Women on Film: Daenerys Targaryen Shows Us Strength

Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones shows us how to lead (through fire).

Life is difficult on most levels and tedious on others. Joy and sorrow waltz about as our close companions on this planet, tricking out each moment with happiness, sadness, or simple ambivalence. We are generally left vacillating between emotions to experience to more emotions. And in the meantime, we can be left feeling a bit spent inside.

Enter cinema and an epic scene which can fill you with inspiration all over again. Here is such a moment from HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the novels by George R.R. Martin. (Warning: NSFW.)

Watching Emilia Clarke’s turn as Daenerys Targaryen in the epic historical fantasy is a bolt of lightning out of the blue. When we first meet Daenerys, she’s timid, persecuted, and unsure of her place in a world of exile. By the end, she’s an incredibly powerful dragon princess. And vengeful – for all those unfamiliar with the series, the woman Daenerys binds to her husband’s funeral pyre is responsible for his death.

Daenerys comes from the world of George R.R. Martin, who wrote several epic volumes of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, including the first, Game of Thrones. In the seven kingdoms of Westeros, the Lannister and Stark families battle for power. It’s a world of magic, menace and a myriad of character plots. Our dragon princess is but one of many faces in Westeros – but to many fans, she’s the favorite. As Clarke spoke of her character, “She’s an incredibly strong and powerful woman who doesn’t come into her own until much later on.”

In our world, where life can tear at you like a pack of dire wolves, she’s an inspiration.

HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season Two premieres April 1, 2012. In the meantime, you can learn more about Daenerys here.

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