Despite the mega intense and amazing Battle of the Bastards, the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 was still just as much about Dany. With some sizzling sexual tension with the fabulous Yara Greyjoy and another delightful execution of some rancid slavers, it's safe to say that Daenerys Targaryen SLAYED, but is she getting too used to all this killing?
Dany goes away like so many other trusting mothers before her, only to find that her trusted advisors have not prevented tons of shit getting broken in her absence. It's only Tyrion talking her down from her unburnt, Stormborn dragon lady rage that stops her just hopping on a dragon and razing Yunkai and Astapor to the ground. So, does this point to the Daenerys as Mad Queen theory?
It certainly has merit: what bigger, George Martin-style F*** You moment than to reveal to all the Game of Thrones fans that the brave emancipator they've been rooting for for six seasons is actually a deranged killer just waiting for her uncontrollable, inbred Targaryen blood to make her into a ruthless tyrant the Mad King would have been proud of?
Well, according to HBO's Game of Thrones boss man, David Benioff, she may be ruthless, but she's not mad. Benioff 99% destroyed the Dany = Mad Queen theory in the official "Inside the Episode" video for Season 6, Episode 9, "The Battle of the Bastards". Check it out:
Regarding Dany and her maybe-madness, the most pertinent bit of this thoroughly satisfying video is the part where Benioff and Weiss says this:
''Dany's been becoming a Targaryen ever since the end of Season 1. She's not her father and she's not insane and she's not a sadist, but there's a Targaryen ruthlessness that comes with even the good Targaryens.''
Get that, Game of Thrones theorists? She's NOT her father and she's NOT insane. Guess there'll have to be a new Big Bad in Season 7 with Dany staying sane and demented kill-freak Ramsay Bolton currently enjoying a new career as a dog turd. Euron Greyjoy, perhaps? Now Dany and Yara have formed a beautiful alliance — and will hopefully end Season 7 victoriously scissoring on the back of a dragon — it seems that Euron and his self-proclaimed "big cock" will be the villain of the piece. Dany has a fleet, but it's not as big as Euron's, and a battle at sea seems the only place where Dany and her inevitably seasick Dothraki could run into difficulties.
Benioff adds that Dany is, at this point in the game of thrones, an "unprecedented threat":
''This is an unprecedented threat, You've got a woman that's somehow formed an alliance where she's got a Dothraki horde, a legion of unsullied, she's got the mercenary army of the second sons and she's got three dragons who are now pretty close to full grown, so if she can make it across the Narrow Sea and get to Westeros, who is gonna stand in her way?''
He ain't wrong. Who run the world? QUEENS.
How do you think Dany will be by the the end of the Game of Thrones saga?