Emilia Clarke Has Responded To The Critisism Of The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale

There's a specific reason she feels sad about the backlash

It’s been months since Game of Thrones ended, but fans are still upset about the show’s final season, which is something Emilia Clarke feels heartbroken about.

The actres, who played Daenerys Targaryen throughout the show’s seven seasons, says that while she avoids reading any press, whether it be negative or positive, she feels especially terrible for GoT [executive producers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] when it comes to fan’s backlash.

“I was too busy focusing on my own reactions to really pay too much attention, if any at all,” she told the Daily Telegraph. “The only thing I felt truthfully sad about was that [executive producers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are my really good friends, and so it’s for them that I feel heartbreak, because it’s theirs.”

“I don’t Google myself; I don’t read reviews,” she went on to say. “Which makes it sounds like I’ve got my shit together, but it doesn’t help me to hear someone say, ‘You’re great,’ and it doesn’t help me to hear someone say, ‘Hey, you piece of sh*t, why are you so fat?’ Those are the extremes you deal with when you read about yourself on the internet, so I simply don’t.”

While she didn’t reveal whether she herself thought the show should have ended differently, she did say that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

“Everyone is going to have their own opinion and they’re fully entitled to them. It’s art and it’s to be dissected and taken on in whatever individual way you wish,” she said. “And if you’re sad that the show is done and you’re sad because you enjoyed watching it, then that’s sad. It sucks this wasn’t the perfect ending that people were hoping for, but I truly believe we would never have made everyone happy.”

Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister, was a bit more forthcoming about her opinion on the finale back in July, telling The Guardian: “I invested as a viewer, and I have my favourite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkenly with [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.”

“I will say I wanted a better death,” she continued. “Obviously you dream of your death. You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”

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