Kit Harington admits he worried the final episodes of Game of Thrones would be seen as sexist for killing off the women: ‘Dany is not a good person’
The final episode of Game of Thrones aired on Sunday to much controversy over the direction the HBO series had moved in and concluded.
One of the most shocking twists was Daenerys’ transformation from hero to near-dictator and her destruction of King’s Landing along with thousands of its civilians in an act of brutal revenge against Cersei.
In a special issue this week Entertainment Weekly spoke to some of the cast during the final stages of filming where Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and others reflected on their character’s arcs.
‘Why should they be the goodies?’: Kit Harington said he was concerned killing off the two strong female characters in Game Of Thrones would be seen as sexist
Harington opened up about his fear that killing off the two strong female characters would be seen as sexist.
‘One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall,
‘The justification is: Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show. And that’s what Thrones has always done.
‘You can’t just say the strong women are going to end up the good people. Dany is not a good person. It’s going to open up discussion but there’s nothing done in this show that isn’t truthful to the characters.
‘Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies?’ Kit said of the demise of the two queens Dany Cersei and in GoT
Shock ending: In this week’s Entertainment Weekly Emilia Clarke opens up about finding out her character’s fate in the last season of Game Of Thrones
‘And when have you ever seen a woman play a dictator?’ he added.
He knew the decision to kill off Dany would divide audiences.
‘But if you track her story all the way back, she does some terrible things. She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building. So, we have to say to the audience: “You’re in denial about this woman as well. You knew something was wrong. You’re culpable, you cheered her on.”‘
‘I cried,’ Clarke said on finding out her character’s fate. ‘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.’
Meanwhile Clarke said she thinks Daenerys always had the ‘best intentions’ but that she can understand, after losing many of her closest allies, why the Mother of Dragons eventually transformed into a tyrant hellbent on revenge.
‘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.
One of the most shocking twists was Daenerys’ transformation from hero to near-dictator and her destruction of King’s Landing along with thousands of its civilians
Clarke said she thinks Daenerys always had the ‘best intentions’ but that she can understand, after losing many of her closest allies, why the Mother of Dragons eventually transformed into a tyrant hellbent on revenge
‘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 f**king doesn’t.’
When she first received the final series script in October 2017, Clarke said she was horrified at her fate.
‘I cried,’ Clarke said. ‘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?”‘
Over the weekend Emilia bid farewell to the character she played for eight years with a touching Instagram note.
When she first received the final series script in October 2017, Clarke said she was horrified at her fate. ‘I cried,’ she said
Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kit Harington and Maisie Williams are seen on the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly
‘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. 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
Mother of dragons over and out: Over the weekend Emilia bid farewell to the character she played for eight years with a touching Instagram note
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