Game Of Thrones may have wrapped up its sixth season but there is still so much left unanswered. With only two seasons left in the series, the battle for the Iron Throne is on. However, there are several reasons to suggest that there isn’t really a need for a battle, as one person will definitely be taking the Seven Kingdoms — Daenerys Targaryen. She's had quite the journey on Game Of Thrones, but despite all the opposition she has faced she is currently on a ship headed for Westeros with an army of Unsullied, a Dothraki horde and three dragons.
What happens next remains to be seen, but there are certain elements that make us believe she will indeed get that throne that she's been chasing for so long. Let's take a look at why Daenerys will be the one who sits in the Iron Throne as the credits roll on the final episode.
1. The Throne Is Hers By Birthright
There are many arguments for each person's claim to the throne, however Dany has one of the most valid — the Iron Throne is hers by birthright. Aerys Targaryen, her father, was ruler of the Seven Kingdoms before he was murdered by Jaime Lannister and Robert Baratheon usurped the throne.
As the throne rightfully belongs to the Targaryen lineage, this puts Dany miles ahead of the competition. Many believed that the Targaryens had died out, but in reality, Dany had been living across the Narrow Sea with her brother. Now that she is the only apparent remaining Targaryen, this gives her full rights to the Seven Kingdoms.
2. She Has Proven That She Can Conquer
Dany's journey on Game Of Thrones has been one of growth — if we remember back to the first season (before her dragons), she was a frightened little girl who allowed her brother to bully her. After Viserys was extinguished, she explored Vaes Dothrak until she finally arrived in Slaver's Bay.
Being a strong believer in free living, Dany made it her mission to help the slaves of the slaver cities. She didn't stop there and eventually she conquered Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen. With the help of Jorah, as well as others that she picked up along the way (including Daario Naharis and Missandei), Dany proved that conquering cities is well within her ability. Before departing for Westeros, she re-named Slaver's Bay — it is now called the Bay of Dragons.
3. She's Has Proven That She Can Rule
Dany did not simply conquer Meereen, but made an executive decision to rule over the city. As Queen of Meereen she was forced to make tough choices, as well as defend her city on many occasions, and by the end of the sixth season she had proven her leadership skills.
Moreover, unlike her father before her, Dany has proven to be empathetic as well as stern. A longtime fan theory suggested that Dany would end up like her father; however, her rule in Meereen — specifically the events of "Battle of the Bastards" — ended up disproving this theory and the creators of the show later confirmed that Dany is nothing like her father.
4. She Can Balance Justice With Mercy
Throughout Dany's rule of Meereen, she often struggled with balancing justice and mercy. Her kind-hearted approach was admirable, but to the outside world it appeared that they could break any law they wanted and there would be no consequences. So, unfortunately, she had to implement rules that would allow her to maintain a balance between mercy and justice. With the help of her allies (specifically Tyrion), she understood that justice needed to be exacted — an approach that she used to regain control of her city from the Masters.
With Tyrion at her side as Hand of the Queen, the pair will likely keep each other on the right path — his guidance has proven invaluable to her and it has made her a better leader.
5. People Are Willing To Follow Her
Dany started her journey with no one else but Jorah (and eventually Drogo). After Drogo was taken from her, she birthed her dragons. Along the way, she made several allies. What is perhaps most astonishing is that almost all of the people that she encountered decided to follow her based solely on pure admiration of her and how she handled situations — their loyalty wasn't bought and it isn't related to her claim. They're not fighting in honor of her family name, they aren't fighting for a cause — they're fighting for her.
The Unsullied follow Dany and fight for her freely; she didn't buy them and she hasn't threatened to abuse them — they fight for her based on her kindness to them. Similarly, Tyrion is in awe of Dany and he told her that even though he has lost faith in everything, he astonishingly believes in her and her claim to the Throne. Dany isn't making these people fight for her, they're doing it because they want to.
6. She's The Rightful Targaryen Heir
Unfortunately in the world of Westeros, women are seen to be unfit to rule. However, as there are no male survivors from the Lannister/Baratheon clan, Cersei has officially been crowned ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
Now that we know Jon Snow's father is Rhaegar Targaryen, some fans have begun assuming that because he is male that puts him higher up the list of claimants to the throne. However, Cersei's rule — no matter how crazy she may be — proves that women can lead, and Dany has experience ruling with what she accomplished in Meereen. Also, the Prophecy (see below) clearly insinuates that a female will be taking all that Cersei holds dear — and we know the most important thing in the world to Cersei is power.
7. Dragons Will Be Needed To Defeat The Undead
It is a known fact in Game Of Thrones that Winter has arrived. With Winter will come an army of undead that will make the fight for the throne seem unimportant. As Game Of Thrones is based on a book series called A Song of Ice and Fire, then we know that to combat ice we need fire — or more aptly, fire and blood.
Regardless of her claim to the throne, Daenerys is needed for the war against the undead because she has three dragons. Her dragons, specifically Drogon, have come to her aid and rescued her on multiple occasions. She has a bond that is indescribable, but there is definitely some sort of supernatural link between her and her children. In the larger scheme of things, Daenerys' survival is essential to the survival of Westeros.
8. The Prophecy
If we remember back to the fifth season premiere, "The Wars To Come," a flashback saw Cersei and a friend visit Maggy the Frog. Cersei commanded that Maggy tell her about her future or she would have her eyes gouged out. Maggy complies and tells Cersei some home truths, most notably:
"You'll be Queen, for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful to cast you down and take all you hold dear."
Fans of the show had long thought that the prophecy was talking about Margaery who, at that moment in time, was really getting under Cersei's skin. Also, Cersei was always jealous of Margaery's youthful and attractive nature. However, Cersei has finally become Queen and Margaery is no longer standing in her way. Dany is sailing for Westeros, which makes it obvious that the prophecy was foretelling Dany's arrival. Moreover, we know that Cersei's one true love is power and she finally has that. Enter Dany, to take it all away from her.
The reasons above are why Daenerys not only will — but should — take the Seven Kingdoms. Whether or not you agree is entirely up to you, but you have to admit that there is some pretty solid evidence to suggest that she will. Or maybe it won't matter in the grand scheme of Game Of Thrones, because all men must die. But wait, she's not a man.
Revisit one of Daenerys's most badass moments from Game of Thrones Season 6:
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