Emilia Clarke was blindsided by the major plot twist involving her character Daenerys Targaryen in the season finale of Game Of Thrones.
The British actress shared her thoughts on the fate of her alter ego in episode six, the last-ever episode of the HBO show, which ended on Sunday.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emilia admitted she was “flabbergasted” upon discovering Daenerys’ death at the hands of Jon Snow. Her death meant that in a shock move, Jon’s crippled brother Bran was declared King of the Six Kingdoms, with his sister Sansa Stark becoming the Queen in the North.
“What, what, what, WHAT!?” Emilia recalled her feelings upon reading the script for the first time. “Because it comes out of f—ing nowhere. I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”
“It was a f—ing struggle reading the scripts,” Emilia admitted during the interview. “What I was taught at drama school – and if you print this there will be drama school teachers going ‘that’s bulls—,’ but here we go: I was told that your character is right.”
In the show’s emotional finale, Emilia was murdered by her lover, and nephew, Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, after her dragon burned down the city of Westeros killing innocent men, women and children – an action which divided the show’s fans.
“Your character makes a choice and you need to be right with that. An actor should never be afraid to look ugly,” the 32-year-old said of the murderous direction Daenerys took. “We have uglier sides to ourselves. And after 10 years of working on this show, it’s logical. Where else can she go?”
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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout
But Emilia wasn’t completely surprised her character didn’t make it out of the finale alive.
“I thought she was going to die,” she added. “I feel very taken care of as a character in that sense. It’s a very beautiful and touching ending. Hopefully, what you’ll see in that last moment as she’s dying is: There’s the vulnerability – there’s the little girl you met in season one. See? She’s right there. And now, she’s not there anymore…”
“But having said all of the things I’ve just said…” she said. “I stand by Daenerys. I stand by her! I can’t not.”