In last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen finally took out the Iron Throne’s current resident, Cersei Lannister. Not only did Dany finally take what she thinks is hers, but she also did it in a violent overreach, incinerating King’s Landing and what looks like thousands of innocent civilians—after the surrender bells had rung. Mad Queen, indeed!
Some fans were shocked about the turn of events, but others figured something of the sort was in the works. Just think about all the mentions of the Targaryens’ heritage of madness that we’ve heard in recent episodes, and all the tragedy (including the loss of two of her beloved dragons, and Cersei executing Missandei) the Dragon Queen has endured. Something was most definitely up.
But some fans have resurfaced a months-old interview with Emilia Clarke, who plays Dany, in which the actress couldn’t quite hold in her reaction to how Game of Thrones‘ final act would play out. At HBO’s 2018 Emmys party, Clarke was asked whether she was “happy with how things ended.” Here’s her response, as captured and shared again by Twitter users after last Sunday’s episode:
Clarke’s response, on paper, seems cheery: “Best season ever!” she said. But she laughs and makes a face that indicates it might be quite the opposite.
This isn’t the only time Clarke has referred to the heartbreaking possibilities of Dany’s ending. In a Vanity Fair interview, she said of her final scene, “It fucked me up…Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is ….” Looking back on this quote, it seems obvious now how Dany’s arc was going to shape up. Clarke didn’t say much, but it kind of seems like she said it all, right?