Game Of Thrones season 8: Sam actor says Daenerys is “morally bankrupt”

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John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly in Game Of Thrones, has described Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen as “morally bankrupt.” With spoilers for season 8 episode 1, here’s the full story…

In the Game Of Thrones season 8 premiere, entitled Winterfell, Sam learned that Dany killed his dad and brother – Randall and Dickon Tarley – when they failed to bend the knee in season 7.

This was a dark moment in Dany’s storyline, as she ignored Tyrion’s suggestion to lock them up instead of burning them alive. It was also, of course, a very dark day in Sam’s life. He is now the only man left in his family, which raises questions about his mother’s safety and the future of House Tarly.

Chatting to Collider, Bradley has now said this about filming the scene in Winterfell when Sam learns about Dany’s actions:

“Emilia’s detached performance of that really fed into my performance. She’s cold and she’s not going to make it any easier for Sam at all and that’s when Sam realizes that she’s a psychopath. She’s not got any feeling. She’s not got any sense of emotion at all. He’s dealing with somebody whose very volatile and very kind of … morally bankrupt almost, and that’s what feeds him into going in to tell Jon Snow because you don’t want a morally bankrupt leader like they have at the moment. That’s when all of his doubts about Dany really are solidified in that moment, really.”

Sam went and told Jon about his own claim to the Iron Throne, and with just five episodes left, it’ll be interesting to see who ends up on it.

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