The Game of Thrones stars are finally able to speak out about how this blockbuster fantasy series came to a close, and while some are happy with their endings, others, particularly the Mother of Dragons, seem to be less than thrilled.
Throughout her run on Thrones, Emilia Clarke has taken Daenerys Targaryen from a naïve, frightened child bride to a formidable and lethal dragon queen, but underneath it all, Daenerys has had to juggle her desire for justice with her genetic makeup. After all, she is the daughter of the infamous Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen. Even so, audiences have always rooted for Daenerys, cheering her on as she frees slaves, saves innocents, and fights those in power to give it to those below, until the end of season eight.
Daenerys’ torching of King’s Landing during the penultimate episode, “The Bells,” wasn’t entirely unexpected, but her descent into madness was seen as abrupt and unearned, as if viewers were supposed to forget about Daenerys’ humanity and believe she would kill thousands of innocent people without a passing thought. For her part, Clarke might have tried to warn audiences about this before the season aired.
In 2018, Clarke revealed to Vanity Fair that her final scenes were incredibly upsetting and that fans might look at Daenerys differently, given that her continued passion for war leads to Jon Snow ultimately having to kill her. During an Emmys event before the final season premiered, it’s hard to overlook her facial expression.
Other actors have expressed some frustrations about the final season, too. They include…
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