Game of Thrones: The Dangerous Evidence That Dany Is Her Father's Daughter
Few Game of Thrones characters are more beloved than Daenerys Targaryen. She is a total badass who defies all expectations to become a great conqueror and the Breaker of Chains. The Mother of Dragons stands by her people, protects them, and promises them she will build a better world. She’s clearly the hero, right? Right? Allow us to play devil’s advocate and suggest that Daenerys is not as heroic as we once believed her to be. With her obsession with burning her enemies alive, Daenerys is becoming more and more like her father every day. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Mad Khaleesi theory will come to pass, but it should give you pause.
The Mad King Aerys’s paranoia grew to the point where eventually he saw everyone as the enemy, and his rallying cry was “burn them all.” To her credit, Daenerys appears to be perfectly sane, but the ruthlessness of her behavior hints at the worst part of her Targaryen lineage. While all of the attention is being focused on Cersei’s impending madness, there are plenty of signs that the Dragon Queen is the one that people should fear.
The Mad Khaleesi theory suggests that Daenerys has been behaving like her father for years now, but because so much of the story is from her point of view, it’s hard to see her actions as cruel. After all, the Dragon Queen never targets innocents. Her victims are vicious khals, slave traders, and the Lannister army. But there is an undeniable brutality in her tactics, and nowhere is that more evident than in the deaths of Randyll and Dickon Tarly. She burns the father and son alive when they refuse to bend the knee, just seconds after she claims she’s not in Westeros to murder.
Daenerys isn’t her father yet, but there are signs that she could follow in his footsteps if she does not take a closer look at her tactics.
Varys has firsthand knowledge of what it was like to work for the Mad King, and in “Eastwatch,” he shares his experiences with Tyrion. He recalls how he would find traitors to bring before the king, and then he would stand aside and watch as the Mad King burned them alive. His words clearly resonate with Tyrion, who is still rattled from watching Drogon incinerate Randyll and Dickon. Varys warns Tyrion that counsel is what will keep Daenerys from becoming her father, and as her Hand, it’s up to Tyrion to make her listen.
The Loot Train Battle sees Daenerys raining fire down on the Lannister army indiscriminately. She burns them all, leaving only a handful of men standing at the end. She offers those men an option: join her or die. The lack of middle ground hints at the same extremism of her father, who showed his enemies no mercy. What’s most distressing is that Daenerys claims to give these men a choice, when in actuality their only option is to bend the knee. She’s ruling with fear, and fear was her father’s weapon of choice.
King Aerys murdered Brandon Stark and his father, Rickard, in the throne room of King’s Landing. His methods were beyond cruel – he boiled the elder Stark alive in his own armor while Brandon strangled himself trying to grasp the sword the King had put just out of his reach. Daenerys doesn’t resort to sadism when she executes Randyll and Dickon, but there is still an eerie parallel to her killing the father and son.
At the start of his reign, the Mad King was benevolent; it was only later that he began to distrust everyone around him. Likewise, in season six, Daenerys appears to trust Tyrion fully with the responsibility of being her Hand, but after two of his ideas fail, she grows weary of his clever plans and takes matters into her own hands. While the show doesn’t discuss why she brings Tyrion along during the Loot Train Battle, it certainly looks like a test of his loyalty. Much like King Aerys grows to distrust his Hand and friend Tywin Lannister, Daenerys wants to see if Tyrion will stand by and watch his brother burn.
Finally, there’s her use of fire. Daenerys has always been fond of flames. It is fire that births her dragons, and fire that frees her from the khals. The Mother of Dragons doesn’t just kill anyone who gets in her way: she burns them, just like her father did.
What It All Means
Daenerys is her father’s daughter in many ways. Those who are firmly on her side have nothing to fear, but she demands absolute loyalty. If she receives anything less, she has no problem using her dragons to kill her enemies. In some ways, this is a show of strength, but in others, it is a warning sign that if she’s not careful, Daenerys could still become known as the Mad Queen.
Source: Pop Sugar