Like father, like daughter. The descent of Daenerys Targaryen into madness was bittersweet in theory, and a hurried and at times sloppy mess in its execution. The showrunners tried to make us do a 180 and hate a character most of us had long been supporting over the course of a few episodes.
Emilia Clarke, who no matter what she does in her career will always be “Khaleesi,” says she knows the specific moment where her character passed the point of no return, you can check out what she had to say while on the documentary, When Winter Falls, below.
“In the actual battle itself [The Long Night], Dany’s impatient to get in there. She’s like, gunning for a fight. She’s ready to take this guy down.”
“She’s a fierce warrior, although you don’t see a lot of hand-to-hand combat with her, she’s ready to fight to the death. Especially at this point, there’s a lot of anger – she’s got all of that in her to put into this fight. It’s not just the matter at hand, but I think because of everything at an emotional level that’s gone on, she’s able to go into her cold-blooded side.”
I first noticed a changed in Daenerys back in, hmm, Season 4, I think? When she crucified the masters in Mereen. Did they deserve it? Probably so, but it was one of the first times (That I remember anyway) that Dany used fear as her main tactic. It was also apparent Dani was enjoying the power. While there were hints such as this along her journey, having the end of descent crammed into the final season was, in my opinion, was plain and simple, a bad idea.
There was a time when we all hated Jamie Lannister, but during his time with Brienne, he began to redeem himself, and over time we slowly started to change our opinion of him. This is how Daenerys going mad should have been shown to us, we should have come to hate or really dislike her in about the same amount of episodes we learned to love Jaime.
I have many questions about the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, and if LRM ever gets a chance to talk to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, I hope myself, along with fellow LRM scribe Cam Clark will be the ones conducting the interview. We won’t be dicks, but I’m guessing we’d be pretty blunt about things we wanted answers to, in a professional and respectful way, of course.
So, while Season 8 was an overall disappointment for me, it could have been worse, we could have had the following show instead. The following intro reeks of mediocre Saturday afternoon syndication.
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Sources: When Winter Falls, etsgetfrinky