It may be over two years since Game of Thrones brought the Song of Ice and Fire to a close; but didn't exactly bring the satisfaction that a decade of character building should have. With many fans sitting somewhere between angry, annoyed, disappointed or just a bit meh at how it all turned out; and those watching were not the only ones who had issues. Considering that much of the hate turned to Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen and her descent into power hungry madness, what did the actress herself feel about how it all turned out?
Now well known, Emilia Clarke had her big break thanks to landing the part of the Mother of Dragons in the George R R Martin fantasy drama, but after being the most loved character on the show for around seven and a half seasons, the final episodes brought all that crashing down in the most dramatic way which didn't end well for Daenerys. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Clarke recently said that it took a while for her to "work through" what was coming for the character in those final episodes, but she has now come to terms with it.
"I really have. I really, really, really have," she enthused. "I think it'll take me to my 90s to be able to objectively see what Game of Thrones was, because there's just too much me in it. I have too many emotional reactions for what Emilia, herself, was experiencing at that moment in time when we were filming it. You know what I mean? I watch a scene and I go, 'Oh, that was when [such and such] happened,' which you didn't see on screen. And I think there's something timely about the prequels and the continuation of the Game of Thrones story coming about now. I look at it and I'm like, 'Wow, yeah.' So I see it with only peace."
She continued to talk about how much of an impact the show had, and continues to have on her. "I'm still friends with people from the show, and I know I will be friends with these people until the day I die. So it's had a lasting impact on my life, and it starts to become, like, 'Hey guys, remember when we were in college? Hey, remember the fourth grade?' You start to see it from that point of view. Daenerys has a part of my heart. She is in there, and I'll never forget...So I think that there's the show, the impact of the show, the impact of the show on me, personally and professionally, and the zeitgeist-iness of it. And then there's Daenerys. So that's my own private little space that I don't need to make peace with because it's just a beautiful memory. It's just a beautiful memory."
It is almost as though it has taken this long for the actress, and some of the fans of the show, to actually realize that the finale was what it was and they cannot change that. How Martin's version of events will pan out, if and when he ever manages to finish the novels that the series was based on and overtook due to his tardy writing habits, which have been another source of constant frustration for fans. It seems that if you want an easy and carefree time, it's best to avoid anything Game of Thrones related.
However, with that said, there are a number of prequels and spin off series coming from the universe of the Seven Kingdoms, starting with House of Dragons, which is based on Martin's book Fire & Blood, and serves as a prequel based on the story of the Targaryen's 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. While it won't help those still seething at the outcome of the main series, perhaps at least this one will take their mind off it for a little bit, and at least being based on a completed book, this time surely they can't go too wrong. Can they?