Emilia Clarke may be Daenerys Targaryen a.k.a. the Mother of Dragons on “Game of Thrones,” but for the show’s eighth and final season, she’s had to start sharing the reins — literally — with her co-star Kit Harington, as Jon Snow is the only other character in Westeros who seems to be capable of riding the fire-breathing animal.
And she was a little defensive about sharing at first.
“I feel weird about it, I’m not gonna lie,” Clarke told host Jimmy Kimmel during “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night, describing the first time Harington “rode” a dragon on set. “He was all like, ‘Psh, yeah, you think you’re good at this. Let me be professional.’ Obviously, I was a girl so I got in and I was like, ‘Whatever, I’m amazing at this. No big deal, it’s just my children.'”
But then she learned that all of this fake dragon-riding isn’t actually that easy for Kit for one big reason. Well, two actually.
“He was kind of, you know, arrogant about it and was like, ‘I can do this,'” Clarke said. “And then got on and that’s when I learned that men riding dragons is like a whole other thing than a lady who rides a dragon. A little more uncomfortable for them.”
Kimmel caught on quick, interjecting with: “Because of the human testicle!”
Don’t worry, Emilia is somewhat sympathetic, though she did ask the person who operates the joysticks that control the “dragons” to mess with Kit.
Watch the interview above.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.