Game of Thrones: Shock biblical reference made in Daenerys Targaryen death scene revealed

Game of Thrones fans will remember Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) had to go after the events of King’s Landing. After everything the Mother of Dragons had been through, it seemed she had turned dark and had already vowed to do anything it took to reach the Iron Throne. After Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) battled with his decision of whether or not to kill his lover, he made up his mind.

After Daenerys slaughtered soldiers and civilians alike in the King’s Landing fire, she became a threat to the people.

With help from Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), he made up his mind and stabbed her in the heart with a dagger.

Fans will remember her lying dead in his arms.

Now, a script note of the scene reveals the stance of her body as she laid dead was actually a biblical reference.


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The script note revealed that after Jon kills Daenerys in the throne room, she “lies dead, Pieta-style, as the snow drifts down.”

The Pieta is a famous sculpture made by Michelangelo around 1500, which sits in Vatican City in Italy.

The statue shows the Virgin Mary holding the body of Christ after his crucifixion.

The choice of motif is a little strange as it places Daenerys in the role of Christ following her death.

With the character becoming so evil this seems to be an odd reference for showrunners to make.

Interestingly, earlier in the script, when Daenerys is addressing her soldiers, showrunners Benioff and Weiss refer to her as “Satanic Majesty.”

However, the conflicting analogies are yet to be explained.

Meanwhile, Daenerys star Emilia Clarke has spoken out about why her character turned so dark towards the end of the series.


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In a new behind-the-scenes documentary called When Winter Falls, the actress revealed the anger the fight put in her marked the breaking point following all she had been through in the HBO series.

She began: “In the actual battle itself, Dany’s impatient to get in there. She’s like, gunning for a fight. She’s ready to take this guy down.

“She’s a fierce warrior, although you don’t see a lot of hand-to-hand combat with her, she’s ready to fight to the death.”

“Especially at this point, there’s a lot of anger – she’s got all of that in her to put into this fight.


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“It’s not just the matter at hand, but I think because of everything at an emotional level that’s gone on, she’s able to go into her cold-blooded side.”

Fans of the series will know this was the start of the ongoing theme that Daenerys’ success would come at a price.

While Daenerys won the battle, she lost the faithful Jorah Mormont (Iain Glenn), who died defending his Queen.

If this had been enough to make her realise her fight comes at a cost perhaps she could have survived to become Queen.

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