Daenerys can't seem to catch a break. The khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) has experienced loss after loss this season, and on Sunday's Game of Thrones, she suffers several devastating setbacks.
[Spoilers! If you haven't seen Sunday's episode, "The Old Gods and the New," it's best you don't read further.]
In the closing scene, Daenerys returns to where she's staying in Qarth only to discover most of her khalasar have been slayed and her precious dragons have been stolen. Loyal handmaiden Irri is among those murdered, and it's a surprising death since the character lives far beyond this point in the George R.R. Martin books on which Game of Thrones is based. "I was surprised reading Irri's death," Acharia tells TVGuide.com. "In the books, that doesn't happen. In the books, something kinky happens with Irri. So I think lots of fans will be disappointed [they won't get to see that on the series]. It's a little bit of a relief for me though."
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After playing the handmaiden Irri, were there some habits you acquired?
Acharia: I think you just get very protective. I was like, "I'm looking after this." And I think that carried on to off-site as well. "Emilia, do you need water? Are you OK? Do you need an apple? Is it too hot?"
How was your working relationship with Emilia Clarke?
Acharia: It's nice. She's such a lovely girl, really down to earth and really easygoing. She'll have a laugh. And she's really focused. It's so inspirational to watch her on set. But she also has time for everybody.
What do you love and hate the most about your Dothraki attire?
Acharia: I hate that it's so itchy. It was made of leather, which I love. I love leather. I'm very much a leather jacket, leather trousers kind of girl. So that was fine. I was like, "Can I take this home with me?" But the top part is a little ropey and itchy. I love the fact that the clothing is very earthy. It really suits the Dothraki people. And everything about the Dothraki is practical. It doesn't have to look pretty.
If you could pick anything, what would your own personal sigil be?
Acharia: Let's go for a tiger in a leotard. Holding a Venti extra hot latte, no froth.
If you were sitting on the Iron Throne, what would your first edict be?
Acharia: I'd probably throw a massive party first and foremost, like the Dothraki style.
What will you miss the most about Game of Thrones?
Acharia: I will miss being part of something so epic. It's the kind of thing I'd watch, that I'd like to just be a part of that big buzz as well and being Dothraki.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.