What Happens to Daario in the Books?

by Rosie Narasaki

Even though things aren't really going so swimmingly for the Mother of Dragons right now (yeah, her power move of executing a vigilante as people intermittently called her "Mhysa" and cried for mercy isn't exactly going to win her any popularity contests), at least things are still going strong with her unofficial royal consort Daario Naharis. But what's next for Daario? Will he continue to stay by her side, or will they be drawn apart? Luckily, there's a little resource that we can turn to to predict the future for Daario — and it happens to be called A Dance with Dragons. So what happens to Daario in the books?

Well, unfortunately, if Game of Thrones sticks to the book plot lines on the Daario front, the honeymoon phase is almost over. In A Dance with Dragons, Daario actually supports Dany's betrothal to Hizdahr zo Loraq (a loveless alliance made in effort to restore peace to Meereen, and stop those pesky Sons of the Harpy), and he even has the gall to suggest that she pull a Red Wedding at the reception to help restore peace. Thankfully, Dany refuses to go all "Rains of Castamere" on the Meereenese gentry... but after she marries Hizdahr, things quickly turn sour with a jealous Daario.

Unfortunately, it gets even worse from there: After leaving Daenerys, he (along with her bloodrider Jhogo) ends up as a hostage in Yunkai — but instead of saving them, Daenerys takes an impromptu ride off into the sunset (or rather, the Dothraki sea) with her favorite rogue dragon, Drogon... leaving her former paramour in a rather sticky situation.

Of course, Daario can take care of himself, so he should be OK... that is, if G.R.R.M.'s trigger finger doesn't end up adding him to the long list of well-loved (and dead) characters. But, Daario fans, don't despair — what with the fact that Daario's very quickly become a fan favorite and the fact that Game of Thrones has been playing more fast and loose with the book plots than ever before (according to the leaked episodes, Hizdahr hasn't even been introduced as a character yet so that whole plot line might end up getting scrapped), who knows how things will end up panning out for one of GoT's most-loved new characters. Heck, they already changed the fact that he was supposed to have blue hair, so the sky's the limit here.

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