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Sport of Thrones‘ penultimate episode (ever!), The Bells, was controversial for positive.Â
Good or dangerous, from a narrative perspective, it was. It featured , most notably Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen finishing her transition into .
It was additionally categorically epic, spanning round 90 minutes and that includes some unimaginable cinematography. The visuals of King’s Touchdown being razed by Drogon and Daenerys have been haunting however implausible. Amid the insanity, although, you could have missed a few of these particulars and callbacks to earlier seasons.
Much more than Cersei and Jaime’s twin deaths, the important thing takeaway from The Bells was Daenerys’ official flip from hero to villain. King’s Touchdown had surrendered, however she could not assist herself. She burned it down, together with 1000’s of harmless males, ladies and kids, simply as a result of.
So far as Targaryens go, she’s extra Aerys than Rhaegar.
This all sort of got here out of nowhere. She was disgruntled after studying,, that Jon Snow’s true identification is Aegon Targaryen, inheritor to the Iron Throne. However issues escalated shortly from “hey, we have to discuss this” to “brb, going to homicide each individual in King’s Touchdown.”Â
This, nevertheless, has been foreshadowed within the present at the least twice.
The primary time got here in season 2. Daenerys was in Qarth, a metropolis in Essos, the place her dragons have been snatched by Pyat Pree, an area warlock. Pree chains the dragons up in a tower, which Daenerys enters alone. Earlier than she reunites together with her scaled kids and incinerates the unusual man, she sees a imaginative and prescient of herself within the Crimson Maintain.
The Maintain’s ceiling is ripped off, and snow covers the bottom. On the time it appeared to indicate winter and The Lengthy Evening, however theearlier than Daenerys takes King’s Touchdown. Now followers speculate that it is ash, not snow, within the imaginative and prescient. (It completely was snow, as for those who look intently you possibly can see icicles, however hey, visions cannot be excellent.)
Two years later, in season 4, Bran Stark, nonetheless Bran and never but the Three-Eyed Raven, touches a Weirwood tree and sees one in all his first visions. It options the identical shot of a war-torn Crimson Maintain as Daenerys noticed in Qarth and, extra ominously, the shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Touchdown.
Jaime’s demise was additionally hinted at in a earlier episode. In season 5 he and Bronn, whereas in Dorne, talk about the way in which they’d wish to die. Jaime’s? “Within the arms of the girl I really like.”Â
Blissful Mom’s Day
That is only a tidbit, however it’s a enjoyable one. Cersei Lannister dies on this episode, which aired within the US on Mom’s Day.
In the meantime, her dad, Tywin Lannister, was killed by Tyrion Lannister in episode 10 of season 4, which aired on June 15, 2014, aka Father’s Day.
Take a look at him!
The Bells’ best triumph must be. It could have been fan service, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane conspicuously reignited his want to kill his brother only a season in the past, however it was nonetheless a satisfying showdown.
Not solely did it finish the lifetime of The Hound, one of many present’s finest facet characters, it additionally ended threeÂ of his story arcs. Most clearly, he killed his brother. There was some good symbolism to this, because the fratricide was achieved by Sandor plunging his brother and himself right into a pit of Drogon flames. After all, Gregor deformed Sandor’s face by holding his face to fireplace, resulting in a life-long concern of flames.
As my mom as soon as informed me: for those who’re gonna exit, it could as properly be in a pit of fireside.
Second, and extra poignantly, was his relationship with Arya Stark (and Sansa Stark). Earlier than Cleganebowl, The Hound talked Arya out of ascending the Crimson Maintain and killing Cersei. The construction was crumbling and the Mad Queen circling, making it a suicide mission. Arya says she desires revenge, however The Hound forcibly holds her again.
“Take a look at me,” he grunts. He says he is been after revenge all of his life, and Arya should not be like him. “You include me, you die right here.” The Hound is profitable, Arya retreats. “Sandor,” she calls out as he approaches the stairway, “thanks.” (This was itself harking back to Bran thanking Theon Greyjoymoments earlier than the latter’s demise.)
This closes the Hound and Arya circle that opened in season 3. However it was additionally a callback to season 2, the place The Hound’s “I am really not such a foul man” arc started.
Sandor, you may recall, bailed on King Joffrey because it appeared Stannis Baratheon’s forces have been overcoming King’s Touchdown’s defenses through the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Earlier than he left town, he made a quick cease in Sansa’s room, the place he gives to take Sansa to Winterfell. She passes it up, saying she’ll be protected and that Stannis will not damage her.
“Take a look at me,” exhorts The Hound, in precisely the way in which he did in Sunday’s episode, “Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will likely be killers some day. The world is constructed by killers.”
He was attempting to protect her from the tragedies he knew would befall her within the years to return. Not like his profitable prevention of Arya’s suicide mission, this time it did not work. However as we noticed in The Final of the Starks, Sansa says it was all price it.
Littlefinger and The Dwarf
Final episode Varys made it clear to Tyrion: Daenerys needed to go. He desires to take away her from the equation and open the Iron Throne to Jon Snow, rightful inheritor. Tyrion, allegedly the neatest man in Westeros, determined it was finest to stay with Daenerys. The Bells opens with Tyrion telling Daenerys of Varys’ treachery. Earlier than lengthy, Varys is extraordinarily useless. Dragonfire will do this to a eunuch.
However earlier than he is arrested by Gray Worm and the Unsullied, we see Varys writing letters revealing Jon’s true identification. Who he was writing to, and whether or not these letters have been ever despatched, we have no idea. What we all know, although, is that Varys’ proverbial circling of the drain was virtually an identical to Ned Stark’s.
Ned found the true identification of King Joffrey, that he was actually a Lannister and never a Baratheon, and wrote a letter to Stannis, who as King Robert Baratheon’s brother was the true inheritor, telling him as a lot.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish catches wind of this, and tries to council Ned towards it. “[Stannis] can not take the throne with out your assist, you’ll be sensible to disclaim it to him and to ensure Joffrey succeeds,” Littlefinger says.Â
After all, Ned is disgusted. Littlefinger, simply two episodes later, finally ends up betraying Ned, resulting in Sport of Thrones‘ first stunning demise. Seven seasons later, it is Tyrion who warns Varys to not transfer towards the queen, and it is Tyrion who betrays Varys.
And the wheel spins spherical and spherical.
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A eunuch’s weapon: Yet another observe on Varys. On the very starting of the episode, we see Varys discuss to one in all his little birds. She tells him the queen is not consuming. Varys says to attempt once more at supper, and likewise that “the larger the chance, the larger the reward.” On the time it could have seemed like he was involved about an more and more delirious Daenerys, however the idea now goes that he was trying to poison the queen earlier than she may flip mad.
This is able to even be a Ned Stark-related throwback to season 1. Ned’s first order of enterprise as soon as attending to King’s Touchdown is to seek out whoever murdered Jon Arryn. He asks then-Grandmaester Pycell about Arryn’s demise, and the potential for poisoning.
“I’ve heard it stated that poison is a girl’s weapon,” Ned says.
“Sure, ladies, cravens, and eunuchs,” Pycelle responds. “Do you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?”
The ol’ sword via the attention: Earlier than Arya and The Hound have been finest buds, Arya had The Hound on her illustrious “to kill” record. “I will put a sword via your eye and out the again of your cranium,” she warns him in season 3. The Hound, on the verge of getting his eyes popped out Oberyn Martell-style, saves himself by placing a dagger via Gregor’s eye and out the again of his cranium.
Outdated stomping grounds: Jaime had a quick falling out with Cersei on the finish of season 7 after she revealed to him that she lied about sending her forces to Winterfell, and that the great guys should combat the Evening King themselves. She calls him “the stupidest Lannister” for believing she would really assist.
Jaime says he made a promise and he’ll hold it. After Cersei briefly threatens Jaime’s life by way of The Mountain, he exits and rides for King’s Touchdown.
Their dialogue was referenced in The Bells, when Jaime says Cersei as soon as known as him the stupidest Lannister. And when Jaime reunites with Cersei, moments earlier than their deaths, he does so within the Crimson Maintain’s map room. That is the room the place their season 7 confrontation, the final time they noticed one another, occurred.
Pentos paradise: When Tyrion busts into Jaime’s makeshift prisoner’s cell, he tries to persuade him to flee with Cersei and sail to Pentos. This is similar recommendation he provides to Shae, his endangered lover, in season 4. Neither take his recommendation and each find yourself useless.
Location, location, location: One among Sport of Thrones’ most iconic scenes was at first of season 6 episode 10, when Cersei watched from the Crimson Maintain as her plan to explode the Sept of Baelor went off with out a hitch. Inexperienced wildfire engulfed the construction, and he or she sat again with a glass of crimson and seemed on.
In The Bells, she stands in the very same spot, first assured after which despondent as she realizes the warfare is misplaced.
“A day will come once you suppose you might be protected and glad and your pleasure will flip to ashes in your mouth and you’ll know the debt is paid,” Tyrion informed her in season 2. Properly, there positive was ash.
Additionally, observe that there have been inexperienced conflagrations amongst Drogon’s hearth. This might imply two issues: Both Cersei had planted wildfire beneath King’s Touchdown and was going to make use of it to destroy troopers approaching the Crimson Maintain or it is leftover wildfire from the Mad King, who ordered wildfire to be hidden all through town.