House of the Dragon is currently a hot topic of discussion since its debut on HBO Max. The fans are very excited to explore more about House Targaryen and the events around it. But amidst all this, the Australia-based television company, Foxtel embroiled itself in a controversy when some of the remarks made by its CEO attracted widespread criticism. The fans didn’t receive it well and didn’t think twice to reply about how this whole show is only possible due to Emilia Clarke’s splendid performance as Daenerys Targaryen.
Foxtel CEO should have thought twice
Even though Game of Thrones didn’t have a very good end, it is still considered one of the most iconic contributions to Pop Culture. Similarly, Daenerys Targaryen is also an important part of it. Recently a remark by the CEO of Foxtel at the premiere of the show garnered a whole lot of negative feedback as he referred to Emilia Clarke as a dumpy-looking girl.
In the Sydney premiere of House of the Dragon, the Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany remarked in front of the media and the audience that at first when he started watching GoT, his reaction was like this:
“I was like, ‘What’s this show with the dumpy-looking girl who walks into the flames?’”
While he expected that would be sarcastic from his side, the reactions received showed total contradiction. The masses didn’t receive it well as they felt offended by it. Later Foxtel eventually issued an official statement explaining that Patrick Delany meant something else:
“On behalf of Mr Delany, the Foxtel Group apologises if his remarks were misunderstood and caused any offence.”
The spokesperson added that Delany’s comments didn’t mean to offend Emilia Clarke in any way:
“The aim was to convey that for him, Games of Thrones was something very different for television in 2011 and that Emilia Clarke went from relatively unknown to one of the most recognised and most-loved actors in television and film,”
Although we got an official statement from Foxtel, any update or statement from Emilia Clarke is yet to be received.
The Fans hail Daenerys Targaryen and House of the Dragon
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Since the remarks by Foxtel’s CEO created a buzz around the internet, the fans were also quick to respond to it. They claim that House of the Dragon is only in existence today due to the powerful performance she gave in Game of Thrones.
Never forget that the reason we're getting a whole prequel about Targaryens tonight is thanks to Daenerys who was portrayed by Emilia Clarke, and her iconic impact on pop culture. #HouseoftheDragon #HouseTargaryen pic.twitter.com/xY7KpRG0LH
— ℝίτα⚡ (@JonxDanyy) August 21, 2022
The actress and her character from the world's biggest tv show who single-handedly solidified house Targaryen in pop culture and made #HouseoftheDragon and all the future spin-offs about her house possible.
Emilia Clarke and Daenerys Targaryen, you deserve all the flowers. pic.twitter.com/nZmc5NCc9E
— Emilia Clarke Network (@eclarkenetwork) August 17, 2022
it's true! i like some of her targaryen ancestors but emilia clarke will always be the mother supreme for her portrayal of daenerys https://t.co/FnKheQigyV
— darcy ❤️🔥 (@darkestdarcy) August 22, 2022
♥️❤️💕💞💞💞💕❤️🌹🌹🌹 The Best of the best actress, and Awesome Woman https://t.co/WFo6aXZd3Z
— DanekTargaryen (@DanekTargaryen) August 21, 2022
Tell your people, tell them what happen here, when Daenerys Targaryen came to TV and made HISTORY https://t.co/Zd6jtg8NCW
— Rhaenyra (@alj_ndo) August 22, 2022
The best character on Game of Thrones fr https://t.co/hbdS0guheB
— Santino⁉️ (@TheBozenBeast) August 17, 2022
House of the Dragon although doesn’t have Daenerys Targaryen as it is a prequel, still is reported to give an important story arc to the character and her intentions in the main series. It is reported that its pilot episode released whole three years after the GoT series finale, crashed the streaming site and now it can be hoped that if the remaining episodes go well, the saga may revive.
House of the Dragon, Episode 1 can now be streamed on HBO and HBO Max. The upcoming episodes will be streamed every week.