The Dragon I was Riding Who Burned Down the Red Keep Does Not Represent Me or My Policies

Sure, I sat astride the black dragon that flew across King’s Landing and engulfed the entire city in flames. And sure, I screamed “DRACARYS” moments before Drogon opened his mouth. But that doesn’t make me responsible for Drogon’s actions. Drogon is an adult. He makes his own choices.

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So it’s been about a week since my followers stormed the Capitol, and I, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, would like to publicly address, for the first time, what happened.

My critics are wrongly accusing me of being responsible for the complete incineration of the Red Keep all the way to the Throne Room and the fiery deaths of thousands of men, women and children. This is a terrible, despicable lie.

Sure, I sat astride the black dragon that flew across King’s Landing and engulfed the entire city in flames. And sure, I screamed “DRACARYS” moments before Drogon opened his mouth and unleashed his stone-and-bone-melting inferno. But that doesn’t make me responsible for Drogon’s actions. Drogon is an adult. He makes his own choices.

Dracarys is just a word, and words are harmless. It literally just means “dragonfire” in High Valyrian and it’s sort of become my catchphrase over on the other side of the Narrow Sea. Just like when I say, “I WILL TAKE WHAT IS MINE. WITH FIRE AND BLOOD I WILL TAKE IT.” That is a harmless, self-care mantra.

These words aren’t incitements to violence nor are they commands to my followers to do so. That is not who I am and in all the cities of Essos that fell to their knees before me, violence has never been what my reign as Conqueror Queen was about.

If I specifically said “Hey Drogon, go reign hellfire on the Capitol and massacre my golden-haired enemies and any civilians complicit in their illegitimate reign,” that would have been a command to incite violence. But that is not what I said. And in fact, they’ve analyzed my speech and my words and everybody to a T thought that it was all totally appropriate.

The real issue here is that free speech is under assault in Westeros like never before.

And actually, if you look at what other people have said, what some of these other lords of Westeros have said about some of these horrible rebellions are to blame. For example, some of them have been supporting rebellions in the Iron Islands and in the North, and in some of these other places over this past Long Summer.

Even some people on the Small Council have supported protests against Gold Cloak brutality, saying that they have been “essential for change in Westeros” or that “the people's voices must be heard.” That was the real problem. What they said.

Anyway, it’s clear that these new attempts to remove me from the Iron Throne are really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of the Game of Thrones. They’ve always been trying to assassinate my character ever since I was born, and this is just more of the same. It’s ridiculous, it is just absolutely ridiculous.

For people like Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark to continue on this path, calling me a “Mad Queen” and all that, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to Westeros, and it’s causing tremendous anger. Burning Rage. A FIERY FURY THAT WILL UNLEASH THE DRAGON. It’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing.

Look, I cannot be held responsible for what Drogon, or my loyal Army of Unsullied, or the mightiest Dothraki horde ever amassed in the history of Horselords might do once they are angered, but I for one, want no violence.

Now is the time for Westeros to heal. Thank you very much.


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