If you’ve been watching the final season of HBO’s epic saga Game of Thrones, you know that each week the body count is going to go up as the show nears completion. During last week’s battle with the Night King, the Dothraki army charged the army of the undead first and their lives were snuffed out almost instantly. Next to fall were many of the Unsullied, former slaves and also people of color.
Social justice warriors were mad and criticized the show runners for killing so many people of color on the show.
Over at The Daily Dot, Angeline Rodriguez wrote:
In an episode that featured so many other iconic character arcs, the quick elimination of the largest groups of brown people in a show that has struggled with non-white representation feels like a massive missed opportunity. The Dothraki and Unsullied are the beating, bloody heart of Daenerys’ journey to the throne and presented a complex issue in her conqueror’s narrative as she prepared to retake her homeland with backup gathered largely overseas. Giving them such an unceremonious exit suggests these people and their seasons-long storylines are utterly disposable to the larger, whiter story
And after last night’s episode, the SJW’s are out in full force again, criticizing the choice to beheading of Missandei, who died in chains and served as Daenerys’ interpreter and loyal friend for several seasons.
— Chanel Lerm (@LermChanel) May 6, 2019
Missandei's story is what happens when the writers can not imagine a world where Black characters are fully developed so…not surprised
— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) May 6, 2019
daenerys freed missandei from chains, only for her to die in chains. she deserves so much better. pic.twitter.com/WxeKs0Ts7n
— ً (@emiliacIarked) May 6, 2019
However, the actress who portrayed Missandei doesn’t seem all that upset, telling Entertainment Weekly it was a “fantastic scene.”
I thought it was a fantastic scene. I’ve said in so many interviews that I don’t mind if I die I’m just happy to be here and be a part of the show. But I just wanted it to be really cool and a moment that people remember and I feel like they really give me that moment and I’m excited to shoot it. It’s going to be really emotional and she’s so brave in it and shows her strength and fearlessness even though she doesn’t wield a sword. She believes in her queen and believes in her cause. I’m so happy that she has that kind of exit.