Dark Rider, on 29 February 2012 - 08:34 PM, said:
Dany just wants to go home. It's not so much that she wants the Iron Throne or to rule Westeros, but that she understands that in the Game of Thrones either you win or you die. If she doesn't place a Targ back on the throne then she'll forever be in danger and I think she's just reached the point where she's sick of being weak and being in danger. In A Dance With Dargons she definitely gets too comfortable where she is at, because the security of the throne there is more than she's ever known, which is sad considering how little security there really is for her. I think by the end of the book though she realizes that it's not going to be a safe place for her to put down roots and that she has to continue going for Westeros, which is the only home she can have.
I agree. The problem is Westeros is not her home and never was, I presume never will be.
Let's look from another perspective: Dany is young queen, who was raised in another civilization with her brother's whispers and stories about 'home', which Westeros has never been for her, she was almost in slavery of her brother, later he even sells her to the savage king to get an army, then she became a khalesi and understands how to deal with dothraki, then she 'gives birth' to dragons and her all "dragon blood" thing became very true for her and she thinks nothing can harm her (fire, diseases etc) because of her blood, then she tries to free people (honorable and definitely good intention, and understandable as well),not mentioning that slavery was her sensitive issue all the time she became a queen at Mereen, but brought nothing but fire and blood to the cities she visits, then she learn a little bit how to play the game, but stays ignorant to Westerosi rules, traditions, truth about events and so on. I think that Dany is very brave, sensitive and generally good person (and character), who came a long way and suffered a lot too, but she deals with all her problems like she deals with her dothraki and rules this way too.
I must admit Westeros is not heaven and Westerosi people are not angels and saints, but dealing with them like she would deal with dothraki or slavers is not an option. She is a queen of another culture not westerosi culture. The only way she can establish her power and her "foreign views" is fire and blood, which is once again is not an option, because of the state of 7 Kingdoms are in. Plus she had never seen a Winter before and never dealt with it. And as I understand it is a big deal and problem in Westeros. She would probably fight the fanatic faith in Westeros (which is good, because fanatism is nothing good and the 7the faith won't help with the Others, like, I believe, the Old Gods will), but she won't be a good queen for Westeros (unless she learns about Westeros, her own family history more closely etc and would be able to rule it without rivers of blood and dragon flames).
It's actually kind of sad: trying to reach home, and in the end realize that the place you desired is not your home and is not your place; Dany is lost, and I think the dothraki sea with Drogo was her real home.
I confess I haven't liked Dany since 3rd book and I don't her be the only one savior of the world, it seems just unfair, but I want her to find peace in the end, I don't know why, probably I sympathy her, when she in convinced that she is goddess.
Edited by Gala, 01 March 2012 - 04:40 AM.