Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Feels 'Sad' About Finale Backlash

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Emilia Clarke is the latest Game of Thrones star to weigh in on the backlash to the final season of the fantasy epic. 

Fans waited years for Game of Thrones Season 8, and many felt like it didn't live up to the tremendous hype. 

Now, Clarke has opened up about her "heartbreak" for showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff following the significant controversy surrounding the final installments. 

Standing Tall - Game of Thrones

"I was too busy focusing on my own reactions to really pay too much attention, if any at all," the Daenerys Targaryen actress told Australian Daily Telegraph's Stellar magazine. 

"The only thing I felt truthfully sad about was that David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are my really good friends, and so it's for them that I feel heartbreak, because it's theirs."

Saying Goodbye - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4

The actress went on to state that the final season was not going to please everyone. 

"Everyone is going to have their own opinion and they’re fully entitled to them. It's art and it's to be dissected and taken on in whatever individual way you wish.

Related: Game of Thrones Targaryen Prequel in the Works

She continued, "And if you're sad that the show is done and you're sad because you enjoyed watching it, then that's sad."

"It sucks this wasn't the perfect ending that people were hoping for, but I truly believe we would never have made everyone happy."

Daenerys Sulks - Game of Thrones

The conclusion found Daenerys becoming a power-hungry tyrant who set King's Landing alight. 

After she finally got herself the Iron Throne, Targaryen's lover/nephew, stabbed her, thus ending her short-lived reign and life. 

Her final dragon, Drogon, arrived, obliterating the Iron Throne and taking his mother away from the city, never to be seen again. 

It was an ambiguous ending, for sure, and one that many thought would have benefited from more episodes to tell a more well-rounded story. 

Daenerys Smiles - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

Some fans felt like the show would have benefited from being brought to a close with "competent writers" and petitioned as such. 

Related: Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Review: A Song of Fire and Ice

A Change.org petition currently has over 1.7 million signatures to remake Game of Thrones Season 8. 

Where do you stand in this debate? 

Do you agree that not everyone was going to like the conclusion?

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Should it have been better?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember, you can watch Game of Thrones online right here via TV Fanatic. 

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