The ending of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘ was much like many other blockbusters in recent years which polarized fans as some loved it while others absolutely loathed it. Emilia Clarke, who plays fan-favorite Daenerys, knew this very thing and shared that “I always knew that the show was never going to satisfy everyone.” You can complain about pacing or episode counts until your face is blue, but the actress who will always be known as the Mother of Dragons is sharing her thoughts on how the final season went.
There are, of course, spoilers below!
Emilia Clarke was well aware that the show’s finale would not be satisfying to all:
“I watched and loved too many television series to ever think that would be possible. The stories are too vast, the characters too complex. The show is, in a certain way, divisive: “Whose side are you on?” Also, if you’re pleasing everyone, then it’s probably quite tepid. But to me, it seemed like the only way it could end.”
As for Daenerys having a better ending, she didn’t feel like it was in the cards: :
“I’m not sure it could. Even for a part that I’ve given so much to and I’ve felt so much for, and for a character that’s seen and lived through so much, I don’t know that there was any other way.”
With the Queen’s fall from grace and Snow being duty bound to protect the realm, it didn’t feel that her death was avoidable after she burned the capital to the ground. While some thought Arya might be the one to take her life, it felt both poetic and bittersweet that it was Jon that had to do it. With the story titled “A Song of Ice and Fire,” it is only fitting that ice and fire were there at the end in their two heritages.
While Jon was once told that “Love is the death of duty,” we quickly see that “sometimes, duty is the death of love.” Tyrion ends up being right as Jon is too good of a man to let a tyrant sit upon the Iron Throne, even if he is in love with her.
What did you think of how Daenerys died on ‘Game of Thrones’? If you didn’t like it, what part fell short for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: The New Yorker