19 May 2019, everyone collectively gasped when Jon Snow plunged the dagger into Daenerys Targaryen. Disbelief took over when Brandon Stark was crowned king. Questions filled the air as viewers sat wondering what the purpose of Jon's bloodline was.
After a successful run, Game of Thrones ended on a disappointing note. So much so that invested fans all over the world signed petitions for a -remake. Ardent viewers came up with alternate story endings to satisfy their unanswered questions. Soon, readers, non-readers alike were calmed when R.R. Martin announced a different ending to his unreleased book.
The ending appeared to be visibly rushed and Emilia Clarke who played Daenerys Targaryen in all eight seasons of the show has finally has admitted that she had concerns about the direction of the concluding season.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the actress said, “I knew how I felt [about the ending] when I first read it, and I tried, at every turn, not to consider too much what other people might say. But I did always consider what the fans might think — because we did it for them, and they were the ones who made us successful, so it’s just polite, isn’t it?” and continued later, saying, “It was all about the set pieces. I think the sensational nature of the show was, possibly, given a huge amount of airtime because that’s what makes sense.”
Talking about her character's transition from a heroic figure to a villainous one, Clarke said, “Yeah, I felt for her. I really felt for her. And yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didn’t have to deal with something? He got away with murder — literally.”
This is the first time the actress has voiced her displeasure over the controversial finale; she has previously been diplomatic while talking about the show.