Emilia Clarke says she watched Hitler to prepare for finale victory speech on 'Game of Thrones'
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Actress Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys "Stormborn" of House Targaryen in HBO's "Game of Thrones," said in a new interview that she watched videos of dictators, including Adolf Hitler, to prepare for the ominous victory speech she gave in the series finale on Sunday. 

Clarke told Variety in an interview published Tuesday that she stayed up every night for about two months while preparing for the speech, which was performed in fictional languages, because she was worried she might "f--- it up." 


"I’ve had a lot of Dothraki, Valyrian, fake languages to learn and I’ve had a lot of speeches to give, but I put so much pressure on myself with this one," Clarke said, adding that, "in giving all these speeches in fake languages, I watched a lot of videos of — now it seems funny — dictators and powerful leaders speaking a different language to see if I could understand what they were saying without knowing the language."

"And you can!" Clarke continued. "You absolutely can understand what Hitler’s f---ing saying, these single-focus orators speaking a foreign language. So I thought, 'If I can believe every single word I’m saying, the audience won’t need to be looking at the subtitles too much.'”

Clarke's character gave an expansive, war-mongering speech in the hit show's controversial series finale after her dragon burns the majority of the city of King's Landing to the ground. Some critics have noted that the speech compares to "Triumph of the Will," a 1935 Nazi propaganda film. 

The "Game of Thrones" series finale broke a record for the show's viewership, with more than 19 million people tuning in, though many objected to the final season's handling of its female characters, particularly Daenerys's descent into "mad queen" fire and blood.

Debate on the finale has been polarizing, but Clarke says that the program's legacy remains intact. 

"I think it is what it always has been, which is a discussion of power and what it does to a single human being, a group of human beings, and the people they are meant to be serving," she said.