Setting up The Mad Queen: Game of Thrones is almost coming to a conclusion. What an epic run this has been, even in a very shortened final season. The people in charge had a lot of ground to cover to bring this story to a close. Unlike others covering this and tweeting about it, I’ve been here from day one. Not a book reader, but a fan of the television show, I’ve been able to accept and enjoy what has been given to us as an audience.
This isn’t’ the case for everyone however….
I’ve seen complaints about how ‘quickly’ Daenerys turns into the Mad Queen. Lots of people said, why would she claim to be a person who wants to set people free, only to turn around and murder innocent people? I can answer that, by saying look at our world, and our history. It’s filled with people who said one thing and did the complete opposite. More over, this a true example of Mental health, and how triggers work.
Again, seeing people upset that Daenerys turned Mad Queen last night; They have not been paying attention really…. So much of this was foreshadowed early in the series. In her Vision in the House of the Undying, she saw the iron throne; it was ‘snowing’, or at least that is what we thought. Turns out, that was ashes …. as she is now, set to be the queen of ashes. She almost has reached the same conclusion Thanos does, during Endgame.
Plus, she literally has lost Everyone close to her; Lost Jorah, Can’t trust Tyrion; Vays was about to work against her.
Her dude, (also her nephew) Jon Snow who is the actual real king, just told his sisters about it, and she asked him not to. Now the secret is out; and Her ‘throne’ feels threatened. ……
And she’s lost everyone close to her; How many people snap, in real life, when everything is coming at them? when they’ve got nobody else around?? Especially when losing those people, also makes them feel like everything they have worked and lived for, is slipping away too. She has been fighting these impulses to simply run over people, for all this time. How has it panned out for her?
This “snappening” Happens, all, the time ……
We all need our support systems; so many of us would be in real bad shape if we didn’t have people around us; to help us through – life gets tough; and yet, in spite of knowing this, we still allow folks to go it alone; or we do it to ourselves; not understanding how it may impact our mental condition…..
We’ve seen a show, that talks about a family with a “mad gene” …. that they Flip a Coin when one is born; So it was there all along; but people ignored it. They ignored when she killed all those people in Essos; Ignored how the dothraki get down; (an army known for pillaging and raping as they go…) People ignored how her mental state was deteriorating right in front of us, show, by show ….
So yea …… F*ck your Bells and your surrendering now ….
She’s had enough; she’s done with peace, and love; and being kind – what has it gotten her? Even the dude she fell in love with, and ended up losing her first Dragon over; and eventually half her army over …. is too Honorable, to keep on being her dude, now that he knows, they are related…..
Shit, I don’t blame Jon for that. That would creep anyone out with good sense. So Jon, just trying to be Jon …. ends up being her Final Straw.
She snapped ….. and I’m not even disappointed. Seems like the only way the show could have gone; with all that’s happened to her. It wasn’t ‘too soon’, this, actually may have been inevitable. In fact, I remember people 2 seasons back asking if the show was setting this up. Sure enough …. It has.
(Example; Nerdist from 2 years ago… asking if the Mad Queen was coming.)
As you can see in this video, she Promised her Dothraki this would happen, all the way back in Season 6.
The people of Kings Landing weren’t saints ….
… Now, I am not saying she made the right choice, however.
It is clearly the wrong choice. Ultimately I believe that is why people are upset. This is their favorite character, and they don’t like the choice. The emotion invested into this show, is showing up in these reactions, which to me, suggests great writing! So for those who say the turn was ‘sudden’, and the ‘writing’ has been under par – you literally cannot have it both ways!!
Evidence that the Mad Queen ‘might’ show up before this story ended, has been around since ‘the books’.
I am no maester to quote history at you, Your Grace. Swords have been my life, not books. But every child knows that the Targaryens have always danced too close to madness. Your father was not the first. King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land – Ser Barristan Selmy on “Targaryen Madness”
Few more articles from a few years ago; that saw the Mad Queen coming..