How Daenerys Targaryen turned into the mad queen

When we last saw Daenerys Targaryen, she was weeping at the surrender bells in King’s Landing — and then scowling, taking off on Drogon and setting the city on fire in methodical, concentric circles.

That’s . . . not what her top backers expected her to do. But while Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and many viewers at home were busy picking their jaws up off the ground, most of her army crew kicked it into high gear, pillaging the city and killing enemy soldiers who had already given up their weapons.

Daenerys’s longtime fighters had been following the Breaker of Chains for a while now, and from what they’ve seen, it may not have been that big of a leap for her to also become Scorcher of Cities. She has always demanded unwavering loyalty and promised hell for her enemies. In earlier seasons, Dany promises to “lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground” once her dragons are grown, and that she will “take what is mine with fire and blood.”

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