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Varys and Tyrion’s episode 4 talk suggests Daenerys is becoming the ‘Mad Queen’

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Varys and Tyrion's episode 4 talk suggests Daenerys is becoming the 'Mad Queen'

After several seasons of fighting the undead threat, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 firmly puts the narrative back where it started – politics, murder, and treason. Treason is one of the most prominent themes of the episode, and Varys and Tyrion – Daenerys’ only remaining advisers – are at the heart of it.

So, Jon Snow’s secret parentage is out in the open, thanks to his love for his Stark family and political naivete combined. The secret turns to ‘information’ in no time through an elaborate Chinese whisper involving Jon-Sansa-Tyrion-Varys. Interestingly, both Varys and Tyrion are considering the possibility of having Jon on the Throne instead of Daenerys – sparked by Dany’s swift spiralling into blood fury and possible madness through the course of the episode.

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Varys and Tyrion discuss Jon Snow’s fate twice in this episode – once in the boat right before Euron Greyjoy attack and drown their fleet, and again after Dany decides to attack King’s Landing.

Tyrion wants to marry Jon and Daenerys. But Varys has reasons to be sceptical – Jon may not want to marry his aunt and Dany may not want to share the throne. He also points out Jon will be more acceptable to Westerosi society as a male ruler. Tyrion says they are discussing treason and wants to stop, but it’s clear these thoughts have crossed his mind.

On their second conversation, Varys is much more insistent. Neither Tyrion nor he has been able to control Dany’s worst impulses, so how could Jon? Daenerys is looking like a tyrant, and Jon doesn’t even want power for himself. Varys asks Tyrion, “Have you considered that the best ruler might be someone who doesn’t want to rule?” He clearly believes Jon would be a better fit for the benefit of the realm than Dany. Tyrion is still loyal to her, insisting “she’ll make the right choice.”

Varys and Tyrion's episode 4 talk suggests Daenerys is becoming the 'Mad Queen'

But with Rhaegal and Missandei gone, Daenerys is too enraged, provoked, and mad with grief to make the right choice. She seems ready to throw any consideration for innocent lives to the wind in order to “bring the sky down” upon the Red Keep.

Varys and Tyrion’s worries about their Queen’s ‘state of mind’ is all but confirmed. Will they respond by favouring a new King? Well, the next episode awaits!






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George R. R. Martin praises HBO’s Chernobyl, says it’s worthy of Emmys

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Game of Thrones is over, but HBO has no plans of slowing down. Immediately after Game of Thrones ended, HBO aired a limited series called Chernobyl, which became an instant hit. Now, the creator of the Game of Thrones universe, George R. R. Martin has praised Chernobyl and expressed his approval for the show to win at the Emmy awards. Read on!

Chernobyl is a mini-series about the nuclear plant disaster in the Ukrainian city of the same name, in 1986, and has been named the best ever miniseries by TV enthusiasts worldwide, except maybe in Russia. George took to Twitter to express his love for the series:

Not only did he praise the show, but also Jared Harris, whose performance in the show has been loved by the fans as much as the series itself. Needless to say, the show is expected to shine in the awards season, as Martin expects.

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

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Game of Thrones had the ultimate face-off in Season 8 when the Army of the Dead faced the living folks in Winterfell. The Battle of Winterfell saw a lot of people uniting to take down the Night King, and among them were Tormund Giantsbane, and Gendry (now Baratheon). A new behind the scenes photo from the sets shows the two enjoying a nice game on a Nintendo Switch. Read on!

The picture, posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit, shows Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, and Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, still in their costume and the bloody makeup, just sitting down to play. Take a look:

[NO SPOILERS] Gendry and Tormund playing games in Winterfell after The Battle of Winterfell from gameofthrones

As we all know, the Battle of Winterfell sequences took a gruesome 55 nights to film, and have been described by the stars as some of the roughest times they have had filming for the show. So it’s no surprise that they would have at least some way to relax on the sets in between takes or appearances.

Nintendo consoles are also famous for being the best for the local multiplayer experience, so that’s probably why these two seem so engrossed in the game. If only we knew which game they were playing!

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Take a closer look at “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” from the Game of Thrones finale

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Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

The Game of Thrones finale was packed with a lot of things going down, but there were two very important props that we could have used a better look at – the books! “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” made brief appearances in the finale. Now, thanks to HBO, we have a better look at both the books. Read on!

HBO’s Game of Thrones behind the scenes blog, Making Game of Thrones recently featured both the props, in a batch of photos that give you a good look at them. We saw “A Song of Ice and Fire” shown off to the small council by Samwell Tarly, who reveals that Archmaester Ebrose compiled it, with the title being his own suggestion. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale
Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

We had seen The Book of Brothers, also known as “the White Book”, before in the show, and we saw it in the finale, with Brienne filling in the pages for Jaime Lannister. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

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