“How can I rule Seven Kingdoms if I cannot rule a single city”
Daenerys Dargaryen, A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71
Daenerys Targaryen, fan favorite to many, is a polarizing character to many readers of A Song of Ice and Fire. As her story progresses from that of a browbeaten princess to the mother of dragons, to the sacker of cities, and ruler of thousands, the reader is faced with an interesting situation. On one had, we know the motivations and reasons behind Daenery’s choices and decision, and always see that Daenerys believes her choice is right, and sincerely wants to do the right thing. However, what are the consequences of that decision for someone who is across the bargaining table or field of battle from Daenerys Stormborn? Do her actions bode well for an aspirant to the throne of the Seven Kingdoms? After countless generations of incest, which side of the proverbial Targaryen coin is she, greatness or madness? Most importantly: Would it be good for Westeros if Daenerys were to sit the Iron Thrones?
Here are 5 Reasons Why Daenerys CANNOT Be The Queen
- Dany is a tyrant. Her rule is absolute. It may appear to be otherwise, but her word is the last word. As much as she claims to want to help the people of Slaver’s Bay, she holds their lifestyle and customs in little regard. Instead of upholding her end of a legitimate business transaction in Astapor, she murders business partners in cold blood. She goes back on her word and destroys any credibility she could have had with the people of that area. A ruler cannot hope to maintain the support and trust of their people by (PUBLIC) lies, cheats, and manipulations. Further, Daenerys is impulsive and does whatever she pops into her head at the time. She does not truly respect any other opinion other than her own. When presented with suggestions, she “listens” and then does whatever seems like a good idea to her at the time.When she learns the truth about Ser Barristan and Ser Jorah’s deceptions, she sends them on a suicide mission into the sewers of Meereen hoping that they will die because she is angry and irrational. These men are her most important lieutenants, yet she hold their lives in so little regard that she’d wish death upon them because they made her angry. Sounds an awful lot like the Mad King doesn’t it? A wise ruler would use Jorah as a double agent and seek to confuse the Lannisters with false information. As for Ser Barristan, having served 3 kings, he has much and more to offer her with information about Westeros. Thankfully, they emerge from the sewers unscathed. In addition, her tactics and heavy-handedness lead to the creation of her own insurgency against her, through such actions as the indiscriminate crucifixion of 163 of the Great Masters of Meereen, attempting to use soldiers as city police, and shutting down major centers of economy and trade in her conquered city. For more on that: https://bryndenbfish.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/a-complete-analysis-of-the-slavers-bay-campaign/
- Daenerys is not a warrior as much as she tries to act like one, has no understanding of the warrior ethos. There are some who compare Dany to Rhaenyra, and this could not be further from correct. While they both set out on the same goal of the Iron Throne, Rhaenerya had the focus and determination to not deviate from that course, nor make rash decisions without weighing the consequences. Rhaenyra had the sense to listen to her advisors. When they needed more dragon riders, she went out and found some. When she needed allies instead of enemies, she made them. Rhaenyra had more common sense than Daenerys could ever hope to have in a lifetime. Furthermore, Dany sees her dragons as an easy out. Say someone makes her angry? Instead of acting justly, she just yells “Dracarys” and is done with it. Rhaenyra (and Visenya and Rhaenys for that matter) used their dragons strategically as part of larger, developed plans. Rhanerya also knew the value of protecting her relationships with allies, something that Daenerys did not seem to care about and led to the loss of Brown Ben Plumm and the Second Sons.
- Daenerys does not listen to her advisors. She rarely thinks past Step One, almost as a rule of thumb. How many times was she advised to do something and didn’t do it? How many times was she advised not to do something and she did what she wanted to anyways? When Khal Drogo was wounded, what did she do? She turned to an unknown woman Mirri Maz Duur to heal Drogo for some reason instead of using one of the healers from the khalasarand what happened? She lost both her husband and her unborn child (along with the hope of having any other children, because blood magic). Drogo’s blood riders urged her not to trust Mirri and Dany paid the ultimate price. After the sacking of the slave cities, Dany decides to stay in Meereen and “learn to rule” despite the urging of Jorah Mormont and Barristan Selmy to press on towards their ultimate goal — Westeros and the Iron Throne.Instead, she hangs out in Meereen, where her life is constantly threatened, her people are starving, sick and dying and the city is in a constant state of discord. Any allies she might have had are now against her after her refusal of Xaro Xhoan Daxos and the offer of 13 ships to take her to Westeros. Once again, she listens to someone else, the Meereenese priestess, Green Grace Galazza Galare, and marries Hizdahr zo Loraq in the hopes of peace. In fact, she was presented with a much more powerful and sensible marriage alliance to Quentyn Martell, but Dany decides that marrying a Ghiscari and restoring peace to a slave city on a totally different continent is much wiser than marrying a Martell and joining forces with one of the most powerful Houses in Westeros.
- Daenerys is a self styled emancipator/reformer, but is not truly devoted to her cause. After visiting Astapor and buying her Unsullied, she decides to free every slave in every city in Slaver’s Bay. While her intentions are good, she fails miserably. She creates a council to rule in Astapor which eventually falls and the people fall back into slavery. Same with Yunkai. This one “Breaker of Chains” causes so much destruction and unrest that the cities all come together to bring about her downfall. If we look back at history of emancipators or reformers such as Abraham Lincoln, MLK, Ghandi, and even Julius Caesar, all of these men suffered untimely deaths because the ultimate goal was too high, or that they did not see the consequences their radical changes would have for them and the people that were affected. Daenerys is headed in the same direction.
- Daenery’s plot is of how a young princess turns into an evil dragon queen. Like Breaking Bad, Once Upon A Time, Wicked, and Maleficent, the backstory of how the “villain” dons that role is often extremely interesting and entirely plausible. So many times, at so many junctures, they are faced with a decision, and must choose to do what is right versus what is right for them. Like most people, they choose what seems most right for themselves. As GRRM has said time and again “the battle for good and evil does not take place on an epic battlefield, it takes place within the human heart.” Daenerys truly is the daughter of the Mad King. Her story is very similar to that of her father. Her intentions were virtuous at the beginning-wanting to free the slaves, no rape, no pillaging, but when her intentions were not fulfilled, she turned to methods to achieve her own ends that fly in the face of all she had intended to achieve.In point of fact, she has no rationale for wanting to rule the kingdoms other than that she really really feels like she should. The law of the land is not behind her, the War of the Five Kings had nothing to do with her, and her motivations seem to run from, I will take what is mine to, I want to destroy their entire civiliazation. Slaver’s Bay the example of her mindset. How exactly would Queen Daenerys deal with Houses Stark, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, Arryn, and Tyrell? How would they, in turn, deal with her? Such a person cannot sit the Iron Throne, and if she does…she will not sit there for long.
BY LADY SHELLY AND ANGRYGOTFAN