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Dracarys In Game Of Thrones: Meaning And Why Missandei Says It In Season 8, Episode 4 – GameSpot

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Dracarys–it’s a word we’ve heard Daenerys Targaryen utter numerous times over the course of Game of Thrones, dating back to the early seasons. Season 8, Episode 4 featured a particularly significant use of it, as Missandei declares it in a major moment for the character. But what does it mean and, more importantly, what is the significance of it between her and Dany? We explore that below, as there is potentially more meaning to it than you might first assume. It’s one of multiple subtle callbacks to years-old moments, not unlike Arya’s “That’s not me.”

If you’re caught up with Season 8, check out our review of Episode 4, which explores some of the continued problems we think this season is suffering from. We also have a collection of Easter eggs and references that you might have missed, and not just the coffee cup that was in all the headlines this week. Looking ahead, there’s also the Episode 5 preview trailer and a look at whether there could be more dragons in Westeros. We’ve also got a fresh pile of new theories for the last two episodes of the series.

Game of Thrones Season 8 has only two episodes left, and the show as a whole will thus be over in just over a week’s time. The most recent episode came this past Sunday night in the form of Episode 4, which dealt with the fallout of Episode 3’s Battle of Winterfell. While a somewhat quiet episode in comparison, it wasn’t without its developments. After tensions ran high (both political and bedroom related), we’re fast approaching the penultimate moment in the battle for the Iron Throne. Episode 4’s conclusion was particularly tense, and one word may have defined what happens next as one last big battle looms. Spoiler warning: The events of Episode 4 are described below.

In the final moments of Episode 4, Missandei is precariously stood beside Cersei having been taken prisoner when Euron’s fleet launches an ambush. Dany watches on as Tyrion attempts to negotiate for her life and Cersei’s surrender. Unfortunately, his diplomacy fails and Cersei turns to Missandei and tells her to share any final words. Missandei looks to her queen below and declares “dracarys.”

The word translates to “Dragonfire” in High Valyrian; it is the same word Dany uses to signal her dragons to fire upon her enemies. In this case, the word is a final utterance of allegiance and support to her queen, knowing full well it will be her last. It’s not a far stretch to assume Missandei’s last word may also be a call for Dany to destroy Cersei in the same way as she has the rest of her enemies.

The word also has some significance to the relationship between Missandei and Dany. The two first met when Missandei was still a slave who served as an interpreter to slave-trader Kraznys mo Nakloz of Astapor. Dany ultimately frees Missandei by ordering the enslaved Unsullied to turn on the slave-traders of Astapor. In the fray of the uprising, Dany turns to Kraznys and calmly says “dracarys.” Upon hearing the instruction, her dragon Drogon breathes a ball of fire onto the slave-trader and reduces him to ashes. Missandei’s choice of her final word is almost certainly a callback to this moment and Dany’s impact on her life.

Or, you know, take it from the woman herself. After the episode aired, Nathalie Emmanuel, who portrays Missandei, tweeted, “Dracarys.” She followed this up with her own personal translation, “Burn the bish.”

This was not a good episode for the dragons or Dany, as Rhaegal can attest. (It was also one with a notable gaffe, as a coffee cup made it into a shot at Winterfell–HBO has now even acknowledged it and digitally removed it from the episode.) For more on what to expect, check out the preview trailer for Episode 5. Although it’s not seen in there, Episode 4 strongly suggests Cleganebowl is finally coming.

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