That episode was dope! I mean, all morality aside, with 5 seasons of waiting to see these dragons in action, this was a treat. Visually stunning to see those red n golds turned to ash. I don’t know if it was the smartest move, but it was the coolest.
Tyrion’s plans failing aren’t a surprise, he seemed to confuse war strategy with the game he and his siblings would engage in at King’s Landing. His plan’s weren’t terrible though, he just couldn’t account for a fleet of teleporting Ironborn ships, who are also somehow much larger and more powerful than the ships they had. I was kind of taken aback when Dany made that cutting ass remark about Tyrion wanting to “protect his family” just because his plans failed. Like shit he’s sacrificed everything to be here working for you, ease up. What happened to that touching but weirdly unearned scene last season where he cries when she makes him Hand? Savage.
Anyway, on to the moral implications of roasting those soldiers with Drogon. I mean, it was terrible, and frightening and all the survivors will tell stories for ages to come about how they saw their friends turned to ash next to them or how their shields and armor melted on them scarring them forever. All the gory details. This is not to say they were innocent, they were a lannister army. The lannisters literally have a song about wiping out another house in entirety, and have no love for common people.
That being said, she wasn’t just there for the soldiers(i’m assuming) but there to stop grain from reaching the capital. The gold had already reached King’s landing, so this was grain I think Jaime mentioned to Brann. If that’s right, then she’s taking food away from hungry people. It could be said that only the royals and soldiers of king’s landing will eat it, but they are the last ones to starve. If there’s not enough to go around, does the queen go hungry? The people starve first, then the soldiers, the city would fall before a lord felt a pang of hunger. This is a legitimate siege strategy, but will the people be grateful to you once it’s all over? If their loved ones starve to death in the siege(assuming it’s long enough for this to happen), is this going to engender faith in Dany?
These are the boring sort of questions that I obsess over when watching this show, and I do the same thing with LOTR. For the people, it’s between a devil I know, and a devil I don’t. Cersei is a monster with a terrifying name. Lannister means a lot to people in Westeros, and it’s no question it’s rule through fear, but what does Targaryen mean to people? The living memory of Aegon’s reign is mostly one of strife and terror. Cersei is wretched and evil, but Dany has something to prove(again unfortunately). Her incredible feats haven’t crossed the sea to the common people, and she’s not demonstrated that same dedication to freedom in Westeros, as flawed as it’s execution may have been across the sea. She’s not liberated the peasants under feudal rule. She’s not starting a revolution from below as Cersei suggested to the Iron banker. She’s here to conquer, as Jon said “more of the same”.
If her reforms amount to changing a slave empire into feudalism, then what does she have to offer feudal Westeros? What does her prophetic right to rule matter to the common person? I think the reason people are frustrated with this character, is she doesn’t make her intentions clear. Her actions and words are in conflict. This is not the character’s fault, as it should read(i’m assuming here, haven’t read the books, so feel free to school me) like this complex inner struggle between a powerful person’s “destiny” and their will to subvert that destiny and free the people under the yoke of other would be rulers. It however reads like plain confusion or just completely out of character with what we’ve seen so far.
Cersei is obvious. She’s a wicked person who only has her best interests at heart. Dany is six seasons in, and we still don’t know exactly what she’s about. If she took a stance next episode and stuck with it I’d know how to feel about her. Again, not the character’s fault. I know it’s optimistic to expect anything that great from characters in a feudal fantasy world, but she sort of gave me hope when she liberated all those slaves. Now what?