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In the heat and intensity of Battle of the Bastards we should be very careful not to forget about the other important story running alongside. Whilst everyone is raving about the Stark banner being reinstated at Winterfell, we’re even more interested in the badass mother of dragons and her return to Meereen. Yep, Daenerys Targaryen is back, armed with dragons which she is most definitely prepared to use.

It’s a good thing she returned when she did otherwise there may not have been much of her city left (not that there is anymore but you get the jist). Imagine her dismay, to return to her city only to find that the advisors that she’d left in charge had run in into the ground.

Ever the confident advisor, Tyrion managed to talk his way out of a full scale riot by somehow convincing a very angry Dany that burning Yukai and Astapor to the ground was not the answer. Meanwhile, Yara and Theon Greyjoy just happened to wash up on shore in need of her help. Sounds like she’s in pretty high demand at the moment. That’s got to pile the pressure on.

In spite of her quick thinking over the years, many fans have pointed towards the Mad Queen theory. Will Dany really take after her father?

Thankfully, David Benioff has silenced the fan theory once and for all by stating that she is a ruthless character but she is most definitely not mad. In a recent “Inside the Episode” video for the “Battle of the Bastards” episode, Benioff and Weiss pretty much silenced the theorists:

“Dany’s been becoming a Targaryen ever since the end of Season 1. She’s not her father and she’s not insane and she’s not a sadist, but there’s a Targaryen ruthlessness that comes with even the good Targaryens.”

So basically, she may be ruthless but she’s not her father’s daughter in terms of insanity. Phew!

Benioff also added that in the grand scheme of things, Dany is pretty unstoppable:

”This is an unprecedented threat, You’ve got a woman that’s somehow formed an alliance where she’s got a Dothraki horde, a legion of unsullied, she’s got the mercenary army of the second sons and she’s got three dragons who are now pretty close to full grown, so if she can make it across the Narrow Sea and get to Westeros, who is gonna stand in her way?”

The only thing that could potentially stand in her way is Euron Greyjoy and his fleet who are on their way and the small factor that Dothraki have a tendency for sea-sickness.

Looks like we’ll just have to wait and see what the future will bring.