WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
The penultimate episode Game of Thrones, did not waste any time tying up loose ends — and unsurprisingly, contained several emotional goodbyes and a whole lotta bloodshed.
So who all died? Well, if you’re looking for a cheat sheet, here you go: Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), The Hound aka Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), The Mountain aka Gregor Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), Qyburn (Anton Lesser), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).
The episode, called “The Bells,” opened with an early exit for a favorite player — Lord Varys aka Master of Whisperers, was killed by Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) last dragon Drogon for essentially trying to convince Jon Snow (Kit Harington) to take his rightful place on the Iron Throne.
VARYS GG THANK YOU FOR SERVING THE RELM pic.twitter.com/F0JOFMSeAa— YoungJediLouie (@louieGiggity) May 13, 2019
Snow refuses to waver in his loyalty to his Queen, but Dany herself seems overcome with suspicion and fear, and showing more and more signs she’s becoming the “Mad Queen.”
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) participates in two acts of betrayal — one toward Varys and one toward Dany when he frees his brother Jaime from where he was captured by her Unsullied army.
“You were the only one who didn’t treat me like a monster,” Tyrion says to Jaime as he helps him escape, telling him that he hopes Jaime will find Cersei and whisk her away from King’s Landing before the war between Dany and Cersei’s armies takes place.
War in King’s Landing is not averted, of course. The next day sees Dany and Drogon lay waste to Euron Greyjoy’s Iron Fleet of ships, their “dragon killer” Scorpion weapons, as well as much of the Gold Company who came in to assist Cersei, courtesy the fearsome Unsullied.
There is a brief moment of peace when the bells ring and the audience is made to think Cersei might surrender, but it turns to full-on war between the two sides — with Dany leaning fully into the suspicions about her mental health as she and Drogon go about killing countless innocent citizens in King’s Landing.
Dany, didn't you once say you did not wish to rule over the ashes? Seriously, you could have marched through the city without losing a single man and you decide it would be better to just kill all the innocent people there?! #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/9yTFfZQ2ES— Monica Newell (@mnewell15) May 13, 2019
Meanwhile Euron Greyjoy and Jaime engage in bloody hand-to-hand combat that results in Euron’s death. He dies believing he’s mortally wounded Jaime. “I’m the man who killed Jaime Lannister,” he says, dying, with a smile on his face.
Cut to Arya and The Hound, who are on a mission to kill Cersei and The Hound’s undead brother Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane. The Hound convinces Arya to temporarily turn away from her hunt for Cersei. They part ways, in search of separate targets, and The Hound is finally able to confront the one and only person he wants to kill.
Yes!!! Clegane Bowl is ON!! #GameOfThrones— Villanelle’s Froufy Pink Dress (@starfishncoffee) May 13, 2019
With The Hound and The Mountain fighting to very bloody deaths, Cersei flees and almost literally runs into Jaime’s arms.
“You’re hurt,” she says.
“Doesn’t matter,” he responds. They wander off together as the walls around them continue to crumble and burn.
Of the major players still living and in the fight, Jon calls for the army to fall back and head to safety; Arya gets jostled around and struck by debris as she’s trying to flee the Red Keep. She’s nearly crushed when a tower falls, but helps a group of survivors keep moving away from danger. They are stopped short when Drogon’s fire blasts through the scene.
Back with still-bleeding Jaime and Cersei, who are trapped in an underground passageway, emotional but resigned to accept their doomed fate.
“Nothing else matters, only us,” Jaime says to Cersei as the walls collapse on top of them.
GOT season 8’s writing has been pretty trash. But tbf to them, they did Cersei’s death well.— Angel Gomessi ]]>🔰🇾🇪
The symbolism of the empire Jamie and Cersei had worked to build crumbling around them, whilst powerless to do anything to stop it is a great way to finish her arc.#gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/le68ZIMZ8x