As the snow (and ash) settles on Game of Thrones‘ penultimate episode, fans of the ice and fire epic are looking at the show’s very own endgame. No matter what your views on HBO’s final season, there’s no denying that you’ll all be tuning in next week to see how it rounds off.
Everyone was left reeling when May 12’s “The Bells” saw Daenerys Targaryen take on the role of the Mad Queen and torch King’s Landing on her quest to the Iron Throne.
It was pretty easily signposted, but now, some eagle-eyed fans are pointing out that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss foreshadowed Dany’s terrifying turn way back in Season 2.
The equally divisive second season had Emilia Clarke’s blonde bombshell heading to Qarth in search of riches and help to bolster her claim to the pointy chair. One of the season’s most iconic moments was Daenerys trying to rescue her dragons from the villainous Pyat Pree. Taking a trip to the House of the Undying, Daenerys had a harrowing vision of her future.
For those who need a refresher, the House of the Undying vision saw Daenerys walking through the ruins of the throne room — seemingly covered in snow. It now looks like it wasn’t snow at all. Instead, Dany is taking claim over the ash-covered Iron Throne after she has torched the capital and made the (few) survivors bend the knee.
This isn’t the only time visions have spelled out Benioff and Weiss’ ending though. Back in Season 5, the creepy Bran Stark had an unnerving vision of a dragon flying over King’s Landing, as well as flashing images of Wildfire and King Aerys II “The Mad King” Targaryen.
It now becomes clear that Daenerys was always destined to follow in the footsteps of daddy dearest and do anything in her power to take a seat on the throne.
Why anyone would want to sit in the ruins of a city and breath in ash all day — imagine what it’ll do to your lungs — is beyond me, but it’s clearly what Dany has always wanted.
I’m calling it now, but here’s betting Arya Stark puts her faceless assassin skills to the test and adds Daenerys to her kill list before those final credits roll.
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