Dany’s ex-fans: “Dany is so entitled! We’ve been tricked into thinking she wants to bring peace but she wants to destroy! She’s the villain now! She’s turning out to be just like her father!”
GOT fans who loved and rooted for Daenerys Targaryen for 6 seasons but hate her and hope she fails or dies now are laughably feeble. Dany’s purpose and intentions have been clear from the beginning. She has wanted the Iron Throne since Season 1. She has desired to rule the Seven Kingdoms for almost the entire time we’ve known her onscreen and most of what she’s accomplished has been to work toward that goal. She has been collecting allies and armies since Season 3, all with the ultimate purpose of returning to Westeros, disposing of the “Usurpers and their dogs,” and becoming Queen. Dany is entitled, yes, as is every other contender for the Iron Throne (and imo it will be interesting to see whether this is handled as a flaw in her character arc, wrt how the desire for power can cloud a person’s overall good intentions) but all in all it’s hardly something I’m going to dislike her for in a show where male supremacy rules and the majority of the male characters, including the “likable” ones, are murderers, abusers, and rapists. And at the end of the day the things that Dany wants to do with power are driven by much purer motives than those of most other characters (and her actions in Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen proved that). To be clear, I’m not implying that Dany is perfect or that there is nothing to criticise about her character (I already acknowledged that’s not the case), nor that her fans should agree with every decision she makes; what I’m mocking is a specific type of fan that can’t keep up with the show they’re watching. It truly is funny to see the same people who cheered Dany on as she gained dragons, armies, and fleets over the seasons and made speeches about crossing the sea to “kill her enemies in their iron suits and tear down their stone houses” become suddenly shocked and horrified that taking a throne actually involves, you know, killing people. How else did you expect that to go down? Reminds me of Olenna’s comment when Dany said she wouldn’t attack King’s Landing.
Fighting a war in the world of Game of Thrones requires ruthlessness to survive and yet she didn’t do things the easy way (take King’s Landing) precisely because she wanted to avoid the high number of civilian casualties, and she only attacked the Lannister army after her Westerosi allies had been captured or murdered (which the Lannisters were partially responsible for). It’s like these people have forgotten all the atrocities the Lannister army has committed over the course of the show. Dany is not like her father. If you think she is, you have idiotic standards about what certain characters are allowed to do before they become irredeemable in your eyes.