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Warning: this article features spoilers from the Game of Thrones finale.

Last night’s Game of Thrones finale left some fans in pieces, while others saw their theories razed into fiery ruins. The same was true for the show’s cast, who have been living and breathing the series for a decade.

Last week a video did the rounds on YouTube showing cast members apparently less than delighted with the final season, but now Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) have spoken to EW here and here about their reactions to the final episode.

We’ve pulled the best quotes and most heartwarming Instagram posts about how the Game of Thrones cast really felt about the show’s ending. Read their reactions below.

Emilia Clarke aka Daenerys Targaryen

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on Daenerys’ fate

“What, what, what, WHAT!? Because it comes out of fucking nowhere. I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”

On Jon killing Daenerys

“Um, he just doesn’t like women does he?” she joked about Jon Snow, “He keeps fucking killing them.”

On Cersei’s death

“With Cersei, it’s a complete no-brainer. Lady’s a crazy motherf—ker. She’s going down.”

On losing Missandei

“There’s a number of turning points you see for Daenerys in the season, but that’s the biggest break. There’s nothing I will not do after losing Missandai and seeing the sacrifice she was prepared to make for her. That breaks her completely. There’s nothing left to making a tough choice.”

Kit Harington aka Jon Snow

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On Daenerys’ character arc

“If you track her story all the way back, she does some terrible things. She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building. So, we have to say to the audience: ‘You’re in denial about this woman as well. You knew something was wrong. You’re culpable. You cheered her on.’”

On women being the bad guys

“One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall. The justification is: just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show. And that’s what Thrones has always done.

“You can’t just say the strong women are going to end up the good people. Dany is not a good person. It’s going to open up discussion but there’s nothing done in this show that isn’t truthful to the characters. And when have you ever seen a woman play a dictator?”

On being unlucky in love

“This is the second woman he’s fallen in love with who dies in his arms and he cradles her in the same way. That’s an awful thing. In some ways, Jon did the same thing to [his Wildling lover] Ygritte by training the boy who kills her. This destroys Jon to do this.”

Sophie Turner aka Sansa Stark

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On missing out on the throne

“I wasn’t bummed at all because ever since the end of season one, Sansa has not been about the capital or being queen. She doesn’t believe she could rule and doesn’t want to… she has no desire to be ruler of all of the Seven Kingdoms.”

How some of the other actors signed off on Instagram

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It’s been one of my greatest joys playing Missandei of Naath… The quiet and kind translator. A brilliant woman who overcame so much suffering and found herself, her voice… and her one and only love. She represented so much for me, personally, that I have no choice but to carry the things she has taught me into my life going forward. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to play this part… this life changing part… there are too many to list… @emilia_clarke GIRL! I love you… SO much. I’ve loved playing your BFF for the past 7 years. Thank you for being such a wonderful person in my life and a source of light and laughter. The Bad Ass Boss Lady Warrior Goddess club will live on forever 😂🙌🏽 @raleighritchie…. Jacoooob! I literally cannot tell you what sharing the screen with you has meant to me. I found performances I didn’t know I had inside me, simply because you gave me so much to work against. Playing Missandei and Grey Worm’s journey has been so special. I couldn’t have asked for a more generous and supportive co-star… Also… We’ve been out in these streets together boiiii🤣😂 negotiating so much but always having each other’s back. Thank you for all of it… you have been a dear friend at every point. To the entire cast and crew… You will always hold a special place in my heart. The love and energy we shared will be hard to match. I feel like I hit the jackpot meeting and working with you all. I love you. To the fans of the show, and of Missandei… Thank you for all the love and support… It’s been a pleasure playing her for you. I know last night was pretty intense for some of you so I invite you to participate in my fantasy where I like to think that, right now…. Missandei is sipping a rum on a beach somwhere in sky 😂… 🍹🌴 #andnowmywatchhasended #MissandeiofNaath #Dracarys #thankyouforsupportingme #RIPMissandei #isleofbutterflies #🦋 #illbeseeingyou

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Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.

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