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Home / TV / Game of Thrones theory says Daenerys is a dragon, will reveal her true self when Cersei burns her with Wildfire

Game of Thrones theory says Daenerys is a dragon, will reveal her true self when Cersei burns her with Wildfire

New Game of Thrones theory is unbelievable but still very interesting. It imagines that Daenerys Targaryen is a real, actual dragon.

tv Updated: May 11, 2019 16:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Daenerys Targaryen has always been a Targaryen different from others.
Daenerys Targaryen has always been a Targaryen different from others.

With just two more episodes left to the end of Game of Thrones, more and more people are coming up with crazy new theories that may just be better than the show itself. After speculating if Drogon will bring his babies to the battlefield in the upcoming fifth episode of season eight this Sunday, someone has come up with a shocking but fantastic new theory about Daenerys Targaryen’s true self.

One Ryan Caldwell shared a long and poetically written theory on Medium about how Daenerys could actually be the large dragon, the dragon mother, that we see next to three smaller dragons in the new opening theme of the show. He believes that the show has forever given us clues that she is no ordinary Targaryen.

At the end of the last episode, we saw that Dany’s chances of winning the Iron Throne do not look very certain anymore. Cersei Lannister has more men fighting for her, she killed Dany’s second dragon and her friend Missandei and spat on all possibilities of a surrender. With Euron Greyjoy and his men armed with several Scorpions on their ships, the chances for Drogon’s survival look slim as well. So, in this moment of great need, Dany needs something more than whatever little she already has. She needs another dragon, one much larger and stronger and one that doesn’t get harmed by iron spears. It looks like the help she needs may just be within herself. She may be the dragon that she is looking for.


In his article, Caldwell mentions ‘Daenerys Targaryen is a dragon. An actual dragon.’ The first clue provided by him are the words of Mirri from season one, the sorceress who promises to make Khal Drogo better again in exchange of his horse’s life. But Daenerys’ unborn child also dies in the blood magic. When asked what happened to the child, Mirri says, “Monstrous.” Mirri interjected, “Twisted. I pulled him out myself. He was scaled like a lizard. Blind, with leather wings, like the wings of a bat. When I touched him, his skin fell from his bones. Inside, he was full of graveworms.” Sounds an awful lot like a dragon to us. Could it be that Dany gave birth to what could be child born from the union of a man and a dragon?

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Another clue is how often the Targaryen tried to become dragons themselves. Joffrey Baratheon once told Margery Tyrell about Aerion Targaryen. “Over there in that urn, the ashes of Aerion Targaryen. Aerion Brightflame, they called him. He thought drinking wildfire would turn him into a dragon. He was wrong,” he told her. Even Viscerys, Dany’s brother, would often call himself a dragon. However, he was burned to death when Drogo poured molten gold over his head in season one. “He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon,” Dany says after his death.


A few episodes later, Dany sits on Drogo’s funeral pyre and emerges unburnt from the ashes, clutching three baby dragons in her arms. Obviously, she isn’t like any of the other Targaryens. She really cannot be burned. Could it be that she is so drastically different because she is indeed a dragon, something all her ancestors aspired to be? Even Lady Olenna tells her: “You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.”

But being a dragon will not absolve her of her burning ambition and the need for power that she has exhibited increasingly in the last few seasons. The theory suggests that after the loss of her two dragons, soldiers and friends, Dany will finally give in to becoming the Mad Queen that we have forever feared. ‘Increasingly reckless, feeling isolated and enraged, Daenerys will mount Drogon and do some serious damage to King’s Landing and the Iron Fleet. She’ll terrify and murder innocent people, roasting the Red Keep. It’ll be ugly, turning all eyes against her, just as Cersei planned,” reads the theory. Even Jon Snow will realise the true anger and carnage she is capable of, unworthy of ruling the realms of men.


However, Cersei will still be able to bring her down and capture her. What would she do with Daenerys then?

“In the Thrones fashion of poetic justice killings - Olenna with poison, Eddard beheaded, Ramsey’s hounds - and the viciously angry crowds crying for it,Cersei will victoriously march Daenerys out to be burned at the stake. Just like Dany burned the sorceress on Drogo’s funeral pyre. Twice she’s survived fire…But never wildfire. Cersei will have heard the stories so her forces will be at the ready to launch a thousand arrows into the Unburnt. Daenerys will roast… And a smug Cersei will have won,” reads the theory. But that will not be the end of Daenerys.

“Then, in a growing and brilliant green firestorm, born… Daenerys, the Targaryen her ancestors dreamed of, that her father envisioned being, will be “reborn as a dragon to turn enemies to ash.” The Daughter of Death, true to name. Breaking the chains of her human form, her chrysalis, she’ll spread her wings and transform into the Largest. Dragon. Ever. Seen. No weapons, no armies, will stand a chance against her. She’ll demolish everything in her path. Burn the entire city. Madness. End times. Pure Fire and Blood.” She will burn King’s Landing and its men, Cersei and even the throne room. Her vision from the House of Undying will finally come true. It wasn’t snow that we saw but ashes, that she herself was responsible for.

But this will not make her invincible. Jon Snow will still have a role to play.

“Slamming down in front of him in a massive quake, he’ll give her pause. The recognition in her eyes. The scent of his dragon blood. A painful moment of understanding. She’ll be too far gone, though. A vicious whirlwind of a roar blasting him to the ground. Jon will do what heroes do… finally…Slay the dragon.”

He will plunge his sword in the dragon’s heart, killing the woman he loved and maybe, just maybe, when he pulls his sword out, it will be aflame, making him the prophecised Azor Ahai. The Prince That Was Promised, he will finally rule the seven kingdoms with a broken heart.

With just two episodes left to the end, it will be quite a task to fit all of this in such a small space. But if it does come true, it would really be an unexpected end to the show.

Do you think the theory could be true? Do you want it to come true? Let us know.

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