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Daenerys Targaryen Vs. Jon Snow: Who’s the Better Ruler in Game of Thrones?

Spoilers ahead.

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Game of Thrones season 8 is here after much await. The hype had certainly been enormous, and most of us can agree that episode 3 lived up to it. Yet, episode 4 didn’t really give us a satisfying continuation of the story as we had hoped. It was clear that they tried to pack too much of the story into one episode; it almost felt forced and rushed. And unfortunately, for this reason, it didn’t instill the right emotions to the audience.

Despite the direction from David Nutter being great, the writing almost seemed sloppy. The first three episodes managed to spark the right emotions within every part of the fan base. However, that wasn’t the case with episode 4 “Battle of the Starks”.

North Still Think of Jon Snow or Aegon Targaryen As Their True Leader

Jon Snow, or Aegon, did not play a major role in the Battle of Winterfell. Or at least not the way one would have hoped. In spite of it, the people of the North still love him and think of him as the true leader. Much to Khaleesi’s despair, they still don’t fully acknowledge her as the queen as Jon does.

This, for the most part, doesn’t make any sense. Yes, Jon Snow is always willing to go the extra mile for his people. He never hesitates to showcase courage to sacrifice his life for those under him. But, we have never once seen him impress us with his intellectual prowess or unique combat skills. Yes, the guy can give cool speeches. But they’re not really enough for anyone to blindly follow him as a leader.

For this we need to remind ourselves that this is, in fact, a fictional world set in the olden times. Westeros is a place plagued with sickness, war and instability. We see this most notably in the North, where the Starks lose their stronghold to evil traitors from the Freys to the Boltons. So, a guy like Jon Snow, who is literally the bare minimum of a decent leader, is basically a godsend to the Northerners. He’s not too dumb, neither is he too power hungry. He’s just what the North needs at the moment.

Hence, the people love him. He saved them at the Battle of the Bastards and again at the Battle of Winterfell. Yet, Daenerys Targaryen, who has made her life purpose to sit on the Iron Throne, isn’t met with the same enthusiasm.

Daenerys Targaryen: Not the Ideal Candidate for the Iron Throne Anymore

To be fair, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) isn’t looking like an ideal leader herself lately. Some people are increasingly believing her to descend into the same madness craze her father did.

Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), her only wise counsel that could tame her impulses, is now gone. The man she loves, Jon Snow – also her nephew by the way – really isn’t that good at explaining the rational side of things to her. Even in the latest episode of Game of Thrones season 8, we saw Jon Snow try to convince her into telling his sisters Arya and Sansa about his true identity. She’s against the idea since everyone is already wary of her, including Arya and Sansa.

The fact that Jon Snow or Aegon is the true heir to the throne will be a great excuse to discard her and choose the old King of the North as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

But, it’s highly unlikely that Khaleesi will allow that to happen. She’s so hell bent on sitting on the Iron Throne that she was willing to give up her army of Dothraki and the Unsullied – who did not get their proper memorial screen time by the way. Moreover, she did not listen to Tyrion’s pleas on not executing Samwell Tarly’s brother and father when they refused to bend the knee. Initially, we were happy to see a socialist and feminist Dany that freed the enslaved and birthed dragons for the purpose of making the world a better place. Though, it’s clear that she’s more motivated by power than any other reason at this point.

Time and time again, Tyrion has offered pleas to Khaleesi to take a more peaceful route than the one that is on her mind. After witnessing Missandei’s death, while she was still in the midst of coping up with Jorah Mormont’s demise, she would have definitely lost all reasons to stay merciful.

The millions of innocent people that are within the walls of the Red Keep may probably be ruthlessly burned and annihilated by Daenerys Targaryen.

That is, if Lord Varys, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow or Sansa Stark don’t stop her.

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