Though the divisive last season of Game of Thrones tackled some of the books’ prophecies, diehard fans are digging even deeper into the meanings of ones left behind, and are coming up with some intriguing theories about how they ended up.
For instance, some are theorizing whether or not Daenerys Targaryen was “The Stallion Who Mounts the World.” For those who are unfamiliar, this prophecy goes all the way back to Season 1, when after Daenerys eats the horse heart, one of the Dosh khaleen claims that her son, Rhaego, would be the Stallion.
As Jorah Mormont translates to Viserys Targaryen, the Dothraki prophecy states that the Stallion is the "khal of khals" who will unite all the Dothraki under his single khalasar, ride to the ends of the earth, and “all the people of the world will be his herd." But as we all know, Rhaego was never able to fulfill his prophecy, as he died while still in his mother’s womb.
Now fans are arguing that the prophecy was actually meant for Dany, not her unborn son. One Quora user argues that the Dosh khaleen were incorrect in the original prophecy because they were biased. They were looking for a child of a khal to be the Stallion, but in reality it was always Dany. The fan writes:
“What the crones are seeing here — pale-skinned men in castles being terrorized and bells acting as a warning or cue of some sort, the unification of all the khalasars — is Dany (even the ‘swift’ riding makes sense — what’s swifter than riding a dragon?), and it was always Dany. It was Dany in the tent, even then. They thought it was the baby because it was the baby they were ‘looking for.’”
Though Dany’s reign didn’t last long (like most khals, actually), she was the Dothraki’s greatest leader…they just didn’t realize it. Whether or not that means she was actually The Stallion Who Mounts the World, however, is for us to keep wondering.