I’m about to broach a topic that I am overall uncomfortable with because of fandom discourse, but often it’s easy to lose sight of the implications, possibilities and the larger picture present in the ongoing story because of not wanting to deal with certain discomforts. So lets jump right into it.
The Targ baby.
There was some heavy hammering in the last two episodes of season 7 about how Dany doesn’t have any heirs apart from her dragons and a conversation where Jon (for whatever reason out of the blue) tried to convince her to get a second opinion and that she will have children. Shippers get excited about that because that’s what Dany has always wanted. Except…is that what Westeros needs?
It’s not who I ship or don’t ship that makes me uncomfortable about it, but what such a baby existing implies in the larger scheme of the story and for the fate of Westeros. A Targ restoration, where the story ends with a Targ-Targ (people who share almost as much genes as siblings) baby whether or not Dany survives. It creates instability because this is not a good thing. Dany saw the possible future of Rhaego, the Stallion that Mounts the World, in the HOTU in the books and he was doing what Aerys couldn’t. Burning down cities. That is the meaning of the Stallion that Mounts the World. That was also a child who was only half Targ. The audience will be left with an unsettling feeling of this child possibly bringing more destruction with it if it ascended to power.
Secondly, people overlook this but there is another queen who is supposedly pregnant with her brother’s child in King’s Landing. Cersei is also cursed to have three children and to lose all of them, which she has. People might be wondering how the hell this could be true when there was that prophecy. They also know she is doomed to die so they brush it off. Except there is a lot to see here because despite the fandom brushing the idea aside and thinking of Dany and Cersei as contrasts, they actually have a lot in common, despite their differences.