Game of Thrones finale: Emilia Clarke addresses Daenerys' ending

CNET | 5/20/2019 | Jennifer Bisset
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Warning: Game of Thrones finale spoilers ahead.

Game of Thrones has ended its watch, but we're still reeling from the aftermath of the series finale.

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One of the coolest shots from the episode.

The episode, called The Iron Throne, aired Sunday on HBO. It evoked Lord of The Rings ending vibes (George R.R. Martin is a huge fan after all), with Arya and Jon going off on further adventures, though it retained its trademark emotional bullets, specifically the killing of Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen at the hand of Jon Snow.

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Clarke spoke to Entertainment Weekly in detail about the lead-up to her character's end, and why it makes total sense. The internet's sentiment toward Dany's progression has been split, with many acknowledging the foreshadowing of her descent into madness, but deploring how quickly it happened in the final season.

In the lead-up to Dany's annihilation of King's Landing, she suffers her best friend's death, the death of one of her dragons, betrayal by Varys and a general isolation from the people of the North. Most significantly, her love with Jon Snow is tarnished by both the reveal that he's her nephew and as such has a greater claim to the Iron Throne.

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Jon rejects Dany's affections.

Clarke detailed the changes Dany's mindset underwent during this emotionally and mentally scarring period.


"She genuinely starts with the best intentions," she said.

The Starks' coldness toward Dany hits her hard after everything she's been through.

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"There's so much she's taken on in her duty in life to rectify, so much she's seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt," Clarke said. "Suddenly these people are turning around and saying, 'We don't accept you.'"

And Dany couldn't recover from it.

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"She's killed so many people already," Clarke said. "I can't turn this ship around."

In episode 5, Jon rejects a kiss from Dany....
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