Spoiler alert for season 8 episode 4
As the eighth and final season of 'Game of Thrones' keeps twisting and turning in unexpected ways, the latest and fourth episode 'The Last of Starks' saw a previously assumed to be invincible queen — Daenerys Targaryen — feeling slightly defeated and extremely enraged. In the same episode, Cersei Lannister managed to ambush her fleet, kill one of her dragons, and take her closest friend and advisor, Missandei, captive, before brutally beheading her in front of Daenerys.
There's not a single reason good enough right now for Daenerys to keep calm and plot quietly because the latest events that have transpired give her every right to unleash her madness and become the next Mad Queen — following her father's footsteps. And that is what makes us a little concerned about her fate on the show. Will Daenerys be the next person to get killed?
Before making any assumptions about how short or long-lived Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) fate on the show is, what we must consider is the fleeting faith of her biggest supporters after recent events. Following the battle of Winterfell, Daenerys refused to let her and the North's armies rest and recuperate from the battle. Granted that she has also suffered the loss of yet another dragon-child, Rhaegal, but for her to completely overlook what the army needs because of the pure rage she's being driven by, raised doubts in the minds of her hand, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) as well as Lord Varys (Conleth Hill).
Let's not forget the recent discovery about Daenerys' current lover, Jon Snow's (Kit Harrington) lineage, which makes him the rightful owner of the Iron Throne as he's the last male Targaryen alive. Even though Jon might want to voluntarily give up his position on the throne, there's no denying that his personal faith won't be able to change the minds of the thousands of common folk who believe a man is a better ruler than a woman. For Daenerys to have this life-long dream of hers compromised, just because the other contender is a man, is not only unfair but also absolutely maddening.
However, not everyone around her seems to think so. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has already made it clear that she deems Jon a better ruler, given the current rage coursing through Daenerys, and for some reason, Varys also resonates with the idea. That leaves only Tyrion still vocally supporting Daenerys, but that too, for how long? After what Cersei (Lena Headey) did to Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), the rage and pure spite in Daenerys' mind were more than blatant on her face. It's a known fact that much in accordance with Missandei's last words, "Dracarys" — the high Valyrian word Daenerys uses to command fire from her dragons — she will set fire to all of King's Landing, thus killing thousands of innocent people in her quest to win the 'Game of Thrones'.
And that is exactly what lends scope for believing that somebody in her close-knit circle might be the one to kill her in the recent future, to stop her from turning into the same mad queen that she was trying to take down. While Jon and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) might take Daenerys out simply because they want the greater good — that is what's better for the common masses — Sansa, on the other hand, might just kill Daenerys out of pure hatred, as she has expressed in the more recent episodes. Even though a lot of fans believe that Daenerys will be the one to kill Cersei, there's also a possibility that following that, the other Lannister brother, and Cersei's lover — Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) — in a fit of counter rage, might end up slaying another Targaryen ruler of the Iron Throne.
However, all of these are speculative theories based on the current political climate of the Seven Kingdoms, and to find out how long the Khaleesi has in her hands, tune into 'Game of Thrones' when it returns with episode 6 of season 8 on Sunday, May 12, at 9 pm, only on HBO.