Targaryen Tyrant: the Fiery Fan Favorite

<SPOILERS> Daenerys Targaryen is arguably the most popular Game of Thrones character. I get it, she started out weak and has become one of the most powerful players in the pursuit of the iron throne. Her journey is inspiring… and she hatched dragons (which instantly made me want to be an Targaryen).

Is it possible to seek that level of power and still be a good person? I feel like ambition of that magnitude only comes with some psychopathy.

For me, leadership roles have come my way for two reasons:

  1. I don’t like being told what to do. I want to steer my own ship.
  2. I see something I want for my <community/business> and I realize it’s up to me to make it happen.

I don’t particularly enjoy managing people, but that is exactly what a life in politics would demand, right?

For monarchies, leaders are born – literally. They grow up believing that it is their god-given right to rule.

In the final season of GoT, fans are speculating that Daenerys will go the way of her father, the Mad King, and become the “Mad Queen.”

I’d argue that she already qualifies as a villain with the fiery slaughter of the Lannister forces who refused to “bend the knee.” How many deaths can be laid her feet because of her pursuit for power? Doesn’t the collateral damage of innocents qualify her as a bad guy?

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