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Emilia Clarke Was 'Flabbergasted' by ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

Emilia Clarke Was 'Flabbergasted' by ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale
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The epic "Game of Thrones" saga has come to an end.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Who took the Iron Throne? In the finale, Jon Snow killed his beloved Daenerys following the massacre at King’s Landing, and Bran Stark took the throne. Tyrion became the hand, while Brienne, Bronn and Davos made up the council.

Meanwhile Sansa became Queen of the North and Arya headed west on her own. Jon was sentenced to the Night's Watch as punishment for killing Dany, but ended up heading beyond the wall with the wildlings.

Dany’s death came as a shock to some fans, including actress Emilia Clarke.

She told Entertainment Weekly that when she read the script, she thought, “What, what, what, WHAT!? Because it comes out of f—king nowhere. I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”

Clarke read it again, and she needed some time to process it. “I cried. 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?’”

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A few days later, she hopped a plane to Belfast and sat with Kit Harington who plays Snow. Kit was waiting to find out the ending at the table read. When he learned their fates, he cried.

Emilia also addressed the Mother of Dragons' transformation this season.

Clarke said, “You’re about to ask if me — as Emilia — disagreed with her at any point. It was a f—king struggle reading the scripts. What I was taught at drama school — and if you print this there will be drama school teachers going, ‘That’s bulls—t,’ but here we go: I was told that your character is right. Your character makes a choice and you need to be right with that.”

She continued, “An actor should never be afraid to look ugly. We have uglier sides to ourselves. And after 10 years of working on this show, it’s logical. Where else can she go? I tried to think what the ending will be. It’s not like she’s suddenly going to go, ‘Okay, I’m gonna put a kettle on and put cookies in the oven and we’ll just sit down and have a lovely time and pop a few kids out.’ That was never going to happen. She’s a Targaryen.”

The star called Dany’s death a “beautiful and touching ending,” adding, “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. “But having said all of the things I’ve just said, I stand by Daenerys. I stand by her! I can’t not.”

"Extra's" Mario Lopez caught up with Clarke at the Oscars, where she confessed the ending surprised her completely, adding, “I really feel like everyone is going to be surprised, even if it’s not just the ending itself that will surprise people. Everything else that happens before that will probably come as a shock.”

When Mario asked if viewers will have closure, she hedged her answer, saying, “Yes…”

On Sunday, Clarke shared a fond farewell to the show. Read the full message below!

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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

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The show, which debuted in 2011, was the #1 TV show on IMDb for six years in a row. It has the most IMDb user ratings, with a 1.5 MM votes and a rating of 9.5 stars (out of 10). It is the most-visited title of all-time on the IMDbPro iOS and Andriod apps.

In 2017, "Extra's" Mario Lopez sat down with Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who made their predictions on who would take the throne. One of them guessed right. Watch!

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