‘Game of Thrones’: Why Did Daenerys Kill Jaime and Cersei?

Daenerys’ transformation in Game of Thrones shocked many fans. Her killing the people of King’s Landing along with Jaime and Cersei Lannister, was surprising. Though Daenerys didn’t like Jaime or Cersei, at this point the battle was won. She had no need to kill anyone.

So many fans might be wondering what her motive was. Well, the Game of Thrones scripts might have the answer. Find out what it is, ahead.

Why was Daenerys Targaryen’s change so shocking?

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Daenerys, for many fans, was quite a heroic character. Though it is often more complicated than that in the world of Westeros, many fans rooted for Daenerys and wanted to see her triumph in the end. She started the story as an exiled princess with nothing but her name and her rather creepy older brother. Said older brother then sold her into marriage with Khal Drogo, the leader of a group of Dothraki horse lords.

Khal Drogo ended up dying, and her dragons hatched on his funeral pyre. She went on to take care of his old people and anyone else she picked up along the way. She freed slaves and ruled cities. She became queen to a group of people who admired and trusted her because of who she was, not just because she was a Targaryen.

Daenerys became an empowering and inspirational figure for many fans. Yes, she killed people who threatened her or her people, yet she never slaughtered innocent people. At least, not until the end of season 8. That is probably why her downfall was shocking for so many fans.

What was Daenerys’ motive for killing Jaime and Cersei in ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8?

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Daenerys’ downfall started with her killing the people of King’s Landing, yet it didn’t end there. Eventually, she turned her attention, and her dragon Drogon, to Jaime and Cersei Lannister. Why did she do it? The scripts for Game of Thrones might explain why Daenerys killed Jaime and Cersei.

According to Express.co.uk, the script says “Dany sees all the people below, like little ants, Lannister red, intermingled with fleeing civilians. She has won.” She probably doesn’t feel much like she’s won when “she sees the Red Keep.”

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She describes it as “the castle that her family built, that belongs to her, which is currently in Cersei’s possession, the “False Queen,” as Daenerys thinks of her. She “has come so far and she will go further.” This is when things turned even darker. “Oh, blood will out,” the script says, “It cannot be contained.”

This seems to suggest that Daenerys killed Jaime and Cersei either to revenge her family’s losses or because she simply couldn’t help it. The script might be hinting that the Targaryen madness that her father suffered from had taken hold of Daenerys.

Did Daenerys really kill Jaime and Cersei in ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 because she’s just like her father?

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There are probably as many ideas about this as there are Game of Thrones fans. Daenerys killing Jaime and Cersei makes some kind of sense, yet not her killing the people of King’s Landing. The latter would seem to suggest that she might have been just like her father. Or, perhaps not.

Perhaps the show wanted to suggest that she was a character full of contradictions. A hero and a villain. A savior and a conqueror. These things aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, especially not in the world of Game of Thrones.

Daenerys killing Jaime and Cersei may have been a sign that she was like her father, but that’s not all she was. She was an empowering and inspirational figure for both characters on the show and fans.