« on: April 15, 2014, 09:45 PM »
Danaerys is indeed the last surviving child of the Mad King. But that same Mad King was killed by Jaime Lannister during Robert Baratheon's Rebellion. Interesting thing there is that Robert actually had some Targaryen blood in his family line, and that's part of why his claim to the Iron Throne was recognized following the rebellion. The fact that he was also fighting for the return of his bride-to-be, Lyanna Stark, Ned's sister, from Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was at the heart of the rebellion. Robert killed Raehgar, and Ned managed to save a dying Lyanna. The rest of the surviving Targaryens were driven into exile. Viserys and Danaerys wound up in Pentos with Illyrio. But nobody really knows what happened to their mother.
Clearly, the children that are being passed off as Robert's children: the deceased Joffrey, Prince Tommen and Princess Myrcella are actually all the product of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister. But as long as the Lannisters are the power and money behind the Iron Throne, the prospect of removing these Lannisters posing as Baratheons from the throne is going to be problematic.
The person with the most legitimate claim to the Iron Throne, at least according to Westerosi customs, is Stannis Baratheon. But Stannis had been shunned by Robert following the rebellion, and given the island of Dragonstone as more of a place of exile than anything else. Stannis is aware of some of Robert's bastard children. And his brother Renly was a more appealing option. But well, we saw what happened to Renly in season 2.
I think a lot of people are wondering what's going to happen if/when Danaerys returns to Westeros. What then? The series seems to be indicating that Danaerys is building towards that, as are the books. I think the conflict that will draw in Danaerys is for the survival of Westeros itself. The Iron Throne seems to be a secondary issue.