Why Emilia Clarke doesn’t think it’s tragic that babies are named ‘Khaleesi’

MANILA, Philippines – It’s a running joke on the internet: How will the thousands of parents who had named their babies “Khaleesi” after Daenerys Targaryen (ostensibly before the final season aired) explain  the rationale behind their decision?


The punch line here, of course, is that while Dany started out as an idealized hero-queen for young girls to look up to, her character did a 180 in the final season of Game of Thrones. The “Mad Queen,” as some have derogatorily called her, went as far as burning a city – innocents included.

While Emilia Clarke, who has played Dany, finds it “strange” that babies are named Khaleesi, she doesn’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of.

"It doesn’t take away from her strength, though – it doesn’t take away from her being an empowered woman,” Emilia said in an interview with The New Yorker.

"I think that, when you see the final episode, they’ll see there is a beginning and a middle and an end to her as a character. I think that there are people who will agree with her, because she’s a human being,” she added.

Dany, the youngest daughter of the “Mad King” who was unseated and murdered years ahead of the series' starting point, has long sought to avenge her family’s fall.

In the earlier season of Game of Thrones, however, Dany was primarily portrayed as a liberator to the oppressed. But the final season saw the story shift towards her belief that the end justifies the means – never mind if she had to murder and slaughter innocent people along the way.

In the season finale, she is killed by her nephew-slash-lover Jon Snow, just after she wins the Iron Throne and razes King’s Landing in the process.

Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin's book series, which itself has yet to conclude. – Rappler.com