‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Does Daenerys Have More Dragons?
Daenerys, Granny of Dragons! It doesn’t quite have the same appeal, does it?
Some Game of Thrones fans, however, still believe that at least one of Daenerys’ dragons have, indeed, reproduced and that it’s only a matter of time before they make an appearance in Westeros.
But if it is a matter of time, there isn’t much time left—the next episode is the series finale. Besides, those who’ve been holding out hope for the second generation of dragons might be less than enthusiastic about the idea after having seen “The Bells” last Sunday where Drogon sets fire to King’s Landing.
The significance of more dragons on ‘Game of Thrones’
In a very telling point in the series, Varys says: “Every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath.” This was shortly before the Mother of Dragons executed him for treason by means of dragon fire.
Game of Thrones‘ foreshadowing moments have often led to dead ends, but the soft-spoken advisor of five rulers proved once again that he was perhaps the wisest of all George R.R. Martin’s characters. Even his death — and you died well, dear Varys — had symbolic meaning; Drogon, in the role of executioner, turned to ash the one person who would sacrifice fortune, ego, and love for Westeros’ best interests.
The very next day, Daenerys and Drogon went on to destroy the future of Westeros itself.
Daenerys is not using her dragon for good
In spite of Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and the late Varys’ concern that Daenerys might rain blood and fire on King’s Landing’s innocent citizens, she and her last dragon executed a flawless surgical strike on the city. With minimal casualties, Daenerys destroyed all the Iron Fleet and each and every scorpion on the city’s battlements. The bells tolled in surrender, and the Lannister army dropped their swords as Daenerys, astride Drogon, alighted on the walls in victory.
Yay! Wait. What? Daenerys visibly came apart within herself. Emelia Clarke, who portrays Daenerys, deserves accolades for slipping a little Rorschach shade into Daenerys as she about to take out Cersei and the Red Keep in one final blaze of reckoning? Or was she simply coming down after blowing off some serious pent-up steam?
The Queen of Ashes
We’ve all wondered if she’d take King’s Landing by way of love or fear, and some of us might have suspected her wounded ego and broken heart would affect her strategy… but fans around the world were shocked by Daenerys’ next move: Rather than free the oppressed and rule with a motherly hand, she channeled all her fury, loss, heartache, and betrayal through Drogon and, street by street, alley by alley, she terrorized and torched those who would have been her subjects.
In doing so, she proved herself worthy of the Mad Queen title, and gave truth to the prophecy that she’d be the Queen of Ashes. By implicating Jon in her war crimes, she’s destroyed his credibility in the Realm, incinerating his chances of taking the throne for the sake of damage control.
Are there more dragons?
Some have pointed out that the largest dragon, Drogon, went missing for much of Season 5, sulking like a broody hen as noshed on piles toasted sheep. Others have asked, “is he really a she?” pointing to the common belief that female lizards are bigger than males. There’s also the question of how dragons, theoretically, procreate. These aren’t scientific fact, but then again… dragons aren’t real either, and anything’s on the table as far as David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are concerned.
The real question is this: Should a flock of dragons come flying across the Narrow Sea, will they be indifferent to Daenerys? Or would they obey her through Drogon(ella)? How big would they be, and how dangerous? How would their arrival serve the plot at such a late hour?
Even the most die-hard Daenerys fans might agree that her coin’s been summarily flipped and that she’s lost her moral right to rule. A lot of Game of Thrones fans think there’s no other option than sending her packing to the Night Lands. But how do you unseat a queen whose true throne is a massive, fire-breathing and possibly hormonal dragon?