GoT fan launches petition dedicated to Daenerys Targaryen

Dan Seddon
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In light of the recent petition craze, one Game of Thrones fan has decided to do some good and raise funds for a charity developed by Emilia Clarke.

The epic series' eighth and final season came to a divisive conclusion last weekend, which quickly prompted a petition to get the whole thing remade.

Of course, this will never materialise (even after 1.5 million+ signatures), so it's nice to see something productive happening on the pages of Reddit – thanks to user 'elle_ellaria'.

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This Reddit user writes: "Since there's been so much negativity flying around, especially with that petition gaining traction, I thought maybe we could do something really decent that can make a difference in peoples' lives, and show a little love for one cast member in particular.

"In case you weren't aware, Emilia wrote a personal essay for The New Yorker in March about her experience suffering two brain haemorrhages, the first of which happened shortly after wrapping season 1. With that essay she launched her charity 'SameYou', in aid of increasing neuro-rehabilitation access to young people after brain injury.

"It's clear that Emilia invested much of herself into Dany and in turn drew strength from her when she needed it. The fact that the showrunners did not even care to inform her of her character's turn, let alone write a properly fleshed-out script that did her character (and others!) justice, is unforgivable.

"They've since scurried away to avoid the backlash they knew was inevitable, but the actors are getting the brunt of it. And I just thought... how wonderful a gesture would it be for them, and for Emilia especially, to see fans of the show coming together in aid of a cause that is so dear to her heart. To really know that we appreciate her and this character she's inhabited for the better part of the last decade."


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At the time of writing, this JustGiving page has racked up over £28,500 towards the £50,000 target.

It looks like the internet can produce some positivity after all.

Game of Thrones aired on HBO in the US, and you can also catch up on the show via Hulu. Viewers in the UK can catch up via Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

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