After a decade of extreme emotional investment, Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season of 2019 Indeed failed to impress his legion of fans.
Despite a range of criticisms, from feeling “hurried” to lack of consistency in previous seasons, perhaps the most resounding outcry was directed at Daenerys Targaryen’s death ride in King’s Landing, in which she burned thousands of innocents despite her victory. already sealed by the rings of capitulation bells.
She got what she wanted, she defeated Cersei Lannister, why did she keep killing the whole city?
Many argued that the petition to rewrite the final season was pointless with half a million signatures at the time. Even There is writer George R. R. Martin acknowledged that writers Dan Weiss and David Benioff went in a different direction than he wanted.
Dani was the heroine of this story. An ethereally beautiful grey-haired dark horse who rose from the ashes with dragons in tow to follow her destiny and rule the best of Westeros.
She showed sympathy throughout her campaign. Moral judgment. She promised to “break the wheel” of her army of oppressed followers.
While it’s true, if you were taken aback by Daenerys’ fall in season 8, you just didn’t pay enough attention.
British actress Emilia Clarke spoke about this. Entertainment Weekly in 2020, she was “overwhelmed” by the fate of her favorite character, but there was a long list of moments that foreshadowed Denis’ demise.
In the first season, Daenerys watches her brother Viserys die brutally, looking stone cold and emotionless, begging for mercy at the hands of the Dothraki.
While of course Viserys was a terrible person, Dany’s lack of empathy at this point hinted at her dark side.
And then, in Season 2, in the very early days of Daenerys’s journey into the kingdom, she made it clear that she was a force to be reckoned with and capable of doing the same thing she did in Season 8.
Speaking to the Spice King in Qarth, in a desperate attempt to convince him to let her take his fleet, Dany proclaimed, “I am Daenerys Stormborn from the blood of old Valyria, and I will take what is mine. With fire and blood I will take him.”
In the same episode, she states, “When my dragons grow up, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who have harmed me. We will destroy the armies and burn the cities to the ground!”
And then, in season 4, Daenerys crucifies 163 Grand Masters in Meereen for treating child slaves – not to mention that some of them were innocent. She says: “I will crucify the masters. I’ll set fire to their fleets. I will kill every last one of their soldiers and turn their cities back to the mud. This is my plan.
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Season six ended in glory when Dany burned all the Dothraki lords in the dosh khaleen in one fell swoop after they took her prisoner.
Again, these dudes were bad people. But it showed just how much Dany enjoyed burning his oppressors alive.
One of her most brutal moments was in season 7, when Dany was given the choice to kill or imprison the commendable Lord Tarly and his son Deacon after the Unsullied won the battle against Lannister forces. So what does she do? She burns the duo in broad daylight. She enjoyed it.
The same death of Lord Varys in Season 8 was hard to swallow.
Having killed countless people so far, it’s fair to assume that the lines will eventually become blurred.
Which brings us to the rest of that fateful season. Dany stubbornly continues to follow her first impulse – to relentlessly attack King’s Landing. Tyrion and company talked her out of it, but she never seems to agree to take the high road.
She then witnesses Cersei ordering the Mountain to behead her trusted advisor Missandei, just days after she saw Jorah Mormont die in a bloody battle against the White Walkers. At this point, after being repeatedly told to be a good girl in the face of personal loss, she is truly on the brink of a psychotic break.
Her final rampage was clearly a brain twitch that may have seemed “hurried” at the time, but the evidence that she was capable of it without using her moral judgment was there all the time.
The people of King’s Landing had no intention of supporting her rule. She knew it. She craved loyal followers. And in that split second, as she had done countless times before, she burned them all.
And a quick look at her pedigree shows why this moment shouldn’t have made sense.
Dany’s father, King Aerys II Targaryen, who is mentioned numerous times in There is, was known as the “Mad King”. His transformation from a benevolent leader (hello Dany?) to a bloodthirsty psychopath (looking at you Dany) was supposedly due to an incestuous bloodline, one of which Dany inherited.
Aerys began to show traits of insanity, sadistic intent, schizophrenia, and paranoia about his claim to the throne, and simply burned people he thought were against him.
Of course, there is nothing surprising in the fact that the apple did not fall far from the tree after all.
While Dany was undeniably a pin-up character There isand a leader among the fans to get to the top, I doubt we’d be satisfied if the credits rolled with her sitting on the Iron Throne.
Or perhaps you were on the side of those who wanted Jon Snow to rule – what do you suggest they do with Dani? She may have loved him, but she was not First Lady, as Tyrion pointed out to Jon in the finale.
So what was the other option? What was supposed to be a plot twist, but at the same time make sense?
The same result that we were given.
Dany never intended to “break the wheel”. She was simply too desperate for power to lead peacefully. A bit like the scammer who ran The Hunger Games insurrection.
As for John, he never wanted to rule. The humble hero’s last act was to thwart evil, even at the cost of serious personal loss, and he was sent back to the night’s watch, where he spent most of his time as one of the leading defenders amidst the near-blind menace of the White Walkers. . It was a bitter pill, but it was branded.
There is an opinion that those who are hungry for power are not designed for fair and balanced leadership. That’s why Bran Stark – though a bit underwhelming – ended up being the obvious choice.
As for the disappointing death of Cersei. I hear the argument that one of TV’s most vicious villains should have had a more epic demise.
But I thought it only fitting that someone who had caused so much suffering died a rather miserable death, crumbling under falling rocks in the basement of her empire.
Arya Stark has already killed the Night King in long night. If she committed another major murder, it wouldn’t cause the same delirium.
And since she had Cersei’s brother/lover Jamie Lannister with her, who had a brilliant character arc with moments of redemption, there had to be an element of poignancy to it.
Perhaps Dany’s fall will become more clear in the upcoming prequel. Dragon Housewhich focuses solely on how insane the Targaryen family was about 200 years before the events There is.
“House of the Dragon” premieres from the US on Foxtel and Binge on August 22.