The Bells Game of Thrones – S8E5

Significant Moments from The Bells, Game of Thrones – S8E5

Shocked Tyrion in The Bells episode

Le Sigh. I can’t even say that I had too many favorite moments from The Bells episode of Game of Thrones. So I’m just going to go with significant moments that happened in the episode so let’s jump right in and get started.

The Bells toll for Varys

Varys dies for telling the truth

At the beginning of the bells episode, Varys writes letters that reveal the truth of Jon’s lineage. Varys feels the realm may have a better choice for a ruler and wants to inform the people. He chats with one of his little birds who is concerned for their safety. Unbeknownst to Varys, Tyrion is basically snitching to Dany about their knowledge. The Unsullied take Varys and he must die for his ‘betrayal’. Tyrion admits that he was the one to turn him in and Varys bids him farewell and is consumed by dragon fire. I’ve liked Varys’ character very much because he stayed true to his purpose from the very beginning. All he ever wanted was to serve the realm and give them the most peaceful and competent leader.

Between Brothers

The Bells Jamie and Tyrion say Goodbye

Dany informs Tyrion that his brother has been captured by her forces for trying to get past their lines. She also warns him that if he disappoints her again it will be the last time. Tyrion finds his way into Jamie’s holding tent and they have a little brotherly chat. Tyrion is thankful to Jamie for always treating him like his brother and not a monster like everyone else. He frees his brother with the knowledge that he will die but possibly save many if his brother can get to the bells and ring them indicating the surrender of Kings Landing.

This goodbye is a little heartbreaking. I love Tyrion and say what you want about Jamie, but he was always a good and loyal brother to Tyrion.

What Iron Fleet?

The Useless Iron Fleet
We begin the war with Dany blowing through on her Dragon Drogon and completely decimating the Iron Fleet. Whereas the last episode Euron miraculously hits and kills Rhaegal with three very accurate shots, suddenly, no one can even get a shot off before they are all set alight and the Iron Fleet is rendered useless in a matter of seconds. Dany then proceeds to burn every other scorpion, ensuring hers and Drogon’s safety.

The Bells Toll Madness

The Bells Toll Madness
The war is won. The Iron Fleet and the Golden Company didn’t last long and Cersei’s troops have surrendered. Jamie makes it to the bells and sets them to ringing. I honestly don’t know what at this moment made Dany snap, but she takes off on Drogon and proceeds to destroy Kings Landing and the people in it. Grey Worm, the Unsullied, and the Dothraki also rampage and kill off the surrendered soldiers and any innocents in their wake.

The Bells Destruction
While I get that they were leading up to the whole Mad Queen arc, they could have done a MUCH better job in showcasing this throughout the seasons so as this would not have been such a shocking event. The build-up to her madness was entirely too subtle, and her snap was too abrupt. It just doesn’t speak to the character we have grown to know and love. I want to say, I have no issues with her madness, I have issues with the execution of her madness.

Sandor and Arya

Arya and Sandor

The city is on fire and the red Keep is crumbling. While the Hound is intent on facing off with his brother, he warns Arya about the perils of revenge. He pleads with her not to become like him and to turn back and go home. Arya listens to Sandor, thanks him, and turns away from the one thing she has wanted since the beginning of season two. Killing Cersei has been on the top of Arya’s list since she witnessed her father beheaded in season one. EVERY night before sleep she recites her list of people she is going to kill. Cersei was always at the top of the list. So Arya turning away to go home just seems completely implausible to me.

Clegane Bowl

Clegane Bowl

Well, we’ve known this moment was coming since season one. Sandor, The Hound, Clegane faces off against his older brother Gregor, The Mountain, Clegane. After Gregor shoved his little brother’s face into a fire long ago for simply playing with his toy, Sandor has held a long and deep hatred for his brother. With the Red Keep falling around them, they finally face off. But because of the tampering, Qyburn has done to the Mountain, Sandor finds him much harder to kill than he expected. Finally, in a fit of finality and desperation, Sandor takes hold of Gregor and pitches them both headfirst into the raging fires below. Effectively facing and defeating both of his longtime fears in one fell swoop.

Death to the Twins

Rolls Eyes

This is the moment in the show I hated most. Cersei and Jamie find each other in the Red Keep and fall into each other’s arms. Jamie then leads her underground and hopefully out of the red keep. But they are trapped and Jamie holds and consoles her as they eventually meet their demise under a pile of rubble. After eight seasons of this vile woman getting away with her fuckery and shenanigans, I am completely and totally disappointed in her death scene. This scene also completely trashed Jamie’s whole redemption arc.

People are trying to say what poetry her death was. That she died under the building that she ruled from and thought would always keep her safe. How her death was unremarkable and that is the real coup de grace. I call absolute bullshit on that. I give zero damns about poetry in this case. Out of ALLLL the characters in this series, Cersei was one of the most despicable yet had one of the easiest deaths and I’m not here for it. And for those comparing Jamie holding her saying well the prophecy came true, she died with the valonqar’s arms around her, again I call bullshit! That particular prophecy states,

“When your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

There is nothing to be read into or interpreted in that prophecy or any of Cersei’s prophecy really. Her’s was straightforward and not metaphorical at all. So the valonqar, which is high valyrian, for little brother, did not do any of this. So let’s stop trying to make this a thing. That part of the prophecy did not occur in the least bit.

The Ashen Horse

The Ashen Horse

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death, and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. — Revelation 6:7-8 NASB.

I was texting with my friends and they asked what the significance of the white horse was. The first thought I had was the pale horse of death. I found this scripture that seems to be quite fitting for this scene considering Arya’s relationship with death. I think after witnessing that kind of destruction caused by the new Queen, Dany has most likely made it to the top of Arya’s list.

Overall Thoughts

I’ve been giving this show the benefit of the doubt because I love it so much. But there are so many things going on in this episode that I cannot reconcile myself with at all. I feel like the characters have completely been changed from who they have grown to be and the complete 180 in many of them have me so annoyed and baffled. I’m going to just leave it at that before I start ranting. Let me know what you all thought of this week’s Game of Thrones episode The Bells!

If you’d like to read my recaps of the previous episodes find them here, here, here, and here! To watch my recap videos, you can find the playlist here!

The Last of the Starks – Game of Thrones S8E4!

Dracarys, Game of Thrones S8E4

The Last of the Starks! My Favorite Moments from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4

In this episode, we witness the aftermath of a harrowing battle with the Night King.  It is chock full of meaningful moments, tearful goodbyes, and heartbreaking deaths.  Let’s get into it! My favorite moments from Game of Thrones S8E4, The Last of the Starks!

The Funeral Pyre:

After the Long Night, we were met with many deaths of characters many of us had grown to love.  So it is only fitting for the characters left, who had ties to them, see their bodies safely burned and turned to ash. Jon gives a rousing speech imploring everyone to remember their fallen heroes.  That they did not die in vain and it was their responsibility to see that they lived on in memory.

A Victory Celebration:

The Last of the Starks episode, Victory Celebration

After the funeral everyone gathers in Winterfell’s hall to celebrate their victory over the Night King.  There are several little moments within this one scene that are significant to me.

-Daenerys declares Gendry a Baratheon and makes him Lord of Storm’s End
-Dany witnesses how beloved Jon is to the Northern people and Wildlings.  Jon inspires love and loyalty and she’s not particularly here for it.  She sees it as a threat to her quest for the throne.
-Sansa reconciles herself to the Hound.  She is no longer a frightened Little Bird, and they come to terms with the change and growth in both of them.

Gendry Proposes:

After being declared Lord of Storm’s End, Gendry finds Arya and proposes to her.  I love this scene because even though Arya holds affection for Gendry, she has been declaring to us who she is since day one.  As a throwback to season one, Arya answers Gendry with the same words she answers her father upon suggesting he’d marry her off to some nice Lord.  “That’s not me.”

The last of the Starks

The Cards are on the Table:

Dracarys Episode. Dany want to keep Hush

In this scene, we see Jon and Dany.  They both love each other and want to be together.  Dany is threatened by Jon’s truth and wants him to keep it to himself.  She understands the loyalty he inspires in others and fears if the truth were known, the people would want him as King.  It is not lost on Dany that the people in Westeros have little to no trust for her.  Jon insists he owes the truth to his family and that they can make it work regardless.  Dany agrees that they can if he does it her way and her way only.

The Last of the Starks:

The Last of the Starks

After a particularly tense scene drawing up battle plans, Jon’s family requests to see him.  They meet in the Godswood and have a little family meeting.  While they understand that Jon needed Dany and her dragons to defeat the Night King, they do not trust her.  They insist that they are family, the last of the Starks.  Jon then reveals to them the truth of his lineage and swears them to secrecy. Well, the secret didn’t last long and Sansa passes the information to Tyrion who later informs Varys.  So if we think about this Arya, Bran and Sansa are all who are left.  And it is unlikely that Bran will have children, and women cannot carry the name on.  So we truly are looking at the Last of the Starks.

Really Sansa?

Jamie and Brienne

Unfinished Business

Yesssss! This whole thing finally happened and it was long overdue! I think they have been a little bit in love with each other since their time at Harrenhall and being captured by the brothers. This thought was solidified for me when Brienne tried to return Oathkeeper to Jamie and he told her it belongs to her. That it would always belong to her. I think he was speaking on more than just the sword.

So it was also a little heartbreaking to see the way in which he leaves Brienne after their night together. Brienne insists that Jamie is a good person and Jamie counters that by recounting all of the horrible things he’s done in the past. With news about Dany’s devastation, Jamie is off to King’s Landing. For now, this is for the best. Jamie has unfinished business.

Down Goes Rhaegal:

Poor Rhaegal

This scene was so unexpected and so shocking to me. Still recovering from having his wing torn, as Dany and her army approach Kings’ Landing by sea, Rhaegal is shot out of the sky by Euron and the Iron Fleet. He is not just injured, he is dead. Not only is Rhaegal taken down, but Dany’s fleet of ships are destroyed and the surviving army must make their way to the shore. It is then we find that Missandei is missing.

Dracarys! Game of Thrones:

Dracarys!

The ending scene is heartbreaking. The negotiations between Cersei and Dany do not go well. Cersei and her army have captured Missandei and at the moment it’s quite dangerous for Drogon to fly in and do anything. Tyrion pleads with Cersei to listen to reason, but she is not having it. Cersei asks Missandei if she has any last words to which she replies “Dracarys.”

I promise at this point I expected Drogon to rise up and light their asses on fire! But it did not happen and upon re-watching this scene, I believe Dracarys was a message to Dany and Grey Worm. Missandei was telling them to beat this Queen and her army and show no mercy!

Overall Thoughts:

Another episode in the books. Of course one of the only two people who were making future plans before the Long Night gets killed and poor Rhaegal! I was just not expecting for any of the dragons to die in this series, so losing two of them is kind of blowing my mind. While I’ve come to expect the deaths of beloved characters in this series, it still hurts. I absolutely adored Missandei. She was the last person that deserved to die so it was hard to see her go like this. I’m am anxious to see how it all pans out next episode. Euron looks as if there is something quite surprising on the horizon and I’m anxious to see what that is!

You can read my recaps for episodes one, two, and three and also check out my recap video playlist here!  Please let me know what you all thought of this week’s episode The Last of the Starks, in the comments below or on my video!