'Game of Thrones' director explains why Daenerys Targaryen became destructive by the end

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New Delhi Published: Jun 20, 2019, 03:34 PM(IST)

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Miguel Sapochnik, who directed season eight`s episode five titled `The Bells` shed some light on the bad decisions made by Emilia Clarke`s character Daenerys Targaryen.

The much anticipated final season of 'Game Of Thrones' is also perhaps the most crticised. Fans across the world criticised the makers for not plating up several tracks and a lot of them did not agree with the way the story ended

Miguel Sapochnik, who directed season eight`s episode five titled `The Bells` shed some light on the bad decisions made by Emilia Clarke`s character Daenerys Targaryen.

In the episode, Daenerys destroyed King`s Landing, killing innocents while on the top of her dragon, Drogon. 

Many fans were unhappy with the character`s actions since she was always an advocate for saving the innocent and ending slavery.

"The way she has treated humans, and the conviction she has, means that conviction is eventually going to fall afoul," Sapochnik told IndieWire in an interview.

At the start of the episode, Clarke`s character was dealing with the death of her trusted adviser and friend Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel).

Sapochnik stated that he wanted to make sure that she was no longer doubting her decision-making ability."She`s not questioning herself anymore, which is the difference between somebody who, I think, has kind of lost their mind," Sapochnik said.

"That`s part of what makes us human, is we question whether we`ve made the right decisions or not," he added.

Once she decided to destroy everything, Sapochnik shared that they made it a point not to show the character again.

"At that point, you don`t need to see her. We decided not to cut back to her. When she makes that decision, she and the dragon become one," the director said speaking of the scenes of destruction.

The director also said that the filming of the massive destruction of King's Landing was done keeping the audience in mind. He stated that he wanted the viewers to be a part of it, and that's why one hardly ever sees Daenerys face while she is atop the dragon as he rains fire on the city. The director wanted his camera and the audience on the ground with the people during the destruction of King's Landing.

"The destruction of King's Landing, for me, has always been an audience participation event. You wanted this, you wanted this, you wanted this. Here. Is that really what you wanted? I felt like there was this thing of this bloodthirstiness that exists in the fans, for revenge, for this payback that is personified by Dany... Because even though the characters that don't exist in the end, what you're looking for, as an audience member, is death and destruction," Sapochnik said.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Clarke said that it was always about her character being alone."Every single thing that`s led her to this point, and there she is, alone. We`ve all got this part of us, that part that goes, `I`m gonna put that chocolate cake down.` `And 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--king cake as you want--but those things that you wrestle within yourself," Clarke explained.

'Game of Thrones' co-creators David Benioff and DB Weiss said that Daenerys had been tested countless times."And if circumstances had been different, I don`t think this side of Dany ever would`ve come out. If Cersei hadn`t betrayed her, if Cersei hadn`t executed Missandei, if Jon hadn`t told her the truth," Benioff said."Like, if all of these things had happened in any different way, then I don`t think we`d be seeing this side of Daenerys Targaryen," he added.

Weiss shared that looking at the Red Keep was also triggering."It`s in that moment, on the walls of King`s Landing, where she`s looking at that symbol of everything that was taken from her when she makes the decision to make this personal. We wanted her to be just death from above as seen from the perspective of the people who are on the business end of that dragon," he said. After a remarkable 8-year-long journey, the final season of the show concluded with its last episode aired on May 19. 

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