On this weeks episode of Game of Thrones, The Last of the Starks, we finally confirm that Daenerys has lost her mind. I’ll be focusing on her mostly in this review. Make sure you watch the episode before you read this because of spoilers.
Two weeks ago I suspected Daenerys was losing her mind. This weeks episode confirmed it. Daenerys has undergone a transformation that makes it hard to recognize her as the person we met years ago.
Throughout the episode, several things happened to Daenerys that have contributed to her becoming more like the ‘Mad King’, and because of that Sansa is right not to trust her.
First, when Daenerys sat at the head table during the funeral and life celebration with the Starks and Tyrion everyone was having a good time. She named Gendry Lord of Storms End.
Nice right? Not exactly.
Tyrion points out that Daenerys is only doing this to gain a forever grateful Lord who will serve her. She’s not celebrating with everyone who just went into battle with her, she’s playing politics.
Sansa overhears them and I think ultimately this is why she doesn’t trust Daenerys. Sansa doesn’t think she’s as pure of heart as she tries to come across as.
Secondly, Jon and Daenerys have a moment alone when she basically reaffirms her love for him despite reasons. Jon seems uncomfortable at first but then starts confessing his love too.
All good right? Wrong!
The only way Daenerys sees their love continuing on is if he keeps his claim to the Iron Throne a secret. She wants him to keep his truth a secret from his sisters and swear his brother and best friend to secrecy.
Does love not prevail over everything? Daenerys is basically insecure about her ability to win the love of the people of Winterfell because of the way they reacted to Jon after the battle. But Jon has always been that person to his people. Especially with what he’s gone through up to this point.
Plus, come on Daenerys get over it! Every girlfriend feels out of place the first time they visit their boyfriend’s parents house and the sisters always make them feel uncomfortable. That’s just my honest opinion.
Jon ends up revealing the truth to his siblings by letting Bran tell them. Here’s the question. What is Daenerys going to do now that the truth is floating around?
What is she going to do when she finds out that Tyrion and Varys know? How will she react to Jon?
Third, Daenerys loses her dragon Rhaegal and best friend Missandei within days of each other. And when Missandei is beheaded by the Mountain her last words are ‘Dracarys’!
I can’t fault Daenerys for going off and wanting to kill Cersei at this point, because that was her best friend and Grey Worms love. Of course, she’s going to be hot blooded.
Even though she definitely brought this on herself because everyone was tired and injured including her dragons after the battle with the Night King and the White Walkers.
Ultimately, though I disagree with telling Tyrion about Jon Snow’s heritage, Sansa is right that Daenerys is not trustworthy. Daenerys’ mental state has changed drastically since the beginning of this season.
No amount of love and devotion from Jon is going to change her direction. And no matter how hard Tyrion tries he won’t be able to steer her away from self-destruction.
We start off seeing everyone in mourning after the great battle between the living and the dead.