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Game of Thrones Season 8: This prophecy is about the Starks NOT Daenerys | Books | Entertainment

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Poor Daenerys has seen all her dreams come crashing down around her. The TV show has far outstripped the books and Daenerys has burned her way through King's Landing to the crown. Or has she. The Targaryen orphan has always believed everything was about her and her destiny, but now she knows she is not actually the rightful heir. In fact, even one of the key prophecies in the books was never about her at all, but the four surviving Starks.

in A Clash of Kings Daenerys is desperately trying to work out what she needs to do next.

The mysterious Asshai shadowbinder (the one with the striking metal and mesh masks over her face) Quaithe has been popping up in person and visions leaving cryptic clues.

Quaithe tells Daenerys: "To go north, you must journey south, to reach the west you must go east. To go forward you must go back and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow."

Except this actually describes Sansa, Arya, Bran and Jon Snow.


Sansa has been discovering her destiny and her desire actually lies at Winterfell, not King's Landing but she needed to learn through her travels.

Arya went East across the sea to Braavos but her destiny and desire were always unflinchingly for revenge of those in the West who had wronged her and her family.

Bran has literally been travelling back and forward in time to fulfil his destiny, although his desires are no longer entirely his own as the Three-Eyed Raven.

Jon Snow, aka Aegon Targaryen, has actually passed beneath the ultimate shadow (of death) and returned to the light of life. The image also connects to the idea he could be the one who was promised by the Lord of Light.

The books and the show famously started with the discovering of a dying direwolf and her six cubs. 

It started with the Starks. It will end with the Starks.

Whether it is Jon or Sansa who sits on the throne (and mounting theories suggest it could even be Bran) destiny was never actually on Daenerys' side, after all.

Of course, the last word should probably still go to Tyrion, who told Jorah in A Dance With Dragons: "Prophecy is like a half-trained mule. It looks as though it might be useful, but the moment you trust in it, it kicks you in the head."

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