Clear your Sunday nights... Game Of Thrones season six is finally just a day away from its television debut. For its final day of the countdown, IBTimes UK takes a look at another popular character of the hit HBO fantasy drama and offers a flashback depicting her growth and purpose on the show.
For many, Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, has the best claim to the Iron Throne. Not only is she the daughter of the last Targaryen king, Aerys II, over the past seasons the young blue blood has proven to be a just leader, first to the Dothraki and later as the Queen of Meereen.
But the young platinum blonde grew up being controlled rather than learning to rule. The silver spoon that she was born with was taken away from Daenerys at a very young age when her father, also known as the Mad King was murdered by Jaime Lannister. The princess and her elder brother Viserys were forced to flee the King's Landing venture to the other end of the Seven Kingdoms to escape their own deaths.
By the time Daenerys became a young woman, selfish, power-hungry Viserys married her off to Khal Drogo, the leader of a clan of Dothraki, in exchange for an army that he planned to use to take control of King's Landing.
Despite her young age, the new Khaleesi is depicted as being intelligent and kind. Over time she formed a loving relationship with Drogo and also managed to stand up to her bullying brother who Drogo later killed by pouring molten metal on his head when he threw a tantrum about being promised a crown.
In season one she also got pregnant but lost the child when she allowed a witch to use black magic to save her husband who was dying from a wound infection. The magic managed to keep the Khal alive but just barely, and he was left in a vegetative state.
Having to smother her own husband with a pillow, she then joined him on his funeral pyre along with the three dragon eggs she was gifted for her wedding. To the surprise of the few Dothraki and Ser Jorah Mormont who were sitting around the pyre, when the fire finally died out, she rose again, un-burnt and with three baby dragons.
With only a few remaining Dothraki still loyal to her the group then made their way across Essos in order to find more support for Dany's new ambition of taking back the Iron Throne. Along with her advisor Jorah and a few others she made her way across the Red Waste in search of help and receives a cold welcome in Qarth.
After her dragons get kidnapped but are rescued, the group collected enough resources to get a boat and made their way to Astapor in Slaver's Bay. There the young leader purchased all of the city's Unsullied — a sect of highly-skilled slave soldiers and ordered them to kill all the slave masters before offering them their freedom. They, however, decided to pledge their loyalty to her and joined her on her mission.
During her time in Astapor she also met Ser Barristan Selmy who used to serve her father and requested that he become part of her Queensguard now.
While attempting to free the slaves of another city Yukai, Daenerys was introduced to the Second Sons, a group of sell-swords. While they were hired by the slave owners of Yukai to kill her, one of the leaders of the band of mercenaries killed the other leaders and arrived at her encampment in order to pledge his loyalty to the Mother of Dragons.
With a larger army, Dany and her growing dragons marched on Meereen where they once again freed the slaves. When she got news that some of the cities that she freed had returned to slavery following her exit, the Khaleesi decided to put a hold on her plans for Westeros and King's Landing and started ruling Meereen instead.
During this time she was informed that Jorah was working as a spy for the Lannisters when she first met him. Deeply hurt by the betrayal, she exiled him and threatened to kill him if she ever saw him again.
Her three dragons have now grown considerably and Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion have gone from attacking cattle to attacking children. As their mother, Daenerys took the decision to chain them up in the city's catacombs for the sake of the safety of the people but was unable to find Drogon who had flown off on one of his regular feeding trips.
We see that the Mother of Dragons is no longer able to control her babies and she instead is fearful of them, much like the case of most teenagers' parents these days.
But the dragons are the least of her troubles. Just as she started settling into her role as the queen of Meereen, a group of troublemakers rose who aimed to take the city back to the old ways of slaves and masters. Known as the Sons of The Harpy, the masked men caused chaos in the city and in one attack, Ser Barristan is killed while the leader of the Unsullied, Grey Worm is injured.
Towards the end of season five we seeTyrion Lannister finally making his way to Meereen in order to meet the "true queen" and gauge for himself if she is worth serving. Impressed by her, the runaway Lannister offers to work as her advisor.
In the finale we saw Daenerys having to face another attack by the Sons of The Harpy and is saved when her dragon Drogon flies in and sets her enemies on fire. For the first time, the young Targaryen climbs on to the back of the dragon and is flown away from the scene of the attack.
They finally land on a green hillside where her dragon tends to his own wounds and Dany goes in search of food. In the last scene, she is surrounded by a group of Dothraki riders and the Queen of Meereen knows that she is in big trouble again.
What to expect from season six
The trailers for season six of GoT have given us an idea of Daenerys' state. Captured by this new Khalasar she is seen as a hostage and her clothes are torn off her as she stares ahead at someone, probably the tribe's Khal. We see Drogon's shadow pass over the encampment but will her dragon come to her rescue again or will she have to find a new way of getting herself out of this new conundrum?
Game Of Thrones season six will premiere on HBO on 24 April at 9pm ET.