Alongside Emila Clarke’s thoughts on the finale, actor Kit Harington‘s words on the last season of Game of Thrones have surfaced. Kit spoke with EW while filming Season 8 and said while he believed Daenerys‘ arc made sense, that the twist would most certainly divide fans.
“I think it’s going to divide, but if you track her story all the way back, she does some terrible things,” Kit said about the death of Dany. “She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building. So, we have to say to the audience: ‘You’re in denial about this woman as well. You knew something was wrong. You’re culpable, you cheered her on.’”
Although many fans don’t agree, the other side that believes her arc was leading to her eventual death wishes it were built up better, citing the series’ last two seasons felt rushed. Kit also worried the final two episodes of Season 8 would be seen as sexist since the show’s most prominent character’s, Dany and Cersei, would see their fall by the end of it all:
“One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall. The justification is: Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show. And that’s what Thrones has always done. You can’t just say the strong women are going to end up the good people. Dany is not a good person. It’s going to open up discussion but there’s nothing done in this show that isn’t truthful to the characters. And when have you ever seen a woman play a dictator?”
In regards to Jon Snow himself, Kit says his character feels broken for betraying his love, Dany, as it parallels his other major romance in the series. “This is the second woman he’s fallen in love with who dies in his arms and he cradles her in the same way,” Kit states. “That’s an awful thing. In some ways, Jon did the same thing to [his Wildling lover] Ygritte by training the boy who kills her. This destroys Jon to do this.”
In related news, the GoT finale didn’t air in China due to the ongoing trade dispute with the US.
— m (@lets_mess_) May 13, 2019