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Bit of what-if. We see that at the end Danaerys is confronted with Jhaqo's men. Looks bad for Dany. But with Martin ending book with characters in precarious predicaments only to change things around in the next chapter it's a good bet that things are not all that bad.

So, a possible scenario: Mirri Maz Duur was completely untruthful when describing Rhaego's birth. He was born normal and healthy, and was spirited off by whomever and wound up fostered by Jhaqo, who believed in the Stallion that Mounts the World prophecy. Then when he, or his men, encounter Dany out on the lone prairie instead of treating her badly he honors her as the mother of the Stallion. Jhaqo has the biggest Khalassar at this point, thus the most prestige, so he'd have the best chance of uniting the Dothraki behind Dany.

This might appear a bit sappy, but for Martin it could be a huge time-saver since he has at least two more books to churn out and needs to cut out a lot of minor stuff and get to the important story lines.

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You are forgetting the part where Dany has Drogon with her. This is probably going to end with Dany going to the Mother of Mountains, to the crones. This is one of the foretold things. She also swore bloody vengeance on Jhaqo and Mago, who rapes and murders Eroeh in GoT. She may go with them now because she's sickly, most likely with pale mare. But Jhaqo will come to a very horrible end at the conclusion of this arc. 

Rhaego is gone, as in he never was because of MMZ's curse. Why would Jhaqo foster Drogo's kid? Jorah specifically warns Dany that they might kill her and the baby because Rhaego is a threat. 

In any case, either the Stallion prophesy will never come to be because Rhaego is gone, or the crones misidentified the Stallion. It could be Dany with Drogon who becomes the Stallion that Mounts the World, burning cities with dragonfire. Her dragons united a broken khalasar once, it might do so again with all the Dothraki. 

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1 hour ago, Light a wight tonight said:

Bit of what-if. We see that at the end Danaerys is confronted with Jhaqo's men. Looks bad for Dany. But with Martin ending book with characters in precarious predicaments only to change things around in the next chapter it's a good bet that things are not all that bad.

So, a possible scenario: Mirri Maz Duur was completely untruthful when describing Rhaego's birth. He was born normal and healthy, and was spirited off by whomever and wound up fostered by Jhaqo, who believed in the Stallion that Mounts the World prophecy. Then when he, or his men, encounter Dany out on the lone prairie instead of treating her badly he honors her as the mother of the Stallion. Jhaqo has the biggest Khalassar at this point, thus the most prestige, so he'd have the best chance of uniting the Dothraki behind Dany.

This might appear a bit sappy, but for Martin it could be a huge time-saver since he has at least two more books to churn out and needs to cut out a lot of minor stuff and get to the important story lines.

I don't think Rhaego is alive, his death was necessary for the birth of the dragons, so no.

However, I wondered myself if Khal Jhaqo was specifically sent by the Dosh Khaleen to bring Dany. The way they approach the dragon makes me to suspect there is more than wanting to kill it. Otherwise arrows should be raining. Maybe there is something amiss in the Dothraki Sea that needs to be righted (ghost grass anyone?)

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47 minutes ago, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

You are forgetting the part where Dany has Drogon with her. This is probably going to end with Dany going to the Mother of Mountains, to the crones. This is one of the foretold things. She also swore bloody vengeance on Jhaqo and Mago, who rapes and murders Eroeh in GoT. She may go with them now because she's sickly, most likely with pale mare. But Jhaqo will come to a very horrible end at the conclusion of this arc. 

Rhaego is gone, as in he never was because of MMZ's curse. Why would Jhaqo foster Drogo's kid? Jorah specifically warns Dany that they might kill her and the baby because Rhaego is a threat. 

In any case, either the Stallion prophesy will never come to be because Rhaego is gone, or the crones misidentified the Stallion. It could be Dany with Drogon who becomes the Stallion that Mounts the World, burning cities with dragonfire. Her dragons united a broken khalasar once, it might do so again with all the Dothraki. 

Don't be so sure that Mirri's prophecies and curses are valid. She's wrong about Dany being barren, since we see her suffering a miscarriage, maybe abortion induced by the berries. She's likely wrong about a lot of stuff. We only have Mirri's unsupported word that Rhaego was a stillborn monstrosity. What Mirri said was mainly intended to hurt Dany, who was in an emotionally vulnerable position. Sort of a few last bitter words from the condemned.

As I said, Jhaqo buys into the Stallion theory. He wants to be on the winning side, that's all. Whether or not the Stallion prophecy is true is unimportant. It's what people believe is true that guides their actions.

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1 minute ago, rotting sea cow said:

I don't think Rhaego is alive, his death was necessary for the birth of the dragons, so no.

However, I wondered myself if Khal Jhaqo was specifically sent by the Dosh Khaleen to bring Dany. The way they approach the dragon makes me to suspect there is more than wanting to kill it. Otherwise arrows should be raining. Maybe there is something amiss in the Dothraki Sea that needs to be righted (ghost grass anyone?)

Someone's death was needed. Could have been Mirri's since her immolation and the hatching were pretty close.

I'd say Khal Jhaqo's men finding Dany was fortuitous. In Meereen she was believed dead, so why would Jhaqo have men out looking for her?

 

(Woohoo. 6K posts. Took long enough.)

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1 hour ago, Light a wight tonight said:

He was born normal and healthy, and was spirited off by whomever and wound up fostered by Jhaqo, who believed in the Stallion that Mounts the World prophecy.

Why would none of Dany's handmaids, soon-to-be-Bloodriders, or Jorah notice this happening? I don't think Jhaqo would have been the first to see the baby, unless he was a trained midwife, which seems unlikely.

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Jhaqo and his Dothraki saw Dany riding Drogon.  They also saw the pair eating a horse.  This is history repeating itself.  Dany won the Dothraki when she ate the horse's heart.  Dany and her dragon eating a horse is another sign that she will win over the Dothraki.  Jhaqo will bend his knees because somebody who rides dragons is greater than any Dothraki khal that ever lived.

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18 minutes ago, Bowen 747 said:

Dany won the Dothraki when she ate the horse's heart.

She certainly won respect as Drogo's wife, but she wasn't the first woman to be put through that, and I doubt she was the first to complete the challenge. 

19 minutes ago, Bowen 747 said:

Jhaqo will bend his knees because somebody who rides dragons is greater than any Dothraki khal that ever lived.

Yup. It's the dragons that matter.

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1 hour ago, Light a wight tonight said:

Don't be so sure that Mirri's prophecies and curses are valid. She's wrong about Dany being barren, since we see her suffering a miscarriage, maybe abortion induced by the berries. She's likely wrong about a lot of stuff. We only have Mirri's unsupported word that Rhaego was a stillborn monstrosity. What Mirri said was mainly intended to hurt Dany, who was in an emotionally vulnerable position. Sort of a few last bitter words from the condemned.

As I said, Jhaqo buys into the Stallion theory. He wants to be on the winning side, that's all. Whether or not the Stallion prophecy is true is unimportant. It's what people believe is true that guides their actions.

I'm not so sure about that. In the scene:

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"Tell me how my child died."

"He never lived, my princess. The women say..." He faltered, and Dany saw how the flesh hung loose on him, and the way he limped when he moved.

"Tell me. Tell me what the women say."

He turned his face away. His eyes were haunted. "They say the child was.."

So Jorah is not hearing this from Mirri, but from "the women", which I think would include Irri and Jhiqui and perhaps Doreah. Jhiqui, in fact, confirms that Rhaego never lived before Jorah does. So unless all these women are simple taking Mirri at her word, then I think it's safe to assume that they saw Rhaego's remains first-hand.

And I feel sorry for Jhaquo if he thinks he can submit to Dany to be on the winning side.

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"I promise you that, by the old gods and the new, by the lamb god and the horse god and every god that lives. I swear it by the Mother of Mountains and the Womb of the World. Before I am done with them, Mago and Ko Jhaqo will plead for the mercy they showed Eroeh."

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"I am the dragons daughter, and I swear to you, these men will die screaming."

 

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1 hour ago, Light a wight tonight said:

Don't be so sure that Mirri's prophecies and curses are valid. She's wrong about Dany being barren, since we see her suffering a miscarriage, maybe abortion induced by the berries. She's likely wrong about a lot of stuff. We only have Mirri's unsupported word that Rhaego was a stillborn monstrosity. What Mirri said was mainly intended to hurt Dany, who was in an emotionally vulnerable position. Sort of a few last bitter words from the condemned.

She doesn't say Dany is barren. She says "...when your womb bears a living child." If what happens to her at the end of DwD is indeed a miscarriage, then that means Dany can get pregnant, but she will always miscarry the baby. That is even more cruel than being cursed to be barren. I totally missed the possibility of a miscarriage and I thought she was just having a period, then I wondered how that would be if she's infertile now. 

MMZ doesn't actually prophesize anything. Some people think her "when sun rises in the west" statement is a foretelling of some sort. But I think, like Dany, that was just her being really metaphorical. It means never. 

We already know that MMZ really did curse Drogo and caused Dany to suffer a miscarriage. Rhaego's death (or being unmade) was witnessed by her handmaidens. Dany herself sees Rhaego being consumed by what seems like R'hllor's symbol. He is snuffed out like he never was. 

2 hours ago, Light a wight tonight said:

As I said, Jhaqo buys into the Stallion theory. He wants to be on the winning side, that's all. Whether or not the Stallion prophecy is true is unimportant. It's what people believe is true that guides their actions.

It doesn't matter whether Jhaqo believes in the Stallion or not. The crones said Dany's baby would be the Stallion and now Dany's baby is gone. Besides, Jhaqo is Dothraki. The culture is to win by conquest. it would be very unmanly to wait to follow someone else. 

Jhaqo may do his duty here and try to escort Dany to the crones, because as a widow of a khal, that's where she belongs. I can see how going back would seem appealing to Dany at this point because, you know, to go forward she must go back. 

1 hour ago, Shouldve Taken The Black said:

Why would none of Dany's handmaids, soon-to-be-Bloodriders, or Jorah notice this happening? I don't think Jhaqo would have been the first to see the baby, unless he was a trained midwife, which seems unlikely.

Ha ha. I really don't get the "Rhaego is alive" crowd. 

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1 hour ago, Shouldve Taken The Black said:

She certainly won respect as Drogo's wife, but she wasn't the first woman to be put through that, and I doubt she was the first to complete the challenge. 

Yup. It's the dragons that matter.

Maybe it's the brio with which she completed the challenge.  Her style.  I dunno.  The old women saw something there.  Jhaqo could have a annoyance at first. It's because Dothraki custom sends the widows of dead khals to Vaes Dothrak.  And the Dothraki only follow the strong.  Dany brings change and the Dothraki will not be different.  Seeing Dany riding a dragon is the sign of power and dominance, the traits that the Dothraki respect.  And he will have heard by now that she hatched dragons and walked out of a burning fire.  The groundwork has been laid for Dany to become a khal in her own right rather than khaleesi.

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3 hours ago, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

You are forgetting the part where Dany has Drogon with her. This is probably going to end with Dany going to the Mother of Mountains, to the crones. This is one of the foretold things. She also swore bloody vengeance on Jhaqo and Mago, who rapes and murders Eroeh in GoT. She may go with them now because she's sickly, most likely with pale mare. But Jhaqo will come to a very horrible end at the conclusion of this arc. 

Rhaego is gone, as in he never was because of MMZ's curse. Why would Jhaqo foster Drogo's kid? Jorah specifically warns Dany that they might kill her and the baby because Rhaego is a threat. 

In any case, either the Stallion prophesy will never come to be because Rhaego is gone, or the crones misidentified the Stallion. It could be Dany with Drogon who becomes the Stallion that Mounts the World, burning cities with dragonfire. Her dragons united a broken khalasar once, it might do so again with all the Dothraki. 

This.  I don't see why there would be such a massive manipulation on GRRM's part just to "shock" the readers with Rhaego being alive.  He is dead and his death was witnessed by numerous people who have no reason to lie.  

And the key thing is Dany has Drogon with her, and I take it as very symbolic and foretelling that Jhago, the guy who Dany has sworn revenge on, arrives to see Dany and Drogon chowing down on horseflesh at the end of ADWD.  Dany will most likely go along willingly with Jhago to Dosh Khaleen and when the time is right have Drogon roast the entire Khal leadership leaving her to take over the Dothraki.  

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3 hours ago, Light a wight tonight said:

's wrong about Dany being barren

I don't think she said that Dany is barren. Daenerys was supposed to join dosh khaleen, and widows of khals are forbidden to have sex.

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5 hours ago, Light a wight tonight said:

As I said, Jhaqo buys into the Stallion theory. He wants to be on the winning side, that's all. Whether or not the Stallion prophecy is true is unimportant. It's what people believe is true that guides their actions.

That's why when Jhago took Rhaego, sort of adopted him, then many of Drogo's Dothraki decided to join his newly formed khalasar, and left with him, on the next day after blood magic ritual. And that kidnapping was first out of three treasons - the one for blood. Rhaego is son of Drogo, and Jhago was Drogo's bloodrider, thus to him Rhaego is blood of my blood. He kidnapped the baby, and it was done for the sake of Jhago's blood/relative.

6 hours ago, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

Rhaego is gone, as in he never was because of MMZ's curse. Why would Jhaqo foster Drogo's kid? Jorah specifically warns Dany that they might kill her and the baby because Rhaego is a threat. 

What curse? Seems that lots of people are mistaken about how blood magic works. It's not a wild predator, that kills whoever is present nearby, during blood magic ritual. The price for Drogo's life was life of his stallion. Mirri didn't knew that, while she will be performing that ritual, Dany will come in. She didn't knew that she will be burned, or she would have run away (she had lots of opportunities for that, like Tyrion), so she also didn't knew that Dany will interrupt blood magic ritual. Life of a second stallion, Drogo and Mirri payed for lives of Dany's three Dragons. So what could have caused Rhaego's death? It wasn't part of Mirri's plan, because Jorah, carrying Dany in Drogo's tent, was just a happenstance. It couldn't have been predicted or foreseen. Let's go thru events, that have led to that happening. 

Mirri was making preparations for her ritual. Dany and Jorah went outside. Majority of Dothraki were against usage of blood magic, thus they started revolt.

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Qotho shoved her aside. Dany fell to her knees, crossing her arms over her belly to protect the child within.

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Inside Dany’s womb, her son kicked wildly.

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Dany felt a sharp pain in her belly, a wetness on her thighs.

Dany cried out for help, but no one heard.

Someone threw a stone, and when Dany looked, her shoulder was torn and bloody. “No,” she wept, “no, please, stop it, it’s too high, the price is too high.” More stones came flying. She tried to crawl toward the tent, but Cohollo caught her. Fingers in her hair, he pulled her head back and she felt the cold touch of his knife at her throat. “My baby,” she screamed, and perhaps the gods heard, for as quick as that, Cohollo was dead. Aggo’s arrow took him under the arm, to pierce his lungs and heart.

She tried to rise, and agony seized her and squeezed her like a giant’s fist. The breath went out of her; it was all she could do to gasp. The sound of Mirri Maz Duur’s voice was like a funeral dirge. Inside the tent, the shadows whirled.

4.

An arm went under her waist, and then Ser Jorah was lifting her off her feet. His face was sticky with blood, and Dany saw that half his ear was gone. She convulsed in his arms as the pain took her again, and heard the knight shouting for her handmaids to help him. Are they all so afraid! She knew the answer. Another pain grasped her, and Dany bit back a scream. It felt as if her son had a knife in each hand, as if he were hacking at her to cut his way out. “Doreah, curse you,” Ser Jorah roared. “Come here. Fetch the birthing women.”

“They will not come. They say she is accursed.”

“They’ll come or I’ll have their heads.”

Doreah wept. “They are gone, my lord.”

5.

“The maegi,” someone else said. Was that Aggo? “Take her to the maegi.”

Dany was shoved, fell, her water broke, and she had birth pains. And that "It felt as if her son had a knife in each hand, as if he were hacking at her to cut his way out", is just your average back labor. Happens with every third woman in labor. In next chapter more of the same: " “Faster,” they cried, “faster, faster.” She raced, her feet melting the stone wherever they touched. “Faster!” the ghosts cried as one, and she screamed and threw herself forward. A great knife of pain ripped down her back, and she felt her skin tear open and smelled the stench of burning blood". And then her baby was born. Alive and normal.

Rhaego's birth was predicted by ancient prophecy, thus he is a great entity, so it just can't be that his death was caused by ... :dunno: ... By what exactly was it supposedly caused? Magic is a tool, it does only what its user requres it to do. Thus there's no way, that Rhaego's death was caused by blood magic ritual, in which blood of Drogo's stallion was supposed to cure Drogo's body. Why would that force, suddenly attack Rhaego, and him alone, out of five people that were present there (1. Mirri, 2. Drogo, 3. Jorah, 4. Dany, 5. Rhaego), turn him into a mutated dragon-hybrid, and then caused him to disintegrate? Too random. Why did that magic turned him into a monster, just to make him disintegrate some short amount of time later?

And it's a total :bs: that Dany's baby wasn't normal from the beginning of her pregnancy, or mutated in span of it. She had normal pregnancy, she was young and healthy, there's absolutely no reason to think, that something was wrong with her baby. Unlike monstrous children of Maegor I, Dany's pregnancy didn't ended with miscarriage, just a few months after she became pregnant. Also could be that Maegor's babies were not monsters, they indeed were miscarried or stillborn, but their horrible description was added by Maegor's enemies. Maegor was a cruel King, and a bad person, so people, including maesters, were telling horrible things about him. So could be that his children weren't some sort of mutants. The only truth in those stories, is that they were miscarried, and even that was caused by Tyanna, not by magic or Targaryen dragon blood.

Rhaego's description, given to Dany by Mirri, was a lie. Everything that she told about him and his birth was a lie. The baby was taken away by Dothraki, and Mirri, and Jorah both knew about it. That's why Jorah was ashamed, and why he couldn't face Dany, when he was supposed to lie to her, about what happened with her baby. He couldn't do it, so Mirri had to step up, and lie in his place. Also the reason why Jorah said to Dany, not to go in the same direction, as Dothraki went, specifically Jhago, because that way she could have found out, that her son isn't dead, and that actually he was taken by Jhago.

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9 hours ago, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

She also swore bloody vengeance on Jhaqo and Mago, who rapes and murders Eroeh in GoT.

That's pretty much on point for me. I can see Dany seizing the khalassar and riding back to Meereen, after torturing and killing Mago & Jaqho, in a hurry with Drogon on her back. 

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5 hours ago, Shouldve Taken The Black said:

Why would none of Dany's handmaids, soon-to-be-Bloodriders, or Jorah notice this happening? I don't think Jhaqo would have been the first to see the baby, unless he was a trained midwife, which seems unlikely.

I think that on the next day, Jhago went inside Drogo's tent, to see Drogo. He saw Drogo's state, and realised that Drogo is a lost case. But also he saw Dany's newborn baby. The boy was normal and healthy. He even had some of Dothraki's features, such as typical for them copper skin, and almond shaped eyes.

The baby was the Stallion that will mount the world, and he was son of Jhago's "blood". And the baby's mother was an evil witch, that doomed their khal, by believing to Mirri. Thus she had no right to raise that khal's baby. So he took the baby away. And Jorah could do nothing to stop him. Maybe he was at that time either still sleeping, or unconsciousness from his wounds. Jhago took the baby, and left. And with him went many of Dothraki. Then those people that were left behind, those of them that knew what actually happened, agreed to lie, and decided beforehand, what they will tell to Dany, when she will wake up. And to make her to forget what really happened, Mirri gave her opium.

The only people that actually knew what happened, were Mirri and Jorah. Dany's maids maybe knew, maybe didn't. And the rest knew nothing. Nearly everyone that stayed with Dany, had a low status in Drogo's khalasar - the old, the crippled, women and children. Thus they were far away from Drogo's tent. GRRM even wrote about that sort of hierarchy, during celebratory feast, on which Viserys died - best warriors near their khal, and weaklings furthest away from him.

And thus, when Dany was giving birth to Rhaego, and when afterwards Jhago went to that tent, and carried the baby out, none of them saw anything, and none of them heard anything. And then other Dothraki left. And those that remained, either knew nothing, or were told to lie about what happened. 

3 hours ago, John Suburbs said:

So Jorah is not hearing this from Mirri, but from "the women", which I think would include Irri and Jhiqui and perhaps Doreah. Jhiqui, in fact, confirms that Rhaego never lived before Jorah does. So unless all these women are simple taking Mirri at her word, then I think it's safe to assume that they saw Rhaego's remains first-hand.

Or they all agreed to lie.

3 hours ago, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

We already know that MMZ really did curse Drogo and caused Dany to suffer a miscarriage.

No, actually we don't know that. Neither of those.

3 hours ago, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

Rhaego's death (or being unmade) was witnessed by her handmaidens.

No, it wasn't. They were not there, when Mirri was helping Dany to deliver the baby. All Dothraki were staying outside, and well away from that tent. Until everything was over, and Mirri came out, and said that they can go in. And according to her story, the baby disintegrated, when she barely touched it. So if it happened how she told it, then there's no way that Dany's maids also saw the baby. And thus what one of them said, that the baby never lived, was also a lie, that they all beforehand agreed to tell Dany.

3 hours ago, Ghost+Nymeria4Eva said:

Ha ha. I really don't get the "Rhaego is alive" crowd. 

Let's get back to it, after the Winds will go on sale. My bet is that Rhaego is either in Jhago's khalasar, or he is in Asshai (probably with Quaithe). Either way, we will hear about him in TWOW (unless there will be no Dany's POV in next book. Could be that there will be no Dany's and Jon's POV in TWOW, so we will have to wait, to know what happened with them, until ADOS will be published).

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There is no motivation for the Dothraki to save Rhaego.  Leadership is not inherited from father to son.  Though Drogo's own father was a khal.  Leadership is earned through toughness, being a skilled warrior.   Without his father's protection, Rhaego is no more than a common boy among the Dothraki. 

In my current opinion, and I have changed my mind on this specific topic before, a prophesied event can be prevented.   I don't believe GM wrote a story in which everything is predetermined.  Yes, history will repeat itself, but not with exact symmetry.  I believe the Targaryens will reconquer Westeros, but it's not going to be a man and two women.  It will be one woman and two men.  To use an example.  In the case of Rhaego, Mirri was indeed able to prevent the boy from becoming a powerful khal.  Mirri murdered the stallion.  Still, the khalasars will probably unite under Rhaego's mother, Daenerys.  The Dothraki will get someone even more powerful than a stallion, they will be united under the dragon.

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I really can't buy the 'Rhaego lives' story, I'm afraid.

There's a much better explanation for Jorah's apparent shame, much more convincing than that he helped cover up a kidnapping:

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A Game of Thrones - Daenerys IX

Ser Jorah had killed her son, Dany knew. He had done what he did for love and loyalty, yet he had carried her into a place no living man should go and fed her baby to the darkness. He knew it too; the grey face, the hollow eyes, the limp. "The shadows have touched you too, Ser Jorah," she told him. The knight made no reply. Dany turned to the godswife. "You warned me that only death could pay for life. I thought you meant the horse."
"No," Mirri Maz Duur said. "That was a lie you told yourself. You knew the price."
Had she? Had she? If I look back I am lost. "The price was paid," Dany said. "The horse, my child, Quaro and Qotho, Haggo and Cohollo. The price was paid and paid and paid." She rose from her cushions. "Where is Khal Drogo? Show him to me, godswife, maegi, bloodmage, whatever you are. Show me Khal Drogo. Show me what I bought with my son's life."

MMD was very evasive when the deal was made:

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A Game of Thrones - Daenerys VIII

"It is not a matter of gold or horses. This is bloodmagic, lady. Only death may pay for life."

"Death?" Dany wrapped her arms around herself protectively, rocked back and forth on her heels. "My death?" She told herself she would die for him, if she must. She was the blood of the dragon, she would not be afraid. Her brother Rhaegar had died for the woman he loved.

"No," Mirri Maz Duur promised. "Not your death, Khaleesi."

Dany was relieved at hearing that, then accepted the bargain. When Drogo's horse was brought in, MMD said that the horse's blood was needed, not its life. MMD never specified which life was paying the price.

MMD gives a perfectly good reason for taking the life of Dany's son:

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A Game of Thrones - Daenerys IX

"This was no god's work," Dany said coldly. If I look back I am lost. "You cheated me. You murdered my child within me."

"The stallion who mounts the world will burn no cities now. His khalasar shall trample no nations into dust."

"I spoke for you," she said, anguished. "I saved you."

Then MMD draws parallels between her life and Drogo's, both now diminished to the point of worthlessness. I cannot imagine any reason MMD would want Rhaego to survive and be carried away by Jhaqo.She did everything she could to wreak a revenge on Drogo - her treament of his wound didn't 'fail' - it was deliberately infected and aggravated. Dany ordering her to 'save' Drogo was just a bonus, an opportunity to wipe out Drogo's line for ever. No-one but MMD can know what her aims were in the bloodmagic she performed, yet I have the strong belief that she achieved what she intended.

 

Also, I can't accept that Jhaqo would take Rhaego and not kill him. Dothraki follow strength, not bloodlines - if Rhaego was to become the Stallion Who Mounts the World he would have to defeat all the other khals - including Jhaqo - which he would be in no position to do for well over a decade. In that time every khal would have motive to kill him before he grew.

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I have no problem accepting that MMD would lie about Rhaego to suit her ends, but wouldn't her handmaids or Jorah have seen the child at some point? I can't see them letting her dispose of the body without at least checking. As for Jhaqo, I think he's just destined to become dragonfood. It doesn't have to be a convoluted plot, the Dothraki respect strength and Drogon is the ultimate representation of it.

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