The show interestingly left a number of characters all gunning for Cersei Lannister’s death by the end of this episode. Lena Headey’s performance might be a highlight of the entire run of Game Of Thrones, but as her brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) says, her reign has come to an end.
Cersei’s death feels like an inevitability, but who will be given the honour could be a game-changer moving forward. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is heading down from Winterfell to presumably wipe Cersei’s name from her kill list, and following her swift takedown of The Night King, it’s certainly in her skillset to surprise attack the Lannister queen at an opportune moment.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is an obvious contender, along with Jon Snow (Kit Harington), but it wouldn’t feel like poetic justice for either of them to conduct the deed. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) meanwhile, has ditched his safe station at Winterfell to head down to King’s Landing to presumably confront his sister — will his final act be to kill the person who has stirred so much hatred within him? Or could Tyrion beat him to the punch?
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Rhaegal the dragon
Should we fly our Cleganebowl flags now?
While this was speculated to happen last season after their brief clashing of eyes, it seems brothers Sandor aka The Hound and Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain are gearing up to have the confrontation fans have long anticipated.
It wasn’t subtly foreshadowed either. During drunken frivolities at Winterfell, The Hound told Sansa how there’s ‘only one thing that will make me happy’. While a later scene with Arya saw him refer to ‘unfinished business’ down in King’s Landing. It’s the only logical way to wipe out Cersei’s trusted psychopath, so prepare yourself for a clash of the Clegane titans.
What is Varys planning against Daenerys?
The best scenes of this episode involved the advisory bickering between Varys and Tyrion Lannister, as the pair discover through a tell-tale Sansa how Jon Snow is the true heir to the throne.
This revelation shakes up their outlook considerably. Coupled with the questionable mental state of Daenerys, Varys makes his intentions clear to Tyrion how he’s going to do everything he can so Jon Snow ends up on the throne — but what power can he wield in the fight to come?
Varys was adamant on sparing the innocent lives at King’s Landing to a frustrated Daenerys. So will he plant the seeds that Jon Snow is the true heir to the throne, giving him the support of the people? The only kicker is how Melisandre prophesied Varys’ death on Westeros soil — so could this plan backfire for him in some way?
Will Daenerys going mad cost her the battle?
It’s made abundantly clear how Daenerys is tearing apart at the seams, with her claim to the Iron Throne in jeopardy, and her dragon Rhaegal and trusted friend Missandei both killed within the space of 24 hours.
With all of the above swirling at once, Daenerys feels like she’s on the verge of going against her ‘breaker of chains’ mantra by slaughtering innocent lives at King’s Landing. But will going against the people be the act which causes her demise?
Interestingly, she’s also practically threatened Jon Snow if he tells anyone about his true claim to the throne. With that broken, and almost everyone now in the know, could Daenerys’ desperation for the throne slowly consume her from the inside out?
How will Bronn react if Daenerys is killed?
Bronn caught up with Tyrion and Jaime Lannister in this episode, laying his cards bare over how their sister Cersei offered him Riverrun in exchange of their heads.
Tyrion echoed his previous sentiment by offering him double to maintain Daenerys’ claim to the throne, putting Highgarden on the table instead to Jaime’s outrage. This deal, however, is all dependent on who stays alive in the coming battle — which feels like it’s begging for a dramatic twist to kickstart an awkward shift of allegiance.
The death of Daenerys could instigate Bronn’s attitudes to swiftly change towards Jaime and Tyrion, leaving both their lives on the line. But could he actually kill them both after their history together? With power on the line, anything seems possible in Game Of Thrones.
Is Sansa actually going to sit this one out?
Sansa is being kept at Winterfell with protection from Brienne Of Tarth, and brother Bran, as everyone heads south to topple Cersei Lannister and claim the Iron Throne.
It feels like Sansa has unfinished business in King’s Landing, however, and she even made her grievances clear to Jaime of her hopes to see Cersei stripped from her throne. While it seems impossible at this point for Sansa to leave her position as Winterfell’s safeguard — could she somehow be forced to head down there if Arya or Jon is captured?
With one more episode remaining and considering she’s out of harms way in the battle to come, it feels like the show is building up to a big moment for Sansa in the final sprint to the finish.
Seriously, what is the point of Bran now?
We expressed following last week’s episode how Bran Stark must be alive for a reason after Arya saved him at the battle for Winterfell, and this episode did little to clarify what that purpose may be.
While speaking with Tyrion, Bran briefly mentioned how he ‘mostly lives in the past now’, which could be interpreted as him backing out from events to come. Could Bran now simply be a vessel for memories who is no longer tied to any house or side? Or will he warg into a dragon or elephant at the final hour?
Either way, Bran’s existence feels like a key unanswered question as to the future, and end, of Game Of Thrones. We’ll have to see, however, if the show is actually concerned with giving us the answers we crave.
Game Of Thrones continues on Sundays on HBO and Sky Atlantic. Catch-up on all the episodes so far on NOW TV.
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