Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 finally aired and it left the fans stunned as we saw Daenerys turning into the Mad Queen and destroying King’s Landing. Just like Jon and Tyrion, the fans were shocked and couldn’t believe their eyes. The episode had some stunning moments and we finally got to see Cleganebowl. In addition to this, there were a lot of deaths in the episode and a lot of hidden details and callbacks to earlier seasons as well.
Let’s take a look at the details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5: The Bells.
1. Opening credit scene got updated
In Game Of Thrones season 8, the opening credits have been changing with almost every episode to reflect the significant events that have occurred in the previous episode. In the last episode we saw how effective Cersei’s new scorpions were, when Euron used them to shoot down Rhaegal.
Cersei made sure that King’s Landing was properly protected, as the walls of the city were lined with numerous scorpions. At the end of the episode, we again got to see those scorpions on top of the main gate, when Missandei was executed and now the opening credits have added those scorpions on top of the gate for this episode. These scorpions weren’t a part of the opening credits for the previous episodes.
2. Call back to Ned Stark’s letter to Stannis Baratheon
We saw Lord Varys writing a letter at the start of the episode. The letter contained information about Jon Snow’s birth parents. We had a similar scene in season 1, where Ned Stark wrote a similar letter to Stannis Baratheon. That letter contained information about Joffrey Baratheon’s birth parents.
3. Lord Varys tried to poison Daenerys
The episode starts with Lord Varys writing letters which tell the truth about Jon Snow’s parents and then a girl named Martha visits his chambers and talks about Daenerys not eating her food and then she leaves. It appears like a regular scene involving Varys, where he uses his Little Birds to spy on other people. However, if you pay attention, you might notice that the scene tells us something different. Something really dark. It appears that Lord Varys tried poisoning Daenerys Targaryen.
The moment Martha enters the room, Varys asks, “And?” This means he was expecting something to happen and Martha responds by saying, “She won’t eat.”
“We’ll try again at supper,” says Varys, which is really weird as it makes no sense for Varys to be so concerned about how much food Daenerys is eating. He’s already trying to make Jon Snow the king and he wouldn’t care if she has had food or not.
Martha looks scared and she says that the soldiers are watching her. Varys then asks her about the thing he has told her in the past. She replies, “The greater the risk, the greater the reward.”
Martha works in the kitchens and has no way of being close to Daenerys to learn about any secrets that Dany is hiding and everyone knows what Daenerys is planning. So it clear that they weren’t talking about spying on Daenerys.
So when you think of it, Varys and the visibly scared Martha attempted to kill Daenerys by poisoning her food.
4. Varys’ execution spot
Tyrion told Daenerys that Varys had betrayed her and we knew what that meant for Varys. Grey Worm put Varys in shackles and took him to the same location where Stannis and Melisandre had burned people alive in season 4.
5. Sail to Pentos
In season 4, Tyrion told Shae to leave for Pentos and also told her that a ship was waiting for her. “You will have a comfortable life in Pentos,” Tyrion told Shae.
Tyrion did the same thing for Jaime and Cersei in the latest episode. He told Jaime to take Cersei and go beneath the Red Keep and on further going down, they would reach the beach where a dinghy would be waiting for them and added that if the winds are kind, they would reach Pentos, where they could start a new life.
6. Bran’s vision
In season 4, we had seen a number of Bran’s visions and one of them included a Dragon flying over King’s Landing. People were wondering if it was a vision from the past or the future as we had never seen that vision in the show.
In the latest episode, Bran’s vision finally came true. It’s a bit odd though, as Bran can only see events that are happening in the past or in the present and even Isaac Hempstead Wright has confirmed it during an interview.
This isn’t the first time though where his vision showed us the future. We had seen the destruction of the Sept of Baelor in his visions as one of them involved the Wildfire explosion that occurred when the Sept of Baelor got destroyed.
7. Sack of King’s Landing Part 2
The Sack of King’s Landing was a major event that happened during Robert’s Rebellion and was carried out by the Lannisters, who were led by Tywin Lannister. Throughout the war, Tywin stayed neutral. However, after the death of Rhaegar at the Trident, Tywin appeared at the gates of King’s Landing along with his army and requested the gates to be opened, so that they could enter the city.
Lord Varys adviced Mad King Aerys not to do that but Grandmaester Pycell somehow convinced Aerys, who then ordered the gates to be opened and it ended in the sack of the city.
We got to see another sack of King’s Landing in today’s episode and this time the situation was reversed. House Lannister was ruling Westeros and House Targaryen entered the city and sacked it.
8. Callback to the destruction of the Sept of Baelor
While Daenerys was destroying King’s Landing, Cersei was standing and looking at the carnage that was unfolding in front of her. If you look carefully, it’s the same spot where she stood in season 6, while she saw the Sept of Baelor getting destroyed. Even the camera angles are almost identical. Sadly for Cersei, she was the losing side this time.
9. Wildfire explosion
Daenerys caused a lot of destruction in King’s Landing. If you looked carefully, in some of the scenes, you could see Wildfire explosions. We know that the Mad King had placed Wildfire at different places in King’s Landing and it’s possible that some of them stayed hidden, untill Daenerys rained fire on the city, which resulted in Wildfire explosions at different places in King’s Landing.
10. Queen of the Ashes
We have heard this phrase multiple times during the show. Tyrion first used this line while speaking with Daenerys and told her that she could conquer Westeros easily but she wasn’t there to be the “Queen of the Ashes” and she agreed with him and later during the same episode, Daenerys used the same line while speaking with her allies.
Sadly she ended up becoming the very thing she didn’t want to become.
11. Daenerys’ Vision
In season 2, Daenerys entered the House of Undying and she had a few visions and one of them was that of the destroyed Throne Room in the Red Keep with snow falling on the floor. Naturally, people assumed that it was related to the show ending with the White Walkers destroying everything. We finally found out that it was ash and not snow that was falling and Daenerys was the person who did that. It will be really interesting to see how the show ends.
12. Even Bran had the same vision
Bran had another vision in Season 4, where we got a glimpse of the destroyed Throne Room in the Red Keep.
13. The debt has been paid
“A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid”
This is what Tyrion told Cersei in season 2 and it literally happened in the latest episode. Cersei was confident that she would win the war and that the Iron Fleet and her scorpions would easily kill the last Dragon. Sadly her hopes were dashed and soon Daenerys went on a rampage and turned the city into ashes. Even though Tyrion wanted Cersei to escape and stay alive, she died in King’s Landing amidst rubble and ash. A Lannister always pays his debts.
14. In the arms of the woman I love
Back in season 5, Jaime Lannister told Bronn that he wanted to die in the arms of the woman he loved and that’s what happened in the latest episode. Jaime came to save Cersei and they somehow managed to escape, but their luck ran out when the exit was blocked with rubble and as Daenerys continued destroying the Red Keep, the castle collapsed on them, with Jaime holding Cersei in his arms.
15. Daenerys’ speech to the Dothraki
In season 6, Daenerys eliminated all the Khals and became the leader of the Dothraki. While moving with her Khalasar, she got reunited with Drogon and gave a speech to the Dothraki and asked them if they would follow her to Westeros. Here’s what she said:
“Every Khal who ever lived chose 3 blood riders to fight beside him and guard his way. But I am not a Khal. I will not choose three blood riders. I choose you all. I will ask more of you than any Khal has asked his Khalassar. Will you ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea? Will you kill my enemies in their Iron suits and tear down their stone houses? Will you give me the Seven Kingdoms, the gift Khal Drogo promised me before the Mother of Mountains?”
In the latest episode they tore down a lot of houses and Daenerys even took down a castle.
16. We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground
In season 2, Daenerys reached the gates of Qarth and was welcomed by the Thirteen. However, things didn’t go as planned and they were denied entry into the city. At that moment Daenerys threatened the Thirteen:
“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who have wronged me. We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground. Turn us away and we will burn you first.”
Now that she has a grown dragon, she laid an army to waste and burned King’s Landing to the ground.
17. Arya calls the Hound using his name for the first time
“The Bells” gave us an emotional scene as the Hound acted as a father figure and ensured that Arya didn’t let hatred consume her as it would result in her death. It was a really emotional moment and Arya understood what the Hound was trying to tell and she listened to him. However, before she left, she called him by his name and thanked him.
This is the first time we heard her calling him by his actual name and sadly the last time as well.
18. Arya and the White Horse
Towards the end of the episode, we saw Arya Stark struggle for her life as she tried to escape the destruction and she came across a White Horse, which she used to ride out of the city. People are speculating that the horse refers to a passage from the Bible: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
You can read about it in detail over here.
19. Harry Strickland’s horse
If you look carefully, you will realize that the White Horse that appeared in the end was Harry Strickland’s horse. For those people who feel the horses are different, just check both the scenes and compare the patch on the noses of both the horses. It’s the same. Two horses can have same colour but it’s really difficult to have identical patches.
Please let me know in the comments section if I have missed any details.