WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Reading right-wing takes on Game of Thrones Season 8 (e.g. the replies to Gregory Hood‘s recently article) is rather bewildering. Justified disappointment with D&D’s mishandling of everything is interspersed with a certain glee that SJW-feminist white girl Daenerys got her well-deserved comeuppance for invading Westeros with hordes of raping swarthy foreigners, with the metaphor here being rather obvious. I wonder if they were watching the same serial that I was. Or perhaps all these obsessions with SJWs, womynz, and rapefugees have addled their brains to such an extent that they can’t help but see these phantasmagorias anywhere they look.
By GoT standards, Daenerys was not a bad ruler by any stretch of the imagination. To be sure, she was on that game’s Easy Mode after her dragon eggs hatched, at least so far as conquest was concerned. She did inspire love and admiration, at least in Essos, though she did fail to build good institutions in the places she conquered. But nor were there any major mistakes, at least before the IQ of everyone in Westeros took a two standard deviation hit when D&D ran out of book material during Season 5. Robb Stark inviting ruin on account of Muh Dick, Stannis rage quitting his own line thanks to a weird red woman and twenty good men, Cersei letting a sect of religious fanatics take over King’s Landing who then proceeded to imprison her – I don’t recall Daenerys doing anything nearly as stupid until the very end.
All the “moral” arguments are so contrived and ridiculous. There are strong taboos against slavery in Westeros, and it seems the sentiment is shared by most people in Essos as well. Slave masters who crucified slaves for sport got crucified in turn – what a tragedy. What should she have done, anyway? Left them alive and plotting against her? Inviting foreign armies to Westeros? The only people complaining about it are those without the gold or charisma to do likewise. At this point, I would remind agitated Alt Righters that the Unsullied are eunuchs, so not much risk of race miscegenation there. Burning the Tarlys? Reminder that they were traitors to their liege lords, the Tyrrells, whom they had just helped to snuff out as a House. They then refused to bend the knee when Daenerys magnanimously gave them the chance to do so. Both essentially volunteered to die for dubious and frankly implausible reasons, and Daenerys is supposed to be bad for granting them their Darwin Award. Burning Varys? Lifelong spymaster who runs a network of mutilated child killers who had no apparent qualms about serving all sorts of tyrants who had a change of heart that was very believable and started openly plotting a coup against her. The people who had enabled that treason – Sansa, Jon, and Tyrion – did not even experience any significant repercussions. Reminder that Robb Stark used to execute his vassals for a tenth as much treason. Reminder that Arya Stark, who is supposed to be “good”, basically exterminated an entire House to punish the treason of its patriarch.
Come to think of it, even larping as Nuclear Gandhi towards the end was somewhat defensible. Varys had ensured that news of Jon’s true parentage and greater legitimacy spread. This was enabled by Jon, who told his sister Sansa about it, who in turn wanted to use that to assert the North’s independence – even though there would be no North at all had it not been for Daenerys and her dragons and dragonglass. Consider the actions of the “honorable” (if rather thick) Jon. He absolutely had to tell Sansa about his parentage, despite her pronounced disloyalty towards her Queen (also contrast that with his “father” Ned Stark, who had the discipline and self-sacrifice to carry Jon’s secret to his grave). Moreover, he had to tell Sansa all about it right there and then, instead of waiting a couple of months until the war was over and Daenerys had been formally crowned. Even towards the end, he could still have probably salvaged the situation by giving Dany a convincing physical demonstration that he still loved her, but apparently getting his dick wet was too much of a sacrifice.
Meanwhile, consider things from Daenerys’ perspective. Over the course of the past two Seasons, she had lost all her most trusted advisors and companions, and two of her three war-winning dragons – in large part thanks to people who had outright betrayed her like Varys, undermined her with their idiocy like Jon, or a combination of both like Tyrion (whose divided loyalties were always self-evident). Her own legitimacy was under question thanks to her supposed friends and allies. At that point, imposing her rule through a demonstration of terror may very well have been the only avenue left to her. In the end, her terminal mistake was not to have had Jon arrested as well.
And so instead of spreading Westerosi Supremacy to the ends of the end, the continent is now ruled by an all-seeing derp state that worships trees and everyday affairs of state are managed by an illiterate bandit whose priority is to rebuild all the brothels. Based AF! /s
Here’s an even more powerful take. In reality, the real lesson of Game of Thrones – taking the show at face value – is that it is the northerners who are subhuman scum. Think about it. Everybody who has ever tried to help that flyspeck backwater out of the goodness of their hearts ended up getting a knife in their back for their troubles. They failed to rally to Stannis, the rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms, to save their own hides from a psychotic despot. In gratitude for rallying the Vale to their aid against Ramsay Bolton, the Starks imposed a show trial on Littlefinger that did not even have the appearance of due process (unlike the cases against Tyrion in both the Vale and King’s Landing). While we the audience knew Littlefinger pretty much deserved to die, this would not have been at all obvious to the assembled at Winterfell. So far as they were concerned, it was more of a “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” situation. Finally, they repaid Daenerys for provisioning dragonglass, the life of one of her dragons, and thousands of her soldiers by plotting against her and eventually murdering her.
The Night King was the only guy who was truly woke to the NQ. Even his world of eternal darkness and undeath would have been objectively far superior to the clown world w actually got. The one thing we can take consolation from is that there is still a chance that the Three Eyed Raven becomes wise to northern duplicity, wargs into Drogon, and gives Winterfell the deep frying that it deserves.