Spoiler alert: do not read on if you have not seen season six, episode six of Game of Thrones. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Daenerys’ speech at the end of Game of Thrones’ sixth episode has got fans worried about her state of mind. The many-titled warrior queen got her dragon back along with her Westeros-conquering mojo, asking her team of Dothraki warriors to follow her across the sea and take back what is hers. Fair enough. But fans are thinking back to the last person who said that.
It was Viserys, her wimpy, over-entitled Targaryen brother. He had spent half a season complaining that he wasn’t getting what he deserved and telling everyone he had the ‘blood of the dragon’, driving everyone away from him. Then he met a sticky end under a crown of molten gold.
In the latest episode, we also saw flashes of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, father of Viserys and Daenerys, whose obsession with fire had him shouting “Burn them all!” until he got stabbed in the back by his own bodyguard, Jaime Lannister. His madness was notorious, and the phenomenon of Targaryen madness is known in the books, somewhat hilariously, as a “taint”. You can see the resemblance between Viserys and Aerys here:
That Aerys is introduced to the TV series just as Dany gets her dragon back has got some fans flustered. Many think Daenerys is going to go mad with power and become the show’s new villain. In that role, she’d be replacing Ramsay, who looks like he’s got it coming at the end of this season. Here’s the fans’ reasoning.
Then again, there are those who point out Daenerys’ past mercy and kindness, which undercuts this idea of her as a mad villain. In many ways she’s nothing like her brother and her dad.
And the creators of the show themselves have also talked about the scene in their ‘Inside the Episode’ series, saying that the speech was designed to reflect Khal Drogo’s speech from series one, in which he promised the same things to his people, and used the same language that she does. So maybe those fans reading Daenerys as mad are just being sexist.
What do you think? Is Dany going mad with power, or is she just a badass?