Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss reflected on the Meeren storyline in the ‘Inside the Episode’ segment for episode 9 [The Battle of the Bastards]. Weiss said that Tyrion was unfortunate to be in such a situation because he had managed the city very well when Daenerys was AWOL:
“When Daenerys comes back to that situation, she has no idea what to expect, she doesn’t know what’s happened in Meeren. In a way, you feel for Tyrion because she left him with a terrible situation. The city was under siege from within without and he really did for so long such an excellent job of making things better there and unfortunately what she comes back to find is exactly what she would have expected to find when she left and the fact that she has a city at all is still due to him.”
Benioff spoke about Daenerys’ growing strength:
“She’s not her father and she’s not insane and she’s not a sadist, but there’s a Targaryen ruthlessness that comes with even the good Targaryens. If you’re one of the lords of Westeros or one of her potential opponents in the wars to come and you get word of what happened here in Meereen, you have to be pretty nervous because this is an unprecedented threat. You’ve got a woman who has somehow formed an alliance where she has a Dothraki horde, a legion of Unsullied, she’s got the mercenary army of the Second Sons, and she has three dragons who are now pretty close to full grown. So if she can make it all the way across the Narrow Sea and get to Westeros, who’s going to stand in her way?”
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