There are many shows that reach deep into the core of its viewers, but not many were able to leave the same mark that was left by HBO's Game of Thrones. More than just passionate watching, we believe in it like a religion. People have fallen in love with its characters, hated them, grew fond of them and rooted for them in their battles.
Season 7 of the show has been a hugely anticipated season and as the series' run is slowly approaching its finish line, many devoted watchers are crossing their fingers for the big battle to be coming up. Many of whom are coming up with various theories on the future of their characters. And all the food for thought required for these theories has been fueled by the previous episodes.
Here, at WittyFeed, I wish to talk about our all time favorite Daenerys Targaryen and her transition into becoming the Mad Queen. Without any further delay, let's dive right into it.
Throughout the run of the show, up until now, Daenerys has made her way in the hearts of the show watchers by the feeling of compassion and mercy she has shown in the previous seasons. For all of us who wanted a worthy ruler for Westeros, Dany was a unanimous choice. But, as we had seen in the past couple of episodes, she has instead proven to be as ruthless as her counterpart of Seven Kingdoms.
It looks like the merciful heart of Khaleesi that cried on the pain of innocents has been left back at Meereen. Though it doesn't come as a surprise as when she left Daario Naharis to stay in Meereen, she says that she 'felt nothing saying farewell to her lover.'
As Lady Olenna advise her against giving in to the advice of "wise men" and "Be a dragon", that was all the motivation she needed to bring out the words of House Targaryen - Fire and Blood - to rule her decisions.
Cersei Lannister has never been on the list of characters who were wished well by anyone. Her cunning mind along with her power-greedy intent has been despised by the masses. And as she rose to the power, with everything that she had done going unpunished felt too unfair.
As Lady Olenna confessed to Jaime about killing Joffrey, she also told how Cersei was a monster. Jaime who stands by Cersei's belief justifies his action, to which Olenna tells how 'she is a disease' and how she regrets playing a role in spreading it.
She warns Jaime that one day, he will too. Jaime has already expressed his subtle disdain on the ways Cersei took to sit on the throne. Although he is running around talking to people trying to justify or clarify those actions, he is clearly aware of what she is capable of.
Daenerys is blessed in having these many wise people advising her through her course at present. She has Tyrion, Varys, along with Ser Davos and Jon Snow. And only recently Ser Jorah Mormont has arrived to serve his Queen. With three dragons, the Unsullied and the horde of Dothrakis backing her, And with these wise and experienced men advising her, Daenerys has both brains and brawns needed to win the war.
Cersei in her 'small council' has The Mountain - the brute strength, Qyburn - the expelled maester, Euron Greyjoy - a proven madman and Jaime Lannister - a blind lover and follower of Cersei. Though she herself is a brilliant strategiser, Cersei has the crew of a cliché villain.
Cersei was known to love her children very fondly. Loss of Joffrey and Myrcella drove her strongly to take revenge on the people she believed killed them.
Missandei isn't wrong when she calls her 'Mother of Dragons.' To her, they aren't her pets. She direly treats them as her own flesh and blood. We have seen how she reacts when they are under any threat. But it is difficult to see how someone would try to threaten these huge dragons without being burnt alive.
Even with people advising her against burning the innocents, Dany chose to go on a rampage against the Lannisters army. Although this can be justified as a part of war. But she goes a bit too far when she gives the survivors of war with only two options - Follow her blindly or burn to crisp. And for the example, she delivers her words by burning Lord Tarly and his son Dickon alive. This concerns her advisers, but doesn't phase her a bit.
Who can forget Sept of Baelor, or the explosion of it, that pretty much killed the entire resistance Cersei could have ever faced. Lady Olenna acknowledges not to ever have imagined something as horrible as that. Can we see the similarities here?
Cersei loves her brother very much, nearly as much as she loves her power. She has had 3 children with Jaime which basically rooted the events that happened. And as of the recent episode, Cersei is pregnant with the fourth child born of incest. She has a way to keep her love within the family.
Incest has been a trait common among Targaryens. It's fair to admit that neither Jon nor Dany are aware of his true heritage, but as it has been foreshadowed in the series, and Gilly's discovery of Rhaegar's marriage to an unnamed woman hugely implies that Jon is a true-born Targaryen. This makes Dany, technically, his paternal aunt. Among all the crazy fire stuff she is bringing down, she certainly has started acting moon-eyes in front of Jon. The intention of a possible romance is quite palpable, and to us it clearly feels like the Targaryen ancestry is at work again.
Though let's admit, The part where Jon strokes Drogon was indeed a surprising moment. I mean, how much longer are they going to tease his heritage? Gah!
As much as she has tried to convince people otherwise, time and time again, she is showcasing the traits of being the daughter of the Mad King. Despite knowing of the evils he has done, unfortunately, she is taking the same road of burning down those who refuse to bend the knee. Let's just hope she realises her mistake before she is forced to rule over the ashes.
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