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Hottest 'Game of Thrones' star turns 25 -- celebrate with these clips

May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM ET

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones."

Actress Emilia Clarke turns 25 today, so for the mother of the fire-breathing dragons from "Game of Thrones," we're celebrating with a birthday hot list of sorts.

As Daenerys Targaryen on the popular HBO series, Clarke has established herself as one tough khaleesi. As she marches toward the Seven Kingdoms to reclaim the Iron Throne, let's appreciate five of her best scenes along the way.

Beware of spoilers if you're still catching up.

Khal Drogo likes what he sees
When the Dothraki warrior meets his bride-to-be, he doesn't say anything. He doesn't need to. His horse does all the grunting.

Serious pregnancy cravings
Daenerys impresses Drogo and the chanting Dothraki clan by chomping on a raw horse heart -- she's having a son, after all, and now "the prince is riding." "They promised me that it would taste similar to a gummy bear and it definitely didn’t," Clarke told Vulture.

She walks in to a burning ring of fire
When Khaleesi walks into the pyre consuming her dead husband's body, and emerges the next morning a little charred around the edges, we know we're in for a great ride as a tiny dragon screeches over her shoulder.

Death in the House of the Undying
Chained to a wall with her three tiny dragons, an imprisoned Daenerys appears to be out of options against Pyat Pree, the warlock who intends to hold her until "the end of time." Or until he's set ablaze in a dramatic display of the creatures' best attribute.

What's the Valyrian term for 'burn him alive'?
No need for a translator -- Daenerys speaks to all of us in this powerful scene in which she takes control of the Unsullied. With a newly freed slave army at her back, the march to the Iron Throne just got real.



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