[SPOILERS] In Defense of Daenerys, the Starks are Not Heroes
The Starks and Lannisters are responsible for the burning of King’s Landing, and Daenerys only did what she had to do with the options she had left.
Let’s start with the premise that Daenerys has the power to destroy all of Westeros if she wants to, and she’s had that power from the moment she set foot on the continent. We have now seen that this is true. She is a force of nature, no less than the Night King. If she can destroy the world, then how is she any different from a God? She is a being superior to the peasants of Westeros, who are like ants before her power. Her claim to the throne cannot be stopped. The options for the Starks, Lannisters, and everyone else were to help Daenerys become Queen in the best way possible, or the worst way possible.
Did they act as if these were their choices? Or did their small minds fail to appreciate her power and act as if they were the ones with the power to decide how events would transpire? They acted as if her power was theirs. They celebrated Jon Snow when the power behind his victory was hers. It was her dragonglass, her dragons, and her armies.
Daenerys knew her immense and unstoppable power the whole time, but look back and consider how she wielded it. She listened to her advisors, who counseled her to seek a more peaceful end to the war. However, Cersei simply would not allow that to happen, and her advisors caused her to suffer defeat after defeat. Her only defeats.
When the threat of the Night King was revealed to her, she sacrificed a dragon to save Jon Snow (because she fell in love with him). She saved all of humanity from destruction by joining the Battle of Winterfell, losing Jorah Mormont and her Dothraki — who she loves — in the process. The delay from those events allowed Cersei to create weapons that killed her second dragon and caused her best friend to be murdered in front of her. (Also based on her advisors asking her to try to sue for peace.)
But, after humanity is saved and Daenerys returns to her rightful, unstoppable claim to the throne, she is stifled at every turn by the disloyal Starks. The Starks are like the traitorous, conniving, self-serving shitbags that brought down Ned Stark.
If Daenerys is a God, the Starks represent the small-minded masses and the self-delusions they tell themselves to feel better than they are. The Starks make stupid and self-serving decisions but cloak them in honor or other bullshit, when really they just act out of emotion and self-interests.
Jon Snow is an idiot. He’s a sock puppet. He didn’t need to tell his sisters the most incendiary secret in all of Westeros (that he has a claim to the throne). But, it was more important to Jon Snow for his sisters to love him than to protect his Queen. He acted just like Theon when he chose his first family over his new one. Jon chose his Stark family over his Targaryen one.
Daenerys plainly told Jon Snow what would happen if he told Sansa — that the people of Westeros and those who play the “Game of Thrones” will prefer him whether he likes it or not, and that without the love of the people she would have no good options left to rule. Her greatest power — her dragons — are no power at all unless the people can see their power.
But he was too stupid to listen. He literally “knows nothing.” He closed his eyes to the result of his actions because he was too ignorant to appreciate the consequences. Whether he understood it or not, his actions caused violence.
Not to mention that Jon Snow used Daenerys, claiming to love her, then rejected her affection and took everything from her. By the way, this is exactly what he did to Ygritte!
Jon Snow may never have been a bastard, but he’s always been an asshole.
If Jon Snow had married Daenerys, she could have won Westeros in a traditional political alliance that would have brought a generation of prosperity to everyone. But Jon Snow is like his father — he’s too fucking stupid to shut his mouth about incest even when it would save lives. His block-headed move is to fall on some sense of honor.
So, since he doesn’t want to be in love with Daenerys, Jon Snow effectively reveals his claim to the throne and he made it so that the claim was his alone. There is no place for Daenerys in Jon Snow’s claim to the throne.
He thought that just by whining that he “doesn’t want it” that would absolve him of responsibility for undermining her claim. He was told that this information would take a life of its own, making it so that the people would never accept Daenerys as Queen, but he felt ok about that because he personally didn’t want that inevitable result to happen. Stupid.
Sansa learned from Little Finger to try and take power by trickery and deception. She doesn’t respect Daenerys in the slightest and actively works against her, with her only motive being that she wants the power for her family. Arya says she doesn’t like Daenerys because she is not one of them. The Starks think they are God’s gift, just like the Lannisters and every family. But if there is a God and it has a gift, it’s Daenerys and the fucking dragon that Daenerys is riding!
After Sansa tells Tyrion, both of Daenerys’ top advisors themselves support Jon Snow instead of her! How is she supposed to believe that random people of Westeros are going to support her when even her own people would not?
And why would she allow these people who have taken everything from her have the chance to take her last thing she cares about — the throne?
She makes it clear that if Jon Snow will not marry her, then she will have to rule not through love but through fear. She sees that her power is not respected, and needs to demonstrate that all of these lesser beings need to shut up and fall in line.
When she says this, Jon Snow just thinks sanctimoniously about how he did the right thing because he’s a man of honor. He killed thousands of people, even though the inevitable repercussions will be through the act of another. That doesn’t absolve him of fault.
As far as the destruction of King’s Landing and how this shows Daenerys is “unfit” to be Queen — Do you really think that if the Starks had a dragon, they wouldn’t have used it for maximum destruction after their father was killed? They were consumed by a thirst for revenge for their father’s execution, but they couldn’t do much about it. I’ll be damned if they didn’t use every single resource they had to pursue it though.
As far as Arya Stark being horrified by Daenerys, lets not forget that she made an entire House of people eat their own murdered family and then poisoned them all, because she wanted revenge. That is disgusting, cruel, unnecessary, and did nothing to bring back her loved ones.
Tyrion Lannister murdered his own father and choked his ex-lover to death, because he wanted revenge.
Are we to expect Daenerys, the one with all the power, to be the one to fall on her sword because of the bad decisions of others? To allow the people of Westeros to love another, to be divided amongst loyalties, to be under constant threat from traitors in her midst, when she has the power to squash all these people like ants?
If Daenerys is guilty for taking power this way, then so are the ones who caused this to be the only way for Daenerys to truly win Westeros.
As far as killing innocent lives: In retrospect, doesn’t it seem like Jon Snow, the Starks, the Lannisters, and many others could have saved innocent lives by supporting Daenerys instead of undermining her?
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