Daenerys Targaryen

anonymous asked:

Why do Dany's dragons don't obey her like the older Targaryen dragons did?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

Well, unlike the older generations of Targaryen dragonriders, Daenerys is acting without the benefit of precedent or common knowledge. The Targaryen dragonlords of Valyria had been riding dragons for presumably at least a few millennia before the Doom, and the royal Targaryens had the benefit of many, many years of experience handling their beasts. What’s more, we know very little about what these Targaryen dragonriders actually did to bond with their dragons and train them for riding and battle - and if we know little, poor Daenerys with her piecemeal education (and less than learned teacher in Viserys) has no way to no more (until Tyrion shows up, at least). She’s learning now almost the way the ancient Valyrians did (or, a little more recently, Nettles did), starting with a semi-wild Drogon and connecting with him. It’s not the “classroom” way of learning dragonriding, as @poorquentyn and I joked about, but it may work for her. 

But give Daenerys a little credit. She was certainly able to teach her pet monsters the dracarys trick Drogon used to such devastating effect. Viserion and Rhaegel certainly know her, even if they have little love for most others (Brown Ben curiously excepted), with Viserion letting her pet him and trying to fly to her while enchained. And, of course, when she needed him most Drogon came to the fighting pit; blood and death might have drawn him there, but I like to think that - as was once speculated about Sunfyre, flying to Dragonstone and his rider Aegon II - Drogon sensed Daenerys’ need and came to her. Once Tyrion gets to her with his expansive knowledge of dragonlore, I think we’ll see her start to take an even more dominating role with her dragons, particularly Drogon.

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lylebot  asked:

Just finished re-reading AFFC as part of Sean T. Collin's FeastDance order. I liked it *much* better the second time through. But I had a problem with the last chapter. Sam tells his whole story, featuring first-hand accounts of the Others include how they operate and how they can be killed; of the magic in the Wall and regions north (warging etc); of wights and Coldhands.. and all anyone there wants to talk about is dragons? Which didn't figure in his story in even a second-hand way? Odd.

Ah, I fear you’re incorrect about that. Dany and the dragons were very much part of Sam’s story. The central thrust of the message Sam is passing from Aemon to Dany via Marwyn isn’t that the Others are coming–it’s that she’s the key to stopping them. Here’s what happened: 

“Swords alone cannot hold this darkness back. Only the light of the Lord can do that. Make no mistake, good sers and valiant brothers, the war we’ve come to fight is no petty squabble over lands and honors. Ours is a war for life itself, and should we fail the world dies with us.”

The officers did not know how to take that, Sam could see. Bowen Marsh and Othell Yarwyck exchanged a doubtful look, Janos Slynt was fuming, and Three-Finger Hobb looked as though he would sooner be back chopping carrots. But all of them seemed surprised to hear Maester Aemon murmur, “It is the war for the dawn you speak of, my lady. But where is the prince that was promised?”

“He stands before you,” Melisandre declared, “though you do not have the eyes to see. Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai come again, the warrior of fire. In him the prophecies are fulfilled. The red comet blazed across the sky to herald his coming, and he bears Lightbringer, the red sword of heroes.”

Maester Aemon smiled. “Your Grace,” he said, “before we go, I wonder if you would do us the great honor of showing us this wondrous blade we have all heard so very much of.”

Maester Aemon was lost in thought as Sam helped him down the narrow turnpike stair. But as they were crossing the yard, he said, “I felt no heat. Did you, Sam?” 

“Heat? From the sword?” He thought back. “The air around it was shimmering, the way it does above a hot brazier.” 

“Yet you felt no heat, did you? And the scabbard that held this sword, it is wood and leather, yes? I heard the sound when His Grace drew out the blade. Was the leather scorched, Sam? Did the wood seem burnt or blackened?” 

“No,” Sam admitted. “Not that I could see.”

Xhondo’s talk of dragons had almost seemed to restore the old man to himself. That night he ate every bite Sam put before him. “No one ever looked for a girl,” he said. “It was a prince that was promised, not a princess. Rhaegar, I thought…the smoke was from the fire that devoured Summerhall on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died. He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King’s Landing on the night Aegon was conceived, and Rhaegar was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet. What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise! The error crept in from the translation. Dragons are neither male nor female, Barth saw the truth of that, but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame. The language misled us all for a thousand years. Daenerys is the one, born amidst salt and smoke. The dragons prove it.”

“Daenerys is the only hope,” he concluded. “Aemon said the Citadel must send her a maester at once, to bring her home to Westeros before it is too late.”

And so: 

“What will you do?” asked Alleras the Sphinx.

“Get myself to Slaver’s Bay, in Aemon’s place. The swan ship that delivered Slayer should serve my needs well enough. The grey sheep will send their man on a galley, I don’t doubt. With fair winds I should reach her first.”

anonymous asked:

What are your ten favorite characters from Game of Thrones ? Ramblings for each of why you love ?

This is such a hard question! And exciting as well, since I barely ever get asked about a show I just love it to bits, so thank you for that. If I were to ramble about ten Game of Thrones characters it would just turn into a huge meta so I’ll just do it in a sort of bullet points kind of way.


1. Daenerys Targaryen



  • Incredibly complex and layered character
  • Stands up for what she believes is right
  • Has been through so much and never gave up
  • Outstanding character growth
  • Women empowerment and the idea that a main character doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be likeable


2. Tyrion Lannister



  • Sass and wit on point
  • Probably the most intelligent character on the show
  • Plays the game better than almost anyone but is also secretly one of the most honorable characters
  • Has learned to love and accept himself and that is so important
  • I waited 5 seasons for him and Dany to meet and it was totally worth it


3. Sansa Stark



  • Greatest character growth in the whole show
  • Didn’t deserve half the pain she was put through
  • Undoubtedly one of the strongest characters and we got to see where that strength came from
  • True example of Northerner essence, resilience and ability to fight back
  • Deserves all the happiness in the world during the next two seasons


4. Arya Stark



  • Breaks gender steryotypes and is a badass female warrior
  • Managed to find herself again because of her love for her family
  • Amazing character growth that never seemed too rushed or forced
  • Will slay every bad person in this show because her list probably contains over one hundred names by now
  • Deserves to go home to her family and to cross paths with Gendry again


5. Cersei Lannister



  • Controversial character but there wouldn’t be a show without her
  • Keeps the wheels of the realm spinning at any cost and has a brilliant strategic mind
  • Her love for her children and Jaime made her human and still relatable
  • “Power is power”
  • There is a balance to how much she has suffered and how much suffering she has inflicted upon others


6. Jon Snow



  • Natural leader who makes all the right decisions
  • The most loyal character, both to his family and the Night’s Watch
  • Did not deserve to grow up a bastard and I’m so happy he’s claiming his Stark inheritance (and hopefully his Targaryen inheritance soon, as well?)
  • Has the best friends
  • Deserves to be loved and recognized for the amazing person he is at all times


7. Bronn



  • Says what everyone else is thinking
  • Funniest character on the show
  • There’s just something about him pairing up with Targaryen brothers
  • Needs to get back to his BFF Tyrion very soon
  • Better fighter than most characters


8. Margaery Tyrell



  • Showed that women can be ambitious and fight for what they want
  • Cared about her family so much
  • Would have ruled the kingdom better than 90% of the characters on the show
  • Her relationship with Sansa could have been so much more
  • Did not deserve to die after everything she went through


9. Jaime Lannister



  • You never really know if he’s evil or actually has a kind heart
  • Has suffered so much more than he lets on
  • Romantically confused which results in me shipping him with everyone
  • Character development on point
  • I still have hope that he will become the honorable man he is deep down


10. It’s a tie. I just can’t choose.


a) Yara Greyjoy



  • Is a badass but is also a cutie
  • Shows that a woman can be as good a leader and figther as any man
  • Important representation of bissexual and strong women
  • Is secretly in love with Daenerys Targaryen
  • Loves her brother and is incredibly protective of him which just shows the beautiful person she is


b) Brienne of Tarth



  • Most honorable and noble character on the show
  • Probably the best knight of the Seven Kingdoms
  • Always serves and protects the right people
  • When she’s protecting one of my faves I just feel so relieved
  • Not so secretly in love with Jaime Lannister
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