Game of Thrones Finale: Emilia Clarke Took Inspiration for Her Rally Speech from Hitler
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke says he had to believe every single she was saying to make the scene more intense
Emilia Clarke has said that she took inspiration for her rally speech from Hitler. She revealed that she saw the speeches of leaders and dictators making speeches in foreign languages to take inspiration for her last rally speech to his army at the footsteps of the Red Keep. Clarke, who played the all-powerful character of Daenerys Targaryen, had just burnt down the whole of King’s Landing in the fifth episode of season 8, and as soon as the sixth and last episode starts, she speaks to her warriors which includes the Dothraki and the Unsullied.
She flies Drogon towards the top of the stairs, walks in front of the crowd and delivers the words which complete her transformation into the Mad Queen, who believes that she will save the people by first cleansing the seven kingdoms of evil.
The ending of the series may have been anti-climactic but her speech was a spectacle that everyone loved, and Clarke says she prepared for the role by watching videos of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
"In giving all these speeches in fake languages, I watched a lot of videos of—now it seems funny—dictators and powerful leaders speaking a different language to see if I could understand what they were saying without knowing the language," she told Variety in an interview. "And you can! You absolutely can understand what Hitler’s saying, these single-focus orators speaking a foreign language. So I thought, 'If I can believe every single word I’m saying, the audience won’t need to be looking at the subtitles too much.'"
The final episode of the epic series shattered all-time ratings records for HBO, but Clarke says she was numb when watching the final episode of the final season, more numb than she expected.
"It’s that kind of thing where it’s so big, you feel quite numb to it," she said. "We’ve been saying goodbye to it for a while. The last two seasons were sort of like, 'Oh, the end is coming. It’s coming!' Because it’s not 'Cheers’. The whole show is building toward winter coming. Every day you’re at work, you’re preparing for this to end in some massive way." She continued saying: “We’ve been building up to it for so long, and then you wrap, other people wrap, the show finishes, but then you’ve got the first episode of the last season, the biggest episode of the last season, the last episode of the last season—it’s been a lot. Nothing prepared me to feel so numb when I was watching the absolute end."