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The most recent episode of Game of Thrones ended with Daenerys Targaryen astride a huge dragon, demanding the unquestioning fealty of her khalasar.
She asked them to "kill my enemies in their iron suits" and "tear down their stone houses", in a speech which mirrored Khal Drogo's to her in season one.
It was all a bit 'Queen of Fire and Killing People'.
She'd just had a conversation with Daario Naharis in which he'd said:
You weren't made to sit on a chair in a palace. You're a conqueror Daenerys Stormborn.
Daario pointed out what we've known for a while - Daenerys is adept at taking over cities and recruiting people to her cause, but she's not good at ruling over them.
This ties into a fan theory that has been circulating around forums for a few seasons and has gainedcoverageagain after this week's episode.
That if you discount the freeing of slaves - there's not much that separates her from her mad, conquering father - with whom she was contrasted in Bran's most recent vision.
Given that she's previously talked about destroying all the houses...
Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell: They’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, then on and on it spins.I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.
Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell: They’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, then on and on it spins.
I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.
...maybe Daenerys isn't the hero of the story, but the villain.
With the seemingly impossible-to-stop onslaught of the Night King and the White Walkers, the stage is set for A Song of Ice and Fire: Dragons v Ice Zombies.
Which makes all the politics with the High Sparrow in King's Landing look a little, well, tame.