How Game of Thrones sabotaged Emilia Clarke and betrayed Daenerys Targaryen

May 13, 2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy Comments (1) 236

The night is dark and full of spoilers!

First of all, holy crap. I guess we know why this season of GoT took so much time and money to film—the epic destruction of King’s Landing is unlike anything we’ve seen from this show so far, even the Battle of Winterfell two episodes ago.

However, like many fans, I came away feeling unsatisfied by Daenerys Targaryen’s heel turn. While plenty of people predicted she might be on a path toward villainy, the moment itself felt unearned and out of character. Already, dozens of essays explain how this is a betrayal of the fans of Game of Thrones, a betrayal of Dany, a betrayal of feminism…the list goes on. In the end, I think there were subtle failures on the parts of the writers that left viewers unprepared, and more importantly a real betrayal of trust between the show runners and Emilia Clarke, who portrays Dany on screen, that sabotaged her ability as an actor to fully present her character. Continue Reading

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I’ve read about a dozen reviews of the Game of Thrones finale…

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…and not a single reviewer seems to notice the potential relevance of Dany’s visions in the House of the Undying. Lots of people are unhappy with what was removed from the House of the Undying sequence. Few seem to notice what may have been added.

Sure, you could argue that her walk through the Red Keep’s Great Hall, with its broken roof and the gently falling [ahem] snow is symbolic only of Winter’s descent and the fall of Westeros. You could even argue there’s no special significance to the [ahem] snow on the Iron Throne.

But then she passes through a door and emerges at the Wall – and finds her lover and her baby in a tent covered in [ahem] snow.

So I see three options: (a) I’m just reading too much into this, which I doubt; (b) GRRM has divulged secrets to Benioff and Weiss that he hasn’t divulged to fans; or (c) Benioff and Weiss are subscribers to popular fan theories, and maybe readers of the The Citadel. I’m favoring option b, and thinking the show just lent a whole lot of weight to some theories about the books.

By the way, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and read all the books before you go Googling it. Trust me.

Other thoughts:

  • The Others (sorry, “White Walkers“) were f-ing awesome. The way those ice-blue eyes rolled over to fall on Sam… chilling [see what I did there?]. I wasn’t enthralled with the Battle of the Fist of the First Men in the novel. Now I can’t wait.
  • As much as I understand the need to eliminate them from a narrative perspective, the total deletion of Vargo Hoat and the Bloody Mummers hurts me a little bit.
  • It’s becoming bloody difficult to restrain myself explaining things to family and friends who have only watched the show and not read any of the books.

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