Each of the remaining major characters in Game of Thrones has a pivotal scene that has changed them from who they were at the beginning of the show to who they are leading into the final season. This scene for Daenerys is the ending scene of episode 4 of s
The Lead Up
Season 3 sees Daenerys arrive in Astapor after leaving Qarth at the end of season 2. Astapor is home to the largest and most respected army known as the Unsullied. She has dragons and a bit of gold, so the next item on her list is securing an army.
The only problem with the Unsullied is at they are slaves and became soldiers under horrifying circumstances. Taken and castrated as young boys, they train for years in the most extreme conditions a soldier is ever likely to encounter.
Daenerys detests slavery. We see evidence of this early on in s
She negotiates with Master Kraznys through his slave translator Missandei. Master Kraznys speaks Valyrian and Daenerys speaks what is known as the “Common Tongue,” in the Game of Thrones world, but is simply English to the viewers.
Master Kraznys, as you might imagine, is not a very pleasant man. He calls Daenerys names and makes lewd references to her during these negotiations. Missandei leaves out these translations, of course. After a bit of back and forth, Daenerys promises to pay for the Unsullied with one of her dragons. (She purchases Missandei on the spot as well but soon frees her.)
This decision leads Ser Jorah Mormont and Ser Barristan Selmy, Daenerys’s advisers, to question her actions. They think she’s still young and naive, but have no idea that she’s carefully thought out this negotiation, even if she hasn’t shared it with them. As first-time viewers, we don’t know what her plans are either.
In watching the scene, we see her master plan (it really is pretty masterful) play out. After handing over
Those actions are surprising enough, but she then frees the Unsullied. She gives them the opportunity to leave but asks them to stay and fight for her as free men. They enthusiastically agree.
So why is this scene the most important one for Daenerys? It’s the first time we see her take really take a stance as a queen. We see that she’s not only capable of making her own
I have seen you ignore your counselors because there was a better choice. One that only you could see.
This scene shows us for the first time the Daenerys that we see throughout the rest of the series.