Ever since I started watching and reading Game of Thrones, I have been head-over-heels in love with Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. I have long waited for her to cross the Narrow Sea and reconquer the Seven Kingdoms with fire and blood. Since George R. R. Martin has fallen behind on the books, I will have to make do with the show for now. After watching Daenerys unleash her full power on the invading slavers in the latest episode, I look forward to the moment when she lands on Westeros’s shores and brings her dragons and legions.
After watching Daenerys’s progress throughout the series, I have calculated just how large her army is. After sacking Astapor, she acquired an army of over 8,000 Unsullied infantry. After sacking Yunkai, she acquired the allegiance of 2,000 mercenaries. In this season, she gained the loyalty of over 100,000 Dothraki warriors. After defeating the slavers once and for all, she acquired an armada of at least 200 ships armed with siege weapons and then gained 100 ships from the Iron Fleet. Since each ship requires a crew of 100 men to operate, this adds at least 30,000 men to Daenerys’s army. This gives her a grand total of at least 140,000 men in her army! That is more than the current combined numbers of the Lannisters and Tyrells. In addition, Daenerys’s dragons, Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are now fully grown and each a living weapon of mass destruction.
Still, despite having one of the largest and most powerful armies in the known world, Daenerys still has to think about the hundreds of thousands of slaves she freed. The slavers may be defeated for now, but the possibility exists that they will return once she crosses the sea. People like the slavers don’t change and as long as the freedmen are on Essos’s shores, they will always be in danger of being enslaved again. There is only one place in the known world where they would be safe from slavery forever: Westeros, where slavery is banned. Hopefully, Daenerys has enough ships to carry both her army and her freedmen followers. In Westeros, her freedmen can start again without fear of slavery.
Then there are the Red Priests who were spreading propaganda about her throughout Meereen. Because they believe she is the Prince Who Was Promised, they would be bound to serve her wherever she goes. This would be like Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre, but on a much larger scale. We all saw how much damage one Red Priest could do through Melisandre. Imagine the entire Lord of Light religion following Daenerys to Westeros. That is going to greatly complicate things with the Sparrows and Faith Militant in King’s Landing.
Also, word of Daenerys’s final victory over the slavers will spread throughout the known world, eventually reaching Westeros. When that happens, the lords of the Seven Kingdoms will panic while Targaryen loyalists will gather around her when she lands.
I have only one concern about Daenerys Targaryen. While it is true she has gained so much power and influence, she is lacking the one thing every ruler must have: an heir. Unless Daenerys finds a way to produce an heir to carry on her legacy and name, House Targaryen will die with her and everything she built will fall apart. I hope she does and House Targaryen’s future will be secure.
Overall, I look forward to the day when Daenerys Targaryen crosses the Narrow Sea and begins her conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. Long may she reign!