In a new essay for The New Yorker, “A Battle For My Life,” Emilia Clarke admits she’s denied health struggles before when asked by reporters, but now she’s ready to open up. She’s revealed that she almost died while filming “Game of Thrones” after suffering two brain aneurysms that doctors warned her were potentially fatal. The first came after the first season in 2011, and the second in 2013 after the third season.
But after multiple painful surgeries and long periods of recovery that had her in a dark place, she’s come out the other side better than ever. “I survived… In the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes,” she writes. “I am now at a hundred percent.”