Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. I have always been impressed with Emilia’s portrayal of Daenerys, but her character is truly being tested again and again in these last episodes. Please note some spoilers are ahead. Daenerys has had to deal with so much and she has truly earned the titles of: Khaleesi and Mother of Dragons, as she continues to break chains, inspiring hope where there is none. I guess that’s why I was so frustrated seeing her presented as a “Mad Queen” now who is no longer fit to rule the Iron Throne according to some.
While I adore Jon Snow and feel that he has so many good leadership qualities, I cannot ignore the journey that Daenerys has been on. She was left to burn and die in a fire and emerged as a hero with three dragons instead. Everything about her character screams destiny and I can’t stop rooting for her even if I don’t always agree with all of her decisions. But isn’t that part of the challenge of being a good leader? Not everyone is going to agree with you, but it was aggravating to see some of her loyal advisors now questioning if she is the right ruler.
Whether you agree that she is the rightful ruler or not, I have been beyond impressed by Emilia’s performances, as she is channeling so many emotions at once. Daenerys’s grief is overwhelming, but yet she is still trying to be so strong for her people, but will this turn her on a path toward revenge? Cersei can really bring out the worst in others, but I’m hoping that Daenerys will channel that rage in a productive way.
What’s next for Daenerys? I’m not sure who will end up on the Iron Throne, but I would ultimately love to see her and Jon Snow rule together. I know that this may not be possible and others have said that she is “too strong” for him, but sometimes balance and compromise is necessary for good leadership. I’m interested to see how it all ends, but I have continued to be impressed with Daenerys again and again and I can’t wait to see what she does next!
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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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