Yes, there are spoilers in here. Hurry up and watch the episode already.
Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons, has finally gone full Mad Queen.
It’s hardly surprising given all the foreshadowing that basically predicted it, but still, seeing Dany become the Queen of the Ashes was a tough watch for any GoT fan.
Fans were largely divided over the most recent episode, which saw Dany burn King’s Landing down to the ground. There’s been loads of criticisms about the writing in this season, and people felt her deterioration into the Mad Queen was both rushed and abrupt:
It’s fair to say that Dany has become a bit of a fan favourite over the last eight years, as viewers have seen her journey from a powerless young woman and wife of a savage to an emancipator of slaves and trailblazer for good.
Some people love her so much, in fact, that loads of babies around the globe are named after her. According to NBC News, 560 babies were called Khaleesi last year, and people are pointing to the fact that might have been a hasty decision given how things turned out.
However, the New York Post has tracked down some of these people and asked them if they regret the name choice.
Nolan Geary, a 24-year-old stay-at-home dad raising 18-month-old daughter Khaleesi, joked, “I named her after this beautiful independent woman who’s brought freedom to all these places, and she’s turning into a g*ddamn tyrant.”
Furthermore, Suzy Friot, a 28-year-old nursing home nutrition assistant raising a 14-month-old Khaleesi with fiancé Jesse Vanleuven, said she didn’t regret it either:
“As the show progressed, we love that her character overcame many obstacles and earned respect and love as a queen, instead of being a tyrant. On top of it all, she was a beautiful, intelligent woman. She is a woman who was going to change the world.”
Although she did say, “I almost wish I had named her Arya.”
Another parent also echoed the same sentiment.
“I’m still behind her,” Katherine Acosta told The Cut.
“Even after last night’s episode, I’m still rooting for her. I don’t think she did anything wrong. I think she did what she had to do.”
She continued: “After the episode, a lot of people kept tagging me on memes and being like, ‘How do you feel that Khaleesi has that name now that Daenerys did all of that?’ I’m like, I don’t feel anything different. It’s not like she did it just ’cause. If you watch the show, she had every right.”
I don’t think it’s that bad at all. If anything, it’s a pretty funny anecdote.
Although hopefully these lil’ baba Khaleesis don’t follow a similar arc and start of nice and become killers of the innocent like their name-bearer.
That absolutely wouldn’t be funny at all.
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