Daenerys Targaryen’s Ending Would Have Made a Little More Sense With These Deleted ‘Game of Thrones’ Scenes

By now, most people have seen Game of Thrones’ final season and spoken their minds about it. Whether you liked it or not, there’s no denying that it ruffled many feathers. One of the complaints fans had about Season 8 was Daenerys Targaryen’s fate and too-rapid transformation into the Mad Queen. But new access to the full script shows some deleted scenes that would have changed her descent into darkness.

Daenerys right before she decides to burn all of King's Landing (Season 8, Episode 5 of 'Game of Thrones').
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in “The Bells” | HBO

The script showed a little more of Daenerys’ turn toward destruction

As Insider reported on Oct. 18, the scripts for all six Game of Thrones episodes in Season 8 became available to the public at the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library in Los Angeles. The outlet reports that several scenes were cut, which would have added more content and dialogue overall. 

There’s a theme of isolation for Daenerys in these deleted scenes, where the audience would have been able to see her feel increasingly more lonely. 

Missandei and Grey Worm had more prominence in the outtakes from the script, showing their relationship blossom amid Dany’s dying one. At the feast after the Battle of Winterfell, Missandei and Grey Worm are making eyes at each other and head off in an obvious way. The script reads, “Dany is happy for her friend. But she’s also aware that everyone seems to be having fun except for her… She’s lonely and Varys clocks her loneliness…”

Daenerys Targaryen storming away after Missandei's murder (Episode 4 of 'Game of Thrones').
Daenerys (Clarke) in “The Last of The Starks” | Helen Sloan/HBO

The aired episode does show a bit of Daenerys’ general loneliness and disdain, though. It’s seen plainly on her face when Tormund celebrates Jon Snow as true king for riding a dragon in battle (something Daenerys did as well). But with the script, you can better track how she started to loathe Westeros and make the decision to burn King’s Landing with everyone in it.

It also highlighted the negative effect Jon had on her

Something the show did get right was Jon’s conflicting thoughts on having a love affair with his aunt. To Dany, it’s nothing but a tradition for Targaryens to have incestual relations with one another, but it distanced Jon from the queen. A perfect moment that highlights this is when Jon and Daenerys talk after executing Varys in Episode 5. Viewers can already see the queen become desolate. She had just killed her trusted advisor and had to deal with Jon’s betrayal of telling Sansa about his lineage after Daenerys told him not to.

Daenerys is at the end of her tether, and the deleted scene here adds essential context. In the script, it’s explicitly laid out between them that Jon is disgusted by their feelings for each other, which leads to her decision to rule Westeros with fear. In the show, it’s only Jon’s weak kisses that do it. The unused scene makes her moment in King’s Landing hit a little better, because you see her isolated resolution more clearly.

Daenerys and Jon talk in front of a fireplace (Episode 5, 'Game of Thrones").
Daenerys Targaryen (Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in “The Bells” | Helen Sloan/HBO

Emilia Clarke’s comments on Daenerys’ end

Of course, it’s in the past, and the actors have shared just how hard they worked on the season. Daenerys herself, Emilia Clarke, knows that everyone will have an opinion, regardless of if the project is objectively good or bad.  

“It’s art and it’s to be dissected and taken on in whatever individual way you wish,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “And if you’re sad that the show is done and you’re sad because you enjoyed watching it, then that’s sad. It sucks this wasn’t the perfect ending that people were hoping for, but I truly believe we would never have made everyone happy.”

So, it’s true that these new scenes had more context and made Daenerys’ mad turn a little easier to follow. And regardless of your feelings of the final season, Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon that changed television forever and created several household names, fictional and real.