Game of Thrones fans across the globe could see Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) transforming into the Mad Queen.
Her father, Aerys Targaryen (David Rintoul) was the King of Westeros before Robert Baratheon (Mary Addy) on the HBO series, and was notoriously pretty volatile. Thankfully for the Seven Kingdoms, he was slain by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) before he could unleash a deadly vault of Wild Fire.
However, it seems Daenerys is going down the same path as her father and season eight has so far showed viewers a different side to the Mother of Dragons.
Before this, she was a strong, powerful and considerate female leader, who appeared to be a saviour of Westeros. But now, she is merely another “Mad Targaryen”.
Is this a fair representation and character twist? Even smart Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) was seen to be doubting her skills as Queen in season eight, episode five.
Previous to this batch of episodes, Daenerys was the clear choice for the Iron Throne, having freed slaves and proven herself to be blessed with her fiery powers.
However, the tables have turned on her as she considered murdering millions of innocent King’s Landing residents in order to get to Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and eventually, the Iron Throne.
But was anyone even surprised by this development? Did anyone genuinely think Varys (Conleth Hill) would remain loyal to Daenerys considering he’s constantly been darting between leaders?
The whole plot so far has been, well, a little underwhelming. I always said I would wait until the end to judge each episode because I genuinely believe Game of Thrones has plenty of shocks left in it yet. But when the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) died, where could the show go next?
As many feared, episode three, The Long Night, delivered more shocks than the entire series, with the creepy villain slain by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Episode four, The Last of the Starks, left little to the imagination, as the drama slowed down considerably to remind us that Cersei is still on the Iron Throne and Daenerys wants it.
The twist of the instalment was centred around Tyrion and if he will betray Daenerys by choosing an alternative leader option. It seems like he could and it is wise he does, but does it matter?
it’s just all gotten a little uninspiring. A poll on Reddit which started before season eight started confirmed the news we all knew: No one wanted Daenerys on the Iron Throne anyway.
Unsurprisingly, everyone considered Jon Snow (Kit Harington) to be the rightful King of Westeros he is. A whopping 334,000 subscribers to the forum want the King in the North to take the Throne whereas only 148,000 want Daenerys.
With Episode five, which is currently unnamed, looming, a teaser trailer seems to suggest Cersei will obviously be beaten by Daenerys, but she will discover she doesn’t have the support she thought she did and Jon will step forward.
Yawn. Who cares? As I said previously, I doubt the Game of Thrones creators would go down such an obvious route that has been signalled since the beginning, and I await being proven wrong.
But what if I’m not? What if that is the actual ending? Don’t the Game of Thrones fans across the world deserve better? We have all dedicated an obscene and probably embarrassing amount of time to this show. What’s more, we had to wait a whole two years just to get to this point at all.
This isn’t a hate piece on Game of Thrones. I love the show. I love the characters. I just also want to be shocked. I want all of the time and effort I have invested to be completely worth it.
The entire team seem to think the show’s ending will live up to expectations and that’s what’s keeping me going. Faith in David Benioff and DB Weiss.
But with only two episodes remaining, have they left it too late? And should they have killed the Night King off so early in the season when realistically he was the main threat in the show? Time will tell, but with only two episodes to go, it’s a squeaky-bum time for sure.
Game of Thrones continues Sunday on HBO in the USA and the following day on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.
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