Season 5, Episode 2: The House of Black and White
Dany answers injustice with justice…badly.
Dany’s painful education on ruling and dragon-mothering continues.
After one of the Sons of the Harpy is taken into custody, Ser Barristan convinces Dany that the man should get a trail instead of being put to death. Dany’s adorable slave friend Mossador thinks that he should definitely be executed, but Dany still sides with Ser Barristan and decides to stick with the more civilized route. Mossador decides… she doesn’t really mean it or something, takes matters into his own hands, and kills the prisoner.
Now Dany is stuck in another one of these morally uncertain situations that she usually sucks at navigating through, and I think that this moment was the most extreme example of that. Dany decides that Mossador must be executed for killing the prisoner.
I mean, Seven Hells, Dany.
A more pragmatic person would look at the situation and realize that while what Mossador did was totally wrong – if for no other reason that he disobeyed his Queen – that in the end, if she executed him, she would be executing someone the newly freed slaves look up to, as well as a a completely devoted ally. In the end, you lose the confidence of the common people, and a person with intimate historical knowledge of Mereen (something girlfriend desperately needs). But Daenerys The-Law-Is-The-Law Targaryen thinks that she has to send a message with Mossador – her friend – that this type of behavior wouldn’t be tolerated. Jail? Nope. Demotion? Nope. Public Whipping? Nope. I know that last one is a bit harsh, but I’m trying to be solution-oriented here! And any one of the previous options would have done just fine, people would have gotten the point, and she wouldn’t have alienated the entire population of Mereen in the process. Despite the crowd’s screams for mercy, and despite Mossador staring up at her with those gigantic doe eyes pleading for mercy, uttering “Myhsa” like a desperate child, Dany nods to Daario to do the deed.
And then chaos ensues. Because no shit.