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It’s easy to forget these days that the internet and social media can be a force for good. Certainly, no one needs to tellhow vicious the web’s denizens can be. Fans’ criticism of ‘ final act ran rampant online all season long, reaching apotheosis with (As of this writing, the petition has more than 1.5 million signatures.)
All that negativity finally prompted Reddit user elle_ellaria to mobilize the internet’s forces for a positive cause. Within the Thrones-themed subreddit r/freefolk — the same community that gave rise to that notorious petition — she launched for , a charity Emilia Clarke helped develop that focuses on recovery from brain injury and stroke. It’s raised more than £20,000 (more than $25,000) in just two days.
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“Since the tongue-in-cheek nature of that petition has flown over a lot peoples’ heads, to the point that it’s prompted, we wanted to show that Game of Thrones fans appreciate the hard work of the incredible cast & crew despite their constraints,” the fundraiser’s description reads.
“We wanted to send a message that even though fans have been very vocal in their disappointment with the conclusion of the series, none of that is directed at the cast and crew — all of whom did an incredible job bringing Westeros to life,” elle_ellaria, who asked to be attributed only as Sarah, told EW via email. (She notes that she signed the petition but “it’s pretty obvious it’s a joke at the writers’ expense.”)
But that message was for one cast member in particular. In March,for revealing she suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms while working on Game of Thrones. She recounted the harrowing experience of grappling with her own mortality while trying to bring life to Daenerys. While working on season 2, “every minute of every day I thought I was going to die,” Clarke wrote. Her story, and her accounts of working on the final season, were the main catalyst for launching the fundraiser.
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“I have a great deal of love and respect for Emilia Clarke, especially since opening up about her health struggles,” Sarah says. “In interviews after the finale she spoke about how much of herself she put into her character, and how upset she was at the prospect of people hating Daenerys…. She wasn’t informed aboutuntil shortly before filming season 8, and it seemed like she really struggled to come to terms with it.”
One of those interviews was EW’s own. “I have my own feelings [about the storyline] and it’s peppered with my feelings about myself,” Clarke told EW. “It’s gotten to that point now where you read [comments about] the character you [have to remind yourself], ‘They’re not talking about you, Emilia, they’re talking about the character.'”
“At the end of the interview she walks away, but then turns back to say, ‘I stand by Daenerys. I stand by her! I can’t not.’ It was adorable,” Sarah says. “So the fundraiser [was] kind of to let her know hey, don’t worry. We stand by Daenerys, too.” Indeed, supporters are using the hashtag #WeStandByDaenerys to promote the cause. ()
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Sarah has nothing but respect and admiration for Clarke, noting that “Season 8 is definitely some of the best acting we’ve seen from” her. She says fans’ frustration is directed at “who promised to be far away from the internet and drunk.”
“Every single department on Game of Thrones showed up and showed out. The visual effects were incredible, the costumes, the scoring, the set design, the performances. These people were the only ones who stopped the whole thing from looking like a bad cartoon,” she says. But the ending can’t fully diminish the pleasures of experiencing the series, or what the characters have meant to viewers over the years.
“As far as I’m concerned, the series ended with Daenerys sailing to Westeros with her fleet and her 3 dragons, all of whom are very much alive and fire-breathing,” Sarah says. “Daenerys, like Emilia, is a fighter and a survivor. There’s a lot to be learned [from] her story and I can’t wait to revisit it.”
As for Clarke herself, “Not only has she now got one of the most iconic roles in history under her belt, but she’s raising awareness and funds for neurorehabilitation too. For that, I think Emilia is an incredible role model.” And if you’re reading this, Emilia, Sarah would like you to know: “Emilia, you’re a bada--, a beautiful soul and the Queen I choose… Aegon who?“
Emilia Clarke divine at the premiere of the film Last Christmas (PHOTOS)This Christmas, she may well steal the heart of her fans ... Exit Game of thrones, Emilia Clarke is the new heroine of the comedy Last Christmas (in the cinema on November 27th), signed Paul Feig (My best friends) and freely inspired by the famous song of the group Wham! And at the premiere of the movie in New York, the 33-year-old actress was just stunning!
This Tuesday, October 29 was held in New York the preview of the romantic comedy(at the cinema on November 27), signed ( , ). Inspired by the Wham tube! , this movie is about to steal the hearts of fans by offering the pretty its first real role on the big screen since the stopping of the hit series. In the skin of a young English, a hairy, working in a Christmas decorations shop, the actress is revealed in another light. Sparkling, gaffeuse and endearing, we are far from the authoritarian Daenerys! To present this new role, the young woman conquered the first spectators by treading the red carpet of the preview in a sublime dress and sparkling dress of the house Valentino. Absolutely divine, Emilia Clarke had also bet for the occasion on its most beautiful asset charm: her smile!
Present on this very cheerful red carpet, actresses(who also signed the screenplay for the film) and . But also the actor Henry Golding (Crazy ), which turns the head of Emilia Clarke in the film ... Here, no idyll between them but a beautiful complicity! Henry Golding also came with his sublime wife Liv Lo.
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Thanks Reddit Fans for Donating to Her Charity: ‘You Are My Heroes’.
“Game of Thrones” fans are supporting Emilia Clarke by donating to her charity … and the fallen Queen of the Andals is beyond grateful. A Redditor who goes by elle_ellaria started the push for fans of the show to donate to SameYou, a charity Clarke helped to develop that focuses on recovery from brain injuries and strokes. Clarke revealed earlier this year that she suffered two “life-threatening” aneurysms during the filming of the show. The fans have donated $44,000 in just five days and Clarke posted a video on Thursday thanking them for their support.