Michiel Huisman, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel and Iain Glen in 'Game of Thrones'
Nick Wall courtesy of HBO
June 10, 2015

The Mother of Dragons and the Half-Man shared their first scene together in the show’s history on Game of Thrones this season and you couldn’t find two people more excited about that than the actors who play them, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage.

“I’m like: ‘Oh my goodness, I’m talking to that dude on my telly,’” Clarke told Entertainment Weekly about what was running through her mind. “I’m nervous. Butterflies. This is huge.”

For Dinklage, the scene was a long time coming. “I knew it had to happen,” he said in a sit-down interview with Clarke right after finishing filming the scene. “I’d heard from [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] that it was inevitable.”

The characters’ meeting, however, caught Clarke by surprise. “I was just flipping along reading, reading—“WHAT!?” she said. “And then at the end of the episode, there was a break and I was like, ‘Why don’t you send me the next script? I want to know what happens.'”

Read the rest of EW.com’s interview with the Game of Thrones stars here.

Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan.feeney@time.com.

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