(Warning: spoilers ahead.)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is walking back her endorsement of Daenerys Targaryen.
Last month, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate wrote about how the “Mother of Dragons” was her favorite “Game of Thrones” character “from the first moment she walked through fire.” One of the main protagonists through most of the hit HBO show’s eight seasons, Daenerys admirably sought to break a system that served the rich and powerful, Warren wrote in The Cut, drawing parallels to her own 2020 campaign.
“She doesn’t want to be a slave owner or a dictator — and she definitely doesn’t want to become her murderous father,” Warren wrote.
In the series’ penultimate episode, Danaerys suddenly — and, for the many Thrones fans frustrated by show’s past two seasons, perplexingly — evolved into the plot’s main villain, needlessly murdering thousands of innocent civilians from the back of her dragon, Drogon.
Warren is no longer a fan.
“I am so blue about Daenerys,” she told NBC News reporter Ali Vitali ahead of the show’s finale Sunday night. “You know, what can I say? She’s not the best choice now and she’s — it’s gonna be bad tonight.”
For Daenerys, it was. Following her murderous rampage, she was stabbed to death in Sunday’s finale by her lover (and nephew), Jon Snow.
“I’m trying to figure out who is gonna be on the Iron Throne, but it sure as heck can’t be Daenerys. No, no, no. No.” Warren added Sunday.
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) May 19, 2019
The answer to that question turned out to be no one.
The Iron Throne ended up getting torched into oblivion by Drogon during Sunday’s show. And in its place, the leaders of Westeros decided to abolish the hereditary monarchal system in favor of something a bit closer to democracy.
Perhaps it wasn’t the ending Warren was expecting a few weeks ago, but that’s probably for the best.