“Game of Thrones” stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington admitted that nothing could’ve prepared them for the series’ shock finale — or the fateful end of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s relationship.
Clarke, 32, was so “flabbergasted” after reading about Daenerys’ death at the hands of her lover that she walked until she got blisters, she admitted in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I cried,” Clarke told the magazine. “And I went for a walk. I walked out of the house and took my keys and phone and walked back with blisters on my feet. I didn’t come back for five hours. I’m like, ‘How am I going to do this?’”
Clarke insisted that the hit medieval series had a “very beautiful and touching ending” but admitted her initial response to the Mad Queen’s brutal demise was, “What, what, what, WHAT!?”
“Because it comes out of f—king nowhere,” she explained. “I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”
Harington, meanwhile, had a similar response during a table read for the final episode. He and Clarke sat across from each other so she could capture his full reaction.
“I looked at Emilia and there was a moment of me realizing, ‘No, no…’” Harington recalled.
Clarke chimed in, “He was crying. And then it was kind of great him not having read it.”
The English actress said the show’s many twists and turns left her reaching out to her mother for emotional support.
“It was a f—king struggle reading the scripts,” she told EW.
She recalled one teary-eyed phone call to her mom.
“I read the scripts and I don’t want to tell you what happens but can you just talk me off this ledge? It really messed me up,” she told her mom. “And then I asked my mom and brother really weird questions. They were like, ‘What are you asking us this for? What do you mean, do I think Daenerys is a good person? Why are you asking us that question? Why do you care what people think of Daenerys? Are you OK?’”
Clarke said she was proud of how Daenerys was portrayed in her final scene — despite becoming a mass-murdering tyrant.
“I thought she was going to die. I feel very taken care of as a character in that sense,” she said. “It’s a very beautiful and touching ending. Hopefully, what you’ll see in that last moment as she’s dying is: There’s the vulnerability — there’s the little girl you met in season 1. See? She’s right there. And now, she’s not there anymore…”
She added, “I stand by Daenerys. I stand by her! I can’t not.”
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