Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ finally fulfilled an old prophecy and with it the journey of a major character. Yet, some part of it didn’t really come off as expected.
The prophecy in question was made by Maggy the Frog, a witch who stayed in Lannisport. It was made to none other than Cersei Lannister, and it predicted that she would be queen and rule over all. But all of her three children will die and all that she gained will be taken from her by another queen, who will be “younger, [and] more beautiful.”
Over the seasons we see Cersei’s children die one by one. And when it looked like she is pregnant again and may finally defy the prophecy, Daenerys Targaryen (who is younger and described as almost inhumanly beautiful) came in to reduce her city to ashes. Cersei and her unborn child died, crushed under the collapsing Red Keep.
But in the books, there was also another part of that prophecy that gave the exact circumstances of her death – which was very different from the death she got in Season 8 Episode 5. Yes, we are talking about the Valonqar Prophecy.
In Season 5 Episode 1, a 15-year-old Cersei visits Maggy to know her fortune, and the witch tells her, “Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” In George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows, there was another part of this prophecy – “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
Valonqar is High Valyrian for ‘little brother’, and book Cersei interpreted it to mean Tyrion. There has been endless theorizing on whether Tyrion will finally kill her, or if it would Jaime, who’s her twin born minutes after her.
But here’s the thing. The scene featuring Maggy’s prophecy in the show never mentioned the Valonqar part, nor the manner of Cersei’s death.
Despite that, there have always been speculations if the show will follow the book’s course, and many previous scenes were taken to be foreshadowing of this. When Jaime Lannister left Brienne of Tarth last episode many fans thought he was going to fulfil the Valonqar prophecy.
But all that theorizing came crashing down along with the Red Keep as Jaime and Cersei stood helpless in the dungeons, not in hate but in love. Guess Game of Thrones managed to keep this one bit consistent after all!
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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream
Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.
This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).
“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.
She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.
Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.
Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!
In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council
By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.
This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!
In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.
Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.
Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.
In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.
With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not, interesting times ahead for Westeros!
Drogon broke the wheel in the Game Of Thrones series finale
The last episode to the Game of Thrones series dropped today and things went up in flames courtesy Drogon. Tons of spoilers coming up ahead so watch out.
With a little cajoling from Tyrion and yeah, also the fact that Daenerys barbecued thousands of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, Jon FINALLY came to the conclusion that Dany probably wasn’t the best option for Westeros. After a final bout of reasoning where he tried to make her see the light and she refused, Jon finally decided he had had enough and stabbed her in the gut.
Drogon then arrived on the scene and upon realising his mom was dead, went on a fiery rampage that didn’t char grill Jon Snow as you would have expected. Instead, he turned on the Iron Throne and melted it to the ground. If you think about it, this was kind of poetic. Daenerys has been talking about breaking the wheel for as long as anyone can remember. The Iron Throne through the often questionable people who sat on it has been the site of injustice and atrocity, and in melting it down, Drogon paid a final tribute to his mother by breaking the final wheel. In addition to this, it was her ancestor who built the Iron Throne using Dragon fire and now Dragon fire was used to destroy it.
The series really did come full circle because the object that everyone’s been fighting over since the very beginning, is now no more.
What did you think of the finale?
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