‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke Reveals Daenerys’ Downfall’s Beginning

Game of Thrones season 8 is very controversial. Perhaps one of the most controversial aspects of the season is the downfall of Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen. It seemed to come out of nowhere for many fans, and for the actress herself.

Yet a new quote from Emilia Clarke has been revealed that might mean that it didn’t come out of nowhere entirely. It could have possibly been the culmination of Daenerys’ anger and sadness building up throughout Game of Thrones season 8. And it might have all began earlier than you would think.

What is Daenerys’ downfall like?

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Daenerys Targaryen, portrayed wonderfully by Emilia Clarke, has a downfall unlike any other in Game of Thrones. While the show is known for its many shocking twists and turns, most of these twists and turns make some kind of sense when fans think about them. Daenerys’ downfall, on the other hand, confuses many fans. It seems far too sudden and doesn’t seem to make sense for her character at all.

At least in many fans’ minds, the plot twist for Daenerys isn’t exactly what the show was known for. In the penultimate episode of season 8, “The Bells,” Daenerys decides to kill the citizens of King’s Landing. Since much of her story had been about protecting innocent people, fans are shocked to see her take such a dark turn. Because of her actions, Jon Snow ends up killing Daenerys and fans are, again, shocked.

Yet perhaps some fans will be able to accept this plot twist easier if they know that it did not entirely come out of nowhere.

When did Daenerys’ downfall truly begin in ‘Game of Thrones’, based on what Emilia Clarke has said?

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) of Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) at the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere |Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO/Getty Images

According to Metro.co.uk, Emilia Clarke has suggested that Daenerys in Game of Thrones began to get angry during or slightly before the Battle of Winterfell. The actress says that “In the actual battle itself, [Daenerys is] impatient to get in there. She’s like, gunning for a fight.” At the time, Daenerys is fighting the Night King and his army of White Walkers.

So fighting to protect her people, as she’s always done, is certainly seen and portrayed as a good thing. Yet the fact that she is so angry might have foreshadowed the downfall to come. Clarke says that “Especially at this point, there’s a lot of anger — she’s got all of that in her to put into this fight.” She also goes on to mention that Daenerys, because of her anger, is “able to go into her cold-blooded side.”

Why might Daenerys’ anger have led to her downfall?

Daenerys’ downfall is very controversial, and it’s understandable. Even if it didn’t come out of nowhere, it still doesn’t fully seem to fit her character. And fans, many of whom are attached to Daenerys’ character, and Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of her in Game of Thrones, probably don’t want to accept that a character they love so much could do such horrible things. According to Kit Harington, many fans are in denial about who Daenerys really is.

But are they? Are they really? After all, Daenerys has gotten angry before without killing innocent people because of it. So why did this anger lead to her downfall?

It could be that Daenerys was angrier than she’d ever been, or that her intense isolation caused her downfall more than anything else. Without anyone around to ground her, she was unable to rein herself in at the end. It is also possible that her anger and sadness, built up over years, overwhelmed her and she was unable to control herself.