Game of Thrones’ third season

The actor behind Daenerys Targaryen revealed images taken around the time of her first hospitalisation, and two from her second stint in treatment.

"That was a deep paranoia, from the first one as well".

"For a very long time I thought it was my ability to act [that I would lose]", she said.

"[Doctors] were literally looking at it saying, we think it could be concentration or peripheral vision [that was lost]". I mean, literally, it's been my reason for living for a very long time. That was a deep paranoia from the first one as well, what if something has short circuited in my brain and I can't act any more.

Emilia went on to say playing the formidable Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones provided a distraction from her struggle to cope after her health scares.

"I wish I could sit here and say, 'I was like, let's go jump out of a plane, '" she continued.

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