Warning: This post will contain spoilers for the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones.
Last night’s season six finale of Game of Thrones ended with the moment that fans had been waiting for since the season one finale really, when Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen first emerged from the fire with her three dragons. Ever since then, it’s been a long process for Dany, as she’s conquered, lost, and eventually learned to rule as a true queen over the city of Mereen and the fellow surrounding cities. Now, finally, she’s on her way to Westeros with her eyes set on the Iron Throne and an impressive army behind her.
We’re not the only ones excited about where Dany’s story is going to be taking her either, with Clarke herself recently speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the season finale, and how it feels to have Dany finally leave the city of Mereen:
“Since marrying Khal Drogo, her one aim has been to get back to Westeros. But, oh bugger, I gotta learn how to rule. Oh god, we gotta get here first. Oh f—, I might as well rule this city. Ah, a revolt – bugger! Dammit, now I’ve got to go over there! No more slaves! Done! Brilliant! She’s got the dragons. She’s got the manpower. She’s got the ships thanks to the Iron Born. So there’s nothing else to do. She’s got to go now. Iron Throne!”
As for what it’s like to be going back to Westeros now, where a majority of the other show’s cast is:
“I’m going to go back and see my mates, so Emilia feels really happy, I get to come home. It’s amazing. But the idea [Dany] might might not see [Jorah Mormont actor Iain Glen and Daario Naharis actor Michiel Huisman] again, that idea suddenly makes the show feel like it has a finite ending and that’s really sad. So there’s the excitement of getting there and being with everyone else and also being like, “Yo! Other queens! Bye!”
When asked about Cersei’s chances, now that she’s the official queen of Westeros, against Dany’s army and her dragons as well, Clarke echoed how we’re all feeling at this point basically:
“I mean, yeah. That’s what I’m saying. If we talk about this: basically, I’ve got ships, I’ve got manpower, I’ve got dragons that breath fire, and I apparently cannot be killed. I don’t even have an attractive man who wants to take his shirt off anywhere near me now, so there are no distractions. Though we have yet to see [Peter Dinklage] without his clothes on. The only thing missing is Jorah. He’s gotta come back. I said I can’t rule the Seven Kingdoms without him … But as with Game of Thrones, you know when your character is looking good, that’s when you know you’re not safe. Because [the writers are] all, “Oh, do you like her? We’ll kill her!”
Getting into some real spoiler-y predictions as well, here’s how Clarke responded if she thinks Dany will partner up with Jon Snow, something fans have been predicting for years now:
“Yup, but I just don’t know. Those rumors have never been substantiated within the Game of Thrones circle. It’s never been said. So I don’t know. I could kill him. He could kill me. He could be dead before we even meet. I could be dead before we even meet. Arya could kill us both! You never know! Anything’s possible. All I know is winter is coming … and I’m bringing the heat!”
As of right now, both Jon and Dany are better off than they have ever been in the series so far. Dany, with a full fledged army on all sides sailing across the Narrow Sea to Westeros, and Jon, the newly crowned King of the North. Their partnership seems like the most logical thing for both characters to do at this point, especially after Dany’s conversation with Tyrion last night, about her marrying in Westeros. It’s hard to think of someone she might get along more with, who would also help her unite the kingdoms, better than him.
Then again, in typical Thrones fashion one of them could die before that happens. Dany could be swallowed by the sea, while Jon could be killed in his sleep by Littlefinger. It’s kind of impossible to know right now. But if one thing’s for certain, it looks like Game of Thrones is entering its final chapter now, and it’s got more momentum and good will surrounding it following last night’s finale, than it possibly ever has before.
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