Emily Clarke revealed in harrowing detail that she suffered two brain aneurysms over the course of the first few seasons of The New Yorker .
The first aneurysm occurred not long after the season One of Game of Thrones wrapped while the second happened after Season Three, while Clarke was working on Broadway. Both times, Clarke was forced to undergo surgery, including two procedures that followed the second aneurysm in 2013.
"In the years since my second surgery I have been beyond my most unreasonable hopes," she said.
What is Clarke's first major acting role? To help relieve stress, Clarke, who was just 24 at the time, started working with a personal trainer. One morning, she arrived at the gym with a bad headache.
"I never experienced fear like that – a Sense of doom closing in, "Clarke recalled. "I could see my life ahead, and it was not worth living. I am an actor; I need to remember my lines. Now I could not recall my name …. In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I have the medical staff to let me. My job – my entire dream of my life would be centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost. "
Though the aphasia finally passed, Clarke told her that she had a smaller aneurysm on the side of her brain that could either burst at any moment, or stay benign. She told her bosses at Game of Thrones about her condition and even though she soldiered through Season Two, she called it "worst" on the series. "I did not know what Daenerys was doing," Clarke said. "I'm really honest, every minute of every day I thought I was going to die."
In 2013, Clarke went for a check-up and learned that the second growth in her head had doubled in size. She underwent surgery, but the procedure failed. The second operation was successful, but Clarke said the recovery was long, painful and carried by anxiety and panic attacks. National Enquirer though clarke said she denied the report when a journalist asked about it.
As a result of her experience, Clarke helped develop a
"There is something gratifying and beyond lucky, about coming to the end of Thrones ," Clarke said. "I'm so happy to see the end of this story and the beginning of whatever comes next."