Hold up, Hold up! Before you kill me, hear me out. Daenerys Targaryen will most likely die before the end of the current season of Game of Thrones.
I SAID HOLD UP!
Okay, now hear me out for a second.
Daenerys is currently contemplating raining down fire on an innocent city filled with civilians following the sad death of Missendei and that choice might more or less seal her fate.
It would be fitting for her to die as her character arc would have come full circle.
Okay, so let’s look at this from the beginning, look at her evolution and see why it would make sense for Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen to die at the end of Game of Thrones season 8.
We first meet the breaker of chains in season 1 where her elder brother Viserys has more or less sold her as a wife to Khal Drogo in exchange for Dothraki warriors who are to help Viserys reclaim the iron throne from Robert Baratheon.
It is here we also learn that her father was the mad king, Aerys Targaryen and that her brother Rhaegar was allegedly responsible for kidnapping Lyanna Stark (Ned Stark’s sister and Jon Snow’s mother)
Over the course of the first season and the rest of the show, we learn more and more about the terrifying acts of the Mad King and also we see that Viserys does have ‘Mad’ tendencies including his claim that he’d happily have his own sister raped by 40,000 men and their horses if it would get him his throne back– his own sister!
This showed a certain level of greed that all Targaryens seem to possess and one that might be manifesting in Dany even now.
Daenerys marries Khal Drogo, gets pregnant for him, wins the favour of the Dothraki before she eventually loses it it all when Drogo dies and she loses her baby.
By the end of Season 1 though, Dany hatched the 3 dragon eggs that were given to her by Magister Illyrio Mopatis who was providing them refuge at the time.
She was no longer a slave.
Through seasons 2, 3, 4 and 5 we saw her develop from someone who was being dominated to someone who was dominating. She freed the slaves of Yunkai and tackled Essos’ slave trade with a ruthlessness that was regal in nature. She became a liberator knowing full well what it feels like to have been under the thumb of someone.
She faced challenges along the way from insurrection to her dragons going through a rebellious phase and just like the fire she walked through at the end of season 1, she came out on the other side, wiser, stronger and more powerful than before.
In this time we also came to understand the charisma of Daenerys Targaryen and you could see people were drawn to her. For the freed slaves, it was mostly because they would be grateful to anyone who frees them, but then for the likes of Ser Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister, following her was because they believed in her ideals. The same can be said about Missendei whom she met while in Yunkai.
There was also Daario Naharis of the second sons, a mercenary army, came to fall in love with her and follow her. Her influence was growing as was her power. She had the unsullied and three dragons.
By the end of season 6, she had added the Dothraki to her cause and she got there on the power of her ideals, her charisma and sound advice from her council.
And this is where the problem started.
By season 7 she was ready to make an assault on King’s Landing and take control. She was going to be King (or Queen, whatever works) and while before now, the idea was to end slavery and give the people a decent, honest monarch, the idea started to sour as she began to see the throne more and more as a birthright rather than a place of privilege with which to help people. The position started to matter more than the good that could be done from that position.
This was sorely evident when Jon Snow came to mine Dragon Glass from Dragonstone where Daenerys and her people were.
Her insistence that Jon ‘Bend the knee’ even when he explained that their world as they knew it was on the brink of extinction.
The Daenerys Targaryen of Season 1 and 2 (and maybe season 3) would not have done this. But the Dany of season 7 sure did and even as she went to help Jon Snow and fell in love with him in the process this did not change.
Dany executed the Tarly Patriarch for refusing to bend the knee against Tyrion’s advice. It became a case of ‘yield or die’, a slow, but steady madness had crept into Dany.
By season 8, it became even more evident, from her reaction to Jon’s bombshell (that he was a Targaryen) to her petulance when Sansa tried to ask her to be patient in assaulting King’s Landing so as to provide the armies with rest after the battle of Winterfell.
Now here we are, Episodes 3 and 4 saw the final straw that broke the camel’s back: The deaths or Ser Jorah and Missendei. These characters, who had been with Daenerys the longest were also something of a moral compass. Ser Jorah was able to convince Dany to spare the lives of the slave masters of Yunkai and at least give them a choice to live or die. Missendei on her part, due to her extensive knowledge of languages and the customs of people was able to temper Dany’s impulses with measured arguments on how different cultures viewed different things.
Now both are dead and there’s no one to speak sense to Dany.
I predict that her ‘raining fire’ would be a point of no return. Because such an act would be so akin to something the mad king would do that it would be impossible to come back from except through death.
An act such as burning King’s Landing with innocents inside would lead her to lose the support of Jon, Tyrion and Varys who would not be able to abide by a queen who is willing to kill her subjects in this way.
If she goes through with this act, the only way out of it in terms of character arcs would be death.
She’d have come full circle; slave, naive leader, ruler, queen and then tyrant.
Daenerys Targaryen would probably die before the end of this current season and it’d be an illustration as to how even the best of us with the best intentions could become villains due to circumstances.
Okay, now you can kill me 😀