The Winds Of Winter Will Break A 27-Year-Old Daenerys Targaryen Trend & Fix Her Game Of Thrones Ending

Daenerys Targaryen’s TV journey came to a controversial end in Game of Thrones, but her book story will continue in The Winds of Winter – and not only will it be different to the show, but will also break one A Song of Ice and Fire tradition. Much like in Game of Thrones, Daenerys has been one of the biggest characters George R.R. Martin’s books. For those unfamiliar, the novels are told via point of view chapters from various characters, and through the books released so far (including The Winds of Winter’s preview chapters) only Tyrion Lannister (49), Jon Snow (42), and Arya Stark (34) have more than Dany (31).


Book readers have spent a lot of time inside Daenerys’ head ever since 1996’s A Game of Thrones, giving a greater understanding of her thoughts, emotions, and actions (something that would have benefited Game of Thrones’ ending). Despite that, however, what readers haven’t experienced is how others respond to Daenerys and what they really think of her in the moment of events happening. After 27 years and counting at the time of writing, The Winds Of Winter‘s story can finally change that.

Daenerys Will Finally Be Seen Via Present POV Characters In The Winds Of Winter

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

Daenerys Targaryen has been seen through the eyes of two point of view characters so far in A Song of Ice and Fire – Barristan Selmy and Quentyn Martell – but only in the past tense. That itself gives some insight, but it’s different to reading the most immediate responses or truest thoughts as characters meet and interact with her. That will surely change in The Winds of Winter thanks to a long-awaited meeting of two characters: Dany and Tyrion.

Daenerys is currently absent from Meereen while Tyrion is just about to arrive there, but their paths should finally cross at some point in Martin’s sixth A Song of Ice and Fire book, which on TV played out in Game of Thrones season 6. When that happens, it will likely include Tyrion’s point of view in some way, perhaps even of the meeting itself, but if not then certainly of many subsequent interactions as he becomes one of her key advisors.

There are also a couple of other options for Daenerys being seen in the present by other point of view characters. Victarion Greyjoy is also arriving in Meereen, hoping to win both Daenerys’ hand in marriage and her dragons to his cause. While Victarion seems likely to die, it’s possible he could meet Daenerys first, and he’s confirmed as a POV character in The Winds of Winter. Finally, there’s Barristan himself who is continuing as a point of view character in the book, but again it depends on him surviving long enough for her to return to Meereen.

How Other POV Characters Seeing Daenerys Can Improve On Game Of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen about to burn King's Landing in Game of Thrones

The point of view format of A Song of Ice and Fire should allow for big improvements upon Daenerys’ “Mad Queen” arc in Game of Thrones. It will mean being in her head and fully understanding her decisions if and when things like the destruction of King’s Landing happen in the book (which they probably will, but presumably in different circumstances). Having other POV characters meet Daenerys and telling some of her story through their eyes should only help in this regard, because it can paint a much clearer picture and turn her into a more well-rounded character, rather than having only internal biases.

Seeing what Tyrion, one of the smartest and shrewdest characters around, really thinks of her should be fascinating. Following their story together, which may well include his own growing darkness influencing hers, through both points of view can properly show just how and why Daenerys goes to such extremes. Similar will be true when she meets Jon Snow and other POV characters in the books (more likely planned final book A Dream of Spring than The Winds of Winter). After decades without it, readers will finally be able to see Daenerys through other people’s eyes: it might show her very differently, but it’ll give her whole story so much more depth as a result.

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