There probably isn’t another woman on Game of Thrones in Season 8 who has a kinder heart than Daenerys Targaryen but is also ready to lead her people into a giant war against the White Walkers. Dany lost her first child but gained three dragons — but she also may have been steered down a wrong path. Here’s why!
There’s no doubting that Dany (Emilia Clarke) believes she can’t have children. After being with Jon (Kit Harington), Dany told him about her dragons, “They’re the only children I’ll ever have — do you understand?” We doubt Jon understands because even we don’t understand why she believes this. Let’s roll the videotape (um, rewind the DVR).
Back in Season 1, Dany had that unfortunate run-in with the maegi (that woman who practiced blood magic and then screamed bloody loud when she was burned in the dragon’s birthing fire pit), Mirri Maz Duur, whom she thought wanted to help her save her then-husband, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), who was near death.
As the maegi warned, only death can pay for life — and boom — Dany lost her baby and Drogo sort of lived but in a seemingly vegetative state. Dany wanted to know when he would wake and was told, “When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east; when the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves.”
But in George R.R. Martin’s book, a Song of Ice and Fire, in which the TV series is based, she says a bit more that’s illuminating on the subject. She said the above, but then also, “When your womb quickens again and you bear a living child, then he will return, and not before.”
Was this left out by the HBO showrunners because they don’t plan to bring Khal Drogo back? Because they don’t plan for Dany to give birth? Either way, Dany on the show has made it clear with several references over the seasons that she truly believes she can never give birth herself.
Which as any soap viewer knows (and let’s face it, Game of Thrones is pretty soapy), it means she’s going to have a child. Why else go on and on about it? Of course, Jon and Dany have to deal with the aftermath at some point of finding out they’re related — would a child push them back together, repulse them more — and then there’s the bigger question.
With only six more episodes left (even though they are supposedly supersized), is there even time in the series to address these points? Some would say they have to. Others may be repelled by the thought. But odds are everyone will be watching to find out!