**Spoilers ahead from last episodes**
The final battle of Game of Thrones has been started, Cersei commands powerful defenses in King’s Landing. Meanwhile Daenerys has suffered a lot; the death two dragons, Missandei, and closest allies are almost dead now. Let’s take a look at what’s coming in the 5th episode of Game of Thrones this Sunday.
“Three little Soldier boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Soldier boys playing with a gun;
One shot the other and then there was One.
One little Soldier boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.”
We are down to just two episodes of Game of Thrones. Yes, two episode and 160 minutes, so, we can comfort ourselves and pretend that there are three remaining, even if it’s a lie.
We have had such mixed feelings this year. The very first episode was rather superior. The next episode was better, drawing together so a number of our favourite characters and offering them genuinely wonderful moments together, such as the knighting of Ser Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) from Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
And though the third episode and also the Battle of Winterfell was quite divisive and contentious for a whole number of reasons, I enjoyed it tremendously (while at exactly the exact same time wishing we had had more time to expand the Night King battle).
But last Sunday’s episode aired, and I was left feeling initially overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of things that only happened, afterward –the longer I thought about it–increasingly more frustrated and frustrated. It had been over the stray coffee cup made near Daenerys on a desk in Winterfell. The episode proved to be a wreck in more ways than I care to list here you can read the preceding connection for all my griping, or hear our most recent podcast in the bottom of the post.
Will the series ending in an unsatisfying method? Nobody can say, however, I am definitely worried. I am still eagerly anticipating this coming Sunday’s episode, but the fear is that there, also.
So let us see the trailer for Sunday’s episode and look at all of the images HBO has published and chat about exactly what they mean and what they might portend.
So there is no talking in this one. Just people standing about looking gloomy or smug.
In Dragonstone, Tyrion tactics Daenerys rather fearfully, like he could tell something is very, very wrong with her.
Outside the walls Jon, Davos and Tyrion stand one of their own troops. Jon appears too severe as ever. There is the Iron Fleet outside in Blackwater Bay. Euron swaggers out on the deck of one of those ships.
Then there is Tyrion again, now at a dimly lit hallway somewhere, looking concerned still. We see the Golden Company marching through the streets, and Grey Worm with ideas of vengeance dance in his mind.
We see guys loading one of those magic dragon-slaying ballista, afterward Euron holding his hands over his eyes to blot out the sun as he looks up, way up, and we hear a dragon’s shout.
Much preparing for conflict in this one, however I guess a lot of the incident itself will be included of this struggle, and of all horrors ensue as Daenerys takes the town –and I don’t have any doubt she will choose the town, and at great cost to everyone.
Here we can see Jon (Kit Harrington) and Varys (Conleth Hill) presumably landing at Dragonstone, even though it might be any gray shore. I wonder whether Varys is daring enough to whisper treason into Jon. That sounds a fairly foolish move especially before the war. I think Jon should haven’t told anyone about his true lineage before later Cersei has been defeated, however here we are. Another casualty of hurrying things to a finish.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) seems to maintain the castle in Dragonstone and blob of darkness in the foreground looks like Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) for me personally, but I am not sure. He is probably advising her to become temperate in her attack and she’s almost definitely saying something about the way Cersei should go, the Iron Throne is hers at whatever the price, Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) stated “Dracarys” so it is time to burn off some suckers. Advising Daenerys Targaryen isn’t a simple job, especially since she has grown more obstinate and jealous and decided.
We have a concept that perhaps Euron (Pilou Asbæk) are the one to kill Cersei. He’s a small brother, after all, not her small brother. Either he or she has burnt up nice and toasty when Daenerys exacts her barbarous revenge on the Iron Fleet, however she’ll figure out how to do this when each boat has a giant magic ballista and all she has is a warrior that is ancestral, I am not very convinced. Euron is a goner, no matter. He will not live past this particular episode.
Davos (Liam Cunningham) has been to one King’s Landing battle already, at the Battle of the Blackwater where he lost his sons. I am convinced it is the most pleasant spot to come back, however he’d sneak in with Gendry last year as a portion of the ridiculous wight plot. The image at the very top of the article adds Tyrion, thus we may safely say he lived whatever occurs in Dragonstone and can be there prepared to give his wits in battle.
Go and provide that picture another appearance (along with the one using the Golden Company under ). My query is this: Why would these cousins keep sending guys beyond the walls instead of simply forcing the enemy to strike? Jon and Dany’s forces could have a hell of a time climbing those partitions –why squander troops battling them ? Ah well. Tactics are not this display’s strong suit.
Cersei (Lena Headey) is looking quite smug and pleased with herself here. Is it fond reminisces over just how smooth the Mountain’s blade lopped off Missandei’s head? Or has she procured some new victory? Or is she just a little bit mad and taking all of this in stride, as some sport… a few… game of thrones, perhaps.
It seems like both Tyrion and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) are at precisely the exact same hall, likely both talking with Dany and possibly also Jon and many others. I wonder should Grey Worm will advocate Dany to be barbarous and spare no one? He has not given up remarks much previously, however he’ll still be profoundly influenced by Missandei’s dreadful passing, so who knows?
This would be Harry Strickland (Marc Rissmann) the leader of the Golden Company sellswords who, presumably, will fight for Cersei since she’s the one paying them. The whole business is much more complicated in the books, but there’s really no point speculating on any of that since the show and books are so far diverged at this point. It’s possible the Golden Company will vastly tilt the power balance in Cersei’s favor, but it’s also possible surprise allies (like the Dornish) might show up to tilt the scales back toward Dany and Jon.
I guess the remaining questions are:
- Will Cersei survive? I get the feeling she won’t, and that King’s Landing will be taken (burned badly in the process) and Cersei and her lieutenants slain. Like the battle against the Night King, I think this one will be resolved this week.
- That leaves us with no clear villains, suggesting to me that the final episode will be the conflict between Daenerys and whoever remains loyal to her, and . . . everybody else. The show hasn’t really earned this conflict, to be honest, so I really hope that it pays off.
- Will Drogon survive? This one is harder. If he dies, he’s going to do a ton of damage first. But surviving would be more interesting, as it would ensure that Dany remains enormously powerful if there is a final conflict.
- What will come of the conspirators? Presumably Varys is going to make a move, though it might not happen until the final episode. I don’t think he’ll make it. He’s rushing this whole thing in a big way. He served the Mad King, he served Robert the Fat, he served Joffrey, and he managed to serve them all more faithfully than he’s serving Daenerys who is the least bad of them of all.
- What will Arya and the Hound do? I suspect they make their way into the Red Keep and we get a confrontation with the Mountain. I’m not sure it will be the Cleganebowl many suspect. I think both brothers are goners, but Arya survives. I don’t think she’ll kill Cersei, however. Maybe she’ll slip away never to be seen again.
- Jaime will almost certainly arrive and find his way to Cersei, maybe to kill her or maybe to watch her be killed. Maybe he’ll kill Euron? I don’t think he’s going back to be with Cersei, however, but he may be going back to try to save her in order to save their baby.