Emilia Clarke discusses what she'd like to change about Season 8 of Game of Thrones
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Daenerys has spoken.
As always, if you haven't seen the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, consider this to be your spoiler alert warning.
And now our watch has ended.
Yep, right now, we're holding back the tears as while the documentary about the making of Season 8 airs next Monday, we're now living in a world without any new episodes of Game of Thrones.
That realisation has made us sadder than The Hound when he notices there are no more chickens left to eat.
Throughout the course of the eight seasons, Emilia Clarke has embodied some of the wonderful values that her beloved character has shown. The actress almost died twice from brain aneurysms while filming the show, but just like Daenerys, Clarke's incredible bravery and toughness is remarkable.
Since recovering from illness, the star of Solo: A Star Wars Story has started to work with SameYou, a charity that specialises in helping people recovering from brain injuries and strokes.
You can read Clarke's full story here and find out more about SameYou here, but in terms of her work on Season 8, the actress has been very vocal about Dany's descent into Mad Queen status and her dramatic death scene in the last episode.
During an extensive interview with The New Yorker, the topic of the disparaging petition to remake Season 8 was discussed and Clarke said that she hadn't heard of it.
However, when asked if there are any scenes that she would like to reshoot in Season 8, here's what the actress had to say.
"Oh, my goodness. Well, I can only speak to my own character, and the people that I interact with on the show. But I would’ve loved some more scenes with me and Missandei. I would’ve loved some more scenes with me and Cersei," she said.
"Yeah. I would’ve loved some more scenes between Grey Worm and Missandei. I would’ve loved to see a bit more between Cersei... I feel like there was... the genocide was there. That was always going to happen. And I just think more dissection and those beautifully written scenes that the boys have between characters — that we are more than happy to contently sit there and watch ten minutes of two people talking, because it’s beautiful.
"I just wanted to see a bit more of that. But I’m in no position to critique the geniuses that have written eight seasons’ worth of wonderful stuff."
Despite the dramatic shift in the character of Daenerys, Clarke says that she's very happy with how the Mother of Dragons died.
“I thought she was going to die," Clarke 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 1. See? She’s right there. And now, she’s not there anymore…”
Clarke's full interview with the New Yorker is an excellent read as it covers her life on the show, Daenerys' position as an icon to young women, the entire arc of the character, her incredible toughness to overcome those health scares, and much more.