Game of Thrones star has paid a gushing tribute to her character Missandei, who this week met her fate at the end of the fourth episode in the show's final season.

Emmanuel's character was originally a slave who went on to serve as translator and right-hand woman to Daenerys Targaryen, before she was killed after being captured by the villainous queen Cersei Lannister.

In a lengthy and emotional Instagram post, Emmanuel described Missandei as a "brilliant woman" and said her time on the smash hit HBO series had been one of her "greatest joys".

"She represented so much for me, personally, that I have no choice but to carry the things she has taught me into my life going forward," she wrote.

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It’s been one of my greatest joys playing Missandei of Naath... The quiet and kind translator. A brilliant woman who overcame so much suffering and found herself, her voice... and her one and only love. She represented so much for me, personally, that I have no choice but to carry the things she has taught me into my life going forward. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to play this part... this life changing part... there are too many to list... @emilia_clarke GIRL! I love you... SO much. I’ve loved playing your BFF for the past 7 years. Thank you for being such a wonderful person in my life and a source of light and laughter. The Bad Ass Boss Lady Warrior Goddess club will live on forever 😂🙌🏽 @raleighritchie.... Jacoooob! I literally cannot tell you what sharing the screen with you has meant to me. I found performances I didn’t know I had inside me, simply because you gave me so much to work against. Playing Missandei and Grey Worm’s journey has been so special. I couldn’t have asked for a more generous and supportive co-star... Also... We’ve been out in these streets together boiiii🤣😂 negotiating so much but always having each other’s back. Thank you for all of it... you have been a dear friend at every point. To the entire cast and crew... You will always hold a special place in my heart. The love and energy we shared will be hard to match. I feel like I hit the jackpot meeting and working with you all. I love you. To the fans of the show, and of Missandei... Thank you for all the love and support... It’s been a pleasure playing her for you. I know last night was pretty intense for some of you so I invite you to participate in my fantasy where I like to think that, right now.... Missandei is sipping a rum on a beach somwhere in sky 😂... 🍹🌴 #andnowmywatchhasended #MissandeiofNaath #Dracarys #thankyouforsupportingme #RIPMissandei #isleofbutterflies #🦋 #illbeseeingyou

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Emmanuel made special mention of co-stars Emilia Clarke, who plays Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, and Jacob Anderson, who plays her now heart-broken onscreen partner Grey Worm.

"@emiliaclarkeI love you... SO much. I've loved playing your BFF for the past 7 years. Thank you for being such a wonderful person in my life and a source of light and laughter," she wrote.

"Jacoooob! I literally cannot tell you what sharing the screen with you has meant to me. I found performances I didn't know I had inside me, simply because you gave me so much to work against. Playing Missandei and Grey Worm's journey has been so special."

The 30-year-old went on to thank the entire cast and crew and the show's legion of fans for all their love and support.

She signed off by saying she imagines Missandei is now "sipping a rum on a beach somwhere in (the) sky".