Warning: this article contains spoilers for the seventh series of Game of Thrones.
The HBO show may be famed for its tales of incest, blood, and betrayal, but there also many great friendships in Game of Thrones.
There’s Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), for example, who forged a bond over their difficult starts in life. There’s Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who hide their bromance under layers and layers of banter. There’s Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Arya (Maisie Williams), who pretty much became instant best friends after this week’s intense sparring match.
And then, of course, there’s the female friendship to end all female friendships in Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel).
This dynamic duo have been providing #friendshipgoals for as long as we can remember – and, even when they first met, they were slinging badass catchphrases all over the place.
Since then, Missandei has barely left her friend’s side, offering her wise counsel, dating advice (sort of), language lessons, and plenty of gentle teasing.
But, in The Spoils of War, we saw the pair engage in some serious girl talk for the first time, mainly regarding the details of that sizzling night with Grey Worm (aka the feminist sex scene GoT fans have long been waiting for).
“What happened?” asks Daenerys, almost breathless with excitement.
“Many things,” replies Missandei, with a coy smile.
Later, Missandei has a chat with Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Jon about how she came to be Team Dany all those years ago, reminding us that Daenerys freed her from a life of slavery, and that she chooses to serve the Mother of Dragons. That if she wanted to leave Westeros and sail home, Daenerys would give her a ship and wish her a good journey. That theirs is a friendship built on mutual respect and equality. That everyone who follows Daenerys loves her, truly loves her, and would never even think of betraying her.
Just another throwaway conversation? We think not. Nothing in Game of Thrones is ever just a throwaway conversation, after all: there’s too much at stake (and too tight a budget to play with) for any meaningless chit-chat.
Which means that this scene was included for a reason – and we’re worried that it has something to do with the Prophecy of the Undying.
In season two, we saw Daenerys enter the House of Undying. And, when she was there, unseen voices began whispering cryptic clues about her future.
Calling her “mother of dragons” and “child of three”, the Undying told Khaleesi that there are “three fires must you light... one for life and one for death and one to love... three mounts must you ride... one to bed and one to dread and one to love.”
However it was the third line of the prophecy that we’re the most interested in.
“Three treasons will you know,” she was promised. “Once for blood and once for gold and once for love...”
So far, the first two betrayals have happened exactly as promised: we’ve seen a witch kill Daenerys’ unborn son in a cruel exchange for Drogo’s life (blood), and we witnessed her beloved Ser Jorah spill her location to King Robert’s assassins in exchange for coin (gold).
The third betrayal is all that remains – and this one is rooted in love.
We all know that “many things” have happened between Missandei and Grey Worm – and we know, too, that the Unsullied soldier is trapped at Casterly Rock.
If the man she loves so deeply were to be captured – or, at the very least, fall into serious trouble – would Missandei be willing to betray her queen (and her best friend) to save him?
The people of Reddit certainly think so.
Say it ain’t so, Missandei.
While it makes sense for Missandei to strike out against Daenerys, we can’t help but think there’s another who might fit the bill.
We’re talking, of course, about her loyal advisor, Tyrion.
Tyrion was there to witness Jaime charging headfirst at Daenerys with a lance – and he saw his beloved brother tumble into the water, clad in heavy armour.
“You f**king idiot,” he said, distress palpable.
We know, too, that Tyrion was sickened by the scenes of burning Lannister men, and that he had specifically asked that Daenerys not use her dragons to burn and terrorise Westeros – a request which she decided to ignore.
Could he be tempted to betray Daenerys in a bid to save his brother? Or, more nobly, for his love of the people of his country?
Game Of Thrones season seven continues on Sky Atlantic on Mondays in the UK at 9pm.