We all remember how we felt when watching Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) suddenly go HAM on Kings Landing, killing innocent people and destroying the city on Game Of Thrones.
Well, it turns out that thanks to the concept art, there was actually a pretty interesting reason as to why she suddenly went all Mad Queen that wasn’t portrayed properly in the series itself.
Featured in the behind-the-scenes book The Art of Game of Thrones, it revealed that a previously hidden detail was very poignant in Dany’s deciding factor that led her to to give the go ahead to Drogon to destroy the city.
In the book, the sketches reveal a design element to the Red Keep where there was an added Lion symbol (which is the sigil of the Lannisters), and that it was upon seeing this that Dany felt the fury and quite literally burned them ALL.
“Being able to see the Lannister lion in the window behind the throne was very important in this illustration,” the caption reads in the book.
When first discussing the moment that Dany went all Dragon Queen, showrunner DB Weiss had already previously said: “She sees the Red Keep, which is, to her, the home that her family built when they first came over to this country 300 years ago. It’s in that moment, on the walls of King’s Landing, when she’s looking at that symbol of everything that was taken from her, when she makes the decision to make this personal.”
However, it is only now that we know it was supposed to be a LITERAL symbol of a lion that was staring Dany right smack in the fact that set off her fury and made her rage. Interesting.
Insightful, yes, but it still doesn’t stop the ending being the most beige thing ever. I don’t think I’ll ever forgive them for making Bran the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms – but that’s just my opinion.
[Featured Image Credit: HBO]