Who else out there is still thinking about Daenerys’ epic plot twist at the end of “Game of Thrones'” most recent episode, “And Now His Watch Is Ended”? In one of the Mother of Dragons’ most unexpected moves, she ended up gaining the Unsullied as an army of free loyal men and killing the slave masters at Astapor, all without losing one of her dragons. It turns out that this epic scene was one the main reasons that “Game of Thrones'” creators wanted to make the HBO series to begin with.
“The best kind of surprises aren’t the ones that come out of nowhere. The best ones are where after you see it you’re asking yourself, ‘Why didn’t I see that was coming?’ I remember reading [Dany planning to give up Drogon to the slaver] and thinking, ‘Oh, this is kind of disappointing,'” co-showrunner David Benioff tells Entertainment Weekly. “When the real plan was revealed I think I even called [D.B. Weiss].”
He continues, “This was before we had met with George, when we were still trying to figure out if this show was possible. The culmination of that scene was one of those moments when we were like, ‘We got to make this f**king show.’ It was very gratifying seeing that wish fulfilled. … I think it will be one of the most staggering things ever put on television.”
For her part, Emilia Clarke is excited about the fact that this is a turning point for her character. She calls Dany’s feint “the biggest risk she’s ever taken in her entire life” but says the payoff is that the Khaleesi “becomes who she was always destined to be.”
“There’s this gorgeous line in the book where Dany says, ‘Do you think I’ve forgotten what it feels like to be sold?’ because she was too,” Clarke says. “She is out there for the greater good.”
The lesson to be learned here? Don’t doubt Daenerys Targaryen.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.