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'Game of Thrones': Emilia Clarke says that the complaints about the ending are "profoundly flattering"

Jessica Waugh Thursday 26 September 2019

After the seventh season of 'Game of Thrones' premiered, some viewers began to note a change in the carefully-constructed narrative of the acclaimed HBO show. Their doubts intensified with the release of the eighth and final season of the series, which brought criticism raining down on the heads of every actor, writer and artist involved in the project.

We're unsure of the main cause of such a negative reception; whether it was the rapid switch of Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen to the dark side; the poorly crafted script for 'The Long Night'; or the farewell scenes that every character just "had" to have. But the actress who gave life to the iconic character of Khaleesi is looking at things from a very different perspective, from what she told Variety.

Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones's Daenerys Targaryen) found the criticism of Season 8

"You know what? It was profoundly flattering is what it was because when someone cares that much that they're ready to make such a nose about how they believe the characters should've been finished and how the story should've gone. That's just enormously flattering. That just shows how much everybody loved it," commented Clarke.

Nonetheless, the actress firmly believes that, after having passed through all the stages of filming, premiere and controversy, it finally seems that the moment has arrived in which people have calmed down and accepted the series for what it was and how it ended.

A record-breaking series

Although 'Game of Thrones' has won the most awards in the history of the Emmys, last Sunday's gala saw them miss out on several more. The series hoped to be the most decorated show in a single year, but its 12 awards didn't quite manage to clinch that honour, losing out to the miniseries 'John Adams', which took home 13 statuettes in 2008.

Furthermore, 'Game of Thrones' is 8 Emmys short of becoming the series with the most awards bestowed upon it by the Television Academy. This record remains firmly in the grasp of 'Saturday Night Live', a record which is only likely to grow thanks to the immortality of this sketch show.

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