Game of Thrones Fan Who Named Her Daughter Khaleesi Is Sort of Regretting it Now

Emilia Clarke stars in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke stars in Game of Thrones
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Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones below.

Given the enormous popularity of Game of Thrones, it's hardly surprising that the series’ loyal fans have commemorated some of the main characters by naming their pets and even their children after them. But after the most recent episode, "The Bells," which saw Daenerys Targaryen burn down King's Landing in its entirety even after its people had surrendered, fans are rethinking their decision of naming anyone after the Mad Queen. 

INSIDER reports that in 2018 alone, 560 babies were named "Khaleesi" in the U.S. This title was given to Dany when she married Khal Drogo in season 1, which roughly translates to "queen," and is one of the many names she goes by in the hit HBO series.

Up until the most recent episode, Daenerys has generally been portrayed as the kind of leader who could finally bring peace to the Seven Kingdoms. But when she rode in on her dragon Drogon and set fire to all of the innocent civilians at the capital, fans who named their daughters after Daenerys started having second thoughts about their chosen namesake.

The Daily Beast spoke to one mother, Jasmine Estrada, who explained that she does not agree with Daenerys's recent actions, making the decision to name her now-6-year-old daughter after the Mother of Dragons "bittersweet." "I'm kind of in shock," Estrada said. "It was kind of disappointing that her power trip took over. That was not cool."

But it's not all bad news for these dedicated Game of Thrones fans. Another mother who named her kid after the character, Katherine Acosta, still supports Daenerys. "I'm still behind her," Acosta told The Cut. "Even after last night's episode, I'm still rooting for her. I don't think she did anything wrong. I think she did what she had to do."

"After the episode, a lot of people kept tagging me on memes and being like, 'How do you feel that Khaleesi has that name now that Daenerys did all of that?' I'm like, I don't feel anything different," Acosta continued. "It's not like she did it just 'cause. If you watch the show, she had every right."

We don't know exactly what was going on in Daenerys's mind when she killed thousands of innocent people, but we definitely know she seemed to be following in her late father's footsteps. Whether or not she was justified in her actions is up for fans to decide.

[h/t INSIDER]

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.