Dany-stan: There’s nothing ominous about Dany embracing “Fire and Blood” by the end of ADWD. The “peace” she was trying to build over the course of the book was a mistake, bargaining and compromising with the (former) masters was admitting defeat. Now, she finally realized that and is ready to take up the fight again. Embracing her strongest assets, her dragons, remembering who she is and where her true strength lies, is the only way to achieve her goals for Slaver’s Bay and bring true change.
Grrm: Dragons are the nuclear deterrent, and only Dany has them, which in some ways makes her the most powerful person in the world. But is that sufficient? These are the kind of issues I’m trying to explore. The United States right now has the ability to destroy the world with our nuclear arsenal, but that doesn’t mean we can achieve specific geopolitical goals. Power is more subtle than that. You can have the power to destroy, but it doesn’t give you the power to reform, or improve, or build.