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Emilia Clarke finally responds to Game of Thrones backlash: “I felt truthfully sad”

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Emilia Clarke doesn’t usually read reviews but there was one thing about the online furore that left the actor feeling heartbroken.

You know, we could all learn something from Emilia Clarke’s approach to criticism. Namely, how little attention she pays to it. 

“I don’t Google myself; I don’t read reviews,” Clarke, 32, recently told the Daily Telegraph, explaining she prefers to avoid press – good and bad – and the ricocheting negative effect.

She added: “…it doesn’t help me to hear someone say, ‘You’re great,’ and it doesn’t help me to hear someone say, ‘Hey, you piece of sh*t, why are you so fat?’ Those are the extremes you deal with when you read about yourself on the internet, so I simply don’t.”

But three months after the Game of Thrones’ devastating finale brought the show to a controversial end, the actor admitted the backlash did get under her skin for one reason.

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“I was too busy focusing on my own reactions to really pay too much attention, if any at all,” she told the publication “The only thing I felt truthfully sad about was that [executive producers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are my really good friends, and so it’s for them that I feel heartbreak, because it’s theirs.”

That aside, Clarke insisted she was at peace with viewers’ thoughts about the show’s finale, simply pointing out that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

“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,” she added. “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.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Image: HBO.

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