‘Game of Thrones’ has officially and finally ended. Whether or not you liked the last season or not, you have to admit, the show ending has left a void in all our ‘Game of Thrones’ obsessed hearts. If we, as the fans, feel this way, one can only imagine what the actors, who brought these characters to life, think about the finale.
In an interview after the finale for the show, Daenerys actor, Emilia Clarke, opens up about how she feels about the last season.
First, she talks about her thoughts about the show’s last season, in general.
Emilia talks about how Daenerys is often not seen as a human character, because of the large nature of her role. This season, however, puts the focus on her humanity, her ability to do good and to lead, but also her ability to do bad and do make poor decisions.
She talks about how Daenerys almost had it all, love, wealth and power, but it was slowly being taken away from her this season. Dany kept giving Jon chances, but when she saw the love slowly retreating from her, she snapped as a human. According to Emilia, her character has only known sadness, heartbreak and hardship her entire life, and was bound to break at some point.
Emilia talks about how the makers of the show couldn’t really please everyone.
For her, the story and the characters were all too complex, and this made having a satisfactory ending all the more impossible.
Despite this, Daenerys’ last scene was still a ‘shocker’ for her to read.
She talks about how she didn’t initially register what had happened to Daenerys but when she did, she was left shocked. When it came to actually shooting the episode, Emilia Clarke had this to say, “I wanted Daenerys to be there. I wanted to show her as we saw her in the beginning: young, naïve, childlike, open, and full of love and hope. I wanted so much for that to be the last memory of her.”
Towards the end, Emilia was asked that if the season was re-shot, what changes would she like to see.
Her responses her actually pretty surprising. “Well, I can only speak to my own character and the people that I interact with on the show. But I would’ve loved some more scenes with me and Missandei. I would’ve loved some more scenes with me and Cersei.”
She dissects this further; “I would’ve loved some more scenes between Grey Worm and Missandei. I would’ve loved to see a bit more between Cersei . . . I feel like there was . . . The genocide was there. That was always going to happen. And I just think more dissection and those beautifully written scenes that the boys have between characters—that we are more than happy to contently sit there and watch ten minutes of two people talking because it’s beautiful. I just wanted to see a bit more of that. But I’m in no position to critique the geniuses that have written eight seasons’ worth of wonderful stuff.”
Emilia also opens up about how her experience was on set, the very first time she started shooting.
“This was also my first job. Coming at such a character represented a kind of a growth. In so many of those early moments, you probably saw a lot of Emilia’s pain rather than Daenerys’s pain, because it’s not comfortable, it’s not easy. A film set is an incredibly scary place to be for the first time.”
She also talked about some of her toughest scenes in the show. Her answer may seem very strange at first, but give it a moment;
“This is a really weird sentence to come out of my mouth, but I’m going to do it: I couldn’t have been raped by anyone more lovely. Jason Momoa plays Khal Drogo. And the scene we had—I mean, he cried more than I did. The more difficult scene was her very first: Daenerys walking into the bath. That was brutal because you’re literally just standing there naked in front of people you’ve not really met before. And there’s a camera.”
You can read her entire interview here.
Regardless of how you felt about the last season, you have to admit that there won’t be a show like this again, soon.
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