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Break The Wheel

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"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.
Cheers!
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CastellanZheng's avatar

She never actually sat on the Iron Throne in the end, even after she won.

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RelkiTheAnimatorStudent Traditional Artist
daenerys didn't make it ;-;
analothor2's avatar
It's like she broke off the wheel and put on a bigger one 
Teebsy-86's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
More excellent analysis - very excited to see how this all pans out with the finale in just a few more hours! :)
Morgan1501's avatar
**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's avatar
this is sooooo epic
Mihoshi5's avatar
Epic art :la:
SkyPotatoFire's avatar
And something is certainly cracked.
liraeth's avatar
liraethHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I'm speechless...+fav 
stevemacqwark's avatar
stevemacqwarkHobbyist 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's avatar
I don't think they plan to....After what Jon and Tyrion have seen, I doubt they would readily bend the knee again.
stevemacqwark's avatar
stevemacqwarkHobbyist General Artist
So it's not a matter of who might die but how many will die next.
jnastay's avatar
That is straight up amazing. Could really see the seen too...if they can find the throne.
Psychoboy07's avatar
Rather impressed how your piece with Varys's execution was nearly a perfect match for what happened in the episode. Very well done.
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carlosidroboHobbyist Digital Artist
Masterpiece of art!
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NanamiichanfulStudent Digital Artist
awesome!!
Spider-Bat700's avatar
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's avatar

Don't know if she "broke the wheel", but she certainly broke everything else!

Shadow-Alpha's avatar
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's avatar
Have to see if this is how Martin ends things in his book.
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