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- HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won the award for outstanding drama series at the 2019 Emmys on Sunday.
- When the cast gathered to answer questions in the backstage press room, one reporter asked them to address the “controversy about the ending … especially regarding, of course, the Dragon Queen.”
- Upon hearing the words “Dragon Queen,” Emilia Clarke immediately tried to duck out of sight.
- Instead, Kit Harington replied: “For us, we knew what we were doing was right, story-wise, and we knew that it was right for the characters, because we’d lived with them for 10 years. So the controversy, for us, didn’t really affect us.”
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“Game of Thrones” may have ended in May, but Daenerys Targaryen’s controversial turn toward villainy is still a sore subject for many people – including, it seems, the Mother of Dragons herself, Emilia Clarke.
After “Game of Thrones” won the award for outstanding drama series at the 2019 Emmys on Sunday, the cast and crew gathered to answer questions in the press room. One reporter asked them to address the show’s divisive finale.
“There was a lot of controversy about the ending, and I’m wondering how you reacted to that – especially regarding, of course, the Dragon Queen,” the reporter said.
Upon hearing the words “Dragon Queen,” Clarke tried to duck out of sight.
After some awkward laughs and shuffling about – with cocreators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss making no moves to answer the question – Kit Harington stepped up to the microphone.
“Controversy? I still haven’t seen the show,” Harington replied. “So that’s how I dealt with that controversy. I haven’t seen the final season.
“But I know what it took to shoot it, and it was hard, and everyone put all of their love and effort into it,” he continued. “I think for us, we knew what we were doing was right, story-wise, and we knew that it was right for the characters, because we’d lived with them for 10 years. So the controversy, for us, didn’t really affect us. But thank you for the question.”
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Though fans had plenty of complaints about the final season of “Thrones,” Daenerys’ downfall was particularly disappointing for many people, especially those who had come to see her as Westeros’ last hope for “breaking the wheel” of tyrannical bloodshed.
Indeed, Clarke has previously expressed some distaste for her character’s arc in the final season.
The 32-year-old actress told the Press Association that she wandered around London for “three hours, aimlessly,” after reading the scripts for season eight.
“It might as well have been raining, and I would’ve just walked in it not knowing what to do,” she said.
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Clarke even told The New Yorker that she was terrified that her hero, Beyoncé, would hate her after watching Daenerys become so bloodthirsty.
“All I wanted to scream was ‘Please, please still like me even though my character turns into a mass-killing dictator! Please still think that I’m representing women in a really fabulous way,'” Clarke said of meeting Beyoncé for the first time. “I was just, like, ‘Oh my God, my absolute idol in life is saying that she likes me, and I know for a fact that by the end of this season she’s going to hate me.'”
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