Did Game of Thrones Earn Daenerys’ Shocking Twist? (Nerdist News Edition)

  • Published: 15 May 2019
  • ***This video contains spoilers for Game of Thrones!*** On the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, viewers weren’t the only ones who seemingly lost their minds. While attacking King’s Landing, Daenerys Targaryen went full-on Mad Queen and went from hero to villain in the blink of an eye. But was this shocking twist earned or did it come out of nowhere? Let’s break it down on today’s Nerdist News Edition.

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  • John Smith
    John Smith  2 months back

    I always thought Dany would only kill civilians as a win at all costs mentality.

    • Matt Freestone
      Matt Freestone  3 months back

      Only a stupid fool would attempt to defend this. Not that Dan Casey had much credibility to begin with but wow, below zero now. Way to shill it up Nerdist, stay on your knees. At least you said a little bit at the end, but yeah, you were shilling.

      • Bleach Drank Me And Died
        Bleach Drank Me And Died  3 months back

        Something, Something, Something dark side

        Something, Something, Something complete

        -I don't anybody will get where Im with this joke

        • LyricalXilence
          LyricalXilence  3 months back

          Ugh!!! I was with you until you turned this into a gender thing! Every character on this show male and female was destroyed this season! The hack writers got lazy not because Daenerys has a vagina but because they just got lazy!

          • Matt Johnson
            Matt Johnson  4 months back

            Her sudden turn didn't make sense. It was too much too fast. I don't see her as going "insane" in that moment, I see her trying to vent her rage at all the things that had happened. MOST of them caused by Cersei Lannister. SO, it would have been much more feasible that she directed that rage at the Keep, trying to kill Cersei, but possibly incurring some considerable collateral damage.

            Torching innocents was never her M.O. She avoided it. She went out of her way to help those she thought were innocents, even though she made some pretty bad mistakes.

            Given a full season, maybe they could have built it out more convincingly, but then the show writers (D&D) have shown they're just not very good at writing stories.

            • Summerafternoon
              Summerafternoon  4 months back

              When someone you love does something horrific, the only way you can even process it is to say they went crazy. Look in real life when we hear of a mass shooting done by a person that family and friends swear never showed signs. But in reality there were signs. Look at these stories of parents who murdered their own kids. Were they evil or just mentally ill.
              Daenerys was someone who had decent intentions, did some good deeds but could be ruthless and power hungry. We saw that for 7 seasons.

              But from that person to the person who burns down a city for no reason other than to flex, madness is the only explanation. I didn't love her but I did like her character. I could see this coming after last season. But we needed more time getting there. It still felt too fast.

              So the only explanation for everything is she snapped. And sadly in real life that does happen to people. :(
              If they wanted a story of a woman who began with good intentions but her personal losses and quest for power slowly corrupted her, they needed another season for that.
              A 3rd option for the character is that she was evil all along and we just now saw this side to her. That is the least convincing explanation of all.

              • TheAmethyz
                TheAmethyz  4 months back

                I believe Lord of Light made Daenerys mad so she would burn all those unbelievers who believe some random seven shits. Lord of Light is obviosly most possible creature/entity/god/"?bran?" And Lord of Light loves to burn unbelievers so whats better and faster than dragonfire. I had no problems with the seasons or episodes because my mind fills the story that was untold while i watching so i feel like there was alot of stuff going in Daenerys head that lead to her family mad gene to activate. Viserys was allready quite mad too. It was only the advisors who kept Daenerys good. Like many bad ppl seems good until its too late to realise they were bad.

                • TheAmethyz
                  TheAmethyz  4 months back

                  Nerdist forgot Daenerys saw ironthrone hall in ashes at the warlock tower. It was then already told how it will end. If you watch now second time whole series you will notice how all predictions they tell straight come true. Like Jon Snow tells Arya about both taking different roads but they will lead to same castle. All they say happens. Daenerys sees dream about dragon and his viserys gone in that dream and that happens too. Also Daenys the Dreamer saw Valyria burn in dream and Valyria did burn so Targaryens were the last dragonlords left alive. Daenys being similar name to Daenerys and both see dreams that come true.

                  • Jason Knight
                    Jason Knight  4 months back

                    I actually liked the last two season of GoT. But it seems that I am the only one in the youtube universe who likes almost every episode of the last two seasons. Dany`s transformation to the mad queen came pretty fast, however it works. In my eyes it Dany´s transformation doesn´t have to come wtih a process over two entire seasons. Some things are changing in a second even if it´s life changing.

                    • Lewis Davidson
                      Lewis Davidson  4 months back


                      If this was the end game of Dany all along, they should’ve started developing it from Season 5.

                      • Rose Rey
                        Rose Rey  4 months back

                        TV Writers are not full fledged Novelist because they just plainly aren’t good enough to make at as such.
                        Season 8s script is proof of this

                        • Gaia Seraphina
                          Gaia Seraphina  4 months back

                          Mad queen?
                          What about Cercei blasting up a church with people in it? Having sex with her brother.
                          Was she sane?
                          Was anybody in this show really sane?

                          • Blaise Arwyn
                            Blaise Arwyn  4 months back


                            • TheMrPangloss
                              TheMrPangloss  4 months back

                              Danaerys's character was butchered. Period. She should have been allowed at least some kind of existence even though the Iron Throne and the Targaryen Royal line had lost significance before the new demands of a more egalitarian world. She could have had a part in creating a better world with the others as without her nobody would have achieved zip. They could have killed instead the last dragon making her an ordinary mortal albeit a strong one which she was.

                              • Nalle
                                Nalle  4 months back

                                She had a lot of patience but at last she got pissed and who can blame her. Tear down the old world and build a new one is’t that what it’s all about for any ruler?

                              • MirellaDerks
                                MirellaDerks  4 months back

                                Maybe the ending wan't meant to be a happily ever after for everyone. I mean, look into our own world. Don't we all deserve better? But do all of us also really get that in the end? I think the ending is in a way also questioning the audience. How do you deal with disappointed? What do you choose? Will you become angry and pissed off like Daenerys? Or will you accept, that you won't always get what you want. (Hmmm... ain't that a song too? ;-) #rollingstones)

                                • Daniel Preece
                                  Daniel Preece  4 months back

                                  Actions > words.
                                  Plus, it was RUSHED like crazy. Cheap, lazy writing at the end.

                                  • monia 8244
                                    monia 8244  4 months back

                                    They make her crazy so fast they could do it to any other character and expleining it with the same words

                                    • qncymrtn
                                      qncymrtn  4 months back

                                      As a person who doesn't give a shit about Game of Thrones and only knows because of my girlfriend, I do agree it was a bit rushed, idc about the less episodes they did it to make better action but they could've pushed it to nine seasons, season 8 preparing for the invasion and a little aftermath, then season 9 being her decent into madness with a solid conclusion.

                                      • Alp Er Tunga
                                        Alp Er Tunga  4 months back


                                        • deachen chuskit
                                          deachen chuskit  4 months back

                                          She is power hungry and wanted to rule seven kingdoms. She had the correct mindset but way too emotionally unstable to rule. According to her if you don't obey you will die. She strikes fear into people's heart unlike Jon who doesn't want to rule but people love him and wanted him to be the King

                                          • Stephanie Lopez
                                            Stephanie Lopez  4 months back

                                            Forshoadowing is not Character Developement.

                                            • thiyanesh s
                                              thiyanesh s  4 months back

                                              Dragon is hungry. Tats y it needs food to burn it

                                              • David
                                                David  4 months back

                                                I agree, but the analysis here helps https://youtu.be/_XqFbCowRek in a book we'd have gotten this kind of development

                                                • Thomas Kelly
                                                  Thomas Kelly  4 months back

                                                  I think yours is one of the best and most reasoned analysis of what happened. It wasn't a total condemnation of what we were given, but you still recognized the clear flaws, and what I consider to be a truly missed opportunity. Yes, _"Daenerys deserved better."_


                                                  • soren wise
                                                    soren wise  4 months back

                                                    I so agree with you, I loved her and now she is this crazy person and the worst part its out of no where. Makes no sense at all. I hate GoT now.

                                                    • Rodrigo Barbosa
                                                      Rodrigo Barbosa  4 months back

                                                      Know what would be nice? If they just ... like... told a story. How about that?
                                                      This is becoming a paint-by-numbers "must wrap things up" free for all.

                                                      • Nel
                                                        Nel  4 months back

                                                        It was a good episode but they rushed the twist

                                                        • Prabhu Subramanian
                                                          Prabhu Subramanian  4 months back

                                                          She didn't trust Cercei.. Cercei could have hit back even after ringing the bell.. So Danny went for a total kill

                                                          • Zeez
                                                            Zeez  4 months back

                                                            only George can save us now

                                                            • veteran0121
                                                              veteran0121  4 months back

                                                              Seasons 1-6 was the development of Dany's character. She is who she is at that point. This common complaint of "throwing out character development" is just simply not true. I see this as an useful excuse by Dany cultists to bash the show simply because they don't like the way it's turning out.

                                                              • Nick
                                                                Nick  4 months back

                                                                Hell yeah it makes sense

                                                                • Hank H
                                                                  Hank H  4 months back

                                                                  They just wanted to end the series in the least amount of episodes as possible.

                                                                  • Karla Driver
                                                                    Karla Driver  4 months back

                                                                    This show has been epic I loved not knowing where it would go I am sorry it is ending but all things end I think it is amazing the feelings it has evoked in its fans, I think everyone is going through the phases of grief and that is a powerful thing to get from a series! Hugs to all, And Cheers to everyone helped create GOT. I will be waiting for the next awesome adventure offered!

                                                                    • george leinberger
                                                                      george leinberger  4 months back

                                                                      "Foreshadowing is not character development" OK. How about when the character literally says " I WILL BURN CITIES TO THE GROUND". How about she's been saying it since season 2. You folks are in serious denial. To say the flip was too sudden proves it. And to say the writers don't know how to write complex female characters is a total load of SJW bullshit. The same people have been professing just the opposite since to show started.

                                                                      • Kekstein
                                                                        Kekstein  4 months back

                                                                        I think it's been showing the entire season 8. She has looked murderous whenever someone has contradicted or even questioned her. Or even whenever she wasn't at the center of everyone's attention. And her behavior at Dragonstone in the scenes before the battle was outright creepy.

                                                                        • John Smith
                                                                          John Smith  4 months back

                                                                          You really think this is a "shocking twist"? Have you not been watching since season one? Anyone who didn't see this coming is a mouthbreathing dolt.

                                                                          • DrRosenpenis
                                                                            DrRosenpenis  4 months back

                                                                            Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answers?

                                                                            • quit293
                                                                              quit293  4 months back

                                                                              I jumped ship after nk death . Now just watching to see how bad writing can be.

                                                                              • diles999
                                                                                diles999  4 months back

                                                                                informative video but whats going on with your voice? Its up and down like a yo-yo!

                                                                                • Marti Wynne
                                                                                  Marti Wynne  4 months back

                                                                                  Jon should have just giving her the D for christ sake.

                                                                                  • Michael Lee
                                                                                    Michael Lee  4 months back

                                                                                    Came out of nowhere. I just don't buy it that because Jon won't romantically love Dany, she goes Mad Queen. Excuse me?! Had Dany went for the castle after the bells rung, that made sense, but not the entire city. It's just not Dany's style.

                                                                                    • Tanya Banton
                                                                                      Tanya Banton  4 months back

                                                                                      Such a rush season 8 badly written so very sad.

                                                                                      • otaigbe stanley
                                                                                        otaigbe stanley  4 months back

                                                                                        All these videos that seem to support Daenerys being the mad queen do not always show where she chained her dragons just because a single commoner told her drogon burnt his son(she wasn't even sure). she locked up the dragons against the advise of her counsellors and her authority was seriously challenged and she almost lost her life in the fighting pit of meereen. That is not the act of a power crazed, pretender tyrant.
                                                                                        All of Daenerys choices in the series so far have been skewed to minimizing casualties. She chose the unsullied because of that purpose, she knew they were highly disciplined and were not easily swayed by their emotions; In the words of Ser Jorah "There's a beast in everyman and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand but the unsullied are not men they do not rape, they do not put cities to the sword unless they are ordered to; if you buy them the only men they would kill are the men you want dead".
                                                                                        The point I am trying to make is that Daenerys ALWAYS put the common people in her thoughts. She might have felt entitled she had every reason to but she was a people person right from the get go.
                                                                                        Being merciless is not the same as being a tyrant.

                                                                                        • Jeff Pfeiffer
                                                                                          Jeff Pfeiffer  4 months back

                                                                                          Shock value and nothing more.

                                                                                          • Commander Needle Pants
                                                                                            Commander Needle Pants  4 months back

                                                                                            I beyond a shadow of a doubt believe that Season 8 is WORSE THAN The Last Jedi. Dumb and Dumber arguably set a new Guiness Book of World Record for jumping the shark. What a fucking insult to any non normie fan of the show actually paying attention to the show and acting like some apologists for this ungodly writing. And books or not, this still feels outrageous how mindless the motivation of these writers to get these outlines ahead of time and NO ONE can save it.

                                                                                            • The Lone Deranger
                                                                                              The Lone Deranger  4 months back

                                                                                              make a man a fire and he will be warm for a day, but set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.

                                                                                              • mattwho81
                                                                                                mattwho81  4 months back

                                                                                                Is Danaerys the mad queen a good idea... actually yes. Did Game of Thrines earn it? No.