I’m not going to lie, as soon as the episode finished, I felt a little dejected. I’m not overly happy with their treatment of Dany – I understand she might have always been destined to become the Mad Queen but it just felt rushed – while Jaime and Cersei’s death was thoroughly underwhelming.
On the reflection, though, it was a great episode, with some gorgeous cinematography, and of course, Cleganebowl.
However, at the time of writing, it’s actually the worst reviewed episode in the entire Throne series. There’s no doubting people were disappointed – in fact, so were many of the actors judging by the video below.
Nevertheless, Daenerys has gone full Mad Queen and there’s not a lot any of us can do about it right now.
But in all honesty, we should have seen it coming.
All the way back in season two, Daenerys had a vision at the House of the Undying when she was forced to rescue her three dragons.
In the vision, the young Targaryen walks into a completely destroyed Throne room, with snow falling all around her. It’s here when we viewers realise that King’s Landing is basically screwed.
Except, in reality, it wasn’t snow at all, but ash from the Dragon Queen’s destruction of the city which we saw in the most recent episode.
Further evidence that Daenerys’ fate was predicted long ago comes in the form of one of Bran’s visions.
When Bran was fleeing the Cave of the Three-Eyed Raven, he was being dragged by Meera while he was shown several visions. Among these scenes was where shadow of a dragon was seen over the rooftops of King’s Landing.
Anyone notice that exact same shot in this episode?
Interestingly, in these visions, the shots of Daenerys and Drogon were interspersed with shots of the Mad King and the wildfire under King’s Landing. At the time, it seemed that Bran was simply seeing what had happened in the past, but actually, he was seeing into the future and Daenerys becoming the Mad Queen.
See – pretty clever right?
Oh, and if you have any doubts about the whole ‘Mad Queen’ plot coming from nowhere, maybe you haven’t been paying too much attention to the show…
The following clip pretty much confirmed her story arc long ago.
You can’t help but feel it’s all going to badly wrong next episode.
Jon for the throne? Tyrion? Bran, even?
I honestly have no idea anymore.
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