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Updated on May 14, 2019. Posted on May 10, 2019

Here's All The Hints "Game Of Thrones" Has Dropped About Dany Being A Mad Queen

This long-held fan theory might just come true.

Things are not going well for Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. She's losing the war, she's losing Jon Snow, she's losing her claim to the throne, she's lost two dragons, half her armies, and her closest friends, who are basically family members.

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There's not much more that can be taken from her...except, perhaps, her sanity. Fans have long theorized that the series would end with Dany following in her father's footsteps and becoming a Mad Queen. Now it looks more likely than ever that this is where her story ends. Before that happens, let's take a look back at the hints placed along the way....

Daenerys starts in Season 1 as a shy, timid girl who just wants to find a place to call home. But she grows stronger as the season progresses, with the earliest indicator being when she stands up to her incredibly abusive brother, Viserys.

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It's a sign that Dany is the true "blood of the dragon."

Later, when Khal Drogo proclaims he's going to rape and pillage his way around Westeros for Dany and their unborn baby, Dany is pretty happy about it.

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This is despite the more unsettling aspects of his plan.

At the end of the season, Daenerys burns Mirri Maz Duur alive and vows painful vengeance on anyone who harms those who follow her.

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In Season 2, outside of Qarth, she talks big talk about laying waste to her enemies.

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When she doesn't get her way inside Qarth, she invokes her family's words, "Fire and Blood".

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In Season 4, Daenerys has the slave masters crucified as punishment for the way they crucified slave children. Ser Barristan counsels her to be more merciful, but Dany doesn't back down.

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This prompts Ser Barristan to warn Dany about how her father got his reputation as the Mad King. Dany is horrified, and determined not to become like him.

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Barristan notably warns her about how her father enjoyed watching his enemies burn alive.

But as soon as Ser Barristan is murdered by the Sons of the Harpy, Daenerys has a master burned alive by her dragons without a trial — without even confirming if he was involved.

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She seems quite satisfied to watch, too.

And for all Dany's talk of breaking the wheel, she always seems quite happy to rule over others herself.

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In Season 6, Bran has a vision that features Daenerys heavily alongside shots of her father screaming "burn them all."

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Also in Season 6, Daenerys does her fire trick again, this time burning all the khals alive.

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She then makes a speech to the Dothraki that echoes Drogo's speech in Season 1. She leaves out the rape part, but it's still pretty brutal.

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In Season 7, Daenerys burns the Tarlys for not bending the knee, which the show has turned into a Big Deal.

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Tyrion and Varys both freak out about it, and suggest the only thing preventing her from turning into her father is their advice.

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Season 8 has seen Daenerys further isolated and treated with hostility. The Northerners hate her, Sam is horrified by the murder of his family — as is Jon — and she's left feeling the same way her grasping, deranged brother felt back in Season 1.

Varys and Tyrion once again show concern for her mental state and ability to be a good ruler, with Varys turning against her and Tyrion on the way to doing so.

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Season 8, Episode 4 left off with Daenerys's closest friend brutally murdered in front of her, with her last word being "dracarys" — in other words, "burn them all."

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After losing Jorah, Rhaegal, and Viserion, and with Jon pulling away from her, Dany no longer has anyone around her she really trusts (except maybe Grey Worm, who will be burdened by his own grief). The show has repeatedly implied that without wise counsel, Dany will go full Targaryen and rain down fire and blood.

Here's the thing: While they have dropped several hints about this, as I have outlined above, those hints have been buried under an overarching narrative of Dany being portrayed as heroic and good. In hindsight, this seems to have been purely to make her downfall all the more tragic. The problem is the last two seasons have felt so rushed that, despite the foreshadowing, there aren't really solid or satisfactory reasons Dany would deteriorate so rapidly.

Time and again she has shown herself to be motivated by good intentions; she has been reasonable and has listened to her advisors — and when she hasn't listened to them, in most instances, she's turned out to be right. She's outsmarted so many others and always fought to protect the innocent.

Every time she's mentioned destroying her enemies, it's been framed as a sign of her strength. Whenever she burned those enemies alive, it's been seen as a triumphant moment — at least until she set foot in Westeros. It wasn't until the Tarlys were executed that Dany's actions were cast as horrific rather than awesome. Aside from everything else, it's not a good look that the show expected us to suddenly believe Dany was becoming a Mad Queen because she was killing white people instead of brown people for a change.

Game of Thrones is trying to have it both ways — to have Dany be a hero and a villain, when her behavior in each instance has (so far) not been markedly different. Moreover, those who are remaining "heroes" aren't exactly any better than her. Jon has killed people for not obeying his orders. The first time we met Ned Stark, he was executing a boy for running away from the Night's Watch. Arya Stark, the "hero of Winterfell," is a mass murderer.

It's not fair of the show to ask us to cheer for one character's bloodlust and vengeance while condemning another. But the way things are looking right now, it definitely seems like they will.

RIP Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. You're not dead yet but your character sure has been assassinated.

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And LBR you will probably also be dead soon too. 😢

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