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Emilia Clarke in emotional farewell as Game of Thrones draws to a close

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen with co-star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the series
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen with co-star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the series

By Julia Hunt

Emilia Clarke has penned an emotional farewell to Game of Thrones ahead of the hit show's final ever episode.

She said the fantasy drama had "shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being".

The actress shot to fame playing Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO drama, which came to an end in the early hours of this morning after eight series.

Sharing a series of photos of herself and the cast, she posted on Instagram: "Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me.

"The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart.

"I've sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice."

Clarke (32) told her 23 million followers: "Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being.

"I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we've flown."

She thanked the fans for their support of the show, which is based on the books by George RR Martin and started in 2011. "But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we've made and what I've done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams," she said.

"Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended."

The final episode aired in the UK on Sky Atlantic at 2am to coincide with the US broadcast, and will be shown again at 9pm.

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