Game of Thrones ended in 2019 and the fans were really angry with the way their beloved series ended and they were not alone. Emilia Clarke has voiced her disappointment with the way Game of Thrones has ended. Last year she told the Sunday Times that she was annoyed that the show prioritized set pieces over character building and dialogue scenes for which Game of Thrones has been popular. Clarke also admitted that she struggled to come to terms with the death of Daenerys Targaryen, in the finale after she destroyed King’s Landing. It’s been two years since Thrones has ended and Clarke is more at peace with the show that made her a household name.
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if she’s made peace with Thrones, the actress answered, “I really have. I really, really, really have.”
“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,” Clarke replied. “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.”
Clarke further added, “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?’ Daenerys has a part of my heart. She is in there, and I’ll never forget. I can’t remember who I was talking to, but they were like, ‘Oh my God, when you say ‘she,’ you’re talking about Daenerys.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah! Because she’s a whole person. She’s got her own life that I explore.’”
“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.”
While Clarke has made peace with Game of Thrones finale she can still understand why the series finale and the decision to turn Daenerys into a villain in a rushed manner angered so many fans of the show. As Clarke told MTV , “I get why people are pissed. I totally get it. But, me being the actor, you can’t do justice to the character that you poured your blood, sweat, and tears into for a decade without getting on the same page. So like, I’m not just going to be there being like, ‘Fine, I’ll do the scene, whatever. I’m so pissed.’ You have to turn up.”
Emilia’s Game of Thrones days are behind her, but the fans will get to dive deep into the history of her house with the upcoming prequel, “House of the Dragon.” Clarke mentioned that it feels “very surreal” to see a whole new batch of Targaryens.
“I’ve been prepped for this because Miguel [Sapochnik], who’s the co-showrunner, is a really dear friend of mine,” Clarke mentioned. “So I’ve been chatting to him about it for a while. So I was prepped. But yeah, it’s crazy! Those pictures came out and I was like, “Whoa! Whoa!” I was on my own last time. I didn’t know I had pals. (Laughs.) I could’ve had a bunch of friends to hang out with, but yes, it’s mildly surreal to be seeing all of that again. But good luck to them is what I would say. I really mean that.”
House of the Dragon will air in 2022.