HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘ has come to a close but with completely mixed responses from across the world. Fans have run the full range of reactions from love to hate on how it ended. However, Kit Harington has a quibble he feels strongly about, and that is the negative responses to Daenery’s actions in the final season. The actor feels the character’s portrayal was spot on and shares his reasoning why.
Spoilers are coming.
With Daenerys having gone full-on Targaryen, people felt that the slew of justifications and choices didn’t add up to them. Yes, we’ve seen Dany act like this throughout the entire series, but up until this point we’ve agreed with her on who we thought deserved to be burned. Not only that, but many feel that her losses of two oldest friends, two of her children, and the man she loved wouldn’t be able to push her past the point of civility with everything we’ve seen.
Agree or not, Harington knew not everyone would be happy:
“I think it’s going to divide. But if you track her story all the way back, she does some terrible things. She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building. So, we have to say to the audience: ‘You’re in denial about this woman as well. You knew something was wrong. You’re culpable, you cheered her on.’ “
Kit also had another concern though which quickly goes back not just to how we’ve seen Dany this entire time but comparing her in a way to Cersei:
“One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall. The justification is: Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show. And that’s what Thrones has always done. You can’t just say the strong women are going to end up the good people. Dany is not a good person. It’s going to open up discussion, but there’s nothing done in this show that isn’t truthful to the characters. And when have you ever seen a woman play a dictator?”
Do you agree with Kit Harington that Daenerys has leaned this way throughout the entire series? Was her burning of the city in line with her character or did they have her go overboard? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: TV Line