Emilia Clarke gave an interview to The New Yorker this week in which she discussed her eight seasons playing Daenerys Targaryen, her reaction to learning of Daenerys’s fate in the season 8 script, and meeting Beyonce at an Oscars party earlier this year.
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Turns out Emilia was just as stunned as everyone else at how the ending to Game of Thrones played out, at least as far as her character was concerned:
I read these scripts coming on to two years ago now. When I did, I took a very long walk around London in a daze, not quite knowing how to digest the news. I had no idea what to expect for this last season. I hoped for some juicy things to get into, as I always do for each season, but I didn’t see this coming.
Most nerve-wrackingly though, she’s worried about the Game of Thrones finale ruining the Queen’s opinion of her. No, not the actual Queen. Queen B aka Beyonce, of course:
I see this vision, this angel, this incredible woman float towards me,” Clarke recalled the other day. “I can’t quite control myself. And Beyoncé says to me, ‘Oh, my goodness, it’s so wonderful to meet you. I think you’re brilliant.’ I just couldn’t handle it! I was on the verge of tears. I could see myself reflected in her eyes. I could see her go, ‘Oh, no. I misjudged this. This girl is crazy and I’m not going to have a real conversation with another celebrity. I’m having a conversation with a crazed fan who’s looking at me like a rabbit in the headlights.’ Which is exactly what I was. I said, ‘I’ve seen you live in concert and I think you’re amazing and wonderful! Wonderful!’ And 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.
With any luck Beyonce will come out and crap on the ending now just like everyone else seems to be doing. Personally my only criticism was that the final season felt rushed, but as far as the storylines went it all made sense IMO. The Mad King’s daughter goes mad, Cersei gets crushed to death by the castle that protected her all those years, Jon Snow saves the day, Tyrion gets to rule by proxy as he makes all of Bran Stark’s decisions for him, and Arya goes off to have some adventures now that she doesn’t have look after her siblings.
As for the Night King… it turns out he may have been the true hero of Game of Thrones, after all.