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‘ Daenerys Doesn’t Need to Be a Feminist Hero’
It’s personal ? It’s like wanting more chocolate cake ? We get that Dany was hungry — she’d been skipping meals — but are the contents of her stomach the point, as the actor Andy Daly suggests? Perhaps they are, and not in the way people are thinking.
‘“Game of Thrones” Delivers Its Most Cataclysmic Episode’
‘Everyone Missed This Massive Hint at How Dany Might Die’
“ ‘Game of Thrones,’ the show, is working off an ending delivered by George R.R. Martin, an ending that makes sense inside of the moral world he has created — where good and evil coexist inside the same people, war is awful, and history never ends. But in delivering that ending, the show is hitting viewers in the nose, extremely hard, with an idea that has been latent since the beginning: that rooting for anyone is a loser’s game.”
Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones.” Credit… HBO By Jennifer Vineyard
“In the chaos of ‘The Bells,’ the show forgot about the empathy that has been as fundamental to Daenerys’s character as her ruthlessness. She isn’t the Breaker of Chains for nothing. Daenerys used to personally save women from being raped by Dothraki warriors. She freed the Unsullied and countless other slaves. She took Yunkai, Astapor, and Meereen with minimal bloodshed, and she succeeded in creating a better world for the people in those cities. She wanted to rule, yes, but the girl who had spent so much of her childhood being bullied and tormented by more powerful men also knew what injustice was.”
‘Game of Thrones’ 6 Great Articles to Read About Daenerys’s Dark Turn best game of thrones articles
‘Game of Thrones’ 6 Great Articles to Read About Daenerys’s Dark Turn best game of thrones articles
“If Daenerys wants the Iron Throne — and she does want it, it’s the only thing she wants and has always wanted, best game of thrones articles her entire character is built on wanting that one thing to the exclusion of all else — then she can’t let herself be a Ned Stark, having it both ways and dying in the middle ground. To win, she must follow Olenna Tyrell’s advice: Ignore the clever men and be a dragon . So that’s what she does. And because she all but tells Jon Snow that this is what she’s going to do, the only interesting question is why we aren’t listening when she says it. Are we as dumb as him?”
‘ The Unearned Madness of Daenerys Targaryen’
Few fans picked up on Varys’s apparent poison plot , and after assessing all the different reads on Dany’s behavior , we have to wonder — did Varys actually succeed somewhat? Did some of his poison make it into her meals, possibly causing her to feel sick and then refuse more food? If Varys dosed Dany with a slow-acting poison , it’s another example of history possibly repeating itself . After all, Varys was also suspected of poisoning Dany’s dad, the Mad King — not with literal poison, but with whispers of treason and traitors at every turn, stoking his paranoia.
“If the idea is that the ‘game’ itself — the unending contest for the Iron Throne — is broken, well, I imagine every viewer figured that out a few episodes into the first season. The characters whom audiences have been invested in for so long had been evolving into something new, pointing toward a deeper change for this rich and fascinating fantasy world. Instead, in “The Bells,” more often than not, characters reverted to their base nature.”

“Arya then proceeds to be flattened by no fewer than about half a dozen collapsing houses, survive getting trampled in a stampede, evade a Dothraki attack and countless blasts of nearby dragon fire, and then, right when it seems like it must be her end, she stumbles on an uninjured horse and rides out of the city. I was so disoriented by her miraculous survival that I momentarily wondered if the horse wasn’t a metaphor for her death.”
“It’s a very Varys-like move; the Master of Whispers is always plotting, and frankly, his arc this season has felt uncharacteristically dumb. His plan was to approach Jon and Tyrion directly, and if they didn’t go for it, he’d just die? That’s not the Spider we used to know. game of thrones journal article