'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Explain the Meaning Behind Missandei's Last Word: 'Dracarys'
By Leanne Aguilera
And with that final word, Missandei’s (Nathalie Emmanuel) time on Game of Thrones has come to a heartbreaking end.
On the fourth episode of the HBO drama’s final season, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) reached peak ruthlessness when she blatantly ignored her brother Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) pleas for peace. Instead, the current Queen of the Seven Kingdoms chose to behead her captive, Missandei, while Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Grey Worm (Jacob Andrews) watched in horror.
According to the showrunners, Missandei’s last word – “Dracarys” – was a pivotal message to Daenerys from her most loyal advisor.
“I think what’s probably echoing in Dany’s head in those final moment would be Missandei’s final words. ‘Dracarys’ is clearly meant for for Dany,” Benioff explained. “Missandei knows that her life is over and she’s saying, you know, ‘Light them up.’”