We cannot believe that it’s all come to an end on GoT. We learned who won the Iron Throne. Emilia Clarke’s Game of Thrones series finale reaction just left us all in our feelings! Since the show first aired in 2011–Clarke has played one of its most iconic characters, Daenerys Targaryen. We’ve watched Dany transformed from a terrified young girl under the control of her brother into the Mother of Dragons.
As she’s made her way across Westeros to take back the Seven Kingdoms for House Targaryen–Dany has had many triumphs and many missteps. She’s freed slaves, lost lovers, faced betrayals, and fought in battles. All of that would undoubtedly wear on anyone’s sanity. Last week in the penultimate episode of GoT–“The Bells” we watched Dany burn down King’s Landing, killing the revival Queen Cersei Lannister and positioning herself as the most feared ruler since her father, The Mad King.
Though we don’t know what fate awaits Dany when the credits roll for the final time, Clarke has already begun to say good-bye to the character that made her a household name.
In an emotional Instagram post commemorating her time and legacy on the series, she said,
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.
As we now know, shortly after filming the first season of GoT, Clarke experienced two life-altering brain aneurysms, where she was required to have two invasive brain surgeries. The actress also lost her beloved father in 2016 when he passed away from cancer. It has not been an easy journey for her. She went on to say,
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
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Clarke also discussed her reaction when she realized Dany’s fate. She explained, “I cried. And I went for a walk. I walked out of the house and took my keys and phone and walked back with blisters on my feet. I didn’t come back for five hours. I’m like, ‘How am I going to do this?'” She went on to sum up the Mother of Dragons entire journey.
She genuinely starts with the best intentions and truly hopes there isn’t going to be something scuttling her greatest plans. The problem is [the Starks] don’t like her and she sees it. She goes, ‘Okay, one chance.’ She gives them that chance and it doesn’t work and she’s too far to turn around. She’s made her bed, she’s laying in it. It’s done. And that’s the thing. I don’t think she realizes until it happens — the real effect of their reactions on her is: ‘I don’t give a s—t.’ This is my whole existence. Since birth! She literally was brought into this world going, ‘Run!’ These fuckers have fucked everything up, and now it’s, ‘You’re our only hope.’ There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify, so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt. Suddenly these people are turning around and saying, ‘We don’t accept you.’ But she’s too far down the line. She’s killed so many people already. I can’t turn this ship around. It’s too much. One by one, you see all these strings being cut. And there’s just this last thread she’s holding onto: There’s this boy. And she thinks, ‘He loves me, and I think that’s enough.’ But is it enough? Is it? And it’s just that hope and wishing that finally there is someone who accepts her for everything she is and … he fucking doesn’t.