For all of the action, from 2011 to 2019, HBO’s Game of Thrones It prides itself on being a set that anyone can die for. From when Ned Stark (Sean Bean) kicked the bucket in Season 1, fans were convinced that all the characters on the show had swords on their heads that could come down at any second. That, of course, is not really true. from Arya (Maisie Williams) with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Game of Thrones There are his favorites who are constantly protected by islands. However, it is difficult to determine who will die next in the show, and how that death will happen, especially after the actor. David Benioff And DB Weiss began to go beyond the source material provided by George RR Martin And him A song of ice and fire Book series. And, the more the actor gets from the novel, the more unsatisfying these unpredictable deaths become. Many viewers have never been saddened and uncalled for – for the departure of Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) and fan favorite Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), and, quite frankly, or they should not. Without the slightest effect on the plot, these deaths are mostly done for shock value, just to prove to the audience that Game of Thrones Not afraid of killing children. But when it comes to that decision Game of Thrones The death deserves the most vitriol, it’s not for the kids that we’re supposed to be watching, or the character that dies doesn’t really affect the grand scheme of things. When it comes to Game of Thrones‘ The most unforgivable death, number one on the list is the killing of a character that leads the plot to a tragic – in many ways – conclusion.
Of course, we are talking about the murder of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) the stalwart, Missandei of the Isle of Naath (Nathalie Emmanuel). brutally killed by a mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) In one of the show’s final episodes, Missandei left the world of Westeros with a devastating last word that spelled doom for the city of King’s Landing and complete disaster for the coming finale. And what’s even worse is saying that the ending didn’t need her death to begin with. To add insult to injury, Missandei’s execution also meant the death of one of them Game of Thrones‘ There are only two characters of color – a character who spends most of her time in the series serving as more than an accessory for the white savior type and who, despite her death, is used as an excuse to hurt others.
Missandei’s death in ‘Game of Thrones’ saw the character return to the chain
The death of Missandei in Game of Thrones A more brutal scene than just bloodshed. Taken from the screen by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) during the Battle of King’s Landing, Missandei was brought to Cersei (Lena Headey), who uses her to blackmail Daenerys into withdrawing her forces from the capital. On the walls of King’s Landing, Missandei, who was once a slave woman freed by Daenerys in Astapor, was kept in chains and presented as something to be exchanged for power. This is the first crime committed by Benioff and Weiss when it comes to the death of Missandei. Putting a black character who has gone through a journey of liberation, even a journey that started with some questions through the actions of a white savior, back in a position of ownership and chained is not only a failure, but also a painful shame. This shame is further revealed by the revelation, after Missandei’s death, that the only thing she kept in her possessions was the necklace she used as a slave, as if that was a cherished memory one would want to keep.
But the chain that was placed around Missandei in her death scene was not only literal. They are also metaphorical. While Daenerys refused to be intimidated by the threats, Cersei cut Missandei’s head off the mountain. Just lost Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) in the battle of Winterfell and her dragon Rhaegal through Euron’s scorpion bolts, Daenerys completely lost it when she saw the head of her dear friend and servant fall at her feet. This is where the focus of Missandei’s death is, not Missandei herself, but about Daenerys. The character is used as an object in the service of her master’s pain so that she can finally reach the point of ignoring Tyrion’s advice and instead laying complete waste to King’s Landing.
Missandei’s final words serve as the springboard for ‘Game of Thrones” terrifying ending
The final destruction of King’s Landing is prompted not only by Missandei’s death, but also by her last words – or, shall we say, words. Before her head was cut off from The Mountain, she looked Daenerys dead in the eye and angrily shouted “Dracarys.” The old Valyrian word was the command that Daenerys used to get her dragons to set fire to everything in their sight. When Missandei says it to Daenerys, she basically lets her go or even encourages her to burn King’s Landing to the ground.
Missandei’s death, therefore, is also an excuse that the actors found to make Daenerys attack King’s Landing the way she did, which ultimately led to the horror show and everything that came with it. From Cersei and Jaime’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a tragic death by flame to Daenerys’ unhappy transformation to her heartbreaking execution at the hands of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), everything can be connected to the words spoken by Missandei. After all, she was the one who allowed Daenerys to live up to the Mad Queen potential that Benioff and Weiss gave her.
But what’s worse is that Daenerys doesn’t need Missandei, dead or alive, to have this potential. D&D, as the actors have become known by the fandom because of their name, has already signaled that Daenerys is going to follow in the footsteps of her father, King Aerys II, and become a cruel ruler who burns her own people. Daenerys laid waste to the cities that defied her authority long before King’s Landing, lest we forget what she did to the Vaes Dothrak. Her anxiety about the people around her had increased since she learned of Jon’s Targaryen heritage and witnessed how he loved the North. Her transformation into the Mad Queen is still accelerating, to be sure, but it is well underway. Missandei’s death was not necessary to complete it. It acts as a sort of final push, but Daenerys manages to jump off that board herself.
So, Missandei, almost not a footnote in the story of Daenerys Targaryen. But what’s even worse is that Missandei is almost the epitome of the episode that leads to her death. As its title suggests, “The Last of Starks” of season 8 is not about Missandei at all. Instead, the episode focused its first half on the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell, mourning those who fell fighting the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) and celebrating those who survived, and its second half in Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion whispers in corners, conspiring to put Jon on the Iron Throne instead of Daenerys. Missandei makes a brief appearance at Jon Snow’s funeral and on Daenerys’ ship, holding hands with the Gray Worm (Jacob Anderson). Her words just before “Dracarys” are spoken in a short war room scene where she assures everyone present that Daenerys will be victorious. Even her capture by Euron Greyjoy and his men happened off-screen.
This is a sad conclusion to a story that started with so much promise, but ended up going nowhere. Missandei was never allowed to be a character in her own right. We never know her feelings or her thoughts other than those related to Daenerys and her ability to rule Essos and the Seven Kingdoms. Whenever she is on screen, it is at Daenerys’ side. And even later seasons of Game of Thrones Started giving him a proper storyline through her romantic relationship with Gray Worm, this all died now that she was captured.
In the end, Missandei is empty even in his own story. This treatment is extremely unfair, especially to one of the few characters of the show of color, and one of the only two who can actually live more than just part of the episode (the other, of course, the gray worm). Unfortunately, it’s expected to be a series and genre that has a track record of treating characters of color the worst, at least when they’re shown at all. in the end, Game of Thrones Missandei suffered a great loss, and she deserved much better.
- Missandei’s death in Game of Thrones was unnecessary and did not contribute to the plot, serving only as a shock moment.
- Killing Missandei, a character of color with a journey of liberation, and putting her back in chains is shamefully rude.
- Missandei’s death was used as an excuse to push Daenerys into her transformation into the Mad Queen, but her character development was already established.