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If everyone expected Dany to burn the city down it would've been anticlimactic. I'm not saying that's cool, I just think it was purposely done in a way to keep the shock value in tact... true to GoT form. They deliberately didn't make it obvious. That said, they failed to make it realistic. It's not believable that after victories against the Night King and Cersei that she would still burn the city down. It makes no sense.
I think the one clear storyline that George gave the show runners was that Dany would indeed become the Mad Queen and Jon Snow would have to defeat her. How the show runners went about it is certainly debatable, but at the very least, they didn’t make it blatantly obvious she would be the Mad Queen, which created shock value amongst the average fan watching last night. Wouldn’t it have been boring last night if everyone assumed she would become the mad queen??
As someone who has not been happy with this show’s writing for quite sometime, I thought this was a great episode. The imagery, the music, the action... especially seeing Cersei and Euron resoundingly defeated. I was engaged start to finish. The mad queen flip was set up poorly and was dumb, but I think they had to force it because that’s how GRRM said it would end. GRRM will do a much better job telling that story though, if ever. I’m not convinced Jaime was completely on Cersei’s side, but he probably wanted the child to survive which is why he went back to her, and once he saw she was defeated it’s not like he was going to kick her when she was down.
This show botched all the characters once they moved past the books, so botching yet another character (Danaereys) shouldn’t be surprising.