In this article, we take a look at some of the finer, hidden points you may have missed. For a recap of Inside The Episode of Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5, click here.
I don’t know about you, but my nerves are shot. With only one episode to go before the season finale, anything could happen and anyone could still die. This is Game of Thrones, after all.
It goes without saying that this article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones episode titled The Bells. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
This week’s episode saw Daenerys Targaryen lay King’s Landing and the Red Keep to waste. So many interesting developments to discuss, and deaths to mourn. Let’s dig in.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 easter eggs
The opening credits
Once again, the opening credits scene was updated. Every episode thus far had a slight change to include clues of what would happen during the episode, some harder to spot than others.
In the fifth episode’s opening credit scene, we saw those pesky dragon-killing crossbows known as Scorpions lining the walls of King’s Landing.
We saw the scorpions at the end of the 7th episode as well, that dreadful scene with Missandei. Seeing it in the opening credits spelt out doom, but as we know, Drogon made it out in one piece.
And that’s it’s a good thing. I’m not even over Viserion’s death yet from a season ago, nevermind Rhaegal from episode four…
Tyrion is essentially Petyr Baelish now
Cast your mind back to season one. Ned Stark found out about Joffrey Baratheon’s parentage and tried to remove him from the throne, just like Varys tried to remove Daenerys in season eight.
Ned wrote a letter to Stannis, just like Varys wrote letters to… – well we’re not sure yet, but the letters were written. Tyrion, ever loyal to Dany, tried to persuade Varys not to do it, just like Petyr warned Ned.
And Tyrion ultimately betrayed Varys, which led to his execution by order of Daenerys, just like Petyr betrayed Ned and Joffrey ordered his decapitation. I expected more from Tyrion, honestly.
And just like Ned considered poisoning King Joffrey in season one, I suspect Varys tried to poison Daenerys. He didn’t seem overly concerned when Martha informed him that Dany wasn’t eating.
He just suggested that she try again later. And if Martha looked familiar, it’s because she was sitting next to him in the crypts during the Battle of Winterfell.
Bran’s vision came to life
Back in season four episode two, Bran saw a vision when he touched the weirwood tree. He saw the shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Landing. We waited in anticipation but the dragons were still in Mereen at the time.
Well, the prophecy was finally fulfilled, and now we also know why we only saw one shadow back in season four. RIP Viserion and Rhaegal.
The Hound, the Mountain, and Arya
We finally got Cleganebowl, the term coined by fans for the battle between the Clegane brothers Sandor and Gregor, known as The Hound and the Mountain respectively.
Sandor the Hound killed Gregor the Mountain by pushing a blade through his eye, and then pushing him out of the window into the flames below, resulting in both their deaths. This is prophetic in more ways than one.
First, because Arya once told the Hound that she was “gonna put a sword through [his] eye and out the back of [his] skull.” And that’s exactly what the Hound did to the Mountain.
In addition, Sandor was terrified of fire, ever since Gregor shoved his face into the fireplace when they were kids. It’s sad that Sandor met his end with fire, but the one thing stronger than his fear of fire is the hatred for his brother.
The Rains of Castamere
A familiar song played during the end credits: The Rains of Castamere. The song was composed about the fall of the House of Castamere, laid to waste by Tywin Lannisters years before the events of Game of Thrones.
The only thing important to Tywin was his legacy. Tywin never considered Tyrion to be his son (some believe Tyrion is a Targaryen) and now that Jaime and Cersei are dead, so too is Tywin’s legacy.
Jaime’s death was also foreshadowed years ago when Bronn asked him how he wanted to die. At the time, Jaime said the only way he wants to sign out of this life, is in the arms of the woman he loves.
Arya’s white horse
The white horse is symbolic in so many ways. At the end, when the ash is settling and the bodies smoulder, Arya sees a white horse standing in the middle of the ruins in King’s Landing.
Gandalf-Shadowfax vibes, anyone? Arya gets on the horse and rides out of the city, presumably on her way to deal with Daenerys, who can now well and truly be described as The Mad Queen.
Also, and we don’t want to go all Revelation and end-of-the-world on you, but the fact that Arya is now riding a pale horse may just be a very significant detail.
In addition, the little girl Arya was trying to save, but couldn’t, was holding a toy horse. We see the charred toy, still gripped in the girl’s hands as Arya rides off.