Spoilers! (do I have to even say that here?)
I recently rewatched the episode of Game of Thrones where Daenerys is in Astapor. She makes the deal with the master slaver guy, where she trades him one of her dragons for 8,000 of his very tough slaves. I immediately thought this was stupid for two reasons:
- Why would he think the dragon would immediately obey him rather than her? Maybe he doesn't quite believe the 'Mother of Dragons' lore, but it's still basically a pet at the very least. This one isn't as bad though, as...
- Why would he possibly think she wouldn't betray him and use her freshly bought slaves to take back her dragon? He just traded her literally all his slaves and he has not been kind to her so far. He has motivation to not go back on the deal -- he's running a business, basically... but she has no reason not to.
I guess you could argue that he was blinded by greed, but I think that would be poor writing -- he's in a vicious trade, I can't imagine he would've survived long thinking so naively.
Does anyone have a good explanation?