She’s got Meereen. She’s got Tyrion Lannister as her wise advisor, an army of Unsullied dedicated to her cause, and a company of sellswords at her beck and call. She’s the mother of three rapidly growing dragons. And now she’s taken over the entire Dothraki population in a single blaze of fire. Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons is ready to set sail for the continent she has longed to return to: Westeros.
Of course, doing so requires ships—A LOT of ships, especially with her new khalasaar. Look at her go, uniting all the peoples. Even the nomadic tribes of the Dothraki. Anyways. Ships. Dany’s not doing so hot when it comes to ships. If we were to count it, we’d quickly realize that her number of ships is at an all time low. Like, zero. Zero ships. Our friendly Sons of the Harpy made sure to take care of that.
So who’s going to give Dany and her forces a ride to Westeros?
It’s not going to be Yunkai. Or anyone in or near Slaver’s Bay. Qarth? Not likely. In fact, most of Essos is probably quite ready to see her backside as she floats away. They’ve been trying to convince her to leave for ages now.
Good thing she’s got two options in Westeros, and I’m willing to bet both are going to be headed her way with haste.
Here’s who we’re likely to see attempt to forge an alliance with our fiery Queen-hopeful.
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. I’ve already made my feelings on how the show is handling Dorne very clear, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’re quite likely to come sailing up to Dany’s harbor. The Sand Snakes have taken control of Dorne, disposing of the previous ruler, Doran Martell, his heir, Trystane, and sent the Lannisters a nasty parting gift. These vengeful women are out for blood–they’re out to topple the Lannisters from their position of power and establish Dorne as a ruthless, bloodthirsty region.
What better way to do this than to bring Daenerys Targaryen, the rightful heir to the throne and just as vengeful as they, a fleet of ships to sail her across the Narrow Sea and provide her with the plentiful forces of Dorne while allowing her to set up a temporary seat of attack. Then, Dany marches for the throne, garners more support, and Dorne profits from their early support.
If Dany went a sailing away to Westeros under Doran Martell’s banners, all would be well. I’d throw my hat in for Dorne to be the big ally that whisks her towards the throne. But since we’ve got this twistedly revenge-driven version of Ellaria Sand at the helm, I’m fearful of what Dany’s entrance to Westeros would entail. I mean, if they wanted mass chaos in King’s Landing and a new Queen, they could have just queened Myrcella, for fuck’s sake. One thing’s for sure: nothing I want to see from the potential leader of Westeros could be nurtured by a relationship with the current leaders of Dorne.
Option two has grown far more attractive in large part to the show’s treatment of the Sand Snakes.
Two. Ironborn to the assist
Who else has a vast fleet of ships and the knowledge to navigate the treacherous seas? Yep. The rough and rowdy folks of the Iron Islands, ruled by the prickly and rigid Greyjoy clan. Currently, their kingship is facing a bit of turmoil, since Euron Greyjoy did just send his brother, King Balon Greyjoy, toppling to his death on a dark and stormy night. They’ve got to go through the necessary steps of a Kingsmoot in order to choose their next leader, but it’s likely ships will soon be sent out to collect Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons.
While any of the Ironborn can make their claim for the Sea Stone Chair at the Kingsmoot, the major contenders will surely be none other than Yara Greyjoy, Balon’s daughter, and Euron Greyjoy, Balon’s brother (and murderer). Once chosen, the new King/Queen will likely set out to reclaim the glory of the Iron Islands–and what a better way to do so than to bring Dany over as a powerful ally? They have the ships. She has the dragons. Their combined forces can definitely make a splash against the men waiting at King’s Landing. The Greyjoy men might even make sweet marriage proposals for the soon-to-be Queen, giving the Greyjoys a boost of power and even more incentive to seek out and aid the Mother of Dragons.
There’s a lot of theoretical surrounding the Greyjoys right now, and a lot more to talk about once the Kingsmoot has commenced, but I’m still willing to bet either contender will strike out for Slaver’s Bay–the details of motive and logic will just have to wait until the new King or Queen has been decided.
How do you think Dany will get her ships to sail to Westeros? Any hope in either the Sand Snakes or the Greyjoys? Sound off in the comments!