WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Season 6, Episode 9 of Game of Thrones. If you've yet to watch the episode, do not continue reading, as it would be against the Lord of Light's wishes.
There's long been a fan theory among Game of Throners that Daenerys Targaryen will end up like her father, the Mad King Aerys Targaryen. This season, many avid viewers thought that this theory was coming to fruition after Dany made a speech to her new Dothraki horde about killing her enemies.
While many thought this motivational speech was merely an empowering moment for Dany, others took to social media to speculate that this was in fact the beginning of the Mad Queen.
However, the events of "The Battle of the Bastards" completely disproved this theory and, if anything, highlighted what kind of ruler Dany would truly be — a great one. Let's take a look at the moments when the Mad Queen theory was debunked.
Dany Took Tyrion's Advice
As the war in Meereen rages on, Dany tells Tyrion that she plans to wage war on the city to stop the protestors, killing every one of them in the process. Tyrion disagrees with her approach and mentions that Dany should be aware of her father's nature.
When Tyrion lists all the heinous acts the Mad King had committed, Dany looks disgusted at her father's actions. She wholeheartedly accepts Tyrion's alternative approach, whereby no innocents are slaughtered at her hands. Dany and Tyrion are becoming quite the dream team — with his knowledge, her power and her family name, Westeros had better prepare itself.
Dany's Acknowledgement Of Her Father's Failures
Yara and Theon Greyjoy arrived in Meereen and had an audience with Dany. Dany and Yara soon realize they've a lot in common — mainly their fathers and how they were both terrible kings. The two also find common ground in the idea that women are fit to rule. Dany further acknowledges her father's wrongdoings by referring to him as evil.
Yara and Dany see each other as equals and they definitely bond; Dany seems humbled and happy with her decision. Tyrion approves of the arrangement and Dany and Yara show their appreciation for one another. This scene not only disproved the Mad Queen theory, but further highlighted that Dany is more than capable of making difficult decisions and being a fair ruler.
Dany Proved That She Can be Both A Ruler And A Warrior
One of the greatest moments that we've ever seen on Game of Thrones was Dany fearlessly entering the battlefield with her dragons and exacting her own revenge. She didn't have Daario do it for her — she handled it on her own. This may have been Tyrion's plan, but Dany successfully carried it out without fear.
Moreover, Dany shows mercy toward the Masters' army, allowing them to return home to their families unharmed. Balancing justice and mercy is something that she's struggled with in the past, but here she handles it perfectly. Later, Dany returns to her glamorous clothing and hosts her guests. Unlike the Mad King before her, she proved she has what it takes to both rule and fight.
Dany Let Tyrion Off The Hook
I don't think I was alone in thinking Dany was going to be very angry with Tyrion when she arrived back in Meereen to discover war plaguing her city. Astonishingly, despite her disappointment, she remained calm and listened as Tyrion spoke.
Furthermore, she took his advice on how to deal with the matter. If Dany was anything like her father, she would've been furious with Tyrion and perhaps vented her anger. She did neither. Dany knows that Tyrion is a valuable ally in her pursuit of the Iron Throne and, more importantly, Tyrion is now her friend. Unlike her father, Dany would not harm her friends.
Sorry to burst your bubble, naysayers, but "mad" will not be a word used to describe Dany's potential reign. Instead we will be using words like "compassionate" or "great." She continues to prove she has what it takes to rule the Seven Kingdoms and with each new episode she adds yet another skill to her impressive résumé.
The people of Westeros had better watch out — if they're not careful they may actually get a ruler who has what it takes. Seven hells!
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