Avengers: Endgame is done and dusted, and so is Game of Thrones. Now we can look back at both these massive projects and say that Avengers: Endgame left its fans happy while Game of Thrones let them down in the final season. But the show turned out to be disappointing because of the way the writers wrote it. We cannot say that the actors weren’t at point because they were just perfect! People were Mad at the transition of Daenerys Targaryen into the Mad Queen, but Emilia Clarke played the role to perfection. Her acting was totally on point, and that’s what saved the show up to an extent.
We’re currently at a point where we just cannot separate Emilia Clarke from this role. This clearly is her break out character and people love her as Khaleesi. She’s embodied the character so well that we cannot assume any other actor taking this role. But in a different world, there was a chance that Elizabeth Olsen from the MCU could have bagged this role instead.
Talking to Vulture, Elizabeth Olsen revealed that in her early days of looking for work in Hollywood, she actually auditioned for “Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen,First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea,Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons” on Game of Thrones. She also told them the scene she played as a part of her audition:
“When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that. It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.
[From] after she just burned. And she’s making this speech to thousands of people about how she’s their queen. They didn’t know if they wanted a British accent or not. So, you did it in both. It was terrible. Anytime someone says, ‘Bad audition story.’ That’s one I remember.”
Well, no offense to Olsen. We love her acting as Wanda, but no one else can be pictured as Khaleesi other than Emilia Clarke. It’s really sad to see that her character ended in this way even though it was always meant to be. Emilia Clarke has opened up with how she felt after finding out her character’s ultimate ending on the show. Here’s what she told The New Yorker:
“All I wanted to scream was ‘Please, please still like me even though my character turns into a mass-killing dictator! Please still think that I’m representing women in a really fabulous way.’ We all have that thing, whether it’s binging on chocolate or drinking seventeen bottles of wine or having an affair.
I would’ve loved some more scenes with me and Missandei. I would’ve loved some more scenes with me and Cersei. I would’ve loved some more scenes between Grey Worm and Missandei. I would’ve loved to see a bit more between Cersei … I feel like there was … The genocide was there. That was always going to happen. And I just think more dissection and those beautifully written scenes that the boys have between characters — that we are more than happy to contently sit there and watch ten minutes of two people talking, because it’s beautiful. I just wanted to see a bit more of that.”
Well, the show is done now, and our watch has ended. Considering everything that happened this season, the ending of the show does work with the way the season was set up by the writers. Making Bran sit on the throne was a sensible move that not a lot of people saw coming and Dany’s death was always written on the wall. But we cannot deny the fact that Game of Thrones final season didn’t live up to the hype that surrounded the show. It all felt like a big gut punch!
Perhaps it may have felt better if we got to binge it instead of talking about each episode every week. Now let’s wait for the prequels and be happy that Elizabeth Olsen didn’t get the part.