The Despotism of Daenerys Stormborn

Daenerys Targaryen at the pyramid in Meereen.
(Helen Sloan/HBO)

Revolutionaries are, by their nature, powerful and single-minded personalities. Almost invariably they start from a position of weakness vis-à-vis the political environment and rely for their success on charisma and on an ability to mobilize resentment and to capitalize on the psychological weakness of adversaries in decline.
-Henry Kissinger

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