The Mother Of All Goodbyes: Emilia Clarke Bids An Emotional Farewell To ‘Game of Thrones’

Despite it being mid-May, winter is finally coming to an end. Tonight, after eight seasons of outstanding television, we say our final farewell to the HBO hit show Game of Thrones. If the very thought of the iconic show ending has you reaching for the tissues, know that you are not alone. Emilia Clarke just penned a beautiful goodbye message to her infamous Game of Thrones character.

Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke | Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Clarke, who plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen and is fondly referred to as the “Mother of Dragons”, has been a part of the Game of Thrones main cast since its 2011 inception. Having devoted eight years of her life to the role, playing the Mother of Dragons quickly earned her worldwide recognition. Considered her breakout role, Clarke earned several awards and three Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen over the course of the show’s eight-season run. A staple in the Westeros world, Clarke’s incredible talent has earned her $1 million dollars an episode for the final season of the HBO show.

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It comes as no surprise that saying goodbye to a role that was so much of Clarke’s life is a daunting task. However, the Mother of Dragons managed to deliver a beautiful farewell message. Just a few hours before the series finale, Clarke took to her Instagram page to share a heartfelt goodbye and give thanks to the character and show that has shaped her career.

The actress writes, “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.”

She continued on to say, “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

Fans Say Farewell

Almost instantly, fans flooded Clarke’s post with an outpouring of love and support. Receiving over 4 million likes and nearly 80,000 comments in just a few, short, hours, fans across the world reached out to thank the actress for her amazing performance on the show. Many of them stated that they could not imagine the ‘Game of Thrones’ without Clarke’s outstanding portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen and wished her well in the next chapter of her career.

For the throne

A bittersweet end to a beautiful chapter in Clarke’s life, it’s wonderful that the Me Before You star took the time to let herself and her fans say goodbye to her character before everyone gets wrapped up in the drama of the finale. After all, there’s still a chance that Daenerys Targaryen could claim the Iron Throne. We’ll be tuning in tonight to see if the Mother of Dragons makes it out alive.