If you've seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones Season 8, chances are you were blown away by Daenerys Targaryen getting Dracarys-happy all over King's Landing. But was it truly a shocking turn for the character in the final season? Emilia Clarke has finally spoken up about Dany's destructive visit to the capital.
Clarke discussed what was going through Dany's head in the Game of Thrones featurette Game Revealed about the episode The Bells.
"Every single thing that's led her to this point, and there she is alone," Clarke said. "We've all got this part of us that goes, 'I'm going to put that chocolate cake down, I'm going to walk away.' We can't be getting into these moral conundrums all the time. I'm not saying chocolate cake is a moral conundrum — eat as much f--ng cake as you want — but those things that you wrestle within yourself."
Episode director Miguel Sapochnik explained that while everybody else was satisfied with "a bloodless coup," this simply isn't the case with Daenerys.
"She feels empty. It wasn't what she thought it was. It's not enough," he said.
So was it really so shocking that Daenerys is capable of burning down an entire city along with innocent civilians? Executive producer David Benioff says fans should have seen that coming.
"Ultimately, she is who she is and that's a Targaryen. She has said repeatedly throughout the show, 'I will take what is mine with fire and blood,' and in this episode, she does it," Benioff said.
Although Clarke and everyone involved in Game of Thrones seems to understand why Daenerys did what she did, it looks like fans are refusing to accept that the Mother of Dragons would be capable of such action. A petition asking for the final season to be remade has already gained half a million signatures.
Find out if Daenerys ultimately takes the Iron Throne when the Game of Thrones Season 8 finale airs on HBO on May 19.