Jason Momoa Gets Emotional Talking About His 'Game of Thrones' Wife Emilia Clarke

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Just because his character wasn't long for the series, Jason Momoa is still clearly a big part of the Game of Thrones family. The Aquaman actor, who played Khal Drogo on the long-running hit HBO series, was on hand for the Season 8 premiere in New York City this week, and got real about his good friend and TV wife, Emilia Clarke.

Clarke revealed last month that she almost lost her life after Season 1 finished filming, thanks to a brain aneurysm that left her in excruciating pain and in need of immediate brain surgery. On the red carpet in NYC, Entertainment Tonight caught up with Momoa about his friend and co-star, and he got pretty emotional about it. 

Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen on the show, who was married to Drogo on the show before she walked through fire after his death and hatched three dragons and went about the business of trying to take over Westeros and conquer the Iron Throne. The two have remained close, and Momoa opened up at the premiere about how scared they all were for her during her health scare. 

In an essay for The New Yorker in March, Clarke shared publicly for the first time that she suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2011 -- a kind of stroke she later learned that one-third of patients die from. After emergency surgery, her ability to communicate was severely compromised, and she feared that she'd have to give up her lifelong dream of being a successful actress.

She wrote for the magazine,"I’d never experienced fear like that -- a sense of doom closing in. I could see my life ahead, and it wasn’t worth living. I am an actor; I need to remember my lines. Now I couldn’t recall my name. In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job -- my entire dream of what my life would be -- centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost."

Listening to Momoa emotionally recall the "many scares" they've had since for his friend's health drives home how serious Emilia's condition was. She's lucky to have such supportive friends.