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Will Daenerys Targaryen Become the Villain of GAME OF THRONES?

We’ve heard tales of the Mad King dating all the way back to season one, but a Mad Queen? Nope, it’s not a recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race you’re about to read, we’re talking Game of Thrones on today’s Nerdist News! It should go without saying that this thing is practically booby trapped with spoilers, so turn back now before you trip the wire and fall into a wormhole-like trap door to Spoiler Country, because we’re diving into “Blood of My Blood” deep!

Since I’m sure we’re all still reeling from Holding the Door, Benioff, Weiss, and company gave us time to catch our breath with a solid hour of set-up for something bigger, ending on Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of a Thousand Names rallying her troops in the name of well, war. She proclaimed her plan to rule the seven kingdoms, for the first time acting out of something besides altruism, you know, plain ol’ total control of the kingdoms and all of their inhabitants. Is this all the start of a set-up for a crazy reveal, or better yet, something… mad? That’s right, we’re throwing down the speculation gauntlet and wondering if the Mother of Dragons is about to go bananas just like her dad and turn into a Mad Queen.

Genius theory-mage Joanna Robinson over at Vanity Fair posted a genius breakdown this week of the Khalessi’s call to action from atop her dragon. In her article, she pointed out that in the past, Dany has always articulated her real desire is in the name of good, standing for freedom, instead of, you know, child-killing, and other murder-y type stuff. But in this week’s episode, the Queen of the Andals basically reiterated the speech Khal Drogo gave in the name of her unborn son, promising that the Dothraki army would get to rape, pillage, and totally destroy any Westerosi they encounter in their journey across the sea in 1,000 ships, y’know, in the name of control, not freedom. But where oh where exactly are they going to get these ships? There just might be a guy, nay, a King of the Iron Islands who’s heading towards just that. But will the Breaker of Chains make a deal with the devil–sorry, I think you guys know him as Euron Greyjoy (the guy that ripped out all those tongues)–in order to get the ships she needs?

And let’s not forget that we did just see a quick peek at the Mad King in Bran’s raven-y flashback. Coincidence? I think not! But what do you guys think? Have we been tricked into believing in the one good person in all seven kingdoms only to be burned hard when she goes full-on baddie? Will Daenerys be able to fight the madness and remember the good person she was, becoming the only true hero of this entire show? Let’s discuss!

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