Peter Dinklage Has A Message For ‘GoT’ Fans Who Named Their Daughters Khaleesi

Peter Dinklage knows why fans hated the Game of Thrones final season.
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You either play the game of thrones, or you live to see an unsatisfying final season. But star Peter Dinklage is still defending Game of Thrones' final season — including the highly criticized demise of Daenerys. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the actor also had a message for those who jumped the gun and named their daughters Khaleesi without waiting to see how her story played out. Because, according to Dinklage, you really should've seen that Mad Queen twist coming.

In the months since Game of Thrones ended, fans have made very valid critiques, particularly when it comes to Daenerys' turn to the dark side, which seemed to happen almost unrealistically fast. Dinklage has a different interpretation of the plot twist, though, and believes that all the clues had been there consistently throughout the series that hinted at Dany's downfall.

"This happens. Monsters are created. And you don't see it coming. We vote them into office. You look the other way," he stated. "So for everybody to get upset because they loved a character so much and they had so much faith in that person — there were signposts all along the way for that character."


This is most likely in reference to all the times Dany threatened violence on her enemies or promising to rain down "fire and blood" to those who wouldn't bend the knee. Her dark instincts were always there, just waiting to come out. And if you're upset that her murderous turn has sullied your child or pet's name, well, according to Dinklage, that's on you.

"There are people who've named their children Khaleesi. You've just got to maybe wait till the series finale before you get that tattoo or name your golden retriever Daenerys!" he continued. "I can't help you! I'm sorry. She went mad. She was driven to that, and she's a victim as well in terms of how she was treated. She went through it, and she came out angry, as a lot of us do."

Here's the thing, though. Game of Thrones has a history of poorly portraying its female characters. (It probably has something to do with the fact that the show had basically no female writers or directors, but hey, that's just one woman's opinion.) So watching such a strong female ruler undermine everything that she stood for over the past seven seasons was extremely difficult, especially since it seemed to come out of left field with no clear explanation. Dinklage may be OK with an ending like that, but Dany deserved better, and quite honestly, so did the fans.