Emilia Clarke on ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Backlash: ‘We Would Never Have Made Everyone Happy’

IndieWire | 10/20/2019 | Staff
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The bad taste that the “Game of Thrones” finale left back in May continues to linger — to the point where even George R.R. Martin has sought to shake it off. In a recent conversation with The Daily Telegraph, Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO series, talked about life after Westeros and that final episode that has ticked so many viewers off.

“I was too busy focusing on my own reactions to really pay too much attention, if any at all,” she said. “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.”

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Clarke, who stars in Paul Feig’s upcoming holiday-themed film “Last Christmas” opposite “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A Simple Favor” heartthrob Henry Golding, added, “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. 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.”

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