Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for the final episode of Game of Thrones.
All’s well that ends well…though I guess that could depend on your opinion. Following the divisive final season of the Game of Thrones, could this last episode really win over audiences? I guess it all depends on who you ask, as with all things. In spite of the rollercoaster that has been Season 8, most of the responses I’ve heard online seem to think that, while the episode doesn’t redeem the sloppiness of the season, it does as good of a job as it could do given what came before it.
But in terms of what actually happened, we saw poor Jon Snow have to make the ultimate choice. Following Daenerys’ heel-turn, he had to put an end to what could have been a reign of terror. As the two lovers were locking lips, Jonn stabbed Dany, putting a very sad end to the journey of the once-exiled princess. Speaking with the New Yorker, Emilia Clarke gave her reaction to the ending, especially when most TV shows can’t quite stick the landing.
“I always knew that the show was never going to satisfy everyone. 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.”
And as far as Clarke wishing Dany could have survived to the end…
“I’m not sure it could. Even for a part that I’ve given so much to and I’ve felt so much for, and for a character that’s seen and lived through so much, I don’t know that there was any other way. But it was a shocker to read.”
Though while it was a shocker for Clarke, was it a shocker for you? Let us know if this story unwound as you had anticipated down below!
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SOURCE: New Yorker