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5 Reasons Daenerys Targaryen is Destined for the Iron Throne

The Mother of Dragons makes the most sense as the eventual ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

by | April 25, 2016 | Comments

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For the first time in its six seasons, HBO’s beloved Game of Thrones is charting unknown territory and moving ahead of author George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire. The series’ most pressing question remains its most basic: Who will win the Game of Thrones?

The young King Tommen Lannister currently presides over the Iron Throne, but if Cersei’s children — all three of whom are products of incest with brother Jaime and prophesized for death — continue dropping like flies, the throne will be vacant once again. And that’s not to mention the heightened strength of the High Sparrow. And that doesn’t take into account the fact that everyone and their mother is plotting for the throne.

One of those mothers is none other than the Mother of Dragons, a dark horse and fan favorite since Game of Thrones’ debut season in 2011. With each new alliance and spurt of her dragons’ growth, it’s become increasingly clear that Daenerys Targaryen may well be destined for the throne. Of course there are obstacles aplenty in her taking King’s Landing, but when the smoke clears, we believe she’ll be the last one standing. In light of the season six premiere, we’ve broken down five reasons why.


SHE HAS THE BEST CLAIM TO THE THRONE

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Counterarguments to this point could be debated till we’re red in the face: she was exiled when Robert Baratheon usurped the throne; she’s theoretically not the only living Targaryen; and so on. But considering how the Baratheons came to power in the first place, it is Dany’s rightful throne by birth after her father King Aerys’ death at the hands of “King Slayer” Jaime Lannister. Much has happened between Dany’s Stormborn birth on Dragonstone and now, but when broken down to the nuts and bolts of the situation, the Iron Throne is hers to take.


SHE HAS A KILLER TEAM OF ADVISORS

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Yes, season five didn’t end all too well for our heroine, but all things considered, she’s probably going to reunite with Ser Jorah Mormont, Daario Naharis, and what appears to be her newest adviser: Tyrion Lannister, whom Jorah captured in hopes of forgiveness after betraying Dany earlier in the series. Jorah and Daario have formidable skills on the battlefield and in the war room, sure, but Tyrion is the man that will win her King’s Landing. He’s already proven to be a military mastermind when it comes to protecting the land from Stannis Baratheon’s fleet, and now he has the motive to join Dany’s forces.


HER ARMY IS STRONGER THAN EVER BEFORE

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The end of season five brought us up to date with Daenerys Targaryen’s current point in the novels—and it’s a sticky situation. After escaping a Sons of the Harpy ambush at Mereen—while astride Drogon, no less—she’s stranded in the desert and surrounded by Dothraki, her former allies and her people by marriage. What happens next is anyone’s guess, but we’d like to see her regain their trust and respect as Khaleesi before persuading them to join her army of Unsullied, eight thousand strong.


SHE’S GROWN THE MOST AS A CHARACTER

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Despite raising dragons, she’s actually the most human character in Game of Thrones. Her arc has taken her from overcoming her oppressive brother Viserys to ruling her Dothraki tribe alongside Khal Drogo, freeing slaves across Slaver’s Bay, ruling as their queen, and setting her sights on King’s Landing. She’s become more powerful and more independent with each season — and that includes learning to be open to negotiation and evenhanded as a ruler. Season six shouldn’t prove any different. As Jorah once said, she has a good heart and will not only be respected and feared as a leader, but also loved. “Centuries come and go without a person like that coming into the world.”


AND IN CASE YOU FORGOT: SHE HAS DRAGONS. THREE OF THEM.

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Daenerys Targaryen is the first dragon rider in nearly two centuries. Simply put: not one of her enemies can compete with that. We’d like to see Tyrion successfully free her two captured dragons from their catacomb chambers and save her from the Dothraki (if she’s not able to persuade herself free before then). Then once reunited, not only would the Mother of Dragons and her “children” prove an indomitable force in taking the Iron Throne, they’d also be an essential force in defeating the threats beyond the Wall. The White Walkers are growing in number and ransacking the country. It’s only a matter of time before they reach King’s Landing, and even the most powerful military wouldn’t be able to hold them off forever. But what can defeat them? Dragons. Daenerys is the only prospective ruler who can save the Game of Thrones world as we know it.


Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. Read reviews of season six here.

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  • Kadir Güngör

    she might also descend into madness like her father, but nvm

    • man of sin

      was her father the one jamie killed???

      • Kadir Güngör

        yes. Aerys Targaryen, commonly known as the Mad King.

        • man of sin

          thanks i have watched them all and now it has dawned on me about this.

  • OxiRePoustiFakes

    Sorry but, she’s the most useless one. She just sits there and talks and she’s not even that clever. Without her dragons and minions she’s nothing.

    • Maz Max

      If you think so, maybe you can call out Cersei Lanister, she’s more than nothing, she’s f*cking dumb and her children are better without her.

    • EricD.

      Well, isn’t it kind of hard to have dragons and minions if you are nothing?

  • Chris Gander

    Wrong. She has no army anymore. She basically has no dragons, or at least, no control over them. Her advisors are all over the place. The only thing she is destined for is being impaled by a revived Jon Snow who becomes Azor Ahai reborn and needs to thrust his sword into her heart to ignite the real Lightbringer, and use it to vanquish the King of the White Walkers, thus saving humanity. So… by sacrificing herself to Jon’s blade… it is Dany who ends up saving the world.

  • MovieBuff

    But the most important reason she shouldn’t be: She would make an absolutely TERRIBLE leader!

  • Jen Keez

    She doesn’t own three dragons, since she has no control over them whatsoever and her people aren’t so happy about them either.

  • Maz Max

    Arya Stark is the mos badass character on Game Of throne. Malisandre and Margery could lead the position. But none of them will take the Seven Kingdom.

  • Dart Vade

    if she could just act it would make it so much better

    • EricD.

      You’d probably be better off just saying that you don’t like her. She’s nominated for a slew of awards for this role, because she “can’t act?”,….right. She’s also the second most popular character with the fans, by official poll, second only to Tyrion. Get real.

      • Dart Vade

        no like her in the show, but as everyone knows without nudity she is never known and doesn’t explain the countless amount of actresses who’s names we dont even know who have won Emmys. I mean MoNique won an Oscar man, get with it, universally panned for performances and won only 2 awards nobody even knows the names of. I have won awards for crap nobody knows of either, except your mom but you dont see me being proud of it, I mean it was your mom, who wants to brag about that. Then again I wasn’t out acted by The Governor either. Good try geek boy, maybe you can return your Thrones bed sheets if it makes you feel like a big boy?

        • bobsmythe

          Ease up, Lord Bolton. It’s just a damn TV show.

  • Ultron

    She doesn’t have the best claim in the books

  • EricD.

    Man, I would love to see that happen. DANY!!!

  • Gromit

    Well argued, but I’m holding out for Jon Targaryen-Stark. Err, Jon Snow.
    Or Arya. That’d be badass.

  • din0bot

    The Hound needs to take the Throne !!

  • Covertjeff

    She will eventually rule along with her half=brother Jon Snow

  • Xavier Juneau

    I don’t know about you guys… but I felt a little power trip in her last speech at the end of the 6th episode. She might fallow the same path her father did… fall into madness or something. IMO Daenrys is getting kind of annoying… she was a great character in the first 4 seasons but lately she’s been kind of a bitch.

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