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Break The Wheel by ertacaltinoz Break The Wheel by ertacaltinoz
"I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that's different from the shit one they've always known. But if you use them to melt castles and burn cities, you're not different. You're just more of the same."- Jon Snow

Phew! As I promised, just while the episode airs!
There is a version with Drogon on my Instagram account, too. Hope you guys enjoy! ----->

I have only one piece left for season eight. So, please stay tuned!

Enjoy the episode guys.
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analothor2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2019
It's like she broke off the wheel and put on a bigger one 
Teebsy-86 Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2019
A brilliant picture - all hail the queen of the ashes.

I feel Dany was doomed from the moment she made it her ambition to claim the Iron Throne - her goal was to impose her personal will on a land she has no cultural understanding of, on a people she doesn't know, and all of it riding on her claim to the throne, the force of might she had as the mother of dragons, and her reputation as a liberator. It always came across as the same entitled mindset that her brother possessed, just dressed up in different clothes.

And that sense, that she was claiming something she had barely any knowledge of, always tainted my view of her considerable struggles and sacrifices, which although powerful, were always several steps removed from what is actually going on in the nation she intends to rule.

Well now two of her dragons are gone, and the second someone with a better claim arose, Dany asked them to hide it - she immediately invalidated her own arguments to justify her reign and made it all about satisfying her personal ambition. Someone had arisen with a stronger claim to the Iron Throne and a better understanding not only the culture of Westeros but what it means to be on the bootheel of that culture. Jon has the love of his people and has earned their loyalty - Dany has none of that and in continuing to assert herself falls back on the one thing that has served her so far when her power or position had been questioned - violence.

Her fall to madness was tragic, and spurred on by suffering and loss (and the politicing of others - Sansa's doubts over Dany became a self-fulfilling prophecy), but also because once Dany had her dragons she was rarely in a position where she was dealing with equals or not acting from a position of strength - for all her claims of ending tyranny she has always ruled as one backed up by the three murder-lizards at her back - once she arrived in Westeros and had to actually play the game of thrones, she was shown to be very much out of her depth. She's a warrior queen not used to politics beyond shows of force.
Wilahelm2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2019
In a lot of ways Dany is a lot like one of the men she hates the most, Robert Baratheon. She, like Robert, is a conqueror, and a very good one at that. However, like Robert, when she actually has to run things and play politics Dany is out of her depth. Robert always felt he was at his best when he was on the battle field solving his problems with a hammer and Dany feels she is at her best when she is on a battle field solving her problems with dragon fire. The main difference is that Robert knew how to win and keep the love of the people of Westeros while Dany just can't manage to win them over. 
Teebsy-86 Featured By Owner May 17, 2019
Thats a brilliant comparason Wilahelm2 - weird to think we've ended up with a situation where Robert Baratheon is the superior politican! :D

And the problem is that Dany has never had to question her legimacy of her rule - admittedly this ties into the "consent of the governed" which is alien to the absolute monarchy of Westeros, but Robert's rebellion overthrew a literal mad tyrant who needed to be removed from power. Dany has, as far as I'm aware, never had to acknowledge that there was excellent justification for de-throning her father - the Targaryens had lost the backing of those they claimed to rule.
Wilahelm2 Featured By Owner May 18, 2019
She acknowledges that her father was a bad person who did bad things but your right, Dany never concedes that the rebels were justified in overthrowing him. This is something various characters in the series do talk about. Some think their title alone is enough to command authority but others realize they need outside support to back them up. Robert always came off as drunken fool most of the time but he understood the value of popular support. Because of how he became King Robert know he needed to win over the people and was actually really good at it. When it came time to actually ruling he was a mess but that was always more due to the fact that he just found the job boring and didn't care.

Dany knows and wants to win the love and support of the people but just doesn't really know how to do it and at this point no longer cares. She has given up on winning the love of the people so now she wants to inspire fear.  
Teebsy-86 Featured By Owner May 18, 2019
More excellent analysis - very excited to see how this all pans out with the finale in just a few more hours! :)
Morgan1501 Featured By Owner May 14, 2019
**Found this on a YouTube comment 

The Mad Queen descent was rushed, but I've seen a lot of people all over the Internet make fun of the bells and at Daenerys' mind breaking at the point of surrender but it made sense and was set up earlier in the episode.
Season 1 to 7 showed up a Daenerys that rose from the very lowest of lows to the height of power. In Season 1 and 2, we see Daenerys realize that without power, no one will respect her or take her claim seriously. She’s told repeatedly that she’s nothing without an army, and she’s nothing without ships. She gains those. We cheer for her.

When Daenerys leaves Essos, she thinks she can rule through compassion and be loved by the people once she gets rid of Cersei. She had her armies. She had dragons. She had powerful allies in Westeros. She had the strongest claim to the throne and finally had the chance to take King’s Landing.

Season 7 and Season 8 was about losing that power. First, her powerful allies are stripped away one by one. Olenna, Ellaria, Yara. Tyrion mismanages them as Hand of the Queen and makes horrible tactical mistakes.

In S08E01, Daenerys realizes she doesn’t have the love of the people. In Essos, she broke their chains and earned their devotion. In the North, Sansa and Jon had already broken their chains. They defeated Ramsay. Sansa and Jon, as Starks, have earned their loyalty for a lifetime. Daenerys is faced with a smallfolk — her subjects — that don’t love her.

In S08E02, she loses her claim. Jon tells her his true identity, and suddenly she’s not the only Targaryen in the world. Even moreso, Jon’s claim is stronger. He’s a natural leader. She’s immediately threatened by his confession, and is shaken by it.

In S08E03, she loses Jorah. He was there for her since the beginning. He was devoted to her not because of her power, not because of her dragons, but because he loved her. He never would’ve betrayed her and she trusted him fully. He’s essentially been her rock through all her hardship. And then he dies protecting her.

In S08E04, she loses her second child and Missandei, her best friend. One by one, everyone she held close that was devoted to her and her alone was taken from her. Her dragons were a symbol of her power; with only one left, she was beginning to get desperate. Her only advisor from Essos was Grey Worm, and he was a soldier.

In S08E05, she loses Varys, Tyrion, and Jon. Through betrayal, no less. Jon betrays her by telling Sansa and the rumor spreads. Varys openly conspires against her and (presumably) tries to poison her and turn Jon against her. She kills him without a trial, without asking for his last words, and without a second thought.
Jon goes to her, and she seeks one last bit of comfort from him. She tells him that people love him, and that’s something she’ll never have.

”Far more people in Westeros love you than love me. I don’t have love here. I only have fear.”

He counters by saying that he loves her, and that she’ll always be his queen. But when they kiss, Daenerys realizes that he’ll never truly love her again. And so, she says: "Alright then. Let it be fear"

When the bells ring, Daenerys realizes that while the city has surrendered she’ll never be secure as queen as long as the people don’t truly, irrevocably fear her. She will never be loved by them. She has lost everything she has gained and every friend she’s made, and she’s completely alone. Word about Jon having a stronger natural claim to the throne is probably out as well at this point. So King’s Landing becomes a symbol of everything she’s ever been through — her brother selling her like a brood mare, Drogo's death, being ridiculed and laughed at from Pentos to Slaver's Bay to Mereen, being threatened at every turn, losing her dragons, losing her loved ones. She’s on her dragon, she’s alone, she feels powerless, and she’s angry.

So what does she do when feels powerless? She reminds them all that she is still powerful. The people will never love her, so they will fear her.

(credit to u/smallasianchick on reddit) that being said, I couldn´t have put it any better
kittyhorse82 Featured By Owner May 14, 2019
this is sooooo epic
Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner May 14, 2019
Epic art :la:
SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
And something is certainly cracked.
liraeth Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I'm speechless...+fav 
stevemacqwark Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure how Tyrion, Jon and Yara can act as a small council for the queen of a burned rubble for a kingdom.
Morgan1501 Featured By Owner May 14, 2019
I don't think they plan to....After what Jon and Tyrion have seen, I doubt they would readily bend the knee again.
stevemacqwark Featured By Owner May 14, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
So it's not a matter of who might die but how many will die next.
jnastay Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
That is straight up amazing. Could really see the seen too...if they can find the throne.
Psychoboy07 Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Rather impressed how your piece with Varys's execution was nearly a perfect match for what happened in the episode. Very well done.
carlosidrobo Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Masterpiece of art!
Nanamiichanful Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Yeah...breaking the wheel. I guess that's what incinerating tens of thousands (children included) is called these days.

Shame too. I could have lived with Daenerys going mad if it had felt more earned. But as it is...
loverofbeauty Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Don't know if she "broke the wheel", but she certainly broke everything else!
Shadow-Alpha Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Daenerys fulfilled her fathers final command: BURN THEM ALL!

The final struggle remains: can Jon redeem Daenerys and rule beside her or will he accept his birthright and take the Iron Throne from another mad monarch. The fate of the Seven Kingdoms rests upon it.
korytoombs Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Have to see if this is how Martin ends things in his book.
kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Daenerys won't be happy now til the entire continent is on fire, might wanna move outa Westeros and find somewhere else to live now....

Things coulda been different had she not lost so many that she loved, some of which were because she allied with the North and went outa her own way to help them out.... Any person would snap eventually having to cope with so many losses in such a short time... Had she not suffered  The loss of her bestie and Rhaegal in the episode before, I'm sure she woulda just wrecked the castle after the surrender and left the city alone, but what's done is done.. and it's rather Tragic.

Though really, she wasn't the only one letting out her rage on the city, sure she had the most destructive means to do so, but really the Northmen and Grey Worm had a lot of incentive to not just be satisfied with a Surrender as well. The Lannister run government has given them enough reasons to want to destroy anything, wasn't right for the inoocents but that's a sad fact about war, there is no way of avoiding it.

But silver lining, Cersei died, sure it wasn't the death we all were hoping for, but dead is dead.

But now Dany's become the final villain, and there isn't really an easy way to stop her, only really two people right now can: Jon snow and Bran..
MadmanRB Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
there is another:


Or Arya
kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly i think Dany's too far gone to be reasoned with, so unless Tyrion's been saving up all his power for the ultimate bitch slap (one that'd oh hit kill Joffrey) he probably won't be able to do squat, besides after freeing Jaimie, Tyrion might want to keep as far away from the Queen as possible, he was already on thin ice with her to begin with, and he's made his final "mistake"

While technically Arya could defeat Daenerys one on one (The kingslayer's actor even did an interview, and was given a tournment scenario on who'd win in fights using funko pop figures. Arya would defeat him, tyrion and daenerys just with her disguises alone) A surprise attack would Thematically just feel like the Night king all over again. And that's kinda unoriginal for a defeat.

To me it's either gonna be Jon putting his foot down and make everything right and reluctantly take his place as heir to the throne. or Bran worging into Drogon [or the alleged dragon under winterfell] to end it all
3zer0rose Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
This is really cool!
Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
She had a chance...she had a chance to end it all peacefully. She held the opportunity of a lifetime in her hands...and she let it fall through her fingers. 

What happens her doing 
reptileye Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The queen of the ashes.
AVA-core Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Daenerys f... up realy bad , like a stupid child.... She ruined her good name.... when the bells rang signaling city surrender, she burned everything ....
Like watching pompeii movie again with  Kit Harington running out from city with others while the volcano (Daenerys) burning the city XD
ParagonRaven Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
And so her visions in the House of the Undying became a reality. And you know what her visions show next... 
Jonot Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
Oh, she did more than just break the wheel
MadmanRB Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
Indeed she barbecued it
BlackStarWolf100 Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
She did more than just barbecue kings landing. I never thought she would go that far, but she is her fathers daughter after all.
WickDaLine Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
I think this just happened on the show right now.
PrincessJ420 Featured By Owner Edited May 12, 2019
Every time a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin. This time, it came up tails. Jon Snow is right. Daenerys is no better than her father was. Maybe hers are the green eyes Arya'll close forever.
BlackStarWolf100 Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Daenerys has blue eyes. All Valyrians are born with either purple or blue eyes
Spideyfan784 Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
That almost looked like Godzilla! XD
MagicTurtle Featured By Owner May 13, 2019
Hey, yeah. I see it.

I bet Benioff and Weiss had at least one Godzilla movie in mind.
Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
:) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
KeepHolder Featured By Owner May 12, 2019  Student General Artist
Yesss, burn them all Dracaris!
vgmart Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
Nice ambient!
ncm1275 Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
Excellent work. 
Morgan1501 Featured By Owner May 12, 2019
Greenseer. Told ya I would call you that. 😂 Love this piece of art. When I was watching the episode and saw what Daenarys did to the people and surrendered soldiers - I felt no sympathy. I just said to myself that those are the same people who jeered and spat on Ned Stark and cheered when he was beheaded. The North Remembers and debt has been paid in Fire and Blood.

Though for your next art, Jon & Daenerys would most probably face off and be at each others throat. One for justice and the other for honour.
Elephantking89 Featured By Owner May 12, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*clears throat then deep breath*......F*CK DAENERYS TARGARYEN 
Siphiri Featured By Owner May 12, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Queen of ashes yall,
I love this piece so much, it sure is sad, but sure is aesthetically astonishing!
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