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‘Secret Invasion’ just allowed Emilia Clarke to finally right a ‘Game of Thrones’ wrong

Emilia Clarke is truly a Mother of Dragons, even in 'Secret Invasion.'

Emilia Clarke as G'iah in 'Secret Invasion'
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With the release of Marvel’s Secret Invasion episode four, the inevitable comparisons to Game of Thrones have been pouring in thanks to its penchant for a twist-filled plot. While the two series featured beloved characters biting the dust unexpectedly, it is an eye-popping resurrection that really feels like a redemption arc for one particular actor who starred in both.

Warning: Spoilers to follow for Secret Invasion episode four.

Though the apparent death of Emilia Clarke’s G’iah capped off Secret Invasion episode 3’s cliffhanger ending, that turned out to be a bait and switch. In episode four, G’iah, a Skrull who has been given the self-healing abilities of Extremis, was able to recover from the gunshot wound from the previous episode. It was not lost on one fan that she effectively “pulled a Jon Snow” with the maneuver.

Perhaps it was Clarke’s legacy characteristic as the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones that contributed to the protective factor in Secret Invasion, after all.

Of course, the irony in all of this is that Clarke’s G’iah from Secret Invasion would seemingly switch from a bad guy to one of the good guys throughout the course of the show and survive what would otherwise be certain death. That contrasts sharply with Clarke’s iconic Game of Thrones character, Daenerys Targaryen, who had quite the opposite trajectory in every way by the series’ conclusion. Indeed, Daenerys’ sudden character change and subsequent death at the hand of Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow stands as one of the most notoriously hated endings to a TV show by a fanbase so it’s good to see some kind of redemption for it in a different series.

New episodes of Secret Invasion come to Disney Plus every Wednesday.

Danny Peterson
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Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'