Game of Thrones season 8: The Last War proves the living are a greater threat than the dead

Back in Game of Thrones’ season 2, there is a moment when Daenerys stands outside the splendid gates of Qarth. She has spent days wandering with the remnants of her Khalasar and Ser Jorah Mormont through the great Red Waste. Her dragons are infants, they refuse to eat. Rakharo, the most loyal of her blood riders who had been sent ahead to scout for food or shelter, is sent back to her by a rival Khal in pieces. If Viserys was taunted as “the beggar king” then Daenerys is at this moment, a “beggar queen”.

When the 13 leaders of Qarth deny her hospitality, she threatens despite her bedraggled state to rain vengeance on them. They simply turn their faces away, except for Xaro Xhoan Daxos, who champions her cause and takes her in.

The ending of Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 is strongly reminiscent of that season 2 moment. Daenerys has landed at the gates of King’s Landing. Her antagonist Cersei Lannister stands atop her high walls and looks down at the Targaryen queen’s pitiful strength. A few Unsullied. A dragon she cannot use against her enemies without putting him in grave danger. And her loyal aide Missandei, a captive.

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