GAME of Thrones fans were firmly divided by the finale season, which aired earlier this year.
Consisting of six feature-length episodes, many felt the concluding chapter was rushed and oversimplified as it crammed in one epic battle after another.
One of the most shocking moments came when Daenerys Targaryen opted to burn King’s Landing to the ground, despite the city surrendering.
Taking her feud to the disturbing new lows, she burned civilians in the streets atop her dragon as she worked her way the Red Keep, leading many to label her ‘The Mad Queen,’ after her father.
While the massacre certainly typified the behaviour of a psychopath, a group of super fans have come forward with an entirely different theory.
Taking to Reddit, one fan claimed the move had nothing to do with hereditary mental illness, but rather was circumstantial.
“I hear a lot of talk that Daenerys Targaryen started going mad in her final chapter of A Dance With Dragons, succumbing to the disease she (might have) inherited from her father,” user postExistence wrote.
“I want to offer an alternative theory based on something I learned about Native Americans,” they went on.
“Vision Quests are rites of passage taken by members of some Native American tribes. A man will fast for one to four days in the local wilderness to learn about his identity and place in the world.
“This usually includes a vision of an object or creature. Typically upon his return, he will then take up his chosen vocation,” they continued.
“Warriors who have gone on Vision Quests typically etch an image of their spirit animal upon their shields so the animals can provide them protection.
“There is a lot in common between Daenerys’ walk through the plains and Vision Quests.”
It’s safe to say that Daenerys appeared to be suffering from fatigue and malnourishment after the death of her aid and treasured friend Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel).
After feeling to the wilderness, viewers saw Daenerys eating nothing but charred scraps left over by her only remaining dragon, Drogon.
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What’s more, her face took on a more socketed appearance as the series neared its end.
The eagle eyed Game of Thrones fan concluded: “Any nourishment she had was secreted out of her due to diarrhoea from poor drinking water in the stream. The hallucinations Daenerys had could be construed as visions providing her with new purpose.
“Re-establishing her goal to reclaim Westeros, who must bring her dragons to conquer the western lands again.
“This would indicate that Daenerys is not going insane or mad, but that she is simply suffering from food-deprivation and would become her normal self again after eating to regain her health.”
They finished the post by referencing George RR Martin’s personal connection to Native American practices and history.
“If I did some digging, I’m sure I could outline how the Dothraki culture is an amalgamation of various Native American tribes’ cultures, values and traditions.
“George RR Martin does live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a city known for its museums on Native American history. I’m sure he got a lot of information.”
The theory was soon flooded with hundreds of messages of agreement and upvotes.
Many stepped forward to champion Daenerys’ sanity, citing that her behaviour could be attributed to PTSD rather than mania, the tragic result of her harrowing climb to the throne.
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