'Game of Thrones' Dany Crazy: 5 Characters the Mad Queen Could Still Kill
Daenerys Targaryen went full Mad Queen in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5, and one thing seems clear: There’s no going back. What will Dany do next? It’s tough to say how far she’ll go in next week’s series finale, but we can definitely think of a few key characters who could be at risk from the Mother of Dragons and her fire-breathing son.
Here are five people who could be in danger in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6 if Mad Queen Dany decides they can’t be trusted or already betrayed her.
Game of Thrones spoilers below.
5. Sansa Stark
Aside from Varys (RIP), Sansa is probably the biggest culprit in Westeros right now when it comes to scheming against Daenerys. The Lady of Winterfell didn’t wait long after finding out about Jon Snow’s true Targaryen identity before sharing that information with Tyrion. And it seems pretty clear this was a calculated decision to spread doubt about Dany’s claim to the throne, something Dany spells out in a conversation with Tyrion at the start of Episode 5.
On top of all that, Sansa also poses the biggest threat to Dany’s new rule. As the Lady of Winterfell, Sansa has made it pretty clear she won’t bend the knee. Daenerys could use Sansa’s alleged betrayal as a political ploy to take the Stark sister out and solidify control of the North. Of course, that assumes Jon Snow won’t step in and stop her.
4. Tyrion Lannister
In Episode 5, “The Bells,” Daenerys warned Tyrion that if he failed her again, he’d lose his job as Hand to the Queen. Instead, he did something even worse. He freed her prisoner, Jaime Lannister, and helped him escape in an attempt to save Cersei. Of course, Tyrion’s plan failed, but assuming Dany finds out, she’s definitely going to be upset. We have a feeling simply firing Tyrion won’t be enough.
Oh, and there’s also the whole issue of Tyrion telling Varys about Jon Snow’s true identity. In Episode 5, Dany seemed content to simply execute Varys, but we wouldn’t be surprised if in the Game of Thrones finale she decides Tyrion deserves to die, too.
3. Bran Stark
Here’s where things start to get a little murky. Daenerys doesn’t exactly have a strong case against Bran. He didn’t betray her; he just used his Three-Eyed Raven powers to figure out Jon was a secret Targaryen.
Then again, as the Mad Queen, Dany could simply decide that Bran was part of the conspiracy against her and try to kill him. She may also see the Three-Eyed Raven and his freaky superpowers as a threat to her rule.
2. Arya Stark
Arya isn’t really guilty of conspiring against Dany (at least not yet), but that doesn’t mean the Mad Queen won’t turn against the younger Stark sister. As a deadly assassin, Arya also poses a legitimate threat, so taking her out makes some degree of political sense.
1. Jon Snow (aka Aegon Targaryen)
This one somehow manages to be both the most and least likely. Dany still loves Jon (we think), but he poses a major threat to her claim to the Iron Throne. Jon also looked pretty upset during Episode 5 when Dany ignored the bells (a signal that Cersei had surrendered) and decided to burn the entire city down instead. He may be planning a coup against the Mad Queen, so you shouldn’t be surprised if Daenerys pulls off a fiery pre-emptive strike against her ex-boyfriend.
The Game of Thrones series finale airs Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.