Firstly, Daenerys gets a lot of flack for being a boring character. However, she is the main reason I watch GoT. I absolutely disagree with those who do not like her character. That said, we are open to discussion here at HTFG, so bring it!
“You have a good claim: a title, a birthright. But you have something more than that: you may cover it up and deny it, but you have a gentle heart. You would be not only respected and feared, you would be loved. Someone who can rule and should rule. Centuries come and go without a person like that coming into the world. There are times that I look at you, and I still can’t believe you’re real.“―Ser Jorah Mormont to Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys’ story is complicated; Born an orphan, her only companion is her older, abusive brother, Viserys. Both Daenerys and Viserys are the last of the line of House Targaryen. This matters because the Targaryen’s once commanded the Iron Throne, and (of course) Viserys wants it back. He will use anything and anyone to get into a position of power. We meet Daenerys as a young, vulnerable girl being made ready to be traded by Viserys to Khal Drogo, King of the Dothraki. Her marriage to the Khal will ensure Viserys’ part of the Dothraki army, with which he intends to take back the Seven Kingdoms.
I don’t know about you, but I would probably have killed myself. At the very least I would have killed Viserys. Daenerys instead learns the language and customs of the Dothraki, quickly winning the hearts of Drogo and his people (ironically, by eating a heart, raw). They even begin calling her Khaleesi, Dothraki for Queen. She finds her voice, strength, and badassery – and Viserys finds out that you don’t mess with Khaleesi.
Free of her brother’s shadow and pregnant with the Khal’s son, she convinces Drogo to sail to Westeros and take the Iron Throne for their unborn child. But as they travel westward, everything falls apart. Drogo is injured in a dispute with one of his horsemen. His wound threatens his life, and Daenerys pleads with one of her captured servants to employ magic to save him. Instead, the witch vengefully takes the life of her unborn son and leaves the Khal in a vegetative state. The Dothraki, now without their King, are divided. Most of them abandon Daenerys. Everything she had gained, lost in the same moment. Heartbroken, Daenerys mercifully ends Drogo’s life. She then immolates herself in the Khal’s funeral pyre, carrying with her three petrified dragon eggs, the last vestiges of the House Targaryen.
But this is only the beginning for Daenerys; Instead of perishing in the flames, she emerges unharmed with 3 hatched dragons. She is reborn as the Mother of Dragons. She rejoins the remaining Dothraki and announces herself Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen. She will reclaim the Iron Throne.
From there we watch Daenerys rise to power, first plundering the riches of Qarth, then setting sail to Slaver’s Bay, where she earns the name ‘Breaker of Chains’. She takes command of the army of Unsullied in Astapor, wins the allegiance of the Second Sons and takes the city of Yunkai, then turns the slaves of Mereen against their masters, finally taking her seat on the throne of the Great Pyramid of Mereen. She transitions from conqueror to ruler.
In the upcoming season, Daenerys will face her greatest trials yet. Her rule will be threatened by uprising, and we will see how she manages her growing dragons – one of which is still roaming free. And if the season 5 trailer tells us anything, our favorite Targaryen will start to play a much larger role in the hot mess in Westeros. We have seen Dany take on hardships, even face complete devastation, and literally rise from the ashes – I expect we’ll see more of the same in the next chapter. This is why she is our Woman of April. Long live the Queen.