The Amazing Way Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Met Jason Momoa For The First Time

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Despite the fact that Khal Drogo didn't even live for a full season of Game of Thrones, his character and marriage to Dany have had lasting impacts on the narrative. Jason Momoa managed to channel his inner barbarian for the role of Drogo, and he was apparently quite enthusiastic about getting to act alongside Emilia Clarke. She recently revealed just what happened when she met Momoa for the first time, and it's a pretty amazing story. Emilia Clarke had this to say about meeting Jason Momoa:

The first time I met Jason Momoa was in a hotel lobby in Belfast. I walk in and I'm exhausted and I have my bags and I'm really tired and it was really late at night. And I walk in, and from the other side of this enormous lobby, I hear 'WIFEY!' And this huge Hawaiian man comes bounding over to me, picks me up, and genuinely gets me in like a rugby tackle to the floor. It was only when he picked me back up and kind of dusted me off, and I was like, 'Who are you?'

Jason Momoa was evidently so excited for Game of Thrones that he just had to scoop his future on-screen wife up into a big hug/tackle, regardless of never having met her before. Emilia Clarke was clearly amused as she told the story in a chat with Rolling Stone, but I wonder if the encounter was a little bit terrifying at the time.

By all accounts, Jason Momoa is a great guy and fun to be around. Still, he's also a gigantic man, and I have to believe it would be a little scary to be charged by him, even if he was yelling "WIFEY!" and not carrying any battle axes. Luckily, it sounds like Emilia Clarke was a little too exhausted to really realize that she was about to be tackled to the ground by a massive stranger in a hotel lobby.

Unfortunately, we only got to see Khal Drogo alive for a single season, and Jason Momoa only returned to Game of Thrones once after Drogo's death to film a hallucination sequence. That said, he clearly doesn't begrudge the series or its producers for killing him off. Momoa posted a jubilant photo of himself drinking with Thrones showrunners Dan Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and he has referred to Game of Thrones as the "greatest show on earth" and Drogo as the "greatest role I ever played." He's even posted reactions to some of Dany's especially badass moments in recent seasons, referring to her as "the moon of my life" again. Honestly, his social media reactions make me wish for a DVD extra that's just Jason Momoa doing audio commentaries on episodes.

Jason Momoa is doing just fine for himself, despite being killed off one of the biggest series on television. He has starred in his own show for Netflix, and he just so happened to land the part of Aquaman for the DC Extended Universe. We'll get our first good look at him as Aquaman when Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017. Emilia Clarke will be back on the small screen sooner, as Game of Thrones returns with Dany arriving in Westeros on July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Take a look at our breakdown of what we know so far to discover what has been revealed about Season 7 to this point.

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