I was one of those early viewers who HATED Dany's storyline and felt awful that the actress was displayed and raped. But I've liked her resilliance as a character and it feels authentic. Someone on the other thread mocked that Dany gets her power from her husband and her dragon blood from her father. I disagree. She may have inherited her dragon blood from her father, but it's her blood now. And she may need to rely on Drago for protection and power, but she's taken every opportunity to seize whatever power she can get. It would have been nice if she could have found more allies within her husband's "court", but I'm thinking she wasn't allowed to consort with other men all that often. Nor would they have listened to her.
Hear hear! Dany's journey has been incredible. However, like you I didn't like the early episodes much. I felt like I was being manipulated at first - I thought they made her intentionally kinda lame at the start so the transformation was more impactful later. However, I went back and watch eps 1-6 again today whilst cleaning my house... and I noticed that Dany wasn't really so pathetic in the first 2 episodes as I'd remembered. She always has this faraway look in her face in her scenes with Viserys... but now I recognize this face. It's the same face she puts on every time something horrible is happening later on too. She's going away inside - escaping from her abuser (Viserys). But then, you can see little flickers in her eyes - like when she knows Viserys is saying or doing something stupid, it's all there. Of course she has to hide it, but the actress is giving us these little hints all along that Dany is brilliant even from day 1.
the character is interesting to me because when you think she's being sold like a slave, she's actually being empowered by a new authority; when you think she's trapped in an traditional role, she embraces motherhood in order to claim a kingdom for her baby; when you think she's just using her husband, you realize she actually fell for him. I can't help but to admire that aspect of her, regardless where this path would lead her.
Daenerys is remarkably adaptable and resiliant which I find one of the most admirable things about her. She's dealt one of the worst hands in the show, and yet claws her way up and up and up one scene at a time through pure grit (HORSE HEART OMG). She will always make the best of an awful situation (kind of the opposite of someone we know at the wall...). She dives in head first without looking back - totally immersing herself in the Dothraki culture and ways, because if she didn't, she'd be lost - it's really the only thing to
This extreme degree of adaptability does seem to lead her to some odd and questionable actions, though. Like for example when she suggested that the Dothraki should marry the women before raping them I was like "whaa"? But it's understandable. All she really knows of marriage is her own experience - sure you get raped for awhile and that sucks, but eventually it can turn out OK! :-/ Of course she's missing the fact that she was extremely lucky that Drogo wasn't a total bastard...
Edited by swguardswoman, Jun 18, 2011 @ 10:55 PM.