Emilia Clarke, the 37-year-old actress, is reflecting on her time spent on the iconic HBO series, Game of Thrones. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, she discussed her new partnership with Pegasus Distillerie and shared her evolving feelings about the show now that it has ended.

Clarke expressed her gratitude for the fans’ attachment to Game of Thrones and how she has been able to appreciate the series more as time has passed. She emphasized that with the distance from the show, she can now fully grasp the special and rare experience she had while portraying Daenerys Targaryen.

Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels, aired for eight seasons from 2011 to 2019. Alongside Clarke, the series featured a talented cast including Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, and others. Clarke herself received multiple award nominations during the show’s run, showcasing her exceptional performance as Daenerys.

In addition to her acting career, Clarke has recently launched her own production company, Magical Thinking Pictures. Through this venture, she gained insight into the intricate behind-the-scenes processes that contributed to the success of Game of Thrones. Despite the challenges she faced, Clarke acknowledges the uniqueness and fortuity of her experience on the show.

Looking ahead, fans can anticipate the return of House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel series, on HBO starting June 16th. As Clarke continues to explore new opportunities in the entertainment industry, she remains grateful for the unforgettable journey she had on Game of Thrones.