Emilia Clarke for LA Times Magazine

Posted on May 29, 2012

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke ditches the Khaleesi drag for something a lot more glamorous, leaving her pretty much completely unrecognizable.

 

Emilia Clarke is featured in the May 2012 issue of LA Times magazine photographed by Ruven Afanador and styled by Deborah Afshani.

Bottega Veneta Resort 2012 Collection

Paco Rabanne Spring 2012 Collection

Blumarine Spring 2012 Collection [H&M pants]

Dolce&Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection

 

Seriously, without being told, we’d never have known it was her.

It’s a fun editorial, even if we think she’s not very good at giving face. But the real reason we’re putting these pictures up is to give y’all a chance to chat about Game of Thrones this year, which has been awesome. Also: No, we’re not going to write about it. It’s a show we’d much rather enjoy than have to sit through it, taking notes.

But amazing battle scenes last night, yes? And wasn’t it refreshing to have the story just stay with a relatively small group of characters in one setting, rather than bouncing around the globe, checking in on dozens? And Cersei. Completely crazy, dangerous bitch, amirite? Totally deserves a slap. And did Joffrey try to have Tyrion killed during the battle? Did Sansa leave or not? This is why we don’t write about it. We’d never be able to keep track of it all. Discuss.

Oh, and this editorial. You can discuss that too.

 

EDITED TO ADD: Of course, our main reason for not blogging Game of Thrones was because we knew the book’s fans would wind up spoiling details in our comments section and we don’t want that. Some of the commenters have done that already, resulting in several deleted comments and an annoyed T Lo. Seriously, guys. Talk about this editorial, talk about Emilia, talk about HBO’s Game of Thrones. DO NOT talk about any of the books at all.

[Photo Credit: Ruven Afanador for latimesmagazine.com, elle.com, style.com]

    • http://twitter.com/GuidosDaddy Jason M. Galloway

      I love my Khaleesi!!  This has made my day and it’s only 8:03 a.m….jesus, where does the day go from here?  She really looks amazing-I’m biased as she is my favorite on the show.  I feel kind of sorry for the kid playing Joffrey-I can’t imagine him not getting slapped everywhere he goes in real life. I know I wanna slap the brat. 

      • MissAnnieRN

        The kid who plays Joffrey has THE BEST whiny little gasp when he gets slapped.

        That being said, we are to believe that Cersei tried to have Tyrion killed, right? I’m reading the books but only halfway through the first one.

        I have a total girl crush on the Khaleesi.

        • mshesterp

          He is THE most obnoxious character on TV right now, and the actor is totally awesome playing him, because when he shows his smug little face (“I want to give him a smile, a RED smile”) I just want to punch him.  HARD.  He has the most ridiculous swagger.  Fantastic casting, as with every other dang character on the show.  LOVE.

          • Glammie

            So glad that the guy playing Joffrey actually has dark hair so he doesn’t totally look like the creep he’s playing.

            And just in case it wasn’t obvious–Emilia Clarke is *teeny tiny.*

      • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

        When the first season wrapped, George R.R. Martin sent him a card that said, “Congratulations on your first season in television! Everyone hates you.” 

        The actor is a total sweetheart, too, and all the cast is super-protective of him because of the material he’s getting. I heard he doesn’t even like to curse and got really upset during some of his more brutal scenes. 

    • http://twitter.com/The_Bugler Anna Daugherty

      Game of Thrones post? On TLo?!

      My favorite book series, so I’m loving the show. Some of the changes bug, but the most recent episode (which was written by GRRM himself) was beyond awesome.

      • Sobaika

        The writing on the show is always better when GRRM gets behind the wheel. His are always my favorites.

      • Sobaika

        The writing on the show is always better when GRRM gets behind the wheel. His are always my favorites.

        • Ksagun13

          I agree, some of the best dialogue of the season.  Bronn and Tyrion were priceless this week.  

      • rawrgrowlrawr

         I missed the chain though. The chain was what revealed Tyrion’s brilliance. Now I have to leave this thread or else I will be tempted to ruin everyone’s fun with corrections to their speculation and unintended spoilers. I suffer from Know It All Syndrome.

    • http://twitter.com/thisiscarlijn Carlijn Kruidhof

      I actually hate the hair. Does not bring out the best in her face. And it makes her look so much older in some pictures. 

      Game of Thrones: things are heating up and last epi was so amazing. I just can’t stand the idea there’s only one episode left :( 

      • fursa_saida

        I do like her as a brunette, though. Just not with the giant space helmet.

        • girliecue

          I believe that is her natural color in the photos.

          • http://twitter.com/thisiscarlijn Carlijn Kruidhof

            I know, she’s not a natural blond and it’s not the colour that bothers me, it’s the whole shape of it :p 

    • Sobaika

      CAN NOT WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK! I’ve waited all season for the House of the Undying.

    • http://twitter.com/observacious Kim Z Dale

      On one hand I would selfishly love to read your take on GoT, but I think you’re smart for not blogging it. Fantasy books have a lot of obsessive fans. Reviewing the program just as the program would invite a lot of George R.R. Martin zealots to creep out of the woodwork to tell you how you were getting something wrong or how HBO got something wrong or how OMG the book did the scene soooo much better. It’s best just to sit back and enjoy it.

      Perhaps you could compromise and post occasional reviews of particularly stand out costumes?

      • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

        Margaery’s dress on a couple of past eps was breathtakingly awesome!

        • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

          Yeah, Margaery has worn some awesome stuff. Some costume analysis would be wholeheartedly welcome (a particularly brilliant moment: Loras turning up wearing Renly’s armor, which was both incredibly awesome and a bit of a tearjerker.) But even if you just wanted to put up some pictures of awesome costumes, that would be wonderful as well!

      • http://twitter.com/Phoe_Iyad IH

        T Lo should defenitly do a fashion post when the season is over, the costumes may not be as flashy as something on the Borgias but i’m always fascinated by the amount of details on them.

    • http://twitter.com/observacious Kim Z Dale

      On one hand I would selfishly love to read your take on GoT, but I think you’re smart for not blogging it. Fantasy books have a lot of obsessive fans. Reviewing the program just as the program would invite a lot of George R.R. Martin zealots to creep out of the woodwork to tell you how you were getting something wrong or how HBO got something wrong or how OMG the book did the scene soooo much better. It’s best just to sit back and enjoy it.

      Perhaps you could compromise and post occasional reviews of particularly stand out costumes?

    • Judy_S

      Celebs kind of fall into 2 categories for me, actors I am personally interested in  and therefore might have seen naked or wearing various strange costumes, and those I encounter mostly via TLo. In this case, there’s an overlap, which is kind of weird. As a devoted Game of Thrones watcher who started out disliking Danys and ended up with her as my favorite character, I feel like I know what her body looks like without clothes–or shoes–so well that seeing her in clothes is distracting. That said, I kind of like the Sophia Loren concept.

    • Judy_S

      Celebs kind of fall into 2 categories for me, actors I am personally interested in  and therefore might have seen naked or wearing various strange costumes, and those I encounter mostly via TLo. In this case, there’s an overlap, which is kind of weird. As a devoted Game of Thrones watcher who started out disliking Danys and ended up with her as my favorite character, I feel like I know what her body looks like without clothes–or shoes–so well that seeing her in clothes is distracting. That said, I kind of like the Sophia Loren concept.

    • http://twitter.com/sk888888 Cele Deemer

      I will take what is mine!  Sunday’s episode was positively EPIC.  EPIC, I say!  Khaleesi or no Khaleesi.  
      And, yes, I would not have recognized her in the editorial if you hadn’t pointed her out. She looks great, no matter what!

    • http://twitter.com/sk888888 Cele Deemer

      I will take what is mine!  Sunday’s episode was positively EPIC.  EPIC, I say!  Khaleesi or no Khaleesi.  
      And, yes, I would not have recognized her in the editorial if you hadn’t pointed her out. She looks great, no matter what!

    • ChiliP

      Love GoT. I read the first book, but stopped after that. I want to enjoy the show for what it is, rather than make comparisons to the book (which I did during the first season). As for Ms. Emilia here, I normally think brunettes look strange as blondes, but she looks so striking with Danny’s silvery locks. Not that she doesn’t look gorgeous here.

      In other Got related news, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) sat across from me in a restaurant in Vancouver over the weekend. He’s much more svelte in person without the furs covering him up, but still gorgeous.

      • Sobaika

        Is he as pouty and is his hair as luxurious in person?

        • ChiliP

           Ha! Yes and yes- pouty as ever, and the hair is what made me recognize him. Not even the convenience of modern gels and combs can tame that mane.

          • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

            mmmm, luv huh! lucky you!

    • ChiliP

      Love GoT. I read the first book, but stopped after that. I want to enjoy the show for what it is, rather than make comparisons to the book (which I did during the first season). As for Ms. Emilia here, I normally think brunettes look strange as blondes, but she looks so striking with Danny’s silvery locks. Not that she doesn’t look gorgeous here.

      In other Got related news, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) sat across from me in a restaurant in Vancouver over the weekend. He’s much more svelte in person without the furs covering him up, but still gorgeous.

    • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

      I enjoyed drunk Cersei way more than felt appropriate. But I’m disappointed with Khaleesi this season – she went from awesome to annoying way too quickly for someone who is, you know, THE MOTHER OF DRAGONS.

      • Sobaika

        I think it’s because all she does is screech about them dragons. She had a lot more to do last season.

        • karinlee

          The running joke in our house now is that “WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!” is the new “WAAAAALT! WHERE’S MY BOY?”

          • http://twitter.com/jelyzo Jen Zornow

            OMG you just made my day. WALT = DRAGONS = CARL from Walking Dead :-)

            • karinlee

              Hahaha. I gave up on Walking Dead after the first season, so the CARL thing didn’t occur to me. XD

          • unpiously

             Ha! My BF and I have been making the same comparison. MY SON! MY DRAGONS!

      • theblondette

        Oh Dany is SUCH a brat this season, it is driving me nuts. I keep saying JORAH WHY DO YOU LOVE HER SHE’S A NIIIIGHTMARE.

      • http://twitter.com/jelyzo Jen Zornow

        Dani stays annoying for quite a while :-(

      • http://twitter.com/Phoe_Iyad IH

         Alco Cersei is the best Cersei “you’re praying? hahaha”, she’s a mean drunk.

    • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

      I enjoyed drunk Cersei way more than felt appropriate. But I’m disappointed with Khaleesi this season – she went from awesome to annoying way too quickly for someone who is, you know, THE MOTHER OF DRAGONS.

    • carolynmo

      That battle scene was amazing! The Hound was freaking me out, as was Cersei.

    • http://twitter.com/msjwatt J.Watt

      Cersei is a MFBA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

      Half man! Half man!

      I wouldn’t want to blog on this show either – you might end up with those bookish types wanting to break down every deviation or omission. I totally didn’t get why the King’s Guard turned on Tyrion, but thought Cersei was behind it. If they never talked about Khaleesi again I would be content, but I did miss Arya.

      Weird how Dawg (or however you spell it) freaked out over the fire. Completely backwards from the grandstanding he was going prior to the battle.

      Anyway. I didn’t recognize the actress on the cover either.

      • SassieCassy

        His name is Sandor. They call him a dog, or ‘the Hound’

        And I thiiiiiink (haven’t read the books yet) he got burned in the past. That’s why his face is all… burny. And it was the fire that freaked him out.

        • karinlee

          Yep. His crazy sadistic older brother (Gregor, aka the Mountain, aka the huge nutso dude who chopped off his own horse’s head after losing in a joust) held his face in a fire when they were wee ones. Charming family, no?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

             Thanks for the clarificaton! That makes a lot of sense.

        • H3ff

          Did you notice when the wildfire was set alight he looked extreeemely uncomfortable.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      I love the editorial but wouldn’t have recognized Khaleesi. Love the Loren hair. Wish I could pull that off every damn day!

      Yes! Sunday’s episode was a video catalog of the many ways one can be injured with a sword/shields/arrows/rocks/pigshit/etc. Now that Tywin saved the day, how will King Joffrey Bieber be received? And how about Tyrion’s job as the hand? When will Shea learn that she talks too much? What did Sansa do and was it a smart move? And where was Stannis’ black smoke baby monster when he needed it?

      • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

        King Joffrey Bieber! You win.

      • TropiCarla

        “And where was ‘Stannis’ black smoke baby monster when he needed it?” Perfect! You made me snort out loud at my desk. I was wondering that myself last night.

        • http://www.facebook.com/martha.dollery Martha Dollery

          That smokey baby is one use only I am afraid! They are disposable :P

      • H3ff

        If you’ll remember a few episodes back, Davos convinced Stannis that they ought not win the Iron Throne with Melisandre’s dark magic. I think Stannis promoted him to captain of the fleet as a result.

        • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

          Ah! Makes sense! And here I thought that Stannis was putting Davos in a possibly deadly position because he didn’t want to hear negative things about his girlfriend anymore.

    • theblondette

      GAME OF THRONES. I love it so so so much. And can we also, as a site dominated by comments by ladies, take a moment to appreciate how GoT, more than most TV shows, has powerful, dynamic, interesting women? And not just one kind of woman. There’s Daenerys, who’s a bit of a cliche with her silvery locks and her Great Destiny (though I love how the show’s problematising that), Arya who is gifted and funny and sharp and determined, Sansa who started off as a wet blanket but through life’s hard lessons has proved herself to be a survivor and an impressive young woman, Catelyn who is resourceful and motherly and fierce, Cersei who may be an evil  bitch but is cunning and resourceful, Brienne who is tough and is a warrior woman who doesn’t go around in a tiny ridiculous boob-plate but instead looks like a fierce chivalric knight, Osha who is cunning and pragmatic and kind… I could go on and on. I know the cast is huge, but even so, in ensemble casts normally it’d be mostly the men who get the varied parts and juicy storylines. <3

      • ChiliP

        Totally agree with you on the range of female characters. I used to DESPISE Sansa, but she’s growing on me. I love how she has started openly undermining Joffrey, even if he is too dense to pick up on everything she’s saying.

        I have not read the second book, but I assume we will be seeing more of Melisandre (the fire priestess) going forward? Surely she didn’t show up just to birth the smoke monster and leave never to be seen again, correct?

        • Sobaika

          Yeah, we’ll see her again. They’ve done a really remarkable job with all the storylines and streamlining the plot of the books, but it remains pretty fractured storytelling. 

          I watch the show with a friend who provides running commentary. “Who is that bitch? Is that some random soldier – Oh yeah yeah yeah it’s the one Queen is getting with! Or no, it’s the gay one right? When did he switch sides though? Now who is the bald guy talking about? That red lady? Oh, that bitch. Is she really pregnant or just shadow pregnant? No don’t tell me!!”

          • EverybodysStarling

            That’s like my mom, who lives abroad, comes evers five months and starts questioning EVERYTHING about my daily soap. Horrid. :D

        • theblondette

          Sansa is learning so much, poor sweetie. I really feel for her. She was quite sheltered and silly, but I object to people who seem to think she DESERVED to be treated badly or blame her for “betraying” Ned (she was just a child, really!). And now she’s alone and surrounded by wolves and she’s doing so so well. Her panic over starting her period broke my heart. Loved how Shae instantly helped her out there.

      • http://twitter.com/Phoe_Iyad IH

         Sansa is probably one of my favorite female characters, we never get to see the point of view of the pretty princess in fantasy in general it’s always the tomboy like Arya who gets the attention. For me Sansa’s arc is the one i want to watch and read about the most. Also Cersei deep down is a feminist as she said in the last episode, if they allowed her to do what she wanted she could have been as good a leader as Tywin.

        • Glammie

          Hmmm, that’s interesting.  I like TV Sansa better than book Sansa.  I get the point Martin’s making.  But all’s said and done, Sansa’s kind of a ding-a-ling.  I feel sorry for her, but she does not pick up on things–guess that animal intuition went when Daddy axed her direwolf.

          Cersei’s power-hungry and resents being a woman, but I don’t buy that she’s a feminist.  Not like she ever does anything to support other women.  If anything, she’s competitive with them.  Love hating her though.  

    • Vaniljekjeks

      She is gorgeous.   End of. 

      And Sunday night blew my mind.  The wildfire was amazing, and Cersei blew my mind for being such a psycho drunken bitch.  I love her. 

      • mshesterp

        Oh, me too.  lena headey has such the perfect face for outright snark and bitchery, and then you add the drunken part of it–scary time.  And almost killing her son at the end?  Super scary time.  She really was robbed being born in that era.

        • Glammie

          Nah, I think Westeros was spared.

    • hmariec19

      She doesn’t give the best face, but I think she’s absolutely gorgeous and I love her as the Khaleesi.

    • afabulous50

      Cover shot is fabulous.

    • Clueless_Jock

      She’s styled like Elizabeth Taylor.

    • EverybodysStarling

      Love her to bits but she totally looks like a Bratz-Doll. Completely out of proportion. 

      Otherwise: I would have loved to read recaps from you. It would have been the cherry on top of my throne. Uhm. Sundae. 

      • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

        Bratz doll, LOL! Perfect description of that cover shot! I think there’s just way too much hair and makeup, but the clothes are absolutely gorgeous, particularly that silvery Paco Rabanne. Not my fav post, but I do love her and I guess she had a lot of fun here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678337501 Carla Axtman

      That is one badass heel she’s sporting in the last frame. No wonder she had to take a load off.

      I’m digging this updated Valley of the Dolls vibe. I agree that she’s not exactly throwing down on the face–but the hair & makeup are fab.

    • GorgeousThings

      I read an interview with her where she said she can pretty much go about without being recognized, because she’s a natural brunette. This is a fabulous editorial.

      GoT is SO GOOD this season! I love it, and they should just forego the nomination process and hand Peter Dinklage the Emmy. I think Cersei had him attacked, not Joffrey. J’s not smart enough to get someone else to do his dirty work. Or he’d have the Hound (whoa – who would have thought something would frighten him?) do it.

      • ChiliP

        I wonder if Peter Dinklage would be nominated for lead or supporting actor, since he’s essentially the star this season? Assuming he’s nominated for supporting actor again, he’s absolutely fantastic, but I would have to give the edge to Aaron Paul (Jesse) or Giancarlo Esposito (Gus) from Breaking Bad. The acting on BB is mind-blowing. That being said, Tyrion is a great character and gets many of the best lines, which is what makes him so fun to watch, and he probably will win since GoT has been excellent this season.

        • MilaXX

           I agree, but other than Cranston I think BB gets severely overlooked at the award shows.

          • ChiliP

             You are so right. If BB ends without winning Best Drama, it will be a travesty.

        • mshesterp

          I think because the competition is so stiff with best actor, he’s submitted himself for supporting, even though he is the #1 badass on that show and gets a ton of screen time, half-man or no.  But maybe that’s my love for Peter Dinklage talking, who I find extra delicious, and bought the newest Rolling Stone just because his mug was on the cover.  

          • Snarky_Amber

            Well, Ned was arguably the star of Season 1 until, well, you know. But this season has been mostly about the imp. I’d love to see him get a best lead nod for his work this year.

      • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

        I’ve also got my fingers crossed for Lena Headey or Michelle Fairley getting a nomination. They’ve both done wonderful work this season. 

        • Sobaika

          Agreed. I would also throw in Charles Dance (Tywin) and Alfie Allen (Theon) into the awards mix. 

          But the acting that moved me the most was by the little boy who plays Bran sobbing as Ser Rodrick was killed. Uncontrollable sobs.

          • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

            The child actors are all kind of eerie, prodigy-level good. Especially Maisie Williams (Arya), who is a fucking force of nature.

      • H3ff

        I agree that Dinklage is great, but he gets the best material to work with by far, and as you said he has the most screentime.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XZTPYIF64TK3QDEMWUAS3KULFI Ted

      Drunnk Cersei is the greatest. Some choice lines from her

      “Drink. For God’s sake. DRINK”

      “But you’re Robert’s queen!”
      “You’ll be Joffrey’s queen. Enjoy” 

      “I mean, it’s Stannis. I have a better chance with his horse”

      She was hysterical. Dany was extremely annoying this season. If I have to hear another “I am mother of some dragons, bitches. Don’t you know the throne is mine?” from her, I’ll seriously mute her scene. 

      • MilaXX

         I agree she’s starting to sound like her brother whinging about those dragons. WE. GET. IT

    • Anathema_Device

      The proportions are so weird in every picture here that she looks like she was shot in a funhouse mirror.

      Not watching Game of Thrones b/c we don’t have HBO. My son is almost done with the 4th book, so we might just get the DVDs and watch those.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      Oh look, another 60s styled editorial. 

    • SpcilK

      Love me some Khaleesi!! She is versatile and I really dig the editorial.

    • aimee_parrott

      Count me among those who never would have recognized her.  Like many here, I too have a Khaleesi girl-crush, and she started out as one of my least-favorite characters.  Now she’s right up there with Arya and Tyrion in terms of my love for her.

      This week’s episode was fantastic.  I’ve read only the first two books, so I’m marking the changes with interest.  On the whole, I think they’re good.  It’s hard adapting any book to the screen, and these books have so many characters that even with a whole season to interpret them it’s going to be nearly impossible to match the books exactly.  I do think Cersei was probably trying to get Tyrion killed (revenge for Myrcella, because torturing the wrong whore is apparently not enough), I love seeing Joffrey proved a coward, and I greatly look forward to the day that someone does more than just slap him.  He’s the WORST.

    • http://twitter.com/jelyzo Jen Zornow

      I love her and think she’s gorgeous, but these pictures don’t do her any favors. On the cover photo, it looks like her wig is crooked, her make up has been troweled on, and damn I hate the super-nude lip. She looks like a corpse. And this is beautiful woman!

      The make up artist should be sentenced to the open cells at the Vale.

    • MilaXX

      The editorial is weird. The big bouffant hair is giving her the worst case of bobble head I’ve seen in a very long time. It almost looks like the picture is purposely distorted.

      GoT’s is the total bomb, and I usually don’t care for middle earth type stories. Cersei is as crazy as you would expect someone who sleeps and is in love with her ow brother. I want Jeoffrey to die a slow, painful death.  That is one sick and twisted kid. I do believe he tried to get rid of Tyrion.

      Sansa is so stupid I bet she stayed because she wanted her brother to come save her so she could gloat.

      • judybrowni

        I think Sansa is pretty smart for a 14 year old, to have survived in that den of snakes for as long as she has.

      • Sobaika

        I don’t know – would you run off into the night with that guy?

        Sansa’s writing is pretty uneven. There are times when I really root for her (she can be so quick with Joffrey that he has no idea how hard she is mocking him) and then times when she just stands there looking pretty while all the adults tell her what to do. She’s also 14 or something so that could be it.

        • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

          I know, right? I love Sandor and everything, but for a young and scared teenage girl? That could get nearly as dangerous really quickly.

          And I think she suppresses her natural sharpness in order not to piss everybody off and get herself killed, which is smart too. She’s essentially got PTSD and is living in constant terror; I’m kind of surprised she can quip at Joffrey at all, ever. 

          • H3ff

            She’s a bad liar, which Cersei is aware of by now, but she is spunky.

        • MilaXX

          True, the Hound is pretty frightening looking. I have to admit she has gotten better, especially where Joffrey is concerned.

        • H3ff

          I think she’s even supposed to be 12.

          • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

            She’s 12 in the books, around 14 in the TV series (everyone’s age was moved up a little.)

      • girliecue

        In the first season, I remember Sansa and Arya verbally jousting with each other and Sansa was not easy pickings. Sansa may have been silly and naive, but she was never stupid. When she said to the Hound, “you won’t hurt me”, she totally understood that he wouldn’t and it came across more as a cmmmand than a plea. She seems to be growing a pair of iron ovaries.

    • Srw27

      In the South, we call that a “Church of God” hairdo because the higher the hair, the closer to God.  And LORT, her’s has been teased to within an inch of its life.

      And I freaking LOVE Game of Thrones!  The “Blackwater” episode was completely epic & I can’t WAIT til next week!!!

    • judybrowni

      It would have been great if Sansa got the hell out of town, but the video preview for the finale hints she’s still trapped in the city.

    • Lina_bee

      Oh, girl. Learn to use your face. The clothes are cute and the look is striking — especially good for her trying to avoid being typecast into the GoT look — but it’s really hard to see past that hair.

      But! This is a great reminder that I need to go read the third book now. o/

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      The enormous hair is down right distracting.  I had to scroll back up to notice the clothes.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13953311 Missy Covington

      She looks like a super zhushed-up Helena Bonham Carter here, no? Especially in the first and second pictures. Maybe it’s because she’s giving slightly-crazy face? 

      GoT: I’m loving it. I read the books (the first four, anyway) before they announced that there was going to be a series, and I was ridiculously happy to see the books play out on the screen. I’ve since read through the books (including, now, the most recent) a second time so I guess I could be considered a GoT fangirl…but. But: I don’t really mind any of the omissions/additions that are occurring as part of the TV series.

      Well, except some minor quibbles:
      –Would have loved for Dany to hurry on her way through Quarth (KARTH!) as in the books. They sort of let her linger here this season–I’m not sure they know what to do with her otherwise.
      –I miss Weasel Soup. It’s a minor thing, but I always loved Arya kicking a**.
      –The chain in the Battle of the Blackwater. That was kinda horrifying in the book; wildfire everywhere and THEY CAN’T GET OUT.

      I’m not sure what the heck they’re doing with Robb’s love story with the Volantis girl, but I do wonder how it’s going to change the Red Wedding scene. Seems like they’re just trying to build it out a bit more so it doesn’t seem like such a throwaway.

      I’m loving all the added dialog scenes between Varys and Tyrion, etc.

      • Sobaika

        I think they changed Robb’s love story because it’s nonexistent in the books. He basically shows up one day and says, “Hey Ma, look who I brought home!” It wouldn’t really play well on a TV show, and this way his choices are a bit more understandable. I think the Red Wedding will happen as it did in the books… and I’m going to weep buckets.

    • Snailstsichr

      I just have one question after viewing the photo shoot – why would anyone hire LiLo to play the Awesome Elizabeth when Emilia could do such a better job?

    • PeaceBang

      I haven’t seen “GOT” but that first Bottega dress is killing me with lust lust lust…

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      I’m SO behind on GOT. I have got to catch up…

      This editorial is crappy. She’s beautiful but there’s no art or uniqueness or inspiration…”Oh look. Here’s a girl. With big hair. In some couture or another. Draped on a couch.” Meh! 

    • mozzer0906

      Love Game of Thrones, this season has been outstanding!  Cersei was fabulous on Sunday, simply because you could see how she reeked of desperation!  Tyrion is amazing.  Oh and Khaleesi is unrecognizable in these photos, but she is stunning none the less.  I’d like to bitchslap the annoying Joffrey into next week!

    • Kimmu

      Can we all take a moment to just talk about Bronn? And how amazingly badass he is? That shot of him shooting the arrow that set off the wildfire was just stunning, never mind that scene with him and the Hound facing each other down was just so tense and full of awesome. I found myself going “omfg if he kills Bronn, I am ragequitting this show” and meaning it. Bronn, you sneaky devil, you’ve snuck your way into my heart as a character I am emotionally invested. I also loved him singing the Rains of Castamere. He does have a lovely singing voice lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurie.sundstrom Laurie Sundstrom

         Love how Bronn’s character has been highlighted in the series.  Every episode should have a scene with Tyrion, Bronn and Varys.

        Last night’s episode was great, even with some changes from the book.  Cersei was def. behind the attempted murder of Tyrion, and they made The Hound a little less creepy than he’s portrayed in the book — NO WAY would Sansa have gone off with his book character lol.

        • Sobaika

          By a lot less creepy you mean a lot less rapey.

      • Jennifer Hofstetter

         Pretty sure he was in a pop group in the early 90s. I saw a promotional photo somewhere. He looked like he belonged it Ace of Base. Probably explains the voice.

      • unpious
      • girliecue

        The only way a scene with Tyrion can be even better is if Bronn is in it too. LOVE those two!

    • unbornfawn

      You are so right about her not giving good face. It ruins what are otherwise pretty awesome pictures.  The first one is only OK.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/toodleskitty79?feature=guide AWS

      Oooooooooooh, this is feeling very Dolly Parton, late 70s…

    • ErinnF

      Here in Tennessee, we call that hair “jacked up to Jesus”! I have limp, anemic hair so I’m not really one to talk, but I think that big foofy hairstyle really ages her. She looks more like old ’60s pictures of my mom than a sex kitten. That pic of her in Blumarine/H&M is kind of cool, though.

      Sunday night’s wildfire scene was one of the COOLEST things I’ve seen on TV in a long time. I was practically screeching in delight when I saw it.

      And I’m with the people who think Bronn is sexy as hell.

      I started reading the GoT books a couple of weeks ago and I just started the fourth one. I can’t put them down, and I’m not even into fantasy-Middle Earth-Medieval Stuff-whatever we’re calling it. Awesome series, awesome show. A bright spot in my somewhat bleak life right now. That and this blog.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZFKRECRF5BOBWB4RXAJGI4D6KA mmc

      I think she’s giving good face, and I LOVE her crazy hair in this editorial.  And her lips!  Look how they stand out even in a pale color.  Lovely.

    • Megan Patterson

      I can’t believe they got The National to make The Rains of Castamere into a real song. I can’t stop listening to it. And the wildfire was spectacular!

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      love the barbarella hair.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      She’s sporting some big hair!

      Loved Blackwater! I’ve been wondering how they’d handle that big battle, and I think they did a great job. The scenes with The Hound and Sansa would make more sense if they hadn’t given his lines to Littlefinger ages ago. 

    • Jennifer Hofstetter

      This is awesome. Bummed you don’t blog about GoT, but TOTALLY understand. Maybe over the summer you could do a GoT Style rundown, a la Mad Men. That would be AWESOME.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13953311 Missy Covington

      Ack. I’m sorry TLo. I didn’t think I was being spoilery in my previous comment. (Of course, it can be hard to separate what is spoilerish and what isn’t when you’ve read the whole story–I tend to forget what comes where and what they’ve skipped/thrown out vs. what is to come.) I apologize for offense.

      I’ll stick with my original assessment of Emilia Clarke: The first two pictures, especially, look very much like they could have been done by a younger Helena Bonham Carter. Perhaps it’s the slight HBC crazy-face/intensity.

    • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

      Young Helena Bonham Carter? Pretty!

    • Glammie

      Ah, guys, I was wondering why you weren’t blogging GoT–I thought you *had* to be watching it.  But now it’s clear.

      I got totally hooked on Season One, but don’t have HBO so I have to wait *forever* before I see the good stuff of Season 2.  Instead I’ve been reading the books, which are totally addictive, but in many ways, the version is better–they wisely aged up the kids a bit and all those wonderful actors give the whole thing some emotional heft.  

      Sorry people have been spoiling things.  I’ve seen some of that on other sites–and it really is a bitchy thing to do.  

    • turtleemily

      Did Adele do this exact editorial? I keep thinking of her, and not just because of the hair.

    • BarbaraNovak

      Valar Morghulis, Bitches!  Jaquen – please may I have some more? 

      • Sobaika

        A man can get it.

        • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

          I saw this online and had to agree wholeheartedly: “If ‘a man does what a girl says’ then I have lots of requests for you, Jaqen.”

    • Jessica Goldstein

      I recognize her in the first shot, but it’s a shocker to see her without the violet eyes and white hair. On another note, I’m the only person I know in my demographic that does not like G of T. Really. I love Tyrion, the idea of the Jon Snow plot, and the overall look. My issue is that there’s a fine line between portraying violence in general and violence against women in particular in a way that highlights how awful war is and wallowing in it in a way that titilates. For me, the scene where Joffrey forced one prostitute to beat/flay/whip/whatever the other crosses that line. The second book had many scenes that did the same, though I won’t discuss per TLo’s reasonable request. I quit watching the show after the aforementioned prostitute scene. I well understand what a minority opinion this is and how humorless it makes me look!

      • Sobaika

        Not humorless at all – GoT has a real thing about gratuitous violence against women, particularly of a sexual nature. The weird thing is that the books had moments of this, but it was highlighting the patriarchal and brutal society the story takes place in. The show seems to do it for shits and giggles.

    • golspie

      I think she does ‘give good face’. She’s a better model than an actress, in my opinion. 

    • Kolo_Ol

      man, that’s a lot of hair for such a tiny thing

    • Sobaika

      You’re kidding me with that. WOW.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i love the paco rabanne dress–which clearly, btw, looks better on the actress than on the model–& i love the wighat.
      but i’m confused cos i know i should, but strangely dont, recognize for whom this particular homage hath been made. elizabeth taylor [not the cat version, the person version], yes, but theres more, yes? no?

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Tyrion’s speech about not fighting for the king was the best part. By the way, Peter Dinklage is on the cover of Rolling Stone and there is a piece about him as well as about the author, Martin.

      There is something heroic about Dinklage in real life as well, as you see in the article. I really like him.

      • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

        I’ve been a big fan of his for a long time, and I just could not be more thrilled that he’s landed such an amazing role (and is killing it, natch.) 

        • mshesterp

          WORD.  He is my favorite, and has been since the station agent.  He’s just so…noble?  Dignified?  There’s just something about him, maybe it’s his eyes.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      I second IH’s request for a post on GoT costumes at some point.

    • guest2visits

      She’s looking very Alice in Wonderland, what with the over sized head/hair proportions.
      I see the first items are dresses and tops and pants.  What exactly are those last garments supposed to be ?

    • It Hurt’s To Be In Love

      THAT HAIR IS RU PAUL’S DRAG RACE! 

    • clairellis

      I don’t watch the show so I can say she looks pretty bc I have absolutely no frame of reference for her. Wish my legs looked that good in a short dress bc I’d rock that shit hard core.

    • girliecue

      Thanks, Lorenzo and Tom, for giving us space to talk about GoT. You know we want to.

      - Lena Headey should be given her own category for acting awards. First 300 and now GoT, I now can’t imagine a fantasy queen being played by anyone BUT her.
      - What is in the Westeros water that gives their men such glorious tangled curls?!? I can barely pay attention to anything Tyrion, Jon or Robb say for madly wanting to run my hands through their locks. Maybe it’s lack of Westeros water…
      - Hoping to see more drunk Cersei.
      - I would hate to be a Lannister relative. Surprised the Lannister cousin made it through the battle.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      I don’t watch the show, but I am loving the space-age Betty Draper thing she has going on. Far out. 

    • PaulaBerman

      I weirdly hate it. The hair is crazy unflattering on her and makes her look like a demented bobble head. No comment on the show. After reading the books, I can’t bring myself to watch it.

    • aristida_girl

      Love it! both the editorial and the GOT…Tyrion is tearing it up!

    • aristida_girl

      Oh, I also love he dragon girl, what a fun part! She is doing a great job, and she is so pretty..

    • poketom

      I’m thinkin that she should wear her hair like that everyday.