Game of Thrones S8E05 Explained

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5 is the bells it starts with Varys writing letters about John's Targaryen identity he's spreading the word and getting support for John to be king Varys speaks with Martha one of his

Spies or little birds apparently she and Varys are trying to poison Daenerys so Varys is betraying Daenerys and now supports John Varys tells John that he would be a good king which might not be true

John is good at leading and fighting but he has no experience with southern politics with council meetings and plots and intrigue john is a lot like his uncle Ned an honourable honest Northman and Ned only lasted a season in the

Capital before he was outplayed and killed John only lasted as commander of the Nights Watch for a season before he was killed meanwhile Daenerys has been learning to rule for eight seasons so why is Varys

So sure that John would be a better ruler Varys says every time a Targaryen is born the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath it's a common saying because while some Targaryen Kings have been wise and good others

Have been violent and cruel like Daenerys his father the Mad King Varys is worried that Dany might snap and burn King's Landing as it turns out he's totally right but up until now Danny's been very reasonable in a conquest of

Westeros she tried all of Tyrion stupid plans to end the war peacefully and she came north to save the world from White Walkers when she could have just taken the throne she's doing all the right things so why

Is Varys so certain she's nuts that he wants to poison her Faris had once supported Viserys Targaryen but Daenerys is too crazy for him in the books Varys has totally different motivations that make a lot more sense

Go watch that video but in the show he supports Jon over Daenerys John says he's loyal to Dany and that she's his queen but Varys says men decide where power resides and this refers to Varys as riddle in season two the idea is that

Kings and priests and money only have power if people believe they have John says power in Daenerys but he could choose to see power in himself tyrion finds out about varus's betrayal and tells Daenerys and Daenerys is

Unsurprised she's numb to anymore loss she had begged John not to reveal his identity but he told Sansa and Sansa told Tyrion – Varys who used it to betray Daenerys all of her allies have failed her miss and I Rhaegar and Jorah

Dead Danny feels that there is no one she can trust like everyone's against her no matter what she does Daenerys executes Varys and he calmly accepts his fate he was willing to risk his life for the sake of the realm tyrion tells Varys

That it was him who snitched on him to Danny Tyrion feels guilty for betraying one of his only friends they say farewell and Dani burns Varys alive just as she promised she would

Daenerys and grey worm grieve for Masson die grey worm throws her old slave collar into fire Masson dies last word was drew chorus which means Dragon Fire so Danny and grey worm will express their grief in fiery violence

Daenerys confronts John for telling Sansa about his identity even though she begged him not to can Daenerys rely on her lover John she kisses him but he pulls away he was disturbed to see her burn Varys so John's not too keen on

Macking his art with even John rejecting her Danny feels that no one in Westeros loves her she decides to use fear to take power Danny decides to attack King's Landing Tyrion warns her that that would kill thousands of innocents

But Danny says that's worth it if they can remove Cersei and that's not an unusual attitude in Westeros when the lords make war common folk die that's how it is like 20 years ago the Lannisters killed many innocent people

In King's Landing removing the Mad King but Tyrion hopes for Daenerys to take the capital peacefully he says if the city bells ring that means they've surrendered so the attack can stop Dany agrees but she's clearly cane for

Fire and ayuh and the hound passed through the wall camp ayah says she's going to kill Cersei and if she mentioned that earlier Daenerys could have held off the attack that had been no need for battle and no

Dead civilians if ayah stock in and killed Cersei but I is too edgy and cool to share her plans with Jon Tyrion frees Jaime he was captured by Daenerys trying to get to Cersei Tyrion once Jaime to convince Cersei to surrender so that the

People of King's Landing won't die it's funny that Tyrion is trying so hard to save these people when in season four he said he wanted to kill the people of King's Landing in the books Tyrion still in this dark vengeful place but in the

Shoten Eris has changed Tyrians worldview inspired him to believe in a better world Jaime doesn't believe in a better world he says he never cared about the people of King's Landing which is weird because

Jaime once killed his King to save the people of King's Landing to stop the Mad King from burning the city maybe this is just Jaime using his Kingslayer persona again he's acting cruel and careless to hide how

Conflicted he really is over the last eight seasons Jaime's grown beyond that Kingslayer persona he left Cersei and risked his life to fight for the living with Brienne but now he's suddenly regressing back to the selfish person he

Used to be Tyrion gets Davos to put a boat outside the red cape so that Jaime and Cersei can escape Jaime once saved Tyrians life so now Tyrion tries to save his the brothers have a heartfelt final farewell

In the capital Cersei prepares to defend her throne she brings common people up around the red cape thinking the Daenerys won't want to kill innocent people the golden company and Euron's fleet are defending the city until

Daenerys attacks she flies down from above with the Sun behind her and wipes out the entire i inflate even though the fleet has dozens of scorpion ballistas last episode urine hit the dragon Rhaegar with three scorpion bolts

Daenerys and Dragon couldn't handle just 11 of Euron ships time Euron has over a hundred ships and Daenerys destroys them all she also burns the dozens of scorpions on the city walls as if it's nothing

Not a single scorpion vault hits the scorpions were such a huge threat last episode but now they're a non-issue the same thing happens with the golden company so she went to a lot of trouble to hire these guys borrowing money from

The iron bank having Euron ship of them across the sea Circe says that the most powerful army in Essos but an heiress wipes them out before they can do anything their soldiers attack and quickly overwhelm the Lannisters so the

Show leads us to believe that we're gonna get a big epic battle between the good guys and bad guys but the show subverts that by having Daenerys easily stomp Circe's army it leads us to question whether Dany and John really

Are the good guys a lot of these shots echo the Battle of the bastards except now John is in the role of the Bolton's and it gets worse from here the Lannisters surrender and the city bells ring so Daenerys achieves the impossible

She takes the capital with very few deaths she can just go to the red cape arrest Cersei and end the war Danny can take the Iron Throne as a peaceful queen a liberator and protector of the people this is what Daenerys always wanted but

When it happens she doesn't feel happy she only feels grief and anger she's lost Masson died and Rhaegar and Jorah everyone's turned against her despite all her sacrifices she feels alone and overwhelmed and she snaps she burns the

City and the innocent people in it she spends the rest of the episode systematically destroying King's Landing by the end most of the city is on fire and there are a million people in there so Daenerys kills hundreds of thousands

Of innocent men women and children not for any strategic reason but because she's angry and sure maybe she's inspiring fear to force people to follow her but it's clear from the scene and from interviews with actors and show

Runners that this isn't a political calculation this is an emotional outburst that leads to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people this is more death and destruction than anyone has ever

Caused in Game of Thrones Tywin and Cersei and Ramsay never killed hundreds of thousands of civilians only the White Walkers are that bad so Daenerys is arguably as evil as the night King he brought an apocalypse of

Ice now she brings an apocalypse of fire which nicely sums up the Robert Frost poem that inspired this series the world could end in ice or fire neither would suffice so there is meaning here it's about how human conflict is just as

Destructive as magic White Walkers like the humans defeated the zombies but it turns out the humans with a real monsters all along it's kind of a cliche but author George Martin always said that Thrones isn't about good guys and

Bad guys it's about the human heart in conflict with itself human nature is what destroys King's Landing so this disaster does fit with the themes of the series but how does it fit

With Daenerys as character is she really this evil Daenerys has always struggled to balance violence and vengeance against peace and compromise she wants to be a fair ruler but sometimes she gets angry and does violence that isn't

Politically smart or just like in season 4 she crucified a hundred masters in season five she fed masters to her dragons even though she said some might be innocent and in season seven she burned the Tally's some of these might

Be justifiable but they were all killings motivated by anger a Targaryen urge for fire and blood and Danny's often wanted to go further to let her dragons loose and to burn all her enemies in season two she threatens calf

Saying she'll burn cities to the ground in season four she decides to kill every master in yunkai and in season six to kill the Mira neighs to return their cities to the dirt both these times to nurses advisors convinced her not to

Wipe out cities Jorah and Tyrion check worst impulses so in season eight when jour is dead and Danny's lost faith in Tyrion there's no one to hold her back she expresses her grief and rage in fire and blood when Aegon the conquerer

Sister died Aegon burned every console and Cape in dawn and the civilian deaths were uncountable this is what tag Aryans do this is what Dragons represent destruction fire and fury but why would Daenerys attack civilians part of what

Defines her as a character is her sympathy for the common people for the weak and innocent because as a child Daenerys herself was treated as a slave abused by her brother sold to Drogo used and raped so as soon as she starts

Getting power she uses it to protect the vulnerable she saves Lazar reign women she protects her calluses she spends three seasons liberating slaves Daenerys once locked away her dragons to prevent them from hurting kids so angry

Or not murdering hundreds of thousands of innocents goes against one of the foundations of Daenerys as character if this happens in the books we might see a more gradual progression into this violence so we can better understand why

She does it well the situation could be different like maybe Danny will only kill the people at the red cape who are actually in the way of the throne or she could accidentally burn the city by setting

Off this wildfire the wild fires leftover from when the Mad King tried to burn the city so Daenerys unknowingly ignites her father's legacy whatever her reasons Daenerys has become what she came to destroy she's queen of the ashes

A bringer of death a tyrant grey worm sparks violence on the ground attacking the Lannisters who'd surrendered to avenge the death of missandei and the Starks soldiers join in they have reason to hate the Lannisters Lannister's

Killed their beloved Ned and their King Robb and gave the north to the brutal Bolton's thousands of North men died in wars against the Lannisters so now they get revenge it's a bit like in the books when north men march against the

Bolton's and Northmen called big bucket wool says let me bathe in Boulton blood before I die there's a tradition in the north for older Northman to get themselves killed before winter so their families have one

Less mouth to feed many of the Northmen who came south with John might not have planned to return so it's no surprise that this becomes a bloodbath John watches in horror as his men slaughter and rape civilians in season 3

Jorah says there's a beast in every man and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand we like to think of the Northman as good guys but the story shows how even people with good intentions can become monsters in war ire and the Hound

Reached the Cape and the Hound tells her to turn back io wants to kill Cersei and finish her death list but the Hound tells her not to become like him the hounds been obsessed with revenge all his life ever since his brother the

Mountain burned his face that anger and bitterness is why the Hound is so lonely cynical and unhappy if I akil's Cersei it'll only take her deeper into violence and alienation the Hound says if she stays here she'll die she could die

Literally from the castle collapsing but she could also die metaphorically if her humanity is consumed by violence and hate like how Mira said that brand died so I achoo zzz's life and turns back from the precipice she thanks the Hound

And calls him Sandor his real name it's a moment of human connection between ayah and Sandor Clegane so I aterna the Hound thinks it's too late for him he goes and finds his brother these two have wanted to kill

Each other for years and here at the end of the world seems as good a time as any Qyburn orders the mountain to stay but he disobeys and kills his creator remember the mountain had been all but

Dead when Qyburn raised him as a zombie man with some mix of science and necromancy Qyburn is like dr. Frankenstein and the mountain is his monster so it's neatly poetic for Qyburn to be

Killed by his creation we see the mountains phases old rotted now no matter what the hound does to him he won't die cuz Gregor is already dead the brother who burned Sandor is long gone all that's left is a walking corpse

This shows the pointlessness and emptiness of revenge the Hound will never find happiness by killing a dead man but the Hound feels this can only end with death so he takes the mountain down

With him pushing him through a wall into the fires below fire is what started their beef when Gregor burned Sandor and fire is the only thing that could kill the undead mountain so the brothers burn together Jamie tries to reach Cersei by

A passage to the red cape but he's stopped by urine urine survived Danny's attack on his flate and he rises from the sea the Ironborn have a ritual of drowning themselves than being revived because what is dead may never die but

Rises again harder and stronger Iran starts a fight with Jaime they've been rivals for Circe's love since last season Jaime kills Euron but Jamie's badly wounded so urines happy that he's the man who

Killed Jaime Lannister Euron in the show is a simple man with simple goals he wanted to be king to fuck the Queen and to kill Jaime and with that done he dies content Jaime gets to Cersei and the twins embrace as the world falls down

Around them they try to escape but their passage is blocked by rubble Cersei had stayed defiant while Daenerys burned her city but now she breaks down and cries for the life of her baby and herself because deep down Cersei is only human

Jaime tells her that she and him are the only things that matter in the world just as they said in season 1 and then the roof collapses and they die this is a poetic end for Cersei she is crushed beneath the red cape a

Symbol of the power that she wanted so badly that it destroyed her Cersei could have saved herself at any time in the last couple seasons but Cersei couldn't let go of power and so it collapsed upon her

Sosa's pregnancy plotline went nowhere all that stuff about whether Jamie or Iran was the father and whether the baby would make says he cooperate maybe the showrunners thought that pregnancy would humanize Cersei as their motherhood is

The only relatable aspect of Circe's deep complex character in the last two seasons Cersei did very little but get pregnant drink wine and die Jaime's death makes him a failure he tried to redeem himself

To be a better man with Brienne but he just couldn't escape Cersei Jaime changes so much throughout his arc but he ends up dying in the same place he began maybe this is realistic some people don't change the showrunners

Say that Jaime's love for Cersei is like an addiction and sometimes addicts relapse and overdose but you've got to ask what's the point of the last eight seasons of Jaime's arc if he abandons all his growth to die with Cersei Jaime

Dies with his hand on Circe's neck which evokes the valonqar prophecy from the books which hints that Cersei will be strangled to death by Jaime it may be that in the books Jaime will kill Cersei before he dies that way Jaime could

Overcome his darker half before his death in season five Jaime says he wants to die in the arms of the woman he loves some fans hoped that would be Brienne but it turns out that was Cersei the prophecy of Maggy the Frog said that

Cersei would be cast down by someone younger and more beautiful Cersei thought that meant Margaery but it turns out that's Daenerys bringing the Cape down on to Cersei also Daenerys could fit the Dothraki prophecy of the

Stallion who mounts the world and tramples nations into dust so season age does fulfill some of the series prophecies son foreshadowing while the city burns IOC's the devastation on the ground she trained

For seasons to be a servant of death but now she sees how horrible death can be with hundreds of innocents suffering and screaming and grieving a common woman help sire a moment of hope in the darkness so IO tries to say

The woman and other civilians they end up dying anyway but the point is that ayah is trying to help people for once instead of just killing after the devastation I arises from the ashes and cries over the bodies of the people she

Tried to save the visuals of Oh Pompeii and 9/11 and the bombing of Dresden ash rains down like nuclear winter author George Martin says his dragons are like nuclear weapons IOC's a horse the only other living creature among the

Death of the horse is white with red blood just like a weirwood is white with a red SAP so this could connect to the old gods some fans think that this horse was sent by bran with his walking powers or it could connect to the Book of

Revelations in the Bible where a pale horse means death but I astrak– the horse we hear its breathing and see its face aya rides it out of the ruins away from the death and destruction aya and her horse represent life but overall

This is a very dark episode hundreds of thousands are killed by the woman we thought was a hero Jaime fails to become a better man and dies with his hateful sister all of John's heroism and varus's scheming and

Tyrians supposed intelligence did nothing to prevent this disaster his Game of Thrones really this bleak and nihilistic Thrones author George Martin says his worldview is anything but nihilistic Thrones is full of death and

Darkness but the darkness is there to better show the light of human struggles against darkness men's lives have meaning not their deaths and yet this episode has little but death there's a sense of inevitability

Varys talks about Targaryen madness as though Daenerys was destined to repeat her father's sins Jamie just accepts that he could never be better than the hateful man he was The Hound basically commits suicide by mountain it's as

Though all these characters hopes and growth were for nothing the dream of a better world is ash so what was the point of this story if ur just with failure and death the Thrones books always have some sense of meaning

Against the darkness their ending will be bittersweet not just better if Thrones is to be true to its source material and is to rise above empty nihilism it needs to show some hope in the series finale next week there are

Many great game of Thrones YouTube channels and a bunch of them just wrote a book together about how Thrones became so popular and so meaningful to so many people it's called the Thrones affect how HBO's Game of Thrones conquered pop

Culture it's written and read by all of these Thrones channels including history of Westeros got Academy grey area and more and you can get it on audiobook for free today by signing up for a trial with audible members get a book each

Month and if you cancel you keep the books so go and support some of the best voices on Thrones online and hear new perspectives on the story sign up at audible.com slash ASX thanks for watching the final Q&A livestream is on

10:30 eastern time Sunday night thanks to the patrons including Sam London of how simply first of his name lord of Union Square and protector of the realm thanks to Peter Meehan Jerry Oshkosh Emily McNally bloody tyrant Nikko's

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