Season 6, Episode 10: The Winds of Winter
Daenerys Targaryen, Breaker-of-Balls-and-Chains!
Dany has probably been the most independent female character on the show if for no other reason than she’s spent the least time being married or being betrothed to someone. So, it’s interesting here that she tells Daario that he can’t go with her to Mereen because she can’t bring a lover with her because she’ll obviously have to get married at some point. Dany has come along way; as unfair as it may be, she’s being pretty honest with herself about the fact that she’ll probably have to marry in order to solidify her rule. She has to have a glass of wine to break the news, but she’s so certain of how she needs to move forward that she’s able to stand her ground despite Daario’s pleas to take him with her. I don’t think that she feels nothing for him, but the fact that she simply calls him her lover kind of solidifies his diminished rank in her pursuit of the throne. She could have just said, “Daario, I can’t very well take my booty call to King’s Landing. Don’t be silly, boo.” Ouch.
And just as she yanks the rug out from under one man, she bestows the greatest of honors upon another. In another savvy move, Dany decides to make Tyrion the Hand of the Queen, which will prove quite useful seeing as how he has Hand of the King experience, as well as psychological insight into the inner workings of his batshit crazy sister and enabling brother. With these two decisions, it looks like Dany has at long last learned some other incredibly important rules of this game, outside of simply overthrowing slavers because they’re bad. This is about relationships, alliances, and having the right people at your side, and she’s finally moving the pieces in place for this Queen to checkmate.
By the end of the episode, Dany has The Unsullied, The Second Sons, The Dothraki Bloodriders, Theon and Yara’s ships, Tyrion at her side, three fire-breathing dragons, and finally, some common goddamn sense as she heads to King’s Landing. We shall see on Sunday, July 16th if it’s enough to claim the throne, and survive the greater war ahead.
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