For years, Game of Thrones‘ fans have wanted Daenerys Targaryen to get her arse in gear and finally take her dragons across the Narrow Sea.
And (SPOILERS), at the end of last week’s episode, it finally looked like Khaleesi was going to take her Khalasar to Westeros, and reconquer the lands that were stolen from her in Robert ‘The Usurper’ Baratheon’s rebellion.
However, her whole ‘kill my enemies in their iron suits’ and ‘tear down their stone houses’ speech did come across less like a benevolent ruler and a bit more ‘queen of fire and death’, the i100 reports.
Especially because she’d just had a conversation with Daario Naharis where he mentioned that The Mother of Dragons wasn’t made to sit on a chair in a palace, instead she’s a ‘conqueror’.
Basically, Daario pointed out the obvious, that The Stormborn is pretty good at taking over cities and recruiting people, but she’s not the best at ruling them.
This lends weight to the fan theory that’s been doing the rounds on Internet forums for a few seasons – that she’s not that dissimilar from her father Aerys II, better known as ‘the Mad King’.
Especially given what she’s said about the noble houses of Westeros:
Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell: They’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, then on and on it spins.
I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.
This has led to many fans pointing out that Daenerys isn’t the hero of the story and instead she may be the villain of the piece.
As convincing as this is, and Daenerys has certainly shown traits her old man would be proud of, I’m not convinced. It seems to me that Daenerys and her fiery dragons are going to be the perfect counter to The Night King and the icy White Walkers when they do finally breach the wall.