'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Explain the Meaning Behind Missandei's Last Word: 'Dracarys'

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“Dracarys.”

And with that final word, Missandei’s (Nathalie Emmanuel) time on Game of Thrones has come to a heartbreaking end.

On the fourth episode of the HBO drama’s final season, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) reached peak ruthlessness when she blatantly ignored her brother Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) pleas for peace. Instead, the current Queen of the Seven Kingdoms chose to behead her captive, Missandei, while Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Grey Worm (Jacob Andrews) watched in horror.

“I think, for Cersei, the only good prisoner is a dead prisoner,” David Benioff shared in HBO’s “Inside the Episode” featurette.

According to the showrunners, Missandei’s last word – “Dracarys” – was a pivotal message to Daenerys from her most loyal advisor.

“I think what’s probably echoing in Dany’s head in those final moment would be Missandei’s final words. ‘Dracarys’ is clearly meant for for Dany,” Benioff explained. “Missandei knows that her life is over and she’s saying, you know, ‘Light them up.’”

Emmanuel, who has been part of the series since season three, took to Twitter on Sunday night to echo her on-screen character’s goodbye.

“Dracarys,” she tweeted simply followed by a second, more light-hearted tweet of "Aka "Burn the bish""

 

Game of Thrones fans across the Internet are not exactly handling Missandei’s death well.  

For a full breakdown of everything that happened, check out ET's recap of episode four, and if you’re curious to know the rest of Westeros’ latest victims, click on our complete list of GoT characters who have died this season.

Game of Thrones’ final season airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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