‘Game of Thrones’ fans raise money for a good cause in the name of Daenerys Targaryen because screw your ending.

The members of the same group of Game of Thrones fans who created a petition demanding a do-over of season eight have channeled their energy into something really generous. One member of the Reddit group who was particularly upset at the turn Daenerys took in the final season set up a fundraising page to honor Daenerys by donating to Emilia Clarke’s charity benefitting recovery from brain injury and stroke, Same You. So far, they have raised $45,000 in five days. 

On March 21st 2019, weeks before the final season of Game of Thrones was set to air, Emilia Clarke penned a personal essay for the New Yorker. [ link here: tiny.cc/emilia ] In it, she opened up about the serious health struggles she experienced in the early stages of filming for the show, and how she fought through pain, fear and exhaustion to give her all to each performance. Her revelation came as a huge shock; to know that in season 2, while Daenerys was leading her khalasar across the bleak Red Waste and fiercely fighting for her life at the gates of Qarth, Emilia was similarly fighting for hers.

She speaks often of the inspiration and source of strength that Dany has been for her over the past ten years, and she is not alone. Emilia’s incredible Emmy-worthy acting and dedication to her character has inspired thousands and, as each season passed, we fell more and more in love with Dany. We rooted for her through trauma and hardship. We watched her triumph over her enemies and struggle with responsibility of rule. We saw her grapple between the urge for revenge, and the need for justice. And even at the very end, when things took a tragic turn for Daenerys Stormborn, Emilia still made us feel pity for the little girl who only ever wanted to return to her home.

This fundraiser began in r/freefolk, the same subreddit the now-infamous petition originated from. Since the tongue-in-cheek nature of that petition has flown over a lot of peoples’ heads, to the point that it’s prompted backlash from some of the cast, we wanted to show that Game of Thrones fans appreciate the hard work of the incredible cast & crew despite their constraints. Any disappointment we felt with the conclusion of the series was not in them, but rather in the potential that was lost due to the rushed pace of storytelling.

And so, as a gesture of love and support from the fandom to the entire cast & crew – but also particularly to the woman who poured her very soul into her character, who delivered passionate speeches in High Valyrian and Dothraki in between questioning her very mortality, and inspired so many of us with her resilience –  I am setting up this page as a public support of her charity, SameYou.

You can donate here. ❤️🐉

Kit Harington is reportedly taking the end of Game of Thrones pretty hard and went to a “wellness retreat” ahead of the finale to be treated for “personal issues.” Page Six is reporting he went for alcohol use and stress. I can only imagine how stressful it would be to be one of the primary faces of a project that had been a global phenomena for 10 years and to have that project end in such a huge way. Whatever he is there for, I strongly hope he receives the help he needs and takes care of himself.

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