In the last two chapters of A Game of Thrones. Daenerys goes through a great ordeal and a transformation.
First she is unconscious while dreaming about waking the dragon. And in the last she is tasked with giving life to her three dragon’s eggs.
I have been attempting to solve a portion of Daenerys prophecies and visions, so this took me back to waking the dragon.
I have been obsessed with this chapter for quite some time, as it is significant to the moment that Daenerys realized that her dragons would live.
And at first I believed it proves that Daenerys was meant to ride not Drogon but Viserion. Which, I'm still partial to as far as theories go.
But after reading chapter again, I think that all of the answers surrounding the birth of Daenerys’ dragons. And how she came to wake the dragon within herself is for the most part right inside this chapter...
Please take heed. I will be providing the entire chapter here where I see fit, so long as the information is relevant to the purpose.
As for the Dragon Bond that is the right one for Daenerys, we will build on that within this essay.
Here we go.
“Wings shadowed her fever dreams."
“You don't want to wake the dragon do you ?”—Past #1
“She was walking down a long hall beneath high stone arches. She could not look behind her, must not look behind her. There was a door ahead of her, tiny with distance, but even from afar, she saw that it was painted red. She walked faster, and her bare feet left bloody footprints on the stone.”
The House With the Red Door is linked to many things, but after going through this chapter it becomes clear that it doesn't just represent Home to Dany. It represents safety.
Its her history. But it's also more than that, it’s a place that she believes that she can not get back to.
“She could not look back, must not look behind her.”
This seems a lot like a warning. Don't go back, keep moving forward.
She is walking down a long “Dark” hall beneath stone arches. And while this may seem insignificant, when have we ever seen Dany in a place with long dark halls and stone arches? This sounds a great deal like Winterfell. When Dany left the tent, she left bloody footprints on the ground as she walked forward. Leaving Drogo and his stallion behind her. The blood came from the sacrifice of Drogo’s stallion. And the metaphor here is that Dany left Drogo and the “Stallion” behind in the tent which she could not go back to. This also could be the first sign that Daenerys does know the truth of her origin. While she sees herself walking down this long dark hall, it could also be Lyanna walking through the crypts after childbirth.
The red door is starting to represent Safety to Daenerys.
“ You don't want to wake the dragon do you?” — Past #2
“She saw sunlight on the Dothraki sea, the living plain, rich with the smells of earth and death. Wind stirred the grasses, and they rippled like water. Drogo held her in strong arms, and his hand stroked her sex and opened her and woke that sweet wetness that was his alone, and the stars smiled down on them, stars in a daylight sky. “Home,” she whispered as he entered her and filled her with his seed, but suddenly the stars were gone, and across the blue sky swept the great wings, and the world took flame.”
This next vision is about the night that Dany mounted Drogo for the first time. He became her “Home” and her safety. And together, they created life. It becomes important that the life that was created was meant to be the Stallion that Mounts the World.
“Suddenly the stars were gone, and across the blue sky swept the great wings and the world took flame.”
The Crones in Vaes Dothrak claimed the child born to Drogo and Daenerys would be this legendary stallion. Yet somehow she only saw wings, not her child. Or maybe this means that those wings represent their child who will be the stallion. A winged stallion. Or as Lord Commander Mormont once said, "A winged horse."
Also, this reminds me of Quaithe. “To touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.”
“. . . don't want to wake the dragon, do you?”— Past #3
“Ser Jorah's face was drawn and sorrowful . “Rhaegar was the last dragon,” he told her. He warmed translucent hands over a glowing brazier where stone eggs smoldered red as coals. One moment he was there and the next he was fading, his flesh colorless, less substantial than the wind.
“The last dragon,” He whispered, thin as a wisp and was gone. She felt the dark behind her, and the red door seemed farther away than ever.”
This part of the dream left me puzzled for a moment. But after reading it a thousand times, it occurred to me that Jorah entered the tent too. When MMD was working her spells, Jorah carried Dany into that tent.
Jorah had given of himself when he brought her to MMD and a part of him was given to waking the dragon. Jorah believed that Rhaegar was the last Dragon, but this passage suggests that in this situation Rhaegar and Daenerys are interchangeable.
In an interview with George RR Martin that Rhaegar’s body had been burned as is customary for Targaryens. They did this because they believed that they would be reborn as a dragon through the flames. If this is correct, then Dany would have also been reborn through her inner fire. Making her Rhaegar Reborn..
It is also worth noting that this specific sequence focuses on Jorah's words to Dany about Rhaegar.
“. . . Don't want to wake the dragon, do you?”—Past. #4
“Viserys stood before her, screaming. “The dragon does not beg, slut. You do not command the Dragon. I am the dragon, and I will be crowned.” the molten gold trickled down his face like wax, burning deep channels in his flesh. “I am the dragon and I will be crowned!” he shrieked, and his fingers snapped like snakes, biting at her nipples, pinching, twisting, even as his eyes burst and ran like jelly down seared and blackened cheeks.”
Viserys has always been obsessed with the idea that he had the Dragon in himself. And he used his violent nature to intimidate Daenerys. Yet one of the most important part of this passage is Daenerys remembers Viserys as he was burning.
The next hint we were given is how he shrieked and then he was added to a vision of Daenerys being bitten at her nipples and pinching and twisting… This description was used in the House of the Undying as the first image.
A lot of folks link that image to Westeros and the war of the five king's.
But there was another passage that used this comparison.
“They said that the Queen looked as if some beast had savaged her, clawing at her thighs and chewing on her breasts. A crowned beast Jaime thought.”— AFFC Jaime
To me this seems like there will be a battle over Daenerys, each trying to rip pieces of her apart for themselves. This is a contrast to who Viserys is vs. who Rhaegar was. The snakes are a metaphor that fit Aerys II meaning, Viserys is his father's son. And to take it one step further, Aerys was not the blood of the Dragon. So this gene was not his to pass on.
“. . . don't want to wake the Dragon . . .”— Future #5
“The red door was so far ahead of her, and she could feel the icy breath behind, sweeping up on her. If it caught her she would die a death that was more than death, howling forever alone in the darkness. She began to run.”
The red door again represents safety and warmth. — Her past has a cold element to it as well as a dark element. But more so, she knows that the Darkness means her harm. Not only that but that it is chasing her.
If it finds her, she knows that she will die a death that is more than the real death.
The only thing that this is reminiscent of is the Others, and their ability to revive her. The most interesting part is that Dany sees that should she be caught in the cold and darkness, she will be alone. Alone to Howl forever. This is the second reference that Dany has made to herself connecting her to House Stark. If she is only a Dragon then why would she howl? The next thing I notice is that in the first sequence she says that she is walking in a long dark hall with great stone arches leaving bloody footprints behind her in her wake.
Is it possible that just as she sees herself as Rhaegar, in this one particular instance, she is seeing something in regards to her Mother? The blood is associated with bringing or giving life. Just as her feet became stained with the blood of the Stallion which MMD sacrificed.
Lyanna was closest to her horse. Not a wolf.
“. . . don't want to wake the dragon . . .” — Present/Future #6
“She could feel the heat inside her, a terrible burning in her womb. Her son was tall and proud, with Drogo's copper skin and her own silver gold hair, violet eyes shaped like almonds. And he smiled for her and began to lift his hand toward hers, but when he opened his mouth the fire poured out. She saw his heart burning through his chest, and in an instant he was gone, consumed like a moth by a candle, turned to ash. She wept for her child, the promise of a sweet mouth on her breast, but her tears turned to steam as they touched her skin.”
The burning seems to represent the burning building inside. But particularly her womb. She is sleeping but this dream is telling her that something is changing inside of her. Particularly with her son.
The next sequence shows us a future where Rhaego is living and what his future would have been comprised of. This could mean a lot of things, and with only having this part of the chapter they could all be just speculation, but also I believe that this is a future that Daenerys will have. Her son breaths fire, and she could see his heart burning through his chest. He was fire made into flesh. He was being converted into a Dragon.
Again, Rhaego is seen with a heart that burns through his chest, which as we know is the sign of R'hllor. Another call to the Lord of Light.
The last part of this sequence has a parallel to Bran’s third chapter.
“He looked deep into the heart of winter, and then he cried out, afraid, and the heat of his tears burned on his cheeks.”
Dany is burning with heat. And Bran is in the heart of winter, where it is at his coldest. Dany is fire because her tears turned to steam on her cheeks, while the heat of Bran’s tears, burned him. Bran, is Ice.
“. . . want to wake the dragon . . .”— Present/Future #7
“Ghosts lined the hallway dressed in the faded raiment of kings. In their hands were swords of pale fire. They had hair of silver and hair of gold and hair of platinum white, and their eyes were opal and Amethyst, tourmaline and jade. “Faster,” they cried “faster, faster.” She raced, her feet melting the stone wherever they touched.
“Faster!” the ghosts cried as one, and she screamed and threw herself forward. A great knife of pain ripped down her back, and she felt her skin tear open and smelled the stench of burning blood and saw the shadow of wings. And Daenerys Targaryen flew.”
I'm still working on swords of pale fire. I have looked into the swords of the Others. But it seems pretty clear that these who are urging Daenerys to wake the dragon, faster and faster are connected to the Great Empire. The Opal, Jade, Amethyst, Tourmaline, with Targaryen features. They are here to help her reach the safety of the heat. It almost sounds as if they are urging her on as a warning not to slow down. Her feet began to melt the stone where she touched them, and we have history of Dragon’s being able to melt stone. Daenerys is the Dragon, and she is being woke. Because there are so many parallels of Dany and Rhaegar it would make sense that this last part represents the waking of her rebirth.
The tearing in her back and the searing stench of burning blood, represents Targaryens being reborn as dragon’s in the flames.
“. . . wake the dragon . . .”— Future #8
“The door loomed before her, the red door, so close, so close, the hall was a blur around her, the cold receding behind. And now the stone was gone and she flew across the Dothraki sea, high and higher, the green rippling beneath, and all that lived and breathed fled in terror from the shadow of her wings. She could smell home, she could see it, there, just beyond that door, green fields and great stone houses and arms to keep her warm, there. She threw open the door.”
At this point, the Red Door represents Fire. And reaching it seems to be the only way to conquer the Darkness and the Cold that has been on her heels throughout this journey. Fire is the element of Dragons, and they are a sure way to combat the threat. She was no longer tethered to the ground. But free to fly. She began in the Dothraki sea. “All the living and breathing fled from her in terror.” And again she refers to her wings as Shadow.
Lastly, she is no longer in Essos. She is closing in on home, where there are green fields and Stone houses. Where there will be someone there to warm her. And while I can't say with certainty, this seems like an image of what could be. Something to look forward to in ADOS.
“. . . the dragon . . .”— Future/Past #9
And saw her brother Rhaegar, mounted on a stallion as black as his armor. Fire glimmered red through the narrow eye slit of his helm. “The last dragon,” Ser Jorah’s voice whispered faintly. “The last, the last.”
Dany lifted his polished black visor. The face within was her own”.
Rhaegar is mounted on a Black Stallion to match his dark Armor. Yet another reference that he was a true dragon. However when Dany went to look upon his face, it was her face inside; and the fire was just as much in her as it was in him.
Another parallel that Rhaegar and Daenerys were both born of Fire and Blood.
The only difference is that Rhaegar did not have the ability to hatch Dragons. This ability was given to him to pass on, and seems to have been the trade for the lives lost in the fire.
However, just as the previous segments gave us information of those who are called, and those who call themselves the last dragon this segment gives us yet another comparison.
Rhaegar was indeed the last dragon. This vision proves it. But when Dany sees him, he is mounted on a Black Stallion. His mount was Black. His armor was black, and she could see fire glimmering through the narrow slits in his helm.
And when she looked inside, the face she saw was her own.
Rhaegar was the last Dragon, and now she is.
It also occurs to me that, this could also be a mirror image of Jon Snow. The image is all in black. Black armor, black mount.
Jon's horse is always black. He has a vision of himself armored in black ice. And if he is a true Targaryen, the fire lives within him as well.
She and Jon could be mirror images of each other, or this could just be about their inevitable connection to each other.
Lastly, this places the Targaryens in the Path of the Red God yet again.
And there is some book evidence that the followers of the Valyrian freehold did hold to the religion of the Red God.
The next potion is to discuss how all of this was made possible and how the dragons became to be living rather than just cold calcified stone.
“After that, for a long time, there was only the pain, the fire within her, and the whisperings of stars.
She woke to the taste of ashes.
“No,” she moaned, ‘no, please.”
“Khaleesi?” Jhiqui hovered over her, a frightened doe.
The tent was drenched in shadow, still and close. Flakes of ash drifted upward from the brazier, and Dany followed them with her eyes through the smoke hole above. Flying, she thought. I had wings, I was flying. But it was only a dream. “Help me,” she whispered, struggling to rise. “Bring me . . .” Her voice was raw as a wound, and she could not think what she wanted. Why did she hurt so much? It was as if her body had been torn to pieces and remade from the scraps. “I want . . .”
“Yes, Khaleesi.” Quick as that jhiqui was gone, bolting from the tent, shouting. Dany needed . . .something . . .someone . . . what?”
The first thing that Dany remembered was that she was flying. And that she had spent a long time burning. She did not ask about her son, she did not ask about Drogo, she just felt this “need” to reach her Dragons and make sure all was well. Another reference to Aegon V and his need to wake dragons and reforge the realm anew with fire. A way of healing what had been broken. She had been remade from what was left. She was not the Her that she had known.
This is also the first time Dany believed that the Stars were whispering to her. Which also means that it is possible that Quaithe has been with her since she has woke the dragon.
“It was important, she knew. It was the only thing in the world that mattered, she knew. She rolled onto her side and got an elbow under her, fighting the blanket tangled above her legs. It was so hard to move. The world swam dizzily. I have to . . .
They found her on the carpet, crawling toward her dragon eggs. Ser Jorah Mormont had lifted her in his arms and carried her back to her sleeping silks, while she struggled feebly against him. Over his shoulder she saw her three handmaids, Jhogo with his little wisp of a mustache, and the flat broad face of Mirri Maz Duur. “I must,” she tried to tell them, “I have to . . .”
“. . . sleep, Princess,” Ser Jorah said.
“No,” Dany said. “Please. Please.”
“Yes.” He covered her with silk, though she was burning. “Seep and grow strong again, Khaleesi. Come back to us.” And then Mirri Maz Duur was there, the maegi, tipping a cup against her lips. She tasted sour milk, and something else, something thick and bitter. Warm liquid ran down her chin. Somehow she swallowed. The tent grew dimmer, and sleep took her again. This time she did not dream. She floated serene and at peace, on a black sea that knew no shore.”
The first thing I noticed about this passage is how difficult it was for Dany to move. And in the previous passage she thought about how hard it was to move.
This happens again in ADWD DANY X while walking south to find the Skahazadhan she finds a bush that is growing green berries and decides to eat them. Later on she is in so much pain she can not bare to walk.
The second part of this is the cup that MMD tipped to Daenerys lips that was sour milk and thick and bitter.
These berries that Dany found while wandering the Dothraki Sea also were bitter and chewy.
Dany thought to herself how they tasted familiar to her but quickly resigned herself to the fact that the Dothraki would use them to season roasts. She doesn't seem certain, but she says it aloud to reinforce the confidence she was lacking.
Later on she found herself retching up green slime.
A lot of folks associate this reaction to poison, however if the taste of the berries was familiar to her, there is no way that this could have been the result of poison as a result of eating those berries.
And later on she began to start her cycle.
It seems to me that MMD gave her something to abort the child she was carrying. And that Rhaego was not born of natural means.
The black sea seems to represent the ocean that Dany must cross to return to Westeros.
"After a time—a night, a day, a year, she could not say—she woke again. The tent was dark, it's silken walls flapping like wings when the wind gusted outside. This time Dany did not attempt to rise. “Irri,” she called, Jhiqui, Doreah.” They were there at once. “My throat is dry,” she said “so dry” and they brought her water. It was warm and flat, yet Dany drank eagerly, and sent Jhiqui for more. Irri dampened a soft cloth and stroked her brow. “I have been sick,” Dany said. The Dothraki girl nodded. “How long?” The cloth was soothing, but Irri seemed so sad, it frightened her. “Long,” she whispered. When Jhiqui returned with more water, Mirri Maz Duur came with her, eyes heavy from sleep.
“Drink,” she said, lifting Dany’s head to the cup once more, but this time it was only wine. Sweet, sweet wine.”
“Dany drank, and lay back, listening to the soft sound of her own breathing. She could feel the heaviness in her limbs, as sleep crept in to fill her up once more. “Bring me . . .” she murmured, her voice slurred and drowsy “Bring . . . I want to hold . . .”
“Yes?” the maegi asked. “What is it you wish, Khaleesi?”
“Bring me . . . egg . . .dragon’s egg . . .please . . .” Her lashes turned to lead, and she was too weary to hold them up.”
Again, Dany woke finding that she was still tired. She had slept so long that the only way to describe the length of time was “Long.” When Dany was on the Dothraki Sea walking toward the Skahazadhan, after the berries she became weak, and only wanted to sleep, as she had no energy. And she found herself wanting water more than anything else.
The next thing here is that she again woke with the need for something, something that she felt was incredibly important to her. But when finally she was asked what it is she wanted, she asked for an egg. She said she needed it.
She did not ask for Drogo or her son.
And when MMD enquired about what it was that she needed, she seemed almost eager to know what it was Dany needed, almost as if she knew what she would be asking for.
“When she woke a third time, a shaft of golden sunlight was pouring through the smoke hole of the tent, and her arms were wrapped around a dragon’s egg. It was the pale one, it's scales the color of butter cream, veined with whirls of gold and bronze, and Dany could feel the heat of it. Beneath her bedsilks, a fine sheen of perspiration covered her bare skin. Dragondew, she thought. Her fingers trailed lightly across the surface of the shell, tracing the wisps of gold, and deep in the stone she felt something twist and stretch in response. It did not frightened her. All her fear was gone, burned away. Dany touched her brow. Under the film of sweat, her skin was cool to the touch, her fever gone. She made herself sit. There was a moment of dizziness, and then the deep ache between her thighs. Yet she felt strong. Her maids came running at the sound of her voice. “Water,” she told them, “a flagon of water, cold as you can find it. And fruit, I think. Dates.
“As you say Khaleesi.”
This part of the chapter has a ton of relevance as to what is going on with Dany, and what actually happened in that tent with MMD when she was unconscious.
While Dany was burning, and experiencing the Wake the Dragon sequences, there had to have been some kind of magical ceremony going on. The first thing that stands out to me, is that she used a Bronze hammered knife shaped like a leaf to cut the throat of Drogo’s Stallion.
In Daenerys VIII.
“Strength of the mount go into the rider, Strength of the Beast go into the man.”—MMD
“Inside the tent the shapes were dancing, circling the brazier and the bloody bath, dark against the sandsilk, and some did not look human. She glimpsed the shadow of a great wolf, and another like a man wreathed in flames.”—Daenerys
Mirri promised Dany that she would:
"wake powers old and dark. And that no one should look upon the shadows."
But before Jorah had brought Dany into that tent, she doomed herself by looking upon the shadows that MMD had called from within.
Now, we have a quote from Melisandre where she tells Davos:
“Shadows are servants of Light, without the Light, there could be no Shadows.”
So at this point, we have to decide if these shadows were bad or if they were good.
Well, being that she had given her dragons life, it would seem that these shadows had indeed served the light. Dragon’s are fire made flesh and fire is light, hence “The Lord of Light.”
We also know that MMD had spent some time in Asshai with the Bloodmages. We also know from Bran’s first flight in his III chapter of AGOT,
“dragons stirred beneath the shadow.”
It can’t be verified as to whether these dragons are dragons which have lived for hundreds of years or more, but Quaithe tells Dany that she is the mother of dragons, and it was her dragons that brought magic back to the world. It seems a bit obvious that Bran’s first flight was of things that are going to happen in succession.
- First, Winterfell, Robb fighting with real steel, then Cat and Ser Rodrick, the VS dagger, and the impending inevitable storm that they could not see. (ASOS)
- the trident, Ned and the argument with Robert, Sansa crying, Arya hardening her heart, and the Hound and Jaime, and the Mountain.
- Then he flew east, and saw the free cities,(Pentos) then the Dothraki Sea, Vaes Dothrak and the Mother of Mountains, then the islands of the Jade Sea, and then on to Asshai where he saw dragons stirring.
- Last thing he did was fly north where he saw Jon “sleeping”alone in a cold bed, his skin growing pale and hard as the memory of all warmth fled from him.
So as you can see, each of these things he saw, happened the way they have happened in the books.
-First he saw pentos, which is were Dany was, then he saw the Dothraki Sea, where Dany was on her way to Vaes Dothrak, and she bathed under the mother of mountains, and then birthed dragons.
-After that, the Jade Sea, where a Braavosi ship returned carrying the Grey death, and ironically Jon Connington is headed to Westeros with Greyscale.
-Then to Asshai where Dragon’s stirred. With all of this, it seems more than likely that Daenerys woke more than just her own three dragons.
All of these things are happening in succession.
If Dragons were gone from the world, and magic with it until Daenerys dragons were birthed. Dragons in Asshai are stirring because they are being awakened.
The last thing that confirms that these events are happening in succession is the fact that Bran saw Jon’s death at the wall, and that is what happened in Jon’s last chapter in ADWD.
I'm willing to bet that this ritual was meant to do more than stop Dany from birthing the
“Stallion that Mounts the World.”
After Dany wakes, she notices that she was given the egg belonging to Viserion. She notices that she is covered in a fine sheen, but she knows it is not her own because her skin is cool. And she realizes at once that the sheen is a result of the egg. How does she know that?
When Targaryen babies are born, it is customary for a dragon’s egg to be placed into their crib to see if it will hatch.
So, here we have an example of Daenerys presence creating a change in one of her eggs.
She runs her finger across the egg, and she feels it for the very first time shift and stretch inside it’s shell.
This was the first egg that she had awoken.
I find this particularly important.
Her vision of Rhaego was of a bronze warrior with almond shaped eyes and hair of silver-gold like hers.
His egg is almond shaped, its gold and bronze and his egg was the color of buttercream.
He was “fair.” and he had a connection to her.
I have come to believe that Viserion has the soul of Rhaego inside of him, throughout the books he shows great affection for Daenerys. And In the fire he was the first to hatch, and the one that she placed between Drogo's legs, symbolizing that he is Drogo's seed.
When Daenerys woke, she was still burning, her mouth was like ash, she was thirsty beyond belief. But what she wanted most was an egg.
When she went back to sleep, the fire inside her was given to the egg she cradled in her arm. It was this inner fire that woke Viserion, and through that, the other dragons as well.
"Remember, Strength of the mount go into the rider, Strength of the Beast go into the man."
And these strengths went into Daenerys and into Drogo.
More on that in the next segment.