Day 6·Satire

Dear Khaleesi: A mother's heartfelt letter to her awkwardly named kid

Last year, 560 baby Khaleesi's were born in the United States, named after the popular Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen. But a dark narrative twist has left the name with a whole lot of baggage. Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri imagines one mother's attempt to explain her daughter's name.

Years from now, today's baby Khaleesis might have questions, thanks to a dark Game of Thrones plot twist

Daenerys Targaryen's character takes a dark turn in the final season of Game of Thrones. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)
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Warning: This post contains mild spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones.

For seven seasons, Daenerys Targaryen — also known as Khaleesi — was a symbol for female empowerment: A fierce but benevolent leader who rode dragons and conquered kingdoms.

But as Game of Thrones' eighth and final season draws to a close, the Mother of Dragons' reputation has taken a brutal hit after a dramatic plot twist. 

That came as a nasty surprise for the many mothers around the world who have named their daughters after the character.

Last year alone, 560 Khaleesis were born in the United States — and a few years from now, those kids are probably going to have some awkward questions.

Earlier this week, Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri wrote a column imagining one mother's message to her daughter Khaleesi. She read an adapted version of that letter on CBC's Day 6.

You can read the original column here.


To hear Alexandra Petri read her letter from a sheepish mom to her daughter Khaleesi, download our podcast or click 'Listen' above.

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