Warning: Do not read ahead of you are not caught up with the latest episode of Game of Thrones
Things looked very promising for Daenerys Targaryen after she returned to her homeland of Dragonstone in season seven’s opener. With solidified alliances formed between House Tyrell and House Greyjoy, under Yara, as well as thousands of Dothraki and Unsullied troops under her command, it seemed like the Mother of Dragons conquest for the Iron Throne would be achieved with ease. Yet, within two episodes, she has already suffered major defeats. In episode 2, Euron Greyjoy, Yara’s uncle, completely annihilated his niece’s naval fleet. Khaleesi may have claimed Casterly Rock in the succeeding episode, but lost not only Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell, to Lannister troops but also lost a sufficient amount of her Unsullied troops to, once again, Euron’s armada. Now, with her only Westerosi allies completely destroyed and the Unsullied numbers diminished, it seems that her possible rule over the seven kingdoms is further than expected.
Every couple of seasons or so Thrones replaces its baddies with an even more pitiful one. The sadistic Ramsay Bolton succeeded the deranged Joffrey Baratheon, and now it’s quite apparent that this season’s antagonists are the rockstar dressing Euron Greyjoy and the power hungry Cersei Lannister, who’s had a helping hand in almost every terrible thing that’s ever happened to anyone in the show.
For some odd reason a rather noticeable amount of fans are rooting for Yuron rather than Khaleesi. I do understand how demanding other kingdoms, and people (Jon Snow), to bend the knee “or else” may be a little entitled, nonetheless I don’t find anything inherently wrong with this mindset. Euron has killed his own brother and attacked his own nieces and nephews for power meanwhile Khaleesi has attempted to abolish slavery… (Why is this even an argument?)
Daenerys was basically introduced to us as a gift to the Dothraki, but over the seasons she progressed into an incredible women, to a Khalessi, a Queen. She frees slaves, kills masters, commands armies, has 3 full dragons and has done so all without a male partner! Evidently everything she has done in the past seasons of Thrones proves to be an action out of peace. Why shouldn’t she be entitled to the world?Daenerys truly wants to unite the seven kingdoms whilst Cersei, and her new formed ally Euron, are in no way aiming for unifying Westeros but instead ensuring safety for their power positions.
Honestly I get the love for Euron as I have a love for awful people in other works of fiction as well. Bellatrix Lestrange, a terrible human being, is one of my favourite characters in the Potterverse, but still I can’t help root for the good guys.
What I love about Khaleesi is that she isn’t only the idyllic leader for Westeros, but an idyllic leader in the real world. A political figure who would move mountains for the underprivileged and oppressed would be the perfect leader in our world today – especially under Trump. What I absolutely love about this character is that she isn’t only the idyllic leader for Westeros, but represents what a strong leader could be in reality. She’s a strong, independent women who, despite whatever extreme measures she needs to take, truly wishes to undo much of the wrongs doings of men. How is she not fully revered as an empowering role model to everyone?
I just wonder how the response would be if the roles were reversed and Jon was requesting her to bend the knee?