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Emilia Clarke: Kill me off in style

Emilia Clarke is happy for her Game of Thrones character to meet a grisly end - as long as it's done "properly".

The actress is best known for playing Daenerys Targaryen on the popular TV show, which is currently in its fifth season.

It's not unusual for the series to make shock decisions, with its Red Wedding one of the most memorable moments so far. Luckily, the 28-year-old would take any plot twist in her stride - as long as it's grisly enough.

"It's in the nature of the show to let its characters gain popularity and then kill them," she grinned to German newspaper Bild. "None of us are safe. But if Daenerys does have to die, I have one request: do it the right way! I'd love to explode."

Game of Thrones is not only known for violence - it also features great deals of sex and nudity. While some might balk at its risqué nature, Emilia is proud of it.

"It is pretty shocking when you realise how many boobs are shown in one series," she laughed. "But that's just the way Game of Thrones is. It gives the show a certain something that others are afraid of.

"We're not trying to make a point here: it's just part of the world we've created. The story is based in the Middle Ages. It's all about power and there's a lot of power in sex."

Daenerys starts her life in an arranged marriage but breaks free to become a mother of dragons, a queen of armies and a killer of slave masters. For many, she has become a role model and an example of a very strong woman.

"That's a very rewarding part of my job," she added. "You know that you're enriching the lives of others - proudly and gladly. Daenerys shows women they shouldn't be afraid to let their strong personalities shine."

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