The decimation of King’s Landing by Daenerys Targaryen was one of the biggest moments of Game of Thrones season eight.
In the episode, Dany appeared to follow in her father’s footsteps by transforming into The Mad Queen and killing hundreds of civilians in the streets despite the fact the city had surrendered.
Jon Snow and Arya Stark watched from below in horror as Daenerys’ troops continued killing. It was these actions that ultimately led to the Queen’s death by Snow in the show’s final episode.
In an interview with HBO alongside Greyworm star Jacob Anderson, Clarke explained that it had nothing to do with bloodlust and was about grief.
“It’s this feeling that you could call Targaryen craziness, you could give it all of these names that it doesn’t deserve,” she said.
“Because it is just grief. It’s hurt and she has this ability to make this hurt a little bit less just for a minute.”
The actress added, “And here she is sitting on this ridge and there’s the emotion and there’s the feeling and the feeling is to f***ing kill her.”
Doesn’t that mean that Daenerys could have just flown to the Red Keep to kill Cersei and left the city as it was then?
Anderson also added that the Unsullied would always see her as a visionary, not a tyrant.
“I don’t think that Greyworm can ever really see Dany as the Mad Queen,” he said.“To him, she actually has a very clear sense of what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Hmm, I still think she could have avoided killing so many civilians, but whatever…