There is a saying in Westeros, reminds Varys, that “When a Targaryen is born, a coin is tossed”. Meaning that there’s a 50/50 chance of someone of Targaryen blood going insane. And insanity is exactly what was delivered in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones.
*Update: The full boxset of Game of Thrones S1-8 is ready to be binge-watched on Showmax.*
WARNING: Here be dragon (yes, in the singular), and spoilers, so don’t venture any further if you have yet to watch episode 5 of Game of Thrones S8.
The capital is burning
Neither the writers of GoT nor George RR Martin himself in his A Song Of Ice And Fire series have been particularly tender with our feelings, killing off beloved characters without a blink. This episode, called “The Bells”, was outright depressing as Daenerys, riding atop Drogon, razed King’s Landing to the ground, including every man, woman and child within its walls. This, after the bells of the Red Keep sounded, indicating the city’s surrender.
With just one more episode to wrap up an entire series, we were hoping to see some character arcs and storylines tied up neatly.
Here’s what we got:
- Varys is incinerated by dragon fire for betraying Danaerys. She did warn him. Surprisingly, it was Tyrion who snitched.
- Things are awkies between Dany and Jon when he tells her that he still loves her, but just as his Queen.
- Jaime is captured by Dany’s army on his way to King’s Landing to assassinate Cersei and live happily ever after with Ser Brienne of Tarth. But no worries, Tyrion helps him escape…
- … which is unfortunate, because Jaime does not want his sister’s head on a stick, he just wants to die by her side.
- The Hound and The Mountain finally meet and “Cleganebowl” is ON.
- Did we mention that Daenerys sets fire to the whole city? It was brutal.
A preview of episode 6 of Game of Thrones S8
Watch the final episode of Game of Thrones S8 on Monday 20 May on M-Net (101) at 03:00 and again at 22:00 on M-Net and Showmax.