Dany = the spurned woman
Does anyone else think Dany’s story will end in typical scorned woman fashion. As in, a bad break up; spurned women gets even with the cheating spouse, ect? Everytime I read her chapters I get the feeling that the author is making sure we know that Dany gets angry when she’s been wronged. I feel like we’ve seen this trope before.
Lighting a fire TO love is in her prophecy, implying that it’s not a person to love, but an ACTUAL FIRE. And it would be more beautiful and seductive than any lover. Perhaps this fire is one that she uses to slay the lie of Jon’s loyalty to her, marrying fire instead of him. I can see her thinking, bitterly, that fire “has never done her wrong.”
Just look at this imagery:
A rising heat puffed at her face, soft and sudden as a lover’s breath, but in seconds it had grown too hot to bear.
Ser Jorah was shouting behind her, but he did not matter anymore, only the fire mattered. The flames were so beautiful, the loveliest things she had ever seen, each one a sorcerer robed in yellow and orange and scarlet, swirling long smoky cloaks.
The flames writhed before her like the women who had danced at her wedding, whirling and singing and spinning their yellow and orange and crimson veils, fearsome to behold, yet lovely, so lovely, alive with heat. Dany opened her arms to them, her skin flushed and glowing. This is a wedding, too, she thought.
She could smell the odor of burning flesh, no different than horseflesh roasting in a firepit.
That last line is particularly disturbing. Hey, hey! Don’t normalize burning flesh, what the hell D? Burning people is NOT the same as burning horses!
Dany has always loved feeling self-righteous about righting wrongs. In these excerpts, we see her self-righteous vengeance on full display, punishing Mirri and showing everyone how powerful she is. At the same time, the author is using words that gives the impression that she’s a little too in love with fire. She thinks she’s marrying it, in that funeral pyre scene.
The “blood of the dragon” is her natural inclination to react violently in the name of “justice.” But it can’t always be a fist-pumping moment; Dany’s actions will becoming increasingly more disturbing and unsettling. Eventually, “blood of the dragon” will look like nonsense because it will be applied to people who aren’t evil slavers twirling their mustaches or maegi who murder unborn children.
The passages above are where she is acting very much like her father with his obsession with fire. She’s scary, not awe-inspiring. It’s not surprising, then, that her followers also consist of people who are 1. blinded by religious fervor (red priests) 2. obsessed with magic (shadowbinders), or 3. superstitious nomads and freed slaves who lack critical thinking skills.
And speaking of critical thinking skills–using the Unsullied is problematic. The deleted scenes of Missandei and Greyworm illustrated how Missandei was trying to make a human connection with him, but he responded in a robotically inhuman way, that his only purpose was to serve Daenerys. However, these are the words of a slave. His arc is his slow, dawning realization that he doesn’t have to be a slave anymore. This is why people speculate that he’s going to have a “freefolk moment” and realize he doesn’t have to serve Dany anymore either.
Tyrion and Jon are the least gullible of the ducklings (thanks Bronn), but Tyrion is starting to have buyers remorse. And lest we forget, Book!Tyrion wasn’t always gung-ho about Dany. I thoroughly enjoyed his skepticism and irreverence in those chapters:
Soon the silver queen would come forth from her city, smash the Yunkai’i, and break their chains, they whispered to one another. And then she’ll bake us all a lemon pie and kiss our widdle wounds and make them better, the dwarf thought. He had no faith in royal rescues. If need be, he would see to their deliverance himself.
- Tyrion, Dance
OMG I miss cynical Tyrion! What happened to that guy? (I think Dany ate him).
Just as Greyworm and Tyrion are waking up, Jon will too. I think Dany losing her humanity is similar to the Night’s Watch. The NW demands that its recruits forget their families, obey the order, and sever all former loyalties. The Unsullied, the NW, and Dany herself represent “suppressing the self” in the name of “service,” but to an extreme degree. Dany demands loyalty, and so do the knightly orders. However, if the institutions run astray of their original goals, the knights start wondering why they’re serving in the first place. For Jon, Dany could be “the new Night’s Watch,” demanding that he cut all ties to his Stark side, embrace being a Targaryen, and become the “gods” they were meant to be. I can see Jon aping the lines: “the Night’s Watch are my brothers now” = “Daenerys is my queen now.” This is brainwashing, that he eventually rejects. Greyworm and Tyrion are foreshadowing this turn of events.
Moreover, while not her exact copy, Dany has similarities to Melisandre. Both are terrifying femme fatales who ensnare men with sorcery (dragons=fire magic). It is an overlooked fact that Dany performed a more powerful blood magic ritual than anything Mel has ever done. Dany reigniting Valyrian fire magic made Mel’s powers to resurrect Jon possible. Dany is responsible for the fire wights (she is fire to the Night King’s ice). She is responsible for making the wildfire more powerful too, empowering Cersei’s destruction of the Sept (similar to her own destruction of a religious site). Since she is responsible for resurrecting Jon, it is fitting that, in bringing the “dragons” back to life (literally and figuratively), she also fucked herself. Jon will be her doom. He has the power to rebuild; she only has the power to destroy. But I think she’ll try to fight him first.