“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has no interest in watching the show’s spin-off, “House of the Dragon.”
Clarke, who starred as Daenerys Targaryen in the fantasy drama series that ran from 2011 to 2019, told Variety that she hasn’t seen the show’s prequel, “House of the Dragon,” because she “just can’t.”
All about the Targaryens, “House of the Dragon” tells the story of the royal family’s civil war that took place about 200 years before the events of the original series.
Based on parts of George R. R. Martin’s 2018 novel “Fire & Blood,” the mythical show stars Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Tom Glynn-Carney, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Olivia Cooke, and Rhys Ifans.
When asked about tuning into the prequel series, the British actor passionately stated why watching the show is a hard pass for her.
“It’s too weird. I’m so glad it’s happening. I’m over the moon about all the prizes… I just can’t. It’s so weird. It’s so strange,” Clarke told the outlet at the Sundance Film Festival while promoting her new romantic comedy “The Pod Generation.”
Clarke likened watching the show to an awkward confrontation with old classmates, adding, “It’s like someone saying, ‘Do you want to go to this school reunion that’s not your year? Do you want to go to that school reunion?’ That’s how it feels. I avoid it.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Clarke showed love to Miguel Sapochnik, the show’s Season 1 co-showrunner, who also teamed up with her to film some pretty epic episodes of “Game of Thrones.”
“Love him. Brilliant. Awesome,” she said of the director.
Clarke isn’t the only “GoT” star who didn’t seem too excited to watch “House of the Dragon.”
In conversation with De Associated Press in 2021, Kit Harington — who starred as Jon Snow in “GoT” — shared his hesitation to tune into the series, adding that “there’s going to be a rawness there.”
“There’s emotion to that for me,” he said of the show at the time. “I think I see people putting on outfits and costumes similar to what we’ve been wearing all these years, and it [has] same music and style and tone but not being in it will always feel – there will be a rawness there.
“House of the Dragon” is available for streaming on HBO. Season 2 is scheduled for release in 2024.