This article contains spoilers for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8.
Following the polarizing finale episode of Game of Thrones, both fans and actors have spoken out in a deluge of responses. Though many reactions have been of frustration, one more positive came from Jason Momoa, a former series regular who played Khal Drogo, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) husband, in Season 1. On Monday, Momoa took to Instagram to comment on how Daenerys’ final scene, in which she was killed by Jon Snow (Kit Harington), affected him.
“Baby that episode killed me,” Momoa wrote in a comment on Clarke’s Instagram, according to Us Weekly. He added, “I love u madly” alongside several heart emojis.
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Did I just stumble upon the truth here?! The cup bearer does not drinketh the Starbucks tea... oh and this ain’t a spoiler just a lost wanderer coming home for a mid filming cuppa....? @prideofgypsies you so fire you make my hair turn blue. #forfuturereferenceileavethebagin #drogonyouhavemyheart4lyfe #familyvalues @gameofthrones #forthethrone #forthecaffeine #forthedragons #? #? #❤️
Though Momoa only appeared in one season of Game of Thrones, he developed a close relationship with Clarke while they played husband and wife.
Daenerys’ fate provoked similar responses from both Clarke and Kit Harington. According to Us Weekly, Clarke remarked that she “absolutely never saw that coming” and afterward, “I cried. And I went for a walk.” Harington, according to Clarke, cried upon reading the scene in the script when Jon kills Daenerys.
Though many fans have expressed frustration with Daenerys’ fate, it’s clear that the actors involved in the series were deeply moved by her death--which, we think, is always the sign of a well-made series.