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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones episode, “The Last of the Starks.”
If there’s one thing Game of Thrones has become really good at, it’s playing with fans’ emotions—and breaking their hearts when they least expect it. After a victorious third episode that ended with the Night King, White Walkers, and Army of the Dead gone forever (or are they?) and left fans euphoric, season 8’s fourth episode angered fans for many reasons—and prompted a deluge of angry reactions and memes.
Twitter user @Fabbyulous23 captured everyone’s feelings of being “personally victimized by Game of Thrones” after all the bad things that went down in this episode: “Everyone tonight after watching Missandei be executed in front of Grey Worm, Rhaegal shot down, Varys conspire against Dany, Jon send Ghost away without saying goodbye, Jamie [leaves] Brienne for Cersei, and Dany [lost] almost everything she has.”
But none of them lost more than Daenerys Targaryen has in the span of two episodes.
Everyone tonight after watching Missandei be executed in front of Grey Worm, rhaegal shot down, Varys conspire against Dany, Jon send Ghost away without saying goodbye, Jamie leave Brienne for Cersei, and Dany lose almost everything she has: pic.twitter.com/kTMeFeGRei— FABBYULOUS (@Fabbyulous23) May 6, 2019
After losing Ser Jorah Mormont, the entire Dothraki army, and much of the Unsullied to defend Winterfell and the world of the living, Dany now had to cope with the death of yet another one of her dragon children, Rhaegal, and Missandei—her most loyal friend and trusted confidante.
No one in Winterfell even thanked her for everything she has sacrificed, save perhaps for Jon Snow, whom everyone celebrated for being a hero and riding a dragon without so much as a glance at the Dragon Queen.
To top it off, her political advisers Tyrion Lannister and Varys have begun to turn against her because of her Mad Queen tendencies and are now leaning toward backing Jon instead after learning he’s a Targaryen and perhaps the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
Fans think everyone’s ungrateful to Dany. (@khalesus even managed to compare Dany’s detractors to MAGA supporters.)
i’m so mad they’re literally the most ungrateful rats ever i honestly wish dany had NEVER come north or even to westeros i wish she would’ve left them all to rot she’d still have her dragons and her men she’d be happy ruling her people i fucking hate these maga supporters pic.twitter.com/37KstmOBiR— dany ✈️ dracarys ✈️ death ✈️ resurrection (@khalesus) May 5, 2019
The episode was honestly disgusting dismissing Daenerys power, undermining her strength, refusing that she had helped them the most, and not accepting her all the same like THE FUCK WAS THAT— daenerys my angel ❤️ (@targsxdemi) May 6, 2019
After everything Dany had to endure from the first episode of Game of Thrones to the present, fans are enraged that she’s had to deal with this much of a loss and be painted a villain. If like Varys and Tyrion fans initially had misgivings about Dany burning King’s Landing to the ground in order to take the Iron Throne from the usurper Cersei Lannister, all that’s thrown out the window after Sunday night’s episode.
Fans think Dany has every reason to “lose her shit.”
#GameOfThrones #GOTS8E4 Dany:— P.J. (@petrinajc) May 6, 2019
She lost Jorah.
She lost the Dothraki.
She lost Rhaegal.
She lost Missandei.
She lost her claim to the throne.
She's losing Jon.
She lost Khal.
she lost first baby.
She lost Viserion.
Don’t tell me she has no reason to lose her shit! pic.twitter.com/NO6oVhLX6a
Stop with the Dany hate. She didn't have to sacrifice her dragons and half her army but she did. Sansa & the North have been nothing but ungrateful and hostile to Daenerys. She just lost her dragon and best friend. She's allowed to be mad. #GameofThrones— Anthonia F (@majeztic4tarry) May 6, 2019
Dany the Mad Queen
People are calling #Daenerys the Mad Queen, sorry but who wouldn't be mad, when everyone they care about is getting murdered?— Ollistrom (@Ollistrom8) May 6, 2019
Jorah, Missandei, Rhaegal, Viserion, most of her Dothraki & and Unsullied.#GameofThrones
She tried to keep her composure. But they pushed her to this. pic.twitter.com/fPRk6CCZrn
@oceano_sole thinks it makes no sense that “GOT writers trying to make Dany a mad queen … when for the last 7 seasons she’s never demonstrated anything of that sort. How else would you react if two of your children got killed and [your] best friend.”
Ummm the GOT writers trying to make Dany a mad queen makes no fucking sense when for the last 7 seasons she’s never demonstrated anything of that sort. How else would you react if two of your children got killed and you best friend. Me as a queen: BURN IT ALL DOWN. pic.twitter.com/F6T2sDU0Pp— Y. (@oceano_sole) May 6, 2019
People think Dany should have listened to Olenna Tyrell in the first place, instead of Tyrion who stopped her from attacking King’s Landing.
Olenna tyrell was right the whole time pic.twitter.com/XHjfe5c8oX— josie (@emiliaheards) May 6, 2019
Fans are getting behind the Dragon Queen “burning everything to the ground.” The rage is particularly directed at Cersei, who in this episode proved to be ever the monster (as Tyrion should have known all along).
And while we’re all for peace and protecting the people (which Varys and Tyrion are on about), honestly, we can’t blame the fans for crying “Dracarys” and unleashing dragon fire on all.
#GamefThrones When you come over to Westeros and lose half your Unsullied, nearly all your dothraki, two dragons, your two bffs and your council is plotting to betray you and the new lover you lost it all for is your nephew. #dracarys pic.twitter.com/8nRkJfJ03c— MattTheBat (@Matt_The_Batt) May 6, 2019
People are even posting memes about wanting to help Dany execute this.
if they really gonna make dany the mad queen y’all know imma stan this woman until the very day i die. mad queen indeed. dracarys, bitches. we burning it all down, imma show up to the red keep like pic.twitter.com/8M9SFPflO6— baby grinch (@khaleeseas) May 6, 2019
There are memes that capture both the heartbreak of losing Missandei and Rhaegal—and apathy for what happens to King’s Landing.
Me crying knowing I’ll never see Missandei, Ghost, and Rhaegal again:— sarutobi (@michael_for_day) May 6, 2019
Me watching Dany burn the city alive: pic.twitter.com/8tHaTLdmF9
Fans just want Daenerys and Greyworm to avenge Missandei’s death and “absolutely destroy everyone next episode.”
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It was frustrating to watch Dany struggle with her next move after Euron Greyjoy struck Rhaegal down, so here’s to hoping that in the next episode, Dany will finally utter to her last living dragon Drogon exactly what Missandei’s last words were: “Dracarys.”
(If the look of alarm in Euron’s face followed by a dragon’s scream is any indication, she just might.)
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Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.