Daenerys is currently sailing to Westeros, but does she still have what it takes to sit on the throne? Considering her fortunes have only only gotten better and better as the series has gone on, it’s safe to say she’s clearly the frontrunner even if she has some sizable competition — some new and some old. But here’s why Daenerys will definitely sit on the Iron Throne before the end of the series.
1. She has the strongest claim to the Iron Throne
Even with the recent revelation of “R + L = J,” Daenerys still has the most legitimate claim to the Iron Throne — unless certain facts come to light which will be discussed below. After the usurpation of her father Aerys II Targaryen and subsequent deaths of her two brothers Rhaegar and Viserys, Daenerys is now the last surviving member of the Targaryen family we know of.
While Jon Snow is now confirmed to be a Targaryen (the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark), he still doesn’t have any legitimate claim to the throne because he was born out of wedlock. However, if it is revealed that Rhaegar and Lyanna managed to marry (Targaryens have been known to take multiple wives), then the claim to the Iron Throne would in fact fall to Jon. This is because although Jon is Daenerys’s nephew, the line would pass down through a male heir.
2. She has the strongest army
And it’s not even close. In fact, before the final episode of Season 6 Daenerys might have already been in command of the biggest army in the world of Game of Thrones with upwards of 58,000 Dothraki, 8,000 Unsullied, and three dragons according to a nifty infographic from Mashable. Now that she has linked up with the Tyrells and Dorne, she has potentially tripled her army without even bringing into account the numbers from the Iron Islands’ fleet. No one should be able to oppose her on her way to the throne.
Of course, the White Walkers don’t care about the Red Keep or the Iron Throne so Daenerys’s army could be in for a rude awakening if Winter comes sooner rather than later. While there’s no sense of how big the White Walker army is, it’s safe to say that the sky’s the limit given their abilities to reanimate the dead. Add that to the fact that the legendary Long Night pushed the First Men and the Children of the Forest to fight alongside each other (they were mortal enemies until the White Walkers arrived), and suddenly Daenerys’s army doesn’t look so imposing.
3. She is a ruler of the people
She may have bouts of anger that remind us a little too much of her father the Mad King, but in general her actions have always had a benevolent core rooted in freeing others from tyranny. Call her a conquering revolutionary, a socialist, whatever — she has always been interested in uprooting a system she sees as corrupt and elevating the fortunes of the disenfranchised.
One of the clearest examples of her ultimate goal is in Season 5 when Daenerys tells Tyrion that the houses are “all just spokes on a wheel. This ones on top, then that ones on top and on and on it spins crushing those on the ground.” When Tyrion responds, “It’s a beautiful dream, stopping the wheel. You’re not the first person who’s ever dreamt it,” she counters immediately. “I’m not going to stop the wheel, I’m going to break the wheel.” That’s an idea plenty of people have gotten behind throughout history.
4. She is a born leader and conquerer
By now this should be obvious, but Daenerys is a born conquerer and ruler. You simply don’t rack up the kind of army she currently has or inspire as much confidence in them without having some kind of magic in you. Ser Jorah Mormont might have said it best all the way back in Season 2 when he told Daenerys:
You have a good claim: a title, a birthright. But you have something more than that: you may cover it up and deny it, but you have a gentle heart. You would not only be respected and feared, you would be loved. Someone who can rule and should rule. Centuries come and go without a person like that coming into the world. There are times when I look at you, and I still can’t believe you’re real.
Add it all up and you have someone who can not only conquer the Iron Throne, but rule it justly.
5. Tyrion Lannister is her second-in-command
Tyrion may drink a lot, but he’s still one of the most brilliant advisors in all of Game of Thrones. That’s a given when you’ve been cast out your entire life and forced to rise up against all odds. Daenerys and Tyrion have already proved a potent one-two punch given Daenerys’s tendency to make decisions with her heart and Tyrion with his brain — and maybe wine. And as Tyrion has mentioned, his importance as an advisor will only grow when they make it to Westeros and come face-to-face with his sister Cersei and the other houses.
6. She has dragons
We already knew Daenerys’s dragons were a huge advantage in her quest for the Iron Throne, but it wasn’t until the penultimate episode of Season 6 that we got a full glimpse of just how much of an impact they can be. With all three of her dragons under her full control, she quickly laid waste to the entire slaver fleet, forcing their surrender. It’s safe to say that her dragons should be enough to conquer Westeros like her ancestors before her, but soon enough the fate of the Iron Throne will be the last thing on anyone’s mind.
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