Daenerys Targaryen - Spoiler Bios
Daenerys Targaryen aka Daenerys Stormborn or Dany is a POV character. She is a beautiful girl with silver hair and violet eyes, and one of the last members of the ancient Targaryen Dynasty, the former royal family of Westeros.
Daenerys’ pregnant mother and her brother Viserys Targaryen fled to the island fortress of Dragonstone, where her mother died in labor during a monstrous storm. Shortly thereafter, Dragonstone fell to the rebel forces and Daenerys and Viserys were smuggled away to the Free City of Braavos.
In the years that followed, she and Viserys wandered among the nine Free Cities looking for aid to retake the Iron Throne. Daenarys at the beginning of the series was a very beautiful but shy and meek young woman who was terrified of her brother Viserys’ temper. In the Free City of Pentos, the Targaryens were the guests of Illyrio Mopatis, a rich and powerful magister. Illyrio and Viserys arranged to marry the thirteen-year-old Daenerys to Khal Drogo, a warlord of nomadic Dothraki. Viserys hoped to gain Drogo’s army to conquer Westeros. At her wedding, she received a set of three petrified dragon eggs from Illyrio. Although she was frightened by Drogo at first, the fierce warlord proved to be gentle and considerate toward his young bride, and she grew to love him. The freedom and power of her new role as khaleesi (queen) helped Daenerys blossom into a strong and confident young woman, even beginning to stand up to Viserys. Daenerys, her brother, and the khalasar traveled east to Vaes Dothrak, where Daenerys was presented to the crones, who prophesied that her child would be a long-prophesized Dothraki conqueror. Viserys grew increasingly impatient, demanding that Drogo help him retake his crown. This led Khal Drogo to “crown” him by dumping a pot of molten gold over his head, killing him. Daenerys took pity on a slave, a maegi and wise woman. Drogo was wounded severely in battle, and was near death. Danaerys ordered the wise woman to save his life. A blood magic ritual went horribly wrong, ending with Dany’s unborn child being slain in her womb by the magical forces and Drogo reduced to a zombie-like state. Daenerys ended Drogo’s life herself, and entered the flames of his funeral pyre with her dragon eggs. This hatched the eggs, birthing the first three dragons in the known world for centuries. Daenerys herself remained unburned, and she became the first female Dothraki leader, a khal in her own right.
Daenerys sent out scouts in all directions. One returned with three emissaries from Qarth. Daenerys accompanied them to Qarth, hoping for aid in conquering Westeros, but the merchants of Qarth were only interested in obtaining her dragons. A warlock invited her to visit his leaders, the Undying Ones. Daenerys realized that the warlocks were plotting against her. Daenerys considered the suggestion of the third emissary, a masked woman from Asshai, that she must go further east to conquer the west.
In Qarth an assassin tried to kill Dany, but an old man (actually Barristan Selmy in disguise) intervened. He and a eunuch revealed themselves as agents of magister Illyrio. Illyrio had sent three merchant ships to transport Dany and her people to Pentos. Daenerys claimed the three ships and their cargo for her own, and continued to the east.
Daenerys next traveled to Slaver’s Bay, a region whose cities thrived on the sale and labor of slaves. In Astapor, she purchased an army of elite eunuch slave soldiers called The Unsullied. She used them to conquer the city and then freed them, but they decided to follow her. She set out for the city of Yunkai. Daenerys convinced the Yunkai forces to switch sides. The entire Yunkish army was slain, captured, or put to flight and Yunkai surrendered a few days later.
Near Meereen, Daenerys was nearly killed, but Arstan Whitebeard slew the assassin and revealed himself as Barristan Selmy. He claimed he had sought her out as the true heir to the Seven Kingdoms. Selmy also revealed that Daenerys’s trusted sworn knight had been sending reports on her actions to King’s Landing, hoping for a pardon from King Robert. Daenerys felt betrayed by each of them, though both fervently wished to atone for their actions. The city was won with minimal blood. Having captured Meereen, Dany turned her eyes toward Westeros, but learned that there was much she did not know about ruling.
During A Dance with Dragons she stays in Meereen trying to learn to rule. One day, after listening to the Meereenese’s problems one lone farmer stands up and shows her the charred bones of a little girl as presumed proof that her dragons killed her. As a result Daenerys chains Viserion and Rhaegal in pits, but Drogon escapes. At the same time, “The Sons of the Harpy”, supposed to be composed of disgruntled noblemen, keep killing her people. She promises to marry one of her suitors, Hizdahr zo Loraq, in exchange for his promise to stop the killings for 90 days. She also has a sexual desire for sellsword Daario Naharis, and sleeps with him on her last two days before the wedding, knowing that she could never take him for a husband due to his low birth and uncontrollable temper. She sends him later to the Yunkai’i in a hostage exchange so as not to deal with his temper and jealousy.
On her wedding day she opens the fighting pits, giving in to her husband’s request, on the condition that all the fighters must accept to enter while knowing what they’ll face. She finds out that her husband wants to loose lions on Tyrion Lannister and Penny, who are fighting at that point, and forbids it, though she doesn’t know about Tyrion. She turns to leave in the middle of the event, when she couldn’t stand it anymore, and is stopped when Drogon makes an appearance, eating a boar and a fighter. When she realizes that the people are trying to kill her dragon she breaks into a run and climbs onto his neck as he takes off.
During the next chapter we find out that Drogon took her to his lair which she calls Dragonstone, as a reminder of the citadel where she’d been born. She starts following a stream, knowing it’s bound to get to the Skahazadhan river and Slaver’s Bay. As she walks she has an epiphany and her menstruation finally starts. She understands that she has tried to ignore who she is, starting from the moment she settled in Meereen, for peace, and when she’d chained her other two dragons in pits. She walks into the river, without realizing it, and has another hallucination, this time with Jorah Mormont’s voice. As she walks a Dothraki scout is about to find her but she’s concealed by the grass. Drogon lands again and they take off. After killing a horse, as they stay, eating together, they are discovered by Khal Jhaqo.
In the HBO adaption of the books, Tamzin Merchant was initially cast in the role of Daenerys, but was later replaced with Emilia Clarke.