Game Of Thrones Is Too Far Gone To Save

The fifth episode of Season Eight was one of the darkest of the series, with Danaerys Targaryen finally descending on King's Landing and waging full blown war against Cersei Lannister.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) officially made her move to attack King's landing and made sure that no one stood in her way on the HBO series. "I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody", she says. While everyone knew Targaryens could go mad, it seemed to most that the show was setting her up to OVERCOME the trope.

While riding her dragon, who was breathing fire on civilians, some fans clocked that they had once before seen a similar scene.

"I think the biggest surprise is he came back for her", she said, referencing Jamie's swift exit from Winterfell after sleeping with Brienne. Foreshadowing is not the same thing as character growth, and Daenerys's sudden switch from Lady Who Gets Brutal Vengeance On Her Enemies to Actual Genocidal Maniac was tough to buy.

He went on to say that he thinks, ultimately, they will be happy. There was some poetry in Cersei being destroyed by the Red Keep itself, a system of the kind of power she'd coveted all her life, and she was breaking down towards the end, but the anonymous nature of her death felt slightly lacking to me. Headey on the other hand, confirms the death of her character.

"Jon Snow is someone that she's fallen in love with, and as far as she's concerned by this point Jon has betrayed her by telling people about his true identity, and also the fact that he's unable to return her affections at this point", Benioff explains. There's a sense of loss that nothing like this will ever happen again.

That would be a nice Stark love moment, however there's also the theory that Bran's actually the person who controlled Dany's actions, that he's over humans and their in-fighting and pettiness (they really are the worst), and just wants nature to take over. "She chose violence. A Targaryen choosing violence is a pretty terrifying thing". For Cersei and Jamie, that moment didn't exist. You can see it in this scene, where Jamie uses it to do a 'don't you know who I am?' to get through a crowd, and later, in the hugging scene this still is taken from. The execution of the scene, though, was nearly amusing in its absurdity: Arya flies out of the darkness at the Night King as if she had spring-boarded off a mini trampoline right behind him. We had some great stuff.

  • Salvatore Jensen