Emilia Clarke is addressing the negativity thrown her way due to the final season of “Game of Thrones”.
In a new interview with the Daily Telegraph‘s Stellar magazine, the 32-year-old actress discussed the “heartbreak” she experienced from the scathing fan reaction to the series’ final batch of episodes, admitting she felt particularly bad for “GoT” showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff.
“I was too busy focusing on my own reactions to really pay too much attention, if any at all,” she told the magazine. “The only thing I felt truthfully sad about was that David and Dan are my really good friends, and so it’s for them that I feel heartbreak, because it’s theirs.”
Fan reaction to the final season can be summed up by a petition — signed by more than 1.7 million people — demanding that HBO provide a do-over of the final season, but this time using “competent writers.”
“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,” she said of the negative response.
“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,” Clarke added.
Asked if she feels pressure to choose the right projects after being in a series as iconic as “Game of Thrones”, she insisted the opposite is true.
“I don’t feel pressure to follow up the show because it’s unfollow-able,” she explained. “I’m not going to go off and be like, ‘Oh well, dragons are my thing…” I can’t be a crazy woman demanding dragons forever! ‘These aren’t as good as my last dragons!’ Can you imagine? [Laughs.]”
At the end of the day, added Clarke, “Game of Thrones” has given her the greatest gift any actor can have, pointing to “an absolute freedom that ‘Thrones’ has given me — a gift-wrapped present in a little bow saying, ‘You’re now financially secure enough to not have to panic, so what do you want to do?’ That kind of freedom is wonderful. I could never see it during the time I was filming, because I was too close to it.”