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Nathalie Emmanuel says ‘Game of Thrones’ fans don’t 'get to ask an artist to change their art’


Actors Nathalie Emmanuel and Jacob Anderson during Game of Thrones. (Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers about the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

Nathalie Emmanuel doesn’t concern herself with the opinions of irritated “Game of Thrones” fans.

Best known for her role in the HBO series as Missandei, the righthand woman to Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, the English actress remains unhappy about fans rallying to rewrite the polarizing final season that wrapped in May.

Following her character’s grisly demise via public beheading — at the order of the villainous queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in Season 8's fourth episode — fans freaked out. Many lamented the decision to execute the show’s sole significant female character of color.

Emmanuel — who can currently be seen in the new Netflix show, “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which dropped Friday — understands the uproar, but stops short of condoning cries for a rewrite.

“I did really anticipate that people weren’t going to be happy about [Missandei’s storyline],” Emmanuel, 30, told the Daily News this week. “It’s kind of inevitable with the fact that she’s the only woman of color on the show and also [a] very kind of beloved character ... Like she’s hurt nobody, really. So she’s the least deserving of that treatment.”

In May, disgruntled fans launched a now-viral petition urging HBO to redo the season “with competent writers.” People were still signing by Friday, and the petition currently boasts more than 1.7 million signatures.

“People are allowed to not like the show, that was never up for debate,” Emmanuel said. “You either like it or you don’t. I heard that a lot of people liked it, I heard a lot of people didn’t like it. And, you know, that’s fine ... I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that people were like signing a petition to have it remade. And I kind of don’t really think you get to ask an artist to change their art after the fact."

In late July, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys said the petition “wasn’t something we seriously considered.”

Even so, Emmanuel agrees the season could have benefited with additional episodes. Seasons 1 through 6 of the fantasy drama were all 10 episodes long, and Season 7 had seven episodes, while the final installment had a mere six.

“The completion of those storylines maybe could have had more time,” Emmanuel told The News. “I think people are allowed to tell the story that they want to tell. But I guess in some characters I’m a fan of and I’m like, ‘Oh, I wish we had more time with them.’ You know?

"But that was just probably me being selfish,” Emmanuel laughed.

Regardless, the show has an unprecedented legacy, she says.

“What they did in the time that they had, for me, was like a massive, massive achievement and incredible thing that they achieved on-screen," Emmanuel noted. “For television, it was like nothing that’s ever been made.”