Game Of Thrones fans whose hearts quickened with the prospect of a spin-off will be disappointed to learn that the HBO juggernaut will not be adding another layer to the complex fantasy. The rumour mill went into overdrive back in the summer of 2015 when it was first suggested that the Emmy Award-winning show could explore other characters with the help of a spin-off.

"There's enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel," HBO president Michael Lombardo told Vanity Fair. George R.R. Martin, the author of the books, later added weight to the speculation by telling Entertainment Weekly: "There is certainly no lack of material. There are eight million stories in Westeros as well . . . and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told . . . if indeed HBO is interested."

Speaking to Digital Spy Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, addressed the reports, insisting they were a complete fabrication. The Mother Of Dragons said: "We haven't even finished the first one! Give us a minute, d'you know what I mean? We're talking about something that's entirely made up!"

Away from Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke can be seen alongside Sam Claflin in the new film release Me Before You. The tear-jerker tells the story of Louisa Clark whose life is changed forever after she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralysed from an accident.

Clarke said the film has helped to raise awareness around the issue of the right to die: "It simply puts the topic on the table for discussion.

"It is a movie about love, it is a love story and I think that what we do succeed in doing is putting disability on the table for discussion. People are going to go and watch this movie where, at the heart of it, is someone who is disabled."

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen YouTube) (HBO