As we check off the weeks before GAME OF THRONES Season 5 premieres on April 12th, we’re having a hard time holding down our excitement. To keep that intensity going, I will be counting down my favorite scenes that the series has produced so far. Keep in mind these are “my favorite” scenes. Please share your favorites in the comments. Check the whole list here.
From Season One, Episode Six: A Golden Crown
This scene might showcase the inevitable and horrying death of Viserys (come on, this dude was never meant to perish from old age or being carried out on his shield on a battlefield) or the resolute judgment of Khal Drogo, but this scene is actually all about Daenerys. You have to remember that the only person that has consistently been by her side and her only link to her now dead family is her older brother Viserys. For a time, he was of great value to her. And then that shit changed quickly. Viserys had this coming like career criminals with “Born to Lose” tattoos on their chest go searching around for a bullet. He had pimped her out to the Khal for the purpose of using their army to take the Iron Throne. He miscalculated about 200 different things, but most importantly, that Dany would never grow into a strong woman with her own agency and goals and that the Dothraki gave a damn about him being one of the last Targaryans.
Daenerys had already had stand off with her brother before and stood tall, but you threaten her unborn child and disrespect the customs she’s adopted in her marriage? Naw, b. Blood ain’t thicker than gold at a boiling temperature. It was one thing for her to see the jig coming and not alert her brother to what he was doing to himself (I love how this youtube clip’s subtitle is “Viserys commits suicide”). She never once told her husband to chill.
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And lastly, she refuses to look away when her own brother got made into jewelry before hitting the ground with that nerve-splitting “thud.” Make no mistake, the Daenerys we see in Meereen now, the same one that had the slave masters nailed to crosses, began in that hut. Especially with that ending line: He wasn’t a dragon. Fire, cannot kill a dragon.