Warning: Contains Spoilers
First of all, let’s take a minute to remember Missandei, one of the most intelligent, open minded and loyal characters on Game Of Thrones.
A fluent speaker of 19 languages, Missandei was a wise and highly skilled adviser and interpreter; vastly intellectually superior to many of those from aristocratic backgrounds.
Having overcome the horrors of slavery she remained hopeful and committed to the prospect of a better world right up until the very end.
Furthermore, she was – besides Ser Jorah – the closest friend Daenerys had ever had, a personal confidante and gal pal as well someone who defended her against doubters and naysayers.
Missandei’s love story with Grey Worm was one of the most romantic on the show, with the couple enjoying a passionate relationship despite his castration. We all wanted to see them live out peaceful lives together after the final battles were fought and won. Maybe next door to Tormund and Brienne.
Sadly, these star-crossed lovers exist within the Game of Thrones universe, and not in the fairy tale world that they both so desperately deserve.
The latest episode of Game of Thrones saw a grim and violent end we would never have wished for gentle Missandei. Captured by Euron’s fleet, she wound up being beheaded by the Mountain while Grey Worm and Daenerys looked on with horror.
She remained brave when facing her final moments, with her last words ‘Dracarys’ a fiercely dedicated act of defiance.
Cersei told Missandei to speak her last words. So Missandei looked her queen and the love of her life dead in the face, filled her lungs with air, and said "Clap ALL of these n—as"
— Andray (@andraydomise) May 6, 2019
Cersei: "Do you have any last words?"
Missandei: *Looks at Dany* "DRACARYS!"
— J A Y 🕹 (@_jarrrrgh) May 6, 2019
Missandei's last word was "Dracarys" which marked the beginning of Dany's path as breaker of chains when she burnt the slavers of Astapor.
That word meant freedom for Missandei and the Unsullied. It meant hell for tyrants.
— Dany's whore (@asongofdany) May 6, 2019
Fans will recall that ‘Dracarys’ was the word which freed Missandei and countless others from Slaver’s Bay, used by Daenerys to barbecue the repulsive Kraznys mo Nakloz.
For talented linguist Missandei, this word meant freedom. However, this utterance could also be interpreted as an instruction to Daenerys to avenge her death and ravage King’s Landing with dragonfire.
It will no doubt resonate with the increasingly unstable Daenerys, who is beginning to show the sort of paranoia which led her father to be known as the ‘Mad King’.
King Aerys II Targaryen had become erratic to the point that he planned to destroys King’s Landing with wildfire, with little care as to the ordinary civilians who would undoubtedly perish. Could Daenerys use her final dragon to carry out a similarly hellish plan?
Her last words were burn this city to the fucking ground. We love you Missandei.
— King in the Nawf (@ThatCaliSigma) May 6, 2019
— IG: michaelx_ (@_michaelmncube) May 6, 2019
Missandei’s last word was v Badass though, she was a true believer, and also, I can’t wait for FIRE to rage thru the Red Keep. Cersei has gone on too long. That helmet hair has her acting even goofier than usual. KILL HER #gameofthrones
— thats our homie indian cap (@_ismybones) May 6, 2019
Without Ser Jorah or Missendei to guide and counsel her, it’s likely Daenerys will continue to spiral further and further away from the beacon of hope she once symbolized many seasons ago.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.