‘Game of Thrones’: Fans Wish Daenerys Targaryen Had A Different Ending

Daenerys Targaryen deserved better. Many Game of Thrones fans believe that the Mother of Dragons did not need to suffer as she did in season 8. Throughout the show, Daenerys went through a lot to get to where she ended up. Many fans feel that it made no sense for her to be strong throughout her entire story, only to break at the end.

Yes, Daenerys suffered a lot in the final season of Game of Thrones. Yet she’s suffered before and managed to get through it without harming innocent people. Many fans believe that her sudden turn to the dark side was out of character and was a product of lazy writing and reliance on typical tropes. So let’s imagine what Daenerys could have been if the fates and the writers had been kinder.

What would Daenerys have been like as queen?

Though we’ll never fully know what Daenerys would have been like ruling Westeros in Game of Thrones, we can imagine. During the time she ruled Meereen, she was a tough but fair ruler. She was ruthless to her enemies, but her enemies at the time were slave owners, and were therefore not good people. However, she was also kind and cared about the people she ruled.

Some fans also would have liked to see Daenerys and Jon Snow rule together. Even in season 8, the possibility was mentioned a couple of times. Davos suggested that the Seven Kingdoms would like being ruled by “a just woman and an honorable man.” Many fans likely agree, and would have liked to see the two join together.

What would Daenerys’ end have been in ‘Game of Thrones’ if she wasn’t queen but survived?

This is a somewhat upsetting thought for many fans. Loads of people wanted Daenerys to get the throne. Especially since in Westeros, you win the game of thrones or you die. Yet, what if it didn’t have to be that way?

What if Daenerys decided to leave the throne behind? Another possible way her character arc could have gone is that she could have destroyed the Iron Throne and let Westeros choose their own rulers, as she did with the Meereenese when she left Meereen. This would have been a fitting end for her character, and would have shown that she was really devoted to breaking the wheel and making things better for the common people.

Could Daenerys have met her demise in a heroic way?

Emilia Clarke at the Game of Thrones premiere
Emilia Clarke at the Game of Thrones premiere | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

This is another upsetting possibility for fans. Yet this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about. Happy endings are in short supply on this show. So yes, Daenerys might have had to die.

However, she could have met her demise fighting the Night King and his White Walkers. This would have been a heroic death for her character. She would have been known as a hero and would not therefore have been villainized.

It’s somewhat depressing that a character dying in one way instead of another is thought of as less upsetting to fans. However, that is what Game of Thrones is like. Though fans’ anger and sadness at Daenerys’ fate is understandable, some feel that fans should have known the show would not end happily. Still, many fans feel that while the ending didn’t need to be happy, it did need to make sense, and many feel that it didn’t.