Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Night King or The Dragons
I don't know about you, but prophecies are riddles meant to fool and lead you astray, but only until you solve them or they play out.
In Game of Thrones, book and HBO series, Mirri Maz Duur told Dany she would see/reunite with Khal Drogo when certain conditions are met.
"When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, when the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves, when your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before."
I have read some of the comments and conjecture about the return of Khal Drogo, but I don't agree with them. I see it this way: "When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east..."
When Daenerys reaches Westeros and becomes queen, she will rise in the west as she has risen in the east. She will set in the east when she leaves for Westeros. Dany is the sun, or at least her rule is the sun because she brings light into the darkness of slavery and overturns the old ways when she frees the slaves and abolishes slavery.
"...[W]hen the seas go dry..." is a little more difficult to parse unless you look at the coming Winter and the rise of the White Walkers. The seas will indeed go dry when the long Winter comes and the seas freeze. This part of the prophecy may refer to how the coming Winter will affect the world and how far the Night King's reach will be.
"...[A]nd mountains blow in the wind like leaves[.]" The wall between the North and beyond the wall could be considered mountains. If the Night King breaks through the wall and gets through the spells keeping him out of Westeros, that would mean the wall would fall and the snow and ice would be like leaves in the wind when the winds of winter blow what remains of the wall. Then again, if Dany succeeds in destroying the Night King and all of his troops, dead and White Walkers as well, the wall may fall down and the cold still remaining from the Long Winter would freeze the ice and snow of the wall into shards that would be like leaves on the wind. Either way, I see the mountains as the wall and the wall will fall one way or the other, depending on how George R. R. Martin sees it in his mind's eye. The wall comes down and either the long winter and the Night King's power will shatter the wall or Dany and dragons will bring down the wall and send its remains flying like leaves on the winds.
The Night King will march forward and the seas will freeze and the wall will eventually come down, but I am fairly certain the mountains in the prophecy are the heights of the wall that look like mountains of ice and snow.
That's the thing about prophecies, the imagery is allegory but how the imagery is interpreted will show how the future plays out.
Once the wall is down and the White Walkers and their Night King defeated, Dany will be free to have another child. It may be that Mirri Maz Duur was telling Dany that she would see Rhaego, her son, the son she gave up to pay for Drogo's life -- such as it was -- is whom she will see again. Now that Dany is free to bear another child, likely with Jon Snow, who is her nearest Targaryen blood relation (the Targaryens preferred to marry their kind), the living child Dany bears will be a boy, a dark-haired boy, that she will name Rhaego. The Stallion That Mounts the World will return, but Khal Drogo will not be his father, and the Stallion will be more fully of the Blood of the Dragon.
I think it is Rhaego who will return, although she may name her new son Drogo, so Drogo will return -- or at least his soul will return. Daenerys, like many women before her, and like Jon Snow's mother, Lyanna Stark, may die after she gives birth to her son, a son to carry on her legacy and the legacy of the dragons she brought back to life, and that son will eventually be king once he comes of age. That's the thing about being a woman, even a strong woman who rides dragons and heads conquering armies, they can still die in childbirth. Lyanna Stark did as did Tyrion Lannister's mother and the millions upon millions of mothers before and after Lyanna Stark and Joanna Lannister when they give birth to the next generation.
Maybe Daenerys Stormborn will live on to raise her next son, or maybe she won't. That is up to Martin's vision of the future and how he chooses to let the prophecy play out. Whether the fans would rather have Dany alive and riding Drogon through the skies of Westeros and the lands over the Narrow Sea, it is ultimately beyond their control.
All we can do is wait and see. The story will end one way or the other and HBO's version or Martin's long awaited final books in the Song of Ice and Fire will give us the answers.
That is all. Disperse.