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Daenerys Targaryen

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Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke), aka Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of the Dragons, is one of HBO's Game of Thrones's most beloved characters, even though her story takes part on an entirely different continent as everyone else's. The apparent last of her line, Dany is a young woman ready to take on the world and win back the throne she thinks is rightfully hers as the heir of House Targaryen.

In Season 1, we were introduced to Dany as a meek young woman under the thumb of her cruel, overbearing brother, Viserys. They were the only remaining heirs of Aerys II Targaryen (AKA The Mad King). Viserys married Dany to Dothraki leader Khal Drogo, in return for Drogo's promise to support Viserys's bid for the throne. As a wedding present, Dany was given three fossilized dragon's eggs.

Over the course of the season Dany gained strength and confidence, especially after getting pregnant with Drogo's child, who was supposed to be the "Stallion Who Mount the World." Eventually, Drogo killed Viserys as Dany looked on, impartial. But then tragedy fell. Drogo was injured in a fight and died. Dany tried to get magic-wielding Mirri Maz Duur to bring him back, but Mirri Maz Duur, incensed that Drogo's army had attacked her village, killed Dany's unborn baby and brought Drogo back as an unthinking corpse. Dany was forced to kill Drogo again. At the end of the season she made a funeral pyre on which she burnt Mirri Maz Duur alive. She took her dragon eggs and stepped onto it; the next morning, the dragons had hatched and Dany was still alive: She became Mother of Dragons. She told the remaining Dothraki and slaves that they were all free, to follow her or go as they pleased.

In Season 2 Dany, her confidante Ser Jorah Mormont, and her small group of followers crossed the Red Waste and went to the city of Qarth in search of support and/or ships to buy, so that she could go to Westeros. In Qarth she made friends with Xaro Xhoan Daxos, who wanted to marry her for her dragons. After she turned him down Xaro and Payat Pree, a warlock, teamed up and stole the dragons as part of a power play. Dany had to journey into the mysterious House of the Undying to find them; find them she did, and she burned the house down, and then locked Xaro in his own vault. She took enough money from him to buy a single ship.

In Season 3, Dany, still looking for an army, went to Astapor, where an unparalleled fighting force called the Unsullied were for sale. While there, she encountered Ser Barristan Selmy, who pledged allegiance to her as the last Targaryen. Dany wanted the Unsullied, but hates slavery. Solution? She tricked the slave owner, trading him a dragon for the entire Unsullied army, only to turn both on him, leaving the city in chaos and ashes as she marched on. Next she went to Yunkai, another slave city, which she sacked with the help of Daario Naharis, a hot sellsword who pledged himself to her.

Another important thread that runs through all three seasons is Jorah's clear romantic affection for Dany, which she seems not to return (though it's unclear exactly how she feels).

Dany was introduced in Season 1, Episode 1: "Winter Is Coming."

Memorable Quotes (and Moments)

- "I am a Khaleesi of the Dothraki! I am the wife of the great Khal and I carry his son inside me! The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands."

-  "I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyeria. I am the dragon's daughter, and I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming."

- "Yes. All men must die, but we are not men."

- Dany attacks Astapor and frees the Unsullied.

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