The events happening in Westeros on
Game of Thrones was initially referred to as the "War of the Five Kings." Joffery, Stannis, and Renly Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Balon Greyjoy are all vying for crown and kingship following the untimely death of Robert Baratheon. But now, depending on whether you go by the books or show, only one or maaaybe two of the original five kings remain. One contender, one no one really counts on in the Seven Kingdoms, is still very much in the running: Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, called Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons. *whew* What Parents Are Talking About — Delivered Straight To Your Inbox
Well... is she still Queen of Meereen? She left amid quite the kerfuffle. And she's in the Great Grass Sea now, and the Dothraki approaching when last we saw her didn't appear to be too keen to call her Khaleesi. And she only has one of her three dragons, so can she be called Mother of Dragon
s? Mother of Dragon, singular, is perhaps a bit more accurate at this point. But, if one lesson must be taken from our Dany, it's that no matter how far past the point of no return she seems to venture, you never, ever count her out. The woman walked out of a funeral pyre. That is, as the kids would say, hardcore. You Have Non-Human Babies
The Targaryens brought dragons with them to Westeros when they moved from Old Valyria. About 100 years before Daenerys was born, however, the last of them died and they were thought to be extinct... until she was able to hatch three. It was kind of a big deal. So she is
super into them, going as far as calling herself The Mother of Dragons. So if you're that chick who has 7,000,000 pictures of her fur babies on her phone, you might be a Dany (especially if you're planning on riding your dogs or cats into battle to reclaim your lost throne). You Have A Soft Spot For Children
Maybe it's because she knows she cannot have children (
long story), or maybe because she went through so much as a child herself, but Dany has a soft spot for little ones. When she took the children of Meereenese nobles as hostages to keep her newly conquered subjects in line, she could not bring herself to harm them when she was routinely disobeyed. Mind you, this is a chick who has no real problems setting adults who f*ck with her on fire or sealing them in a vault to starve to death, so it's not that she lacks the necessary brutality to employ a scorched earth policy against anyone. Children are the chink in her emotional armor. You're Not Quite Over Your Ex
And if they were as mind-blowingly gorgeous as Jason Momoa, you wouldn't be either.
That Doesn't Stop You From Getting Super Hot Hook-Ups
Because you miss your sun and stars... but you're not going to let the Daarios out there wither on the vine, are you?
Your Outfits Are On Fleek
Daenerys has the mystical ability to always look good, maintaining her own personal style while paying homage to the people and places she conquers through her sartorial choices. Last year,
Allison P. Davis over at New York Magazine brilliantly nailed this phenomenon by declaring our khaleesi "queen of going out tops." You Tend To Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Daenerys is super-duper ambitious. When we first meet her she's a young teen sold into marriage by an abusive brother and is left widowed, wandering, and weak. But she turns her fortune around, raises an army and conquers several city states on her way back to Westeros... only to seemingly lose that as a result of pushing for too much too quickly. Sometimes in her enthusiasm to get to the next stage in her master plan, she collects major problems along with major territories.
(Contrary to the gif choice, she handled that raw horse heart really well!)
You're Not Afraid To Get Your Hands Dirty
I mean... see horse heart gif if you don't believe me. But Dany does what all of my best bosses have done in the past: They are willing to roll up their sleeves and work alongside those they expect to serve her. Don't get it twisted — she
knows she is The Leader, but she knows that leadership is not established (or maintained) without work. Your Family Is Complicated
Oh, the Targaryens. They make just about any reality TV family look normal and well-adjusted. For starters, genetics are not on their side: when the Targaryens came over to Westeros 400 years ago and brought with them their dragons, their trademark silvery-blonde hair and purple eyes... and this weird habit of brother/sister marriage. I know,
I know. Centuries of inbreeding have done a few things to this family tree, including passing down super-concentrated levels of crazy... and Dany was kind of born in the middle of that. Her father (who married his sister, by the bye) was dubbed "The Mad King." Her brother Viserys inherited their dad's violence and anger. But, "madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land." Daenerys seems to be on the lucky side... You've Had It Rough
After her father the Mad King was overthrown, Dany and her brother were whisked away to Essos across the sea to safety. But safety never necessarily meant comfort. They moved frequently and lived in constant fear of assassins, eager to wipe out the last of the Targaryens completely. On top of that, the young Daenerys feared her brother's verbal and physical abuse.
You've Allowed Your Past To Shape You, Not Define You
It took time, but our girl has come into her own despite all her pain and fear by remembering that she is descended of greatness.
You Are Wise Beyond Your Years
While Emilia Clarke is 29, at this point in the books Daenerys is only about 16 (though the show clearly ages her up a bit, which is fine, encouraged even). 16 and ruling hundreds of thousands of people and commanding an army. Impressive doesn't seem to cover it at that point, right? Like,
Jacob Tremblay's performance in is impressive. Daenerys Targaryen ruling kingdoms at 16 is insane. Room Dudes Get Creepy Crushes On You
There's just something about you that brings out the creepers in their fedoras. They have no idea they're being really, tremendously weird and inappropriate... or that they're your dad's age.
You Are Principled
Just because you're ambitious doesn't mean you don't have morals and lines you won't cross. Dany wants to rule as much territory as possible, but she holds deep (if sometimes misguided) concerns for the welfare of her people. (Which I think is going to come into play when she eventually tries to conquer the Seven Kingdoms because this does distinguish her from literally everyone else vying for the throne...)
OMG Your Hair
real, girlfriend. For f*cking real. Those careless beachy waves. Those braids. That dye job. Teach us your ways! You Have A LOT To Learn
You're young and inexperienced... but you rest too assured of your victories when the war has only just begun. BUT..
And we're all rooting for you, queen.