For so much of the TV series Game of Thrones, the Dragon Queen (Emilia Clarke) has jockeyed between fiery fury and righteous justice — but even the kindest of her titles, “Breaker of Chains,” comes with some measure of simple brute-force. Follow “Game of Thrones AfterWord” for all breaking news on Facebook.
It was finally unleashed through director Miguel Sapochnik’s “The Bells,” the series’ destructive penultimate installment. In it, there’s little room left for ambiguity: Daenerys has conquered King’s Landing by virtually burning it to the ground, a move that puts her in the same company as her own mad father, who long ago tried and failed to do the same.
At the least, Benioff and Weiss’ vision of Daenerys has taken this “mad” plunge; it remains to be seen how Martin plans to resolve her storyline when or if he finishes his novel series. As far as the creators of the Emmy-winning series, Daenerys’ turn toward the dark side was something they tried to seed as early on as the first season, based on their comments in HBO’s latest “Inside the Episode” feature.
Daenerys’ deadly deeds are well-documented, then, as is her repeatedly stated desire to free the world from tyranny, to make sure all chains and wheels of power are well and fully broken forever. How do those attributes square up with Daenerys as a warrior queen who burns a city to the ground, roasting so many innocent lives in the conquest? It’s a hard question, one that will certainly tarnish the Mother of Dragons’ legacy in the eyes of many Thrones viewers.