Anna Sheffer
May 20, 2019 8:51 am

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Season 8 and the series finale of Game of Thrones

It’s official: Game of Thrones has ended, and with it, eight seasons of wondering who would rule the Seven (now Six) Kingdoms. However, some fans are less than satisfied with the series’ conclusion, and there are angry memes and petitions to remake the entire season. Daenerys Targaryen’s turn from Breaker of Chains to Destroyer of Cities has been especially unpopular, with some even arguing that the storyline implied women shouldn’t lead countries. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly about the end of the show, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington argued that Dany’s ending was not sexist.

Harington told EW that he worried fans would push back on the end of Dany’s character arc—and Cersei’s, too. He addressed these criticisms by pointing out that women can also be villains.

Harington also said that he felt Dany’s fall was “going to divide” fans.

It’s true that fictional women can be evil, but many fans have argued that Dany had no clear motivation to burn King’s Landing and that her quick turn plays into tropes about “crazy” women. Needless to say, these fans probably won’t be too convinced by Harington’s argument.

We’re still processing the rise and fall of the “Mad Queen,” so the jury’s still out on this storyline. What are your thoughts?

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