Daenerys Targaryen is about to go full Mad Queen on Cersei Lannister and everyone else in King’s Landing. It’s a development Game of Thrones has been building towards since the start of Season 8 (if not earlier), but one major clue from back in Season 2 could have been teasing this plot twist all along.
Did early Dany’s vision of King’s Landing actually contain a huge spoiler for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5? After watching Episode 4, fans are reconsidering that old scene in a new context, and it might just reveal how the Mother of Dragons’ story will end.
Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 below.
Back in Season 2, Daenerys had a vision that she was in the Iron Throne room, but everything was destroyed and the ground was covered in snow. Or so we thought. Now that the Night King is dead and Dany is seemingly ready to burn King’s Landing to the ground, some fans on the Game of Thrones subreddit are speculating that the “snow” in Dany’s vision was actually ash.
A throne room covered in ashes makes a lot more sense at this point in Season 8. It also seems to suggest that despite the best efforts of her advisors, Tyrion and Varys, Daenerys will follow Missandei’s final words (“Dracarys!”) and burn everything and everyone in her way to the ground.
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But that’s not all, as another fan pointed out in a comment that Dany’s vision could also reveal whether she achieves her goal of taking the Iron Throne and becoming queen of Westeros. Short answer: She won’t.
“She saw her future,” writes redditor u/PhoenixfromAshes. “She’s going to blow up King’s Landing. And she doesn’t touch the throne so she probably won’t rule. Or if she does, she’ll be Queen of Ashes. Twisted.”
Then again, maybe Dany isn’t the one who ends up burning King’s Landing to the ground. After all, she’s not the only one capable of blowing up the castle. Cersei still has a huge trove of wildfire she could use to destroy the Iron Throne rather than see her enemy take it.
Either way, it seems pretty clear that King’s Landing will be largely destroyed and covered with ash by the end of Game of Thrones Season 8 (maybe even the end of Episode 5). The only question left is which Mad Queen will be the one to do it: Dany or Cersei?
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