7 Things You Missed From The Penultimate 'Game Of Thrones' Episode
The penultimate 'Game of Thrones' episode was bloody, long, and to many fans, disappointing. It saw Daenerys betray years of character development, a total rejection of one of the major Game of Thrones theories, and Arya Stark appearing to 'wake from the dead' -- twice.
But there were still a few minor details to be pulled out of this episode, so we've rounded them up for you.
1. This episode was called 'The Bells'.
You know, the things Tyrion was hinging his entire plan on, and which Daenerys just straight-up ignored anyway? Yes, those bells. They rang, and the city still burned.
2. This episode called back to Daenerys' brother, Viserys.
If you watched this episode on TV, you would have heard the voice of Viserys in the pre-episode teaser: "You don't want to wake the dragon, do you?"
He said it to Dany back in Season 1, and now, eight seasons later, Danaerys has well and truly woken the dragon. We were also reminded of a saying Ser Barristan told Daenerys: "every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land."
It's always been interpreted to mean that Dany's father and brother Viserys were mad, but that she and her other brother, Rhaegar, were not. Through the act of Varys repeating this saying, we're reminded that another Targaryen exists who is distinctly not mad: Jon Snow.
Jon and Dany are two sides of the coin, and Dany's had landed mad side up.
3. Varys burned his letter about Jon's true heritage.
In the opening scene, we see Varys writing a letter to someone, explaining that Jon is the true heir to the Iron Throne. A few episodes later, he burns a similar-looking letter shortly before he's executed by fire.
Who was he writing to? And why did he change his mind and burn the letter? It's not clear, but we did see in this episode that Varys' network of little sparrows is still in action, so maybe he was spreading the truth about Jon as far and wide as possible, and merely burned the last letter to cover his tracks, knowing he couldn't send it.
4. Here's why Dany snapped and went full Mad Queen.
Although this show has been hinting at it for seasons now, seeing Dany decide to torch the entire city after its surrender is prompting fans to revolt against the show they love.
If this is you, take some, small comfort in this explanation for Dany's complete change of character:
"I don't think she decided ahead of time that she was going to do what she did, and then she sees the Red Keep which is to her, the home that her family first built when they came over to this country 300 years ago," co-creator D.B. Weiss said in a behind-the-episode video.
"It's in that moment, on the walls of King's Landing when she's looking at that symbol of everything that was taken from her... when she makes the decision to make this personal."
Not enough of an explanation for you? Join these people in being absolutely furious with the show.
5. Dany's vision from the House of the Undying is now true.
In Season 2, Dany has a vision of a destroyed Red Keep in the House of the Undying, with ash raining down. At the time, her dragons were barely old enough to breathe fire, and it's not sure if she fully understood what she was seeing. (In the same vision, she saw Khal Drogo and their child, so it's not like everything came true.)
It's likely in next week's episode -- the LAST EPISODE EVER -- we'll see the vision fully realised. In fact, this was hinted at in the teaser for next week, just watch the video above.
6. Another vision finally came true: the shadow of a dragon flying over King's Landing.
When Bran received the entire knowledge of the world and became the Three-Eyed Raven, we saw a brief, split-second image of the shadow of a dragon flying over King's Landing.
In this episode, that vision was finally realised -- and was followed by Dany and Drogon flying in to frame.
7. Jaime Lannister died exactly how he wanted to.
When Jaime and Bronn travelled to Dorne in Season 5, they have a conversation about how they'd like to die.
Jaime's answer: "In the arms of the woman I love."
Well, despite learning last season what Cersei was -- and abandoning her to ride north and fight for the living -- in the end, Jaime returned to King's Landing to try and save Cersei.
"Nothing else matters. Only us," he told her, as the Red Keep collapsed around them.
Notably, Cersei wasn't killed by her 'little brother', as fans have been expecting for years (and as predicted to Cersei by Maggy the Frog).
"And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands around your pale white throat and choke the life from you," Maggy told Cersei in the books; the line was cut from the show.
Well, Jaime didn't choke Cersei, but she did die with his hands around her neck. ('Valonquar' is High Valyrian for 'little brother', and Jaime was born second to Cersei, meaning fans have been waiting years for him to murder her.)
It appears the Valonqar theory is meaningless. As was the Azor Ahai theory, and the Three Heads of the Dragon theory.