character graphic: daenerys targaryen queen of the andals and the rhoynar and the first men, protector of the realm, khaleesi of the great grass sea, unburnt, mother of dragons, breaker of chains, queen of meereen
A queen must listen to all. The highborn and the low, the strong and the weak, the noble and the venal. One voice may speak you false, but in many there is always truth to be found.
No. You are the blood of the dragon. The whispering was growing fainter, as if Ser Jorah were falling farther behind. Dragons plant no trees. Remember that. Remember who you are, what you were made to be. Remember your words.
“Fire and Blood,” Daenerys told the swaying grass.
Tywin Lannister: Your brother is dead. Do you know what that means? I’m not trying to trick you.
Tommen Baratheon: It means I’ll become king.
Tywin Lannister: Yes, you will become king. What kind of king do you think you will be?
Tommen Baratheon: A good king?
Tywin Lannister: I think so as well; you have the right temperament for it. But what makes a good king, hmm? What is a good king’s single most important quality?
Cersei Lannister: This is hardly the place or the time!
Tommen Baratheon: Holiness?
Tywin Lannister: Baelor the Blessed was holy and pious. He built this sept. He also named a six year old boy High Septon because he thought the boy could work miracles. He ended up fasting himself into an early grave because food was of this world and this world was sinful.
Tommen Baratheon: Justice?
Tywin Lannister: A good king must be just. Orys the First was just; everyone applauded his reforms, nobles and commoners alike, but he wasn’t just for long. He was murdered in his sleep after less than a year by his own brother. Was that truly just of him, to abandon his subjects to an evil that he was too gullible to recognize?
Tommen Baratheon: No. What about strength?
Tywin Lannister: Yes, strength. King Robert was strong; he won the rebellion and crushed the Targaryen dynasty. And he attended three Small Council meetings in seventeen years of ruling, and he spent his time whoring, hunting, and drinking until the last two killed him. So, we have a man who starves himself to death, a man who lets his own brother murder him and a man who thinks winning and ruling are the same thing. What do they all lack?
Tommen Baratheon: Wisdom?
Tywin Lannister: Yes!
Tommen Baratheon: Wisdom is what makes a good king.
Tywin Lannister: Yes. But what is wisdom? A house with great wealth and fertile lands asks you for your protection against another house with a strong navy that could one day oppose you. How do you know which choice is wise and which is not? Any experience of treasuries and granaries? Or shipyards and soldiers?
Tommen Baratheon: No.
Tywin Lannister: Of course not. A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn’t. You’re young. A wise young king listens to his councilors and heeds their advice until he comes of age. And the wisest kings continue to listen to them long afterwards. Your brother was not a wise king. Your brother was not a good king. If he had been, he’d probably still be alive.
Every Targaryen dragon has had a rider. When Aegon conquered Westeros, he was accompanied by two other dragons, ridden by his sisters. Daenerys has three, and seems to have picked Drogon as her own, but who will ride Viserion and Rhaegal? Many theories point to Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister, believing that they all share Targaryen blood, and can therefore mount the remaining dragons.
The three riders share more than just blood. Over the course of the series, they have been through similar hardships, troubled pasts and showed equal promise.
Daenerys, Jon and Tyrion’s mothers Rhaella, Lyanna and Joanna died giving birth or soon after. Therefore none of them have ever known their mothers, and they are the youngest child born from that union.
Daenerys is currently the only known living Targaryen left, by being the youngest daughter of King Aerys.
It is believed that Jon Snow’s father was Rhaegar Targaryen, Dany’s eldest brother. There are also theories that Tyrion was the product of an affair between Aerys and Joanna, as he was known to have lusted after her. It would also be more of a reason for Tywin to hate Tyrion, and be the true meaning behind his last words, “You…you are no…no son of mine.”
The Runt of the Litter
Daenerys was brought up by her unstable brother Viserys, who mistreated her and sold her to a Khal of the Dothraki, in return for an army. She was only seen as a means of currency, and if he did succeed in conquering Westeros, he would have married her in Targaryen tradition, so that his heirs would be pure Targaryen.
Jon grew up in Winterfell, alongside Ned’s children, much to the distress of Catelyn Stark, who believed him to be her husband’s illegitimate son. She disliked the close bonds he had formed with Ned and her children, She mistreated him, and even wished him dead.
Tyrion was born a dwarf, and his birth claimed the life of a beloved mother. Since his birth, he was despised by his father Tywin and sister Cersei. He worked hard to make up for his deformity, by being smart and intellegent, but no good deed won him any favour.
Daenerys has been an outcast her entire life, sent to live in exile with her brother. To the people of Westeros, she is a foreign queen
Though Jon was brought up with the Stark children, he wasn’t always welcome at their table. When Winterfell hosted the King and his family, Jon was told to stay away. Catelyn was a constant reminder that he did not belong to her family.
Tyrion has never been accepted by his father as a true Lannister, and has had to play the outcast of the family his whole life.
Daenerys is descended from the dragon-riding Targaryens, and is immune to the flames. Jon has been chosen by Melisandra, as the reborn Lord of Light, who wields a flaming sword. Tyrion has long been fascinated by dragons since he was a child, and when he approached the dragons, they responded to him well (they didn’t burn him to a crisp). He also used wildfire (like his father Aerys) as his main weapon against Stannis Baratheon’s troops.
Daenerys has been betrayed many times, by some of her closest companions. Her handmaiden Doreah, was caught sleeping with her enemy. Her advisor Jorah, had originally been sent to spy on her for Robert Baratheon, in exchange for a pardon. She locked Doreah up, and sent Jorah away.
Jon lied to his love Ygritte, when he convinced the Wildlings that he was on their side. When he got his chance, he escaped, leaving Ygritte broken hearted and vengeful. Jon was later betrayed by his brothers of the Night’s Watch, and stabbed.
Tyrion was betrayed by his love Shae, when she testified against him in court, and he later found her in his father’s bed. He was also betrayed by his father, who refused to help him during his trial, or lessen his sentence. He killed both Shae and his father.
Daenerys was involved in the death of her brother Viserys, when her husband poured hot gold onto his head.
Jon joined the Night’s Watch, surrendering his past family, for his new ‘brothers’. After he was betrayed by some, he had them hanged.
Tyrion killed his father Tywin Lannister, for not getting him off trial for killing his nephew Joffery, and for sleeping with his love Shae.
The Unburnt Queen of the Andals, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. It’s safe to say that Daenerys is a proven leader, with now a huge army at her beck and call.
Jon has risen among the ranks of the Night’s Watch, to be proclaimed Lord Commander, with not only his brothers loyal to his leadership, but an army of Wildlings.
Tyrion proved himself as a temporary Hand of the King, and leading an army during the Battle of the Blackwater. Now he is Hand once more, and will help Daenerys rule over her increasing population.
Jon will ride Rhaegal, named after his father Rhaegar. This could mean that we lose another direwolf, as Ghost cannot follow him on a dragon, and Jon will have to shed his Stark identity in order to defeat the white-walkers with fire.
Tyrion will ride Viserion, named after his half-brother Viserys.
If they introduce Aegon to the series, (the son of Rhaegar that died in the Sack of Kings Landing) I think it unlikely he will take the place of a main character in riding a dragon. Meaning that Aegon from the books would have to be a fraud. I believe he will take Quentyn Martell’s place in the books. Quentyn tried to mount Viserion, but he was burnt to death by Rhaegal. It would be fitting that Rhaegal would kill Rhaegar’s imposter son, and let his true son Jon, ride him.