Game of Thrones: Why Daenerys Targaryen Deserved A Better Ending

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Despite Game of Thrones Season 8 ending, its millions of fans still can't stop talking about it. That's mainly due to how divided they are over the story that was told.

While there were a lot of stories and scenes that had people divided, the one arc that stands out the most is that of the Queen of Dragons. 

Daenerys met her end on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 after Jon Snow stabbed her while the two were in an embrace. The idea behind this action was to prevent the "Mad Queen" from causing more damage than she already had. 

Saying Goodbye - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4

Did Daenerys deserve to die after everything she did?

Sure, the only issue is that she never should've done what she did.

Killing thousands of innocent people in Westeros went against everything she stood for throughout her story arc in Game of Thrones. 

Daenerys was everything Cersei was not. She was a woman who wanted to be Queen so she could bring peace and protect the innocents that the Baratheon/Lannister clan cared so little about. 

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It was obvious since the beginning that Daenerys was a woman who sought change.

She aligned herself with groups of people that got marginalized in Westeros. The Dothraki and the Unsullied were seen as savages by most lords and ladies, but not Daenerys. 

She saw these groups as warriors with strength, courage, and bravery.

She showed them loyalty and respect in a way they had never seen before, which is why they were all so loyal to her until the very end. 

All Hail the Queen - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

Daenerys was always a kind ruler, seeking justice for those who have gotten oppressed.

Tyrion tried to compare her slaughter of Westeros to her slaughter of Slavers Bay when trying to convince Jon Snow that he had to stop her. However, those two situations couldn't have been any more different. 

Daenerys' mass killings at Slavers Bay was in line with her character.

She was compassionate, and due to the way her brother Viscerys treated her throughout the years, related to the Unsullied. Did she react emotionally when she had all the masters at Slavers Bay killed? Yes. 

However, no one could deny, not even Tyrion at the time that in the end, it was the right thing to do to help the Unsullied and the rest of the slaves be free from oppression. 

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So for Tyrion or anyone to compare Daenerys' two slaughterings as similar is nonsense.

One made sense, and the other one was completely out of line with who the Queen of Dragons was.

Some claim that there have been hints throughout that Daenerys was going to turn into a mad Queen, but those hints were never subtle enough for it to be believable when it came to fruition. 

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Up until Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4, Daenerys was still the Queen everyone knew and loved.

She bravely fought alongside her people in the battle against the Whitewalkers before pursuing her quest for the Iron Throne. 

Was she a little jealous of Jon Snow after learning about his Targaryen lineage?

Sure, but that would have driven her just a tad paranoid, not mad.

If anything Daenerys might have had Jon Snow killed to protect her claim to the throne, but killing a bunch of innocents doesn't add up. 

Dany and Jorah

Some might argue that what triggered Daenerys descent to madness was the loss of two of her closest friends: Jorah and Missandei.

While she may have been sad about Jorah, she seemed content with his death. He died protecting the woman he loved, and she couldn't have been more grateful. 

Missandei's death may have caused her a lot of emotional pain, but there was such a blatant plot hole throughout Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, that it doesn't make a ton of sense what Daenerys did. 

Missandei in Chains - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4

Daenerys may have been an emotional Queen, but she was always a rational one who took the advice of her counsel.

Missandei was killed by Cersei's forces, so the most obvious thing for Daenerys to do would be to kill Cersei when she had the chance. 

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Mowing down a bunch of innocents that Cersei didn't care squat about did not affect her emotional well-being.

The Queen of Dragons we've come to know would have gone directly to Cersei, killed her to get justice for her friend and then spared all the innocents in Westeros that bent the knee. 

However, Game of Thrones threw logic out the window and instead wrote Daenerys Targaryen as a completely different character.

At one moment, she was a Queen of honor who sought justice for those who have gotten oppressed like her. Then without no warning at all, she became a mad woman who only saw red. 

The Plan - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4

Her father may have been the Mad King, but bloodlines don't work that way. From what we know of Daenerys' history, she had little to no relationship with her dad.

Therefore, the chances of her turning into him were so minimal. She surrounded herself with kind and compassionate people, and in turn, she was a kind and compassionate woman. 

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As she came closer and closer to winning the throne, she became a Mad Queen who didn't care about innocent people just like Cersei.

One has to wonder, does Game of Thrones not believe a woman can rule a kingdom without being a tyrant? 

After portraying most of their female characters in the early seasons as weak and powerless, it was a nice change of pace to see Daenerys, Sansa, and Cersei become the most powerful people in Westeros.

But only one of those women came out alive and sane in the end. 

The Next Battle - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4

Daenerys 360 turn from kindness to madness may have been acceptable if a woman such as Sansa claimed the throne, but instead, it went to a man. A man that made little sense as King.

Game of Thrones was building up to see Daenerys rule Westeros, but her time on the throne was so limited and plagued with such darkness that the character GOT Fanatics grew to love was made to be despised -- a plot that Daenerys Targaryen didn't deserve. 

The only positive for Daenerys fans was that the way she died was powerful. The Queen of Dragons died in the arms (or wings if you prefer) of her child as they flew away from the Seven Kingdoms together forever.

Her death may have been powerful, but how she got there was anything but. 

Drogon Prods Dany

Daenerys should have been Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and instead of bringing fear to those she ruled, she should've brought peace and prosperity. 

What did you think GOT Fanatics?

Do you think Daenerys got robbed of a proper ending or do you think she got what she deserved?

Did her descent into madness come out of left field or did you see it coming?

You can see it all again when you watch Game of Thrones online.

Hit the comments below. 

Brandon Viera was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. He retired in May 2019..

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