Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen has always had the benefit of shooting in some of the warmer locations on the Game of Thrones sets, but that’s about to change. Thanks to a new Instagram video posted by Clarke today, it looks like winter has finally arrived for Khaleesi.
The warm-weather heroine uploaded a windy video to her Instagram page this week, with the caption “And then I fell over. Or rather a brisk 50mph N.Irish wind caught me unawares…” The actor has included the hashtags “#gameofhowtostanduprightinagaleforcewind, #atleasttheviewmsdeitallworthiteh?” and #bitoftailwinddoesnicleyonadragonridethough….”
The video shows Clarke keeping cover under a furry hood, which moves slightly near the end of the clip to reveal her blonde Khaleesi wig. “We’re filming,” Clarke says, laughing at the intense windstorm around her. “This is the Bear Grylls of filming. Suck it, Game of Thrones.”
So what does this new set teaser mean, other than it looks as unpleasant to film Game of Thrones as it does to be alive in Westeros? Well, for one thing, filming is taking place in Northern Ireland, an interesting place to find Khaleesi. When we last saw the Queen of Dragons at the end of Season 6, she had left Meereen in the handsome hands of Daario, and set sale on her mission to claim the Iron Throne. Flanked by her trusted advisers Missandei and newly minted right hand of the queen Tyrion Lannister, Khaleesi’s army of the Unsullied, the Dothraki, and now the Greyjoys mean that she has more than just a couple of dragons by her side to help claim the throne.
Many scenes throughout the six seasons of Game of Thrones have been shot in Northern Ireland. It’s home to the Dothraki Sea and is the setting for Khaleesi to be rescued by one of her dragons. The Northern Ireland Khaleesi finds herself in now could include the Haunted Forest where the White Walkers started their pilgrimage, the House of Stark and lands of Winterfell, or even more exciting, King’s Landing.
Could Khaleesi’s arrival at the capital of the Seven Kingdoms force its renaming to Queen’s Landing? No spoilers.