We now know the fate of Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, a sad ending for a ruler got a little too power hungry in the end. Actress Emilia Clarke recounted the conclusion of the character’s arc to The New Yorker, saying she had to keep the finale a secret for two years, something that was particularly tricky when she met Beyonce at an Oscars party earlier this year.
“I see this vision, this angel, this incredible woman float towards me,” Clarke told The New Yorker. “I can’t quite control myself. And Beyonce says to me, ‘Oh, my goodness, it’s so wonderful to meet you. I think you’re brilliant.’ I just couldn’t handle it! I was on the verge of tears. I could see myself reflected in her eyes. I could see her go, ‘Oh, no. I misjudged this. This girl is crazy and I’m not going to have a real conversation with another celebrity. I’m having a conversation with a crazed fan who’s looking at me like a rabbit in the headlights.’ Which is exactly what I was. I said, ‘I’ve seen you live in concert and I think you’re amazing and wonderful! Wonderful!’”
She added, “And all I wanted to scream was ‘Please, please still like me even though my character turns into a mass-killing dictator! Please still think that I’m representing women in a really fabulous way.’ I was just, like, Oh, my God, my absolute idol in life is saying that she likes me, and I know for a fact that by the end of this season she’s going to hate me.”
Clarke also discussed her reaction to learning what would happen to Daenerys in the final episodes. “I had no idea what to expect for this last season,” the actress said. “I hoped for some juicy things to get into, as I always do for each season, but I didn’t see this coming. Throughout the show, there have been these glorious moments of Daenerys taking on a very strong role in a battle or in a decision to be made. There were these wonderful moments when she takes control, and it’s really liberating and beautiful. She frees people, she kills the baddies, and it feels good… Or maybe I didn’t want to see it coming because I care about Daenerys too much.”
As for the overall ending? Clarke knows it might not be for everyone. “I always knew that the show was never going to satisfy everyone,” she said. “I watched and loved too many television series to ever think that would be possible. The stories are too vast, the characters too complex. The show is, in a certain way, divisive: ‘Whose side are you on?’ Also, if you’re pleasing everyone, then it’s probably quite tepid. But to me it seemed like the only way it could end.”