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Game of Thrones S8E5: “The Bells” – The Mad Queen

A look at the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones before it all ends tonight.

With Game of Thrones in its final two episodes it was evident that things were going to come to some epic conclusions. Last week’s episode saw a lot of death and destruction, and left us uncertain as to how this will all come to a close. Read the details of the episode below followed by our thoughts.

What Happened

  • Tyrion tells Daenerys that Varys has betrayed her and Daenerys sentences him to death by dragon fire.
  • Daenerys tells Jon that Varys’ treason is exactly what she worried about with the reveal of Jon’s parentage.
  • Tyrion convinces Daenerys to call back her men if the bells in King’s Landing ring, a sign that the people have surrendered to Daenerys.
  • Daenerys tells Tyrion that they captured Jaime, he goes to Jaime and sets him free asking him to escape with Cersei and start a new life before saying goodbye.
  • As the battle begins, Daenerys and Drogon destroy the Iron Fleet and the Golden Company.
  • Daenerys army, led by Grey Worm, Jon and Davos enter King’s Landing and the Lannister soldiers drop their swords.
  • The bells begin to ring, but Daenerys decides to burn everything down.
  • As King’s Landing burns and crumbles below Drogon, Jon sees Daenerys soldiers attacking innocent civilians. He tries to get them all to fall back as the city burns.
  • Jaime is unable to get into the Red Keep and follows the secret passages from the shores only to meet Euron at the beach. They fight and Jaime is hurt bad, but is able to kill Euron.
  • The Hound and Arya make it into the Map Room and the Hound begs Arya to turn back and live. She thanks Sandor and leaves as he heads to fight the Mountain.
  • The Hound meets Cersei, Qyburn and the Mountain. The Mountain kills Qyburn and Cersei runs for safety. The Hound and the Mountain fight as the Red Keep falls apart around them. The Hound pushes the Mountain through a collapsing wall and they both fall to their deaths.
  • Cersei and Jaime find each other and attempt to escape. They become stuck in the catacombs beneath the Red Keep and hold one another as everything comes crumbling down on top of them.
  • Having escaped the Red Keep and narrowly missed being killed by crumbling buildings and dragon fire, Arya escapes King’s Landing on a white horse.

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Kill Count: Hundreds of Thousands

  • Varys is executed by Daenerys
  • Soldiers are killed in battle on both sides.
  • Civilians of King’s landing are killed from the destruction caused by Drogon, and massacred by Daenerys’ army.
  • Qyburn is killed by The Mountain.
  • The Hound and The Mountain die fighting one another.
  • Euron Greyjoy is killed by Jaime Lannister.
  • Jaime and Cersei Lannister die within the catacombs beneath the Red Keep as it crumbles down upon them.

Best Lines:

  • “You were the only one who didn’t treat me like a monster.” – Tyrion Lannister
  • “Nothing else matters. Only us.” – Jaime Lannister


Our Thoughts

Last week we mentioned that trying to figure out how this show would end would be pointless. That in the end, the show (especially this season) has constantly taken us by surprise. The details of how things have occurred couldn’t have been predicted by anyone. That still remains true for the most part, but the broader strokes were always there. The problem is that everyone has their own way of viewing a story and how they think it should end.

Daenerys has never been the type of person to show mercy. Ever. She has always killed everyone who stood against her, and never once worried about the collateral damage. When the Sons of the Harpy would attack Meereen, she didn’t care that citizens were being wiped out. She cared that someone dared to question her rule. Daenerys has never proven that she was worthy to sit on the Iron Throne, she has only stated that she deserves it as her birthright. Even when Sansa questioned it, everyone said they saw something in her. But the devil is in the details.

It’s easy to look at Daenerys and say, man she has dragons, she’s a Targaryen, she’s nice to me. She should totally be queen! But this show has never been about being nice. It’s never been about doing what’s right. It’s been about politics and how those who seek power will refuse to do what is right for the people and instead seek their own revenge, or get lost in their own hubris, and how that not only corrupts them but leads them to their death. Ned Stark died because he trusted that everyone would be as noble as him. Robb Stark died because he didn’t marry a Frey daughter. Joffrey died because he thought he was too powerful to be taken down. Oberyn Martell died because he was too focused on revenge. Littlefinger died because he thought nothing could touch him. Cersei died because she thought her money and her power as self proclaimed Queen was enough to keep her safe.

Now, Daenerys will die because she sought nothing but revenge on the basis of her hubris. That’s the only way this show ends. That’s the fitting ending for this show. We have come to a point where every leader left is looking to do what is good for the people, except Daenerys. She only cares about reclaiming what is “rightfully hers.” But nothing belongs to anyone in this world. In the end all men and women are the same. All men must die. But, all men must (also) serve.

Keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Game of Thrones coverage. And be sure to catch the Series Finale (!!!) of Game of Thrones tonight at 9pm ET on HBO.

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Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow 
@alex5348 on Twitter)

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