Finally, after what seems like nine years of waiting, HBO's killer show Game of Thrones is set to kick off its second to last season this Sunday.
Like lots of things HBO, there's gratuitous sex and excessive violence — maybe two reasons the show is so highly rated.
Among the most favorite actors in the weekly show is Emilia Clarke. She plays Daenerys Targaryen, but you probably know her better by one of her nicknames: Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains, Queen of Meereen and, of course, The Unburnt.
She is, in a word, a badass.
The 30 year old, 5-foot-2 actress is strikingly beautiful and has appeared nude several times. And that, she says, has led to a lot of "anti-feminist crap."
"Women hating on other women is just the problem. That's upsetting," she told Elle magazine. "I get a lot of crap for having done nudes scenes and sex scenes. That, in itself, is so anti-feminist."
Clarke cites her Season Four sex scene with Michiel Huisman’s Daario Naharis, which portrays Khaleesi's power over men and her own innate strength as a woman. The scene shows Daenerys' incredible change in power, demanding that Daario take off his clothes (a huge difference from her first nude scene, when she is raped by her new husband, Khal Drogo, on her wedding night).
She said she thanked the show's creators, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, for the scene. "I was like, ‘That’s a scene I’ve been waiting for!’ Because I get a lot of crap for having done nudes scenes and sex scenes. That, in itself, is so anti-feminist," she said.
"That’s upsetting. So it’s kind of wonderful to have a scene where I was like, ‘There you go!'”