The finale of the Game of Thrones series – Season 8, episode 6 – will arrive this Sunday, May 19th. HBO isn't giving much on what to expect, either with the trailer for episode 6 or the photos that reveal practically nothing you wouldn't want, I've already taken. But will the main character Daenerys finally meet his end in the last episode of the show? Continue reading for a chance that was right in front of our faces in episode 5, but has largely gone unnoticed by many viewers.
With Daenerys Targaryen completing Mad Queen in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5, "The Bells", the question on everyone's mind is simple: who can stop the Dragon Queen in the last episode of the show?
Arya will kill Dany, realizing the final part of Melisandre's prediction of "brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes"? (Dany should have purple eyes, based on books, but the eyes of actress Emilia Clarke are, indeed, green.) Jon will kill Dany for his crimes during the fall of King's Landing and take over his legitimate role of king? Or will something more amazing happen – a turning point, involving Varys and his birds, which seems extremely likely in light of some quiet scenes at the beginning of Episode 5?
This is what everyone was missing while we were absorbed in Varys' execution, in the Dany massacre for children and Cleganebowl (exaggeration was real): Varys and his young spy, Martha, were actively trying to poison Dany before she interrupted her short film.
In the opening scene of the episode, Varys was writing very clearly letters explaining the true identity of Jon Snow, presumably to send everyone with a pair of eyes to Westeros to justify Jon's hold on the throne. Even if he does it later in the episode where Gray Worm comes for him, it's not clear if he actually sent a few crows – if he did, it happened off the screen. My money is on yes, but that's not the point for now.
When one of Varys' "birds", Martha, enters the room, they have a brief exchange in which Martha tells Varys that "she won't eat" ("she" presumably is Dany), and Varys replies that they will "try again for dinner . "Martha believes Dany's soldiers are watching her, and Varys tries to reassure the child by reminding her that big risks get big rewards. At the end of the scene, Varys sends Martha back to the kitchen, where she apparently works.
"The greater the risk, the greater the reward." What is the biggest risk of trying to poison Queen Targaryen?
It is a very Varys move; the Master of Whispers is always plotting and, frankly, his bow this season felt strangely stupid. His plan was to approach Jon and Tyrion directly, and if they hadn't, would he simply die? This is not the Spider we knew. But openly challenging the queen – a classic, if risky, misleading – while secretly plotting to poison her from the shadow? Now it's more appropriate.
That's not all, though – there is another scene that alludes to the plot of the poison, and it might even give us a clue as to how Dany will go down in the finale.
When Varys hears Gray Worm and the Unsullied marching into the room to his room, he burns the letter he was writing – and removes his rings. The camera lingers in an extreme close-up as she twists it briefly, takes it off and drops it into an empty goblet on her desk. The rest will soon follow.
This could be nothing, or it could be everything: when Olenna Tyrell poisoned Joffrey at his wedding, he snatched the poison – appropriately nicknamed "the strangler" – from the Sansa necklace, which had been given to her by Littlefinger's crazy Dontos & # 39 ; s for want, and dropped the false crystal into Joffrey's cup, where it supposedly dissolved and became unobservable.
Zoom in on Varys rings and revive the image does not reveal conspicuous blue crystals. In fact, the ring we get the best seems to have been Varys' loyalty to Queen Targaryen – it seems to be this link in the jewelery retailer Mey's official partnership with the show. The retailer calls it a "loyalty ring" and their website states that Varys, Tyrion, Jorah and Gray Worm have all been worn since Season 7. It was designed to look like a dragon's spine. In removing it, Varys is symbolically freeing the symbol of his loyalty to Daenerys.
But Varys is still loyal to Jon, who now also knows a Targaryen. Although we didn't see the obvious blue poison crystal when Varys removed all his rings, the show seemed to focus on removing them long enough to be important in the finale. That closet maid, Martha, could still hide, after all, and the death of her master at Dany's hands could inspire her to keep trying to fulfill her last wish: to see the Queen of the dead Dragon, regardless of the method.
In the event that, I will watch out for any sign of Martha in the end of Season 8 of Game of Thrones.
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