Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke has gone bleach blonde to be just like Daenerys
For years, fans of Game of Thrones have been disappointed to realize that the actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke, is a brunette in real life. The white-haired Khalessi is only alive on-screen, and alas, her actress was not actually the platinum blonde Queen we all supposed she'd be.
At least, until now. Clarke has unveiled her new permanent dye in an Instagram post, revealing utmost commitment to the eighth season and her look on the show.
Well, what do you think? That's her new hairdo. She's finally become Daenerys Targaryen. So then, I suppose we should discuss Daenerys Targaryen.
In the books and in the show, fans have speculated for a long time that Daenerys is being primed to become one of the show's final antagonists. After all, in the books especially, she is a 14-year-old girl with three dragons, an army, and the incest-riddled blood of a mass murderer. Yeah. She crucifies, tortures and burns people, and intends to invade Westeros with an army of foreigners, all just to fulfill her birthright.
The show, for now, has made Daenerys the "YAS QUEEN" symbol that is easily marketable and that we can all root for. But is that really who she is? Is that really what a foreign dragon queen who descends upon a continent that is essentially at peace (following the deaths of Stannis and Robb Stark) seems to be?
The show has been diluting its moral grey areas for a while now. At this point, every character in the show can be separated neatly into two categories - supports Daenerys, or opposes Daenerys. The ones who are 'good', like Tyrion, Jon, Varys, Davos, Tormund, Brienne and more, all end up on Daenerys' side. Everyone bad, like Euron, Cersei and the Night King, all oppose Daenerys. Whatever happened to the moral ambiguity that made the show great?
I believe that fanservice totally ruins shows. When people no longer want to take risks because audiences like a character too much, the complexity and nuance all gets lost. Now it's just a matter of military force, of victory against the Night's King, and all our favorites will be invincible up until the last season.
Daenerys should be a more complex character than that. Right? Well, there are theories that she will have to be killed by Jon Snow in order to seal away the White Walkers. That type of bittersweetness will be essential to keeping the show interesting.
So what do you think? Does Emilia Clarke look better as blonde or brunette? Will Daenerys save the Seven Kingdoms, or end up another casualty of her own conquering ambitions? I believe that A Song of Ice and Fire is, at its core, an anti-war story. It would be rather odd for one of the many conquerors to simply be 'the good one'. Reality just doesn't work that way. And the story has been realistic for many seasons.