'Game of Thrones' creators breakdown Cersei and Daenerys' mindset in episode 4 'The Last of Starks'
We are in the final season of 'Game of Thrones' and as creators David Benioff, DB Weiss break down the fourth episode, we see how the women of the show have grown over the season.
'Game of Thrones' as a show has some of the most powerful and creative roles played by women, but they were not always the same. After the fourth episode of the final season aired, creators David Benioff, DB Weiss broke down the episode to give us more insight into different characters' psyche and we realize that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) have come to a full circle in the show. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), on the other hand, broke a promise that she made to her brother and proved that she was not the same girl that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) grew up with but is more of a Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) protegee at this point with her schemes.
SPOILER ALERT FOR SEASON 8 EPISODE 4
Starting with Daenerys, the Dragon queen lost Jorah (Iain Glen), her loyal follower, her dragon Rhaegal and her confidante Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), all in a span of days. She also learned the truth about who Jon really is and has now begun to doubt Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) leaving her all alone with no one to confide in. While she is now powerful and strong, she is still underestimated just like she used to be in the first few seasons of the show. Her last dragon, Drogon, in the words of the creators is presumably more in danger now with Tywin Lannister's (Charles Dance) last discovery - the weapon that can shoot down dragons in the sky.
Cersei, on the other hand, has lost everything that she held close to her heart. Her children are no more and the brother she loved beyond anyone betrayed her to leave her alone in King's Landing. She doesn't plan on giving up on the throne or the fight because she has always believed that 'You either play the game of thrones, or you die'. This is something that she told Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in the first season and she lives by it even today. And this moment in the show, the odds her in her favor, or so she assumes after bringing down Daenerys dragon with Euron Greyjoy's (Pilou Asbæk) help. She has also lied to Euron about the child that she allegedly bearing, trying to manipulate him into serving her purposes, something else that she did initially in the show with her then-husband Robert Baratheon (Mark Eddy).
Sansa, however, is nowhere close to the little girl who dreamed of marrying the prince in the first season of the show. In her words, she is who she is because of 'Littlefinger and Bolton', which is true and in a way even defines her distrust for Daenerys. She learned the art of manipulation from Littlefinger when he promised to marry her and take care of her, and she learned the importance, even the gratification behind revenge when she fed Bolton to the hounds. By breaking her promise to Jon and revealing his secret to Tyrion, she has proved that the North and its freedom matter most and for her the plans seem to be working just as she expected. As seen during her discussion with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) about how the Dragon queen's advisors are now rethinking.
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