"Game of Thrones" Season 3 Episode 10: Daenerys Will Be the Center Of Attention


Game of Thrones is a weaving, thick coat of pseudo-medieval fur. Coarse strands of storytelling are brushed over in bunches with coming episode, maintaining intrigue for viewers despite its density, and the show's predilection to kill of its main characters suddenly. The characters who seem destined to outlive the spectre of an early death are many, and so predictions of where their story might lie are relatively safe to gamble on. This is perhaps most appropriate for the only story outside of Westeros, the fearsome Dany.

Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, first of her name, of the blood of Old Valyria, queen of the Andals and of the First Men, Khaleesi of the great grass sea, breaker of chains and mother of dragons has spent quite some time earning her penultimate titular claim, nearly as long it takes someone to say her entire title. She has indeed freed thousands of "Unsullied" slaves from bondage in the east, and in doing so has advanced her ethos as the badass queen with a kind heart. As is the wont of the Game of Thrones season arc, her influence in the rest of the saga is so great that her major moments are left for the last episode. This season finale is upon us, and so we look forward to just exactly how she will end up this season.

"Mhysa" is the name of this season finale, and judging by the exotic sound it makes rolling of the tongue, it is most likely the location of the Daenerys’ next stand off. There, her unbeaten streak of city conquering and slave-freeing will likely be challenged. Her army may face the adversity of a evenly matched battle, or, given her seemingly smooth public perception in the past, she may come off like a slaver or an blood-lusting pillager rather than a determined queen with ethics.

And, there is Daario. This smirking gent initially betrayed his compatriot soldiers for an allegiance with Deanery’s army. His trust has been questioned in every episode, but he appears to be intent on keeping this allegiance. Moreover, he outwardly desires the affections of the khaleesi, and perhaps she has started to reciprocate, if her brief worriment concernment his whereabouts at the end of the last episode is any indication.

Daenerys Stormborn has not had relations with anyone since Drogo met a lame death at the hands of an infected wound that turned into flu-like symptoms. Her advisor Jorah seemed to have a inkling love for her, but that turned out to be more platonic and speculative than Daario's outright flirtations. Xaro of Qarth offered asked for her hand in marriage in exchange for ships to Westeros, but the Khaleesi refused, caught him conspiring to swindle her for the dragons, and, quite literally locked him in a safe of his own lies.

Lastly, there are the dragons. They have been absent. They are the gun on the wall of this epic tale, and so it suits them to remain in the background until absolutely necessary. They will most likely show up this episode. I am excited to find out, but I will not read the books. I like sunlight, after all.