There's A Theory Varys Was Trying To Kill Daenerys And May Still Get His Revenge
Revenge is a dish best served poisoned.
This story will obviously contain spoilers for 'Game of Thrones' season eight, episode five. Consider this the bells of King's Landing warning. Feel free to go full Dany and ignore us.
Varys was always one of Westeros' messiest bitches who lived for drama, in fact, he basically got a full face of dragon fire because he literally could not stop gossiping.
Sure, Varys was basically just trying to tell people "Dany is crazy" and she responded CRAZILY by literally exploding an entire city -- but there is a theory that Varys could still get his revenge from beyond his ashy grave.
In case you missed it, during Monday's episode Varys had a totally run-of-the-mill conversation with Martha the servant. YES in a show with dragons and incest a character randomly called Martha does stand out, but focus on the conversation itself:
Martha: She won't eat.
Varys: We'll try again at supper.
Martha: I think they're watching me.
Martha: Her soldiers.
Varys: Of course they are, that's their job. What have I told you, Martha?
Martha: The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.
Forgetting for a moment that "What have I told you, Martha?" is a quote from 'Game of Thrones', it's interesting that the pair is obviously alluding to poisoning Dany.
Obviously, you can't poison someone if they're not consuming the poison, so that made things tricky for Varys. It's also not the first time he's been linked to poisoning.
Waaaay back in the first season, Ned was speaking to Grand Master Pycelle about the death of Jon Arryn. "I've heard it said that poison is a woman's weapon," Ned remarked before Pycelle added: "Women, cravens... and eunuchs. Did you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?"
Okay, so all of this doesn't really matter now that Varys is basically a pile of dirt, BUT there is still a lingering theory that even if Martha was one of the many, many, many casualties of episode five, there's still a way Varys can get his revenge from the great beyond.
Right before Dany's men apprehended Varys and took him to be killed we definitely saw him destroy a scroll. Earlier, we saw him writing a scroll which contained the words, "the true heir to the Iron Throne" so we can easily determine what exactly he was writing about.
What we don't know is how many scrolls he already put out in the world via crow-mail. If Varys had already begun to let the world know the tea that Jon's claim to the throne is more valid than Dany's, it could topple the now-mad queen's attempts to rule.
While you may be ready to get your "Yaasss Varys" bunting out in time for the finale, the actor behind our favourite eunuch, Conleth Hill, recently said he was "dismayed" by the choices of showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff calling the final few seasons "frustrating".
Using the scenes where Varys and Tyrion were travelling together -- his favourite to shoot throughout the series -- Hill explained how he felt the series changed when the showrunners overtook the source material.
Once they no longer had George R. R. Martin's novels as a guide, Hill admitted, "the last couple of seasons weren't my favourite".
A lot of his complaints have to do with the fact that Varys was definitely pushed to the edges of the narrative, "That’s fine," Hill said, "It’s the nature of a multi-character show. It was kind of frustrating." You can read Hill's full thoughts on Varys' fate here.
Messy to the end. The final episode of 'Game of Thrones' will air in Australia next Monday, May 20.
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