‘I stand by Daenerys, how could I not?’: Emilia Clarke reacts to Game of Thrones’ divisive ending
Emilia Clarke has said that she stands by Daenerys Targaryen’s character arc in the final season of Game of Thrones.Updated: May 20, 2019 20:55 IST
Fans are not alone in thinking that Daenerys Targaryen was underserved in Game of Thrones, as actor Emilia Clarke has revealed she was ‘flabbergasted’ when she first came to know about her character's fate back in 2017.
The actor said she had to read the story ‘seven times’ to make sense of the plot. “What, what, what, WHAT!? Because it comes out of f**king nowhere. I'm flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming,” Clarke told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview. The actor said she received the scripts the moment she landed at Heathrow Airport. She ‘completely flipped out’ and left the airport in a hurry.
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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout
Once at home, the actor said she had to ‘physically prepare’ to read the script. “I cried. And I went for a walk. I walked out of the house and took my keys and phone and walked back with blisters on my feet. I didn't come back for five hours. I'm like, ‘How am I going to do this?’” she said.
Clarke said she wanted to share the story with Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow and is the one to deliver the fatal blow to her, but could not. “This literally sums up Kit and I’s friendship,” she said.
At the table read, Clarke sat across from Harington so she could ‘watch him compute all of this’. When they got to their final scene together, Harington said he looked at Emilia and went “No, no...” And Clarke nodded back, sadly, “Yes…”
“He was crying. And then it was kind of great him not having read it.” Clarke, however, felt her final moments on the show were depicted beautifully. “I feel very taken care of as a character in that sense. It's a very beautiful and touching ending. Hopefully, what you'll see in that last moment as she's dying is: There's the vulnerability — there's the little girl you met in season one. See? She's right there. And now, she's not there anymore… But having said all of the things I've just said, I stand by Daenerys. I stand by her! I can't not.”
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First Published: May 20, 2019 20:54 IST