Although Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen was one of the fan-favourite characters in HBO’s Game of Thrones, it seems like she had to battle to get the character she wanted.
In the interview from James Hibberd’s behind-the-scenes Game of Thrones book, Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, which includes interviews with cast and crew members, Clarke recalled fighting with the showrunners about making her character too cold and expressionless.
“There was a number of times I was like, ‘Why are you giving me that note?'” Clarke shared. “While I am quite consistently a ‘How can I help?’ kind of person, there were a few moments where I was like, ‘Don’t tell me what to do with my girl. I know what to do!'”
Clarke added, “It’s like Daenerys’ calling card became cold expressionlessness. I always wanted to infuse that with some humanity because no one’s consistently like that. I would sometimes fight back a little: ‘I get that she has to be steely and unforgiving and a powerful force. But in this moment she’s also a g*ddamn human being. So I’m going to give you that and I really pray that you take that in the edit.'”
Clarke’s comments are interesting especially after the way Daenery’s story ended in the show by burning King’s Landing to the ground along with thousands of innocent civilians – which went against the character who was previously portrayed as the saviour and protector of the people.
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