Why Emilia Clarke Feels ‘Sad’ About the Game of Thrones Finale Criticism

Erika Harwood
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From ELLE

Emilia Clarke is opening up about the criticism on the Game of Thrones series finale, saying that she felt terrible about the feedback for the show-runners.

“I was too busy focusing on my own reactions to really pay too much attention, if any at all,” she told the Daily Telegraph. “The only thing I felt truthfully sad about was that [executive producers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are my really good friends, and so it’s for them that I feel heartbreak, because it’s theirs.”

Clarke added that she makes an effort to avoid reviews and press about the show and herself, explaining that whether it’s good or bad, it still can have a negative effect on her.

“I don’t Google myself; I don’t read reviews,” she said. “Which makes it sounds like I’ve got my shit together, but it doesn’t help me to hear someone say, ‘You’re great,’ and it doesn’t help me to hear someone say, ‘Hey, you piece of sh*t, why are you so fat?’ Those are the extremes you deal with when you read about yourself on the internet, so I simply don’t.”

Still, she’s O.K. with people’s thoughts about the Game of Thrones finale, simply stating that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

“Everyone is going to have their own opinion and they’re fully entitled to them. It’s art and it’s to be dissected and taken on in whatever individual way you wish,” she added. “And if you’re sad that the show is done and you’re sad because you enjoyed watching it, then that’s sad. It sucks this wasn’t the perfect ending that people were hoping for, but I truly believe we would never have made everyone happy.”


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