WARNING: The following article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season eight, episode two.
Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) has an army of loyal followers on and off screen, but how she earned their respect may come to bite her later on.
In Game of Thrones episode two, entitled ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ the Mother of Dragon was forced to face her dark past head-on.
First, she confronted Jaimie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who notoriously murdered her father in cold blood, earning him the nickname the Kingslayer.
When the King’s Landing defector stood before her she threatened to have him executed for his crime, but was persuaded otherwise by a number of Starks and their allies.
The Starks siding with a Lannister was the first nail in the coffin for the fearsome queen and hinted she may not be able to rule as she sees fit.
Then came her awkward conversation with Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), in which she confessed to burning his father and brother to death for refusing to bend the knee.
Of course, Sam did not take the news of his relative’s tragic passing well and broke the news to Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who was painfully unaware of her vicious act.
Despite the queen trying so hard to distance herself from her ‘Mad King’ father, she shares some of his more vindictive qualities.
What’s more, there are parallels between her and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), as the two will stop at nothing to take the Iron Throne.
Does the resemblance between Daenerys and the Mad King suggest she will suffer the same fate as her father?
She has done some horrendous things in the past, including but not restricted to: burning a witch alive, locking traitors in a vault to suffer a slow death and tricking slave masters into selling her an army in return for a dragon, only to burn the sellers and take back her dragon.
Varys (Conleth Hill) once said the people deserve a kind ruler, one who will put their needs before their own to better the nation.
Considering Daenerys past actions, she may not fit the bill and Varys could conspire to get rid of her like he has done many times before.
But she could be sparred as the army of the dead are already en route and the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) is set on zombifying all who live.