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In Game of Thrones season 4, Episode 4, we see Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) take the city of Meereen by way of a slave uprising. With the city under her control, she decides to crucify alive a great number of the slave masters as a punishment for them using dead slave children as signposts on the way to Meereen. The question is: Did Dany go too far?

It has to be said: Daenerys has a temper. We’ve seen it flare up before on a number of occasions, but never on such a large scale, or in such a cruel way. Despite counsel from Barristan Selmy that it’s sometimes better to answer injustice with mercy (especially if Dany wants to be a good ruler), Dany says that she will answer injustice with justice. That’s fine, but justice would be trying and executing the slaves’ killers in a humane way, not crucifying a bunch of slave masters alive to send a message. We understand that Daenerys wants to look like a strong ruler, and that she really hates slavery, but her first act as ruler of Meereen probably could have been a lot less cruel.

Then there’s the implications to the viewer. We’ve been groomed to root for Dany since the series start, but her personality in this episode seemed to turn a bit more villainous than what we’re used to seeing from her. The crucifixion seems more like something Joffrey (RIP) would have done than Dany, leading us to wonder if this is the start of a new trend for Dany. Her father was the Mad King after all, will she become the Mad Queen?

What do you think about Dany’s actions? Did she go too far, or was this eye for an eye version of justice fair? 

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