There’s also a report from Insider that details what “The Bells” episode script said about that scene: “But she sees the Red Keep. The castle that her family built, that belongs to her. Occupied by the False Queen. She has come so far and she will go further.”
Now, the new art book offers another key detail, revealed by Vanity Fair in a preview. The book features concept art of Dany gazing at the Red Keep with a caption that reads, “Being able to see the Lannister lion in the window behind the throne was very important in this illustration.”
That single line offers a much clearer sense of provocation for the Mother of Dragons to suddenly take such drastic, appalling action. It paints a picture where she was content with having conquered the city, but seeing the symbol of her family’s greatest enemy incited an instinctual rage in her, like a bull seeing red. Unfortunately, the show didn’t choose to dramatize this moment and specifically highlight that seeing the Lannister sigil is what set her off, leaving Daenerys’ motivations unclear until the creative team weighed in after the episode aired.
Combined with previous insight on her motivations, we get the sense that Dany was expecting a much longer and tougher battle where she would have been able to incinerate the Lannister army in order to vent years of frustration, only to be met with a paltry resistance that she dismantled single-handedly with her dragon. At that point, she was filled with a bloodlust that was nowhere near being satiated, and seeing the symbol of the House that caused her so much pain was the trigger that prompted her to continue the assault until she got the vengeance she felt she deserved.
How does this new bit of info change how you see that pivotal moment? Let us know in the comments.
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