**Spoilers for Game of Thrones season eight, episode four “The Last of the Starks” below**
With the grief of Ser Jorah's death still fresh in her mind from the last episode, the Mother of Dragons was forced to look on as Rhaegal was shot down by Euron Greyjoy, and then her closest friend Missandei as she was beheaded by The Mountain at King's Landing.
Following her reaction to these deaths, as well as a strange moment earlier in the episode where she seemed to disassociate from her surroundings after hearing Tormund call Jon Snow a "king", fans are worried she may have been tipped over the edge.
Yet while many were furious that Dany's exhausting quest for the Iron Throne might slip from her grasp along with her sanity, it shouldn't really come as a surprise.
It's been noted several times that no line of dialogue in Game of Thrones is without meaning. And a line in episode one of season 8 should have been a glaring clue of what was to come.
In a moment between Sansa and Jon, the Lady of Winterfell berates him for bringing home a Targaryen queen. Defending Dany, Jon insists: "She's not her father."
This line came in an episode where characters also discussed how it would be "safe in the crypt" while the battle against the White Walkers raged on overhead. And if you saw the Battle at Winterfell, you'll know how that turned out.
Ever since fans learnt that Daenerys was the daughter of Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King, they have speculated that she might follow in his footsteps.
Aerys was once regarded as a warm and generous king before his descent into madness, which was marked, among other things, by his growing jealousy over the power of his closest advisors. He was killed after attempting to burn down King's Landing. Missandei's last word was "Dracarys", suggesting she was calling on Dany to do the same.
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Dany's jealousy of Jon's popularity is clearly growing, as is her rage about Cersei's position on the Iron Throne. She now knows that Jon has a better claim to the Iron Throne than she does, as much as he insists that he serves her. Her advisors Tyrion and Varys have also expressed concern about her sanity.
You can watch the intense new trailer for the penultimate episode of the show here. Click through the below gallery to see our extensive ranking of every character in the series – from worst to best – is below.
The final season of Game of Thrones continues every Sunday. The show is available on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.
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