The series finale of the smash-hit HBO show Game of Thrones was a huge disappointment for many fans who had committed to the series over the last several years. Bringing each character's story to a sometimes dissatisfying end, one of the most divisive final elements was the direction of the The Dragon Queen, Daenerys, and her turn towards madness in the series' last episodes. Well, now Tyrion Lannister himself, Peter Dinklage, has opened up about the audience's response, and whether he feels the same.
"No. Well, everybody's always going to have an opinion, and that means an ownership. It's like breaking up with somebody. They get upset. I can't speak for everybody, but my feeling is they didn't want it to end, so a lot of people got angry.
I feel like what [the showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] did was extraordinary. This happens. Monsters are created. And you don't see it coming. We vote them into office. You look the other way. So for everybody to get upset because they loved a character so much and they had so much faith in that person-there were signposts all along the way for that character."
Peter Dinklage likens the anger felt by many to a break-up, suggesting that the online vitriol and sheer disappointment stems mainly from hurt feelings and sadness at seeing the beloved story come to an end. He then turns his tongue to the political, comparing the creation of the monster that Daenerys becomes to those that have been voted into office. Who could he be referring to we wonder?
Regarding other reasons as to why fans defend Queen Daenerys, the Breaker of Chains, Dinklage has some thoughts, as well as some much needed advice for those who wish to honour their favourite characters with a tattoo or the like.
"Yeah. But that's because of what was happening all along. It added up to something. There are people who've named their children Khaleesi. You've just got to maybe wait till the series finale before you get that tattoo or name your golden retriever Daenerys! I can't help you! I'm sorry. She went mad. She was driven to that, and she's a victim as well in terms of how she was treated. She went through it, and she came out angry, as a lot of us do."
There are of course those who saw the turn coming, with suggestions that she would go the way of her forefathers and become mad peppered throughout from the very beginning, and though the twist has its share of detractors, there are many who felt that it would have worked much better given more time. Still, we must all heed the unforgiving words of the Hand of the King.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. This comes from The New Yorker.