Until season seven, Game of Thrones was a relatively slow-moving show. Now there are dramatic plot advancements in every episode, and, with so much going on, it’s easy for fans to miss key elements of each episode. But fear not, we’ve compiled a list of three things you probably missed in the latest episode ”Beyond the Wall”.
As the battle of the Iron Throne heats up, questions have arisen about who is fit to sit on the throne. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are far from united, and it’s going to take a strong leader to bring them together. However, we all know that these questions about the Iron Throne will be redundant if the Night King wins…
1. Daenerys isn’t fit to sit on the Iron Throne
Before the action kicks off in the North when Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch go on their doomed journey to try and capture a White Walker, Tyrion briefly criticizes Daenerys as a ruler, reminding her of a promise she made in season five not to become like her father the Mad King.
“Fear is all Cersei has,” Tyrion says. ”It’s what my father had, and Joffrey. It makes their power brittle, because everyone beneath them longs to see them dead.”
”[My father] got quite a long way on fear,” Daenerys replies.
In season five, Daenerys poignantly said that she was going to break the wheel and instead of ruling through fear, she’d rule through virtue. However, she’s a bit vague about exactly how she’s doing to do it. As this season has progressed, Daenerys has shown that she’s more than willing to use fear to force people into bending the knee. I mean, was it really necessary to kill Rickon-Dickon and Randyll Tarly in episode five? I don’t think so.
We’ve seen Daenerys grow so much over the course of the show. She’s grown from being sold by her brother to the Dothraki into a powerful leader who has got a serious chance of sitting on the Iron Throne, but in ”Beyond the Wall” Tyrion suggests that unless she changes her tactics, she might not be the right person to sit on it. So that begs the question – who else would it be? Well, it’s a long-held fan theory that Jon Snow is a Targaryen too, and he has shown a lot more virtue than Daenerys.