Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.
With a massive cast of characters, individuals constantly come and go on Game of Thrones. One of the show's many strengths, though, is that significant characters are never abandoned with loose-ends. Take the recent return of our favorite blacksmith or Benjen Stark's resurgence beyond the Wall in Season 6.
Passionate lover and deadly sellsword Daario Naharis is one of the few major players still living but thus far absent from Season 7. In the Season 6 finale, Daenerys left Daario in charge of overseeing the democratic transition of Meereen and the newly named Bay of Dragons. It was a strategic move as her romantic relationship with Daario could raise many complications once she reached Westeros. Daario grudgingly accepted the Dragon Queen's command and there hasn't been a single word about him since. All that could change considering Cersei's alliance with the Iron Bank, providing Daario the means to return to the story and face Daenerys once more.
The Iron Bank Promised Cersei Mercenaries
The war between Daenerys and Cersei may be at a bit of a standstill with ventures to capture a White Walker or wight, but the war is far from over. Daenerys delivered a crippling blow to the Lannisters — that armistice is not going to happen and Cersei is going to fight this war until she wins or dies. The Lannisters lost a valuable ally in the Tarlys but gained an invaluable partnership with the Iron Bank. Tycho Nestoris promised Cersei that the Iron Bank will help her win the war as gratitude for paying off the Crown's debts in one fell swoop. In "The Spoils of War" they spoke of the sellswords known as the Golden Company, and after the Lannisters' devastating defeat, Cersei asserted to Jaime in "Eastwatch" that they could strike back with a mercenary army funded by the Iron Bank.
The Golden Company is far from the only well-known sellsword group in Essos. Another prominent group is the Second Sons, commanded by none other than Daario Naharis. If Daario chooses to leave Meereen and the Bay of Dragons, the Second Sons will be out for hire again. Daario could leave in spite of Daenerys and her decision to abandon him and their relationship, but he could also leave because the job is done and the Bay of Dragons has successfully transitioned into a democratic region. The Iron Bank would pay handsomely and fighting the war in Westeros would allow Daario the means to face Daenerys again.
Which Queen To Betray?
If this series of events occurs, the most fascinating question is whose side Daario would really be on. Daario is a proud man and may want vengeance against Daenerys for casting him aside after not only their romantic relationship, but everything he did to help her survive, seize power, and stay in power. He could fight for Cersei and take up arms against not only Daenerys, but the Unsullied and Dothraki he once fought beside.
On the other hand, Daario could act as an inside man in Cersei's army, gaining the necessary trust and intel until he, along with the Second Sons, destroy the mercenary army from within, and maybe even Cersei herself.
Either way, Daario will have to betray a queen, either the one he loves or the one who now pays him. If this comes to pass I believe Daario will destroy the mercenary army from within. In their last conversation Daario expressed how there could never be another woman in his life after Daenerys. His love and dedication to her still burns fiercely and may be used to tear Cersei's forces apart and end the war. Numerous complications would arise in the aftermath, particularly with the burgeoning feelings between Jon Snow and Daenerys, but first Daario has to return before anyone worries about that.
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