Daenerys walks into every city, says “this is now mine” and if you refuse to give her what she wants she kills you with her dragons. A really suitable queen for the seven kingdoms.
#i do understand people’s hesitation because i don’t want her to rule westeros #(i don’t think any /one/ person should) #but this is such a simplistic view #how else do the others do it? #okay dany has dragons not armies like robb or tywin #but literally that is what invasion/usurping is #claiming a land that wasn’t yours #just like that #and i don’t think it’s that simple #i haven’t seen the last ep; but in the books she doesn’t kill innocents #she doesn’t want them to die #she kills slavers and people who are genuinely gross #it’s easy to say she just has people killed #but it’s not just ANYONE is it #so what i’m really trying to say is she’s probably not a suitable queen for westeros (she doesn’t have the training to know how to deal with #it either) #but SHE’S NOT A TERRIBLE PERSON WHO JUST USES HER DRAGONS LIKE WEAPONS TO DESTROY THE MASSES JUST TO GAIN POWER!!!!!!!!! #i don’t want to start any petty arguments and i do actually enjoy reading what people think #so if i’ve said anything wrong please tell me (but don’t be a dick about it)
basically people are offended that dany is freeing slaves
they’re slaves. she freed them.
and y’all are upset with that
I think the worst thing i’ve seen is people dismiss slavery as “just part of the culture of Essos and stupid dumb white bitch Dany is trying to “free them” from something she just doesn’t understand.
Hey u know what other cultures thrived under the systematic oppression and enslavement of human beings? The United States of America. Let’s not just chalk up slavery to “culture” that is misunderstood by outside parties. Slavery is disgusting. Slavery should be stamped out.
Dany’s decision was rash and destabilized both the slave and the free cities to varying degrees, but the sentiment behind her actions was not wrong, and it wasn’t simply a case of a lack of cultural understanding.
Honestly I have really mixed thoughts about all of Dany’s political endeavors; because on one hand, shit got fucked up. But maybe shit needs to get fucked up in order to instigate social change and eradicate institutional slavery from a region. You usually don’t get change of that magnitude by asking nicely. Oppressors, particularly people who are oppressing people to the point of dehumanization aren’t going to magically see the error of their ways. That’s not how it works.
But Dany is a really great character to me because her decisions do have consequences no matter how initially agreeable they are, which is why she’s a fantastic white savior deconstruction. Not just in Essos, but in terms of Westeros as well. Her whole story amounts to her conquering/aiming to conquer lands that she is culturally ignorant of. Saying she will kill any high lord in Westeros that doesn’t accept her as queen. Her rash decisions in Meereen. These are things that have/will end up biting her in the butt; because in real life, you can’t just ride in on a white horse and a big heart and change entire regions and make everybody love and listen to you.
But the sentiment behind a lot of Dany’s goals are genuine, and some of the meta posts about her being racist or whatever for not being cool with slavery are a little disturbing.