Spoilers are coming…
Game of Thrones season eight is officially here and we’re obsessed.
Our days are now dominated by Westeros news and updates, from the emergence of the teaser trailer to theories about who is going to end up on the iron throne.
It was Daenerys Targaryen that everyone’s been talking about this week, from that Starbucks cup blunder to the revelation that we’ve all been pronouncing her title wrong. The main reason however is for her terrifying role in Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, airing just days ago.
In case you missed it, Daenerys became (we think) the Mad Queen, burning King’s Landing and killing thousands of innocent civilians after the Lannister army had surrendered.
Daenerys’ actions confused viewers across the globe who didn’t think the Mother of Dragons had it in her, something that Emilia Clarke and the show’s creators addressed this week, making some very important points about the character.
‘Ultimately, she is who she is, and that’s a Targaryen,’ explained David Benioff, one of the show’s creators. 'She has said repeatedly throughout the show, “I will take what is mine with fire and blood,” and in this episode, she does it.’
‘Every single thing has led her to this point, and there she is, alone,’ Emilia explained of her character, while the episode’s director, Miguel Sapochnik, added: ‘She feels empty. It wasn’t what she thought it was. It’s not enough.’
‘She knows she has won this war,’ another one of the show’s creators, D. B. Weiss, added. ‘It’s in that moment when she makes the decision to make this personal.”
But what does it all mean??
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