Game Of Thrones is back with it’s penultimate battle that sees the forces of Westeros facing down against Cersei and The Golden Company. There’s a lot to unpack from this and there are huge indicators of where the season will be going for it’s finale next week.
Throughout this, I’ll be breaking down everything that you need to know about episode five as well as what it could lead to down the line.
This is full spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen the latest release then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
With that out the way, I hope you enjoy the video, now sit back, relax and let’s get into my Ending Explained break down of Game Of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 5.
GOT: Episode 4 Recap
As always lets start with a quick recap of episode four, The Night Kings forces are no more, Varys incested that Jon Snow should be the rightful king, the Game Of Thrones props guy got fired after someone left a coffee cup on the table…WE KNOW IT WAS YOU SANSA and Missandei ending up Missandei head off body.
GOT: Season 8: Episode 5 Recap
Episode 5 picks up with the battle of Kings landing and it’s a hell of an episode. This is flat out carnage and not the kind that was teased at the end of Venom. Varys betrayed Dany and chose Jon Snow as the true King of the north and this episode was pretty much a confirmation of his worst fears.
Varys was one episode away from retiring but after it’s revealed of his treacherous ways the character is burned alive. Now it’s pretty clear that D&D have settled on the Mad Queen archetype so depending on how much that you agree with it it will either make this episode amazing or just plain terrible. Dany won’t see sense at all even when Tyrion tries to convince her otherwise and it’s clear that the character is seeing enemies everywhere.
Jon tries to dissuade her but it’s clear that she’s having none of it, blaming Sansa for Vary’s death and deciding that Fear is the best way to rule. In case you haven’t guessed it yet, she’s the bad guy.
Even when discussing the other bad guy, Cersei, it’s clear that Dany views herself as removing a tyrant and that those at Kings Landing should be happy that she’s doing a great great job of it. Tyrion begs the character to call off her armies and states that if the bells ring then it’s a surrender which Dany pays about as much attention to as the writers have the reviews of this final season.
Amidst the soldiers preparing for the bloodthirsty battle, Arya and The Hound arrive at the camp and though these guys are ready for the next fight they’re also pretty excited that someone else is here to finish the job so they can go home early.
Jaime has been captured at this point and Tyrion visits him and after the two talk, it’s decided that Cersei won’t give up like die-hard fans aren’t on this show even though this season has been worse than the latest Walking Dead and Tyrion frees him.
The two make a tearful goodbye and it’s pretty clear that it will be a miracle if both of them make it to the finale next week.
The Battle Of Kings Landing
And thus the battle begins, the Iron Fleet is out in full force and operation human shield is in full effect. Below the armaments, Jaime is trying to sneak into the castle but we don’t have time for him and the battle begins with Dany swooping in to basically massacre the town.
Everything gets completely destroyed including everyone’s favourite Golden Company leader who feels like he had his entire story arc left on the cutting room floor of a better season.
In the Red Keep, Cersei stays optimistic but it quickly turns into that Hitler meme that went about a couple of years ago with her forces dwindling massively.
The soldiers drop their swords quicker than the Rotten Tomatoes score on this season and it seems like it’s all over. The bells of surrender ring and we can finally go home right? Wrong, Dany is in full Mad Queen mode and like proud mary, she keeps on burning. Burning, burning, burning down the river.
It doesn’t matter if you’re Cersei or just some guy who works in Mcdonalds, everyone is a target and this even inspires Danys men to start participating in the war crimes.
Cersei realising things are turning a bit disco inferno decides to get the hell out of there whilst Euron and Jaime bump into one another in an awkward ‘I had sex with your sister’…’so did I’ stand off. This leads to Jaime getting stabbed and Euron getting stabbed back in the process. ‘I got you, I am the man that killed Jaime Lannister’ he utters as he goes down like Tati did after ending James Charles career.
The Hounds Final Howl
Meanwhile, the hound and Arya have made their way to the Red Keep. The Hound was on his way to bring down the Mountain and Arya was on her way to tick another name off her list but due to Dany’s attack the location begins to crumble. In what feels like a final farewell, The Hound wards Arya off revenge like Batman tried to do Robin in Batman Forever but he goes ahead to face his brother.
This is one of the biggest grudge matches in the entire show and it doesn’t disappoint. After an unmasking that looks like they’re setting up The Mountain to replace Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, the hound realises that his brother isn’t dying and thus has to sacrifice himself in order to take them both out. The two tumble of the Keep and fall to their fiery deaths which probably would be the biggest death in the episode if it wasn’t for the next few.
The Death Of Cersei
With herself at a loss, Cersei begins wandering through her castle which is when she is reunited with Jaime who seems to be her only way out of this. The two flee to the basement of the castle to try and escape together.
However, they reach the bottom to find their escape blocked and the two die together, crushed under the own weight of their failings literally which feels like even on it’s own could be the bittersweet ending of the show that we’ve all been hoping for.
With the war over we survey the damage in a ‘damn girl I didn’t know you liked to get freaky’ moment that sees Dany as the true villain of the show.
We were rooting for you Dany we were all rooting for you.
Episode 6 Predictions
Obviously, we all know from this episode that Daenerys is going to be the mad queen going forward and though Jon seems pretty loyal to her still as he’s only in the honeymoon phase and hasn’t realised just how crazy his new girlfriend is, the starks will have a huge say over this.
I think the choice will come down to being between Sansa and Dany for Jon with the latter urging him that he’s not even really family and shouldn’t have any loyalty towards them. This will make the final episode rather dramatic instead of action-packed like this one and I can see it causing a lot of conflict for the character who probably just wants to be done with this whole thing.
Either way, it’s setting up for an amazing finale and I can’t wait to see who ends up on the throne in the final few minutes of the show.
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode and if you like the direction that the show is taking for it’s final few episodes.
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