There’s only one more scene of Game Of Thrones to go, so it’s no big surprise the authors have a bit homicide cheerful in the penultimate release.
Scene five, The Bells, was the bloodiest scene since… well, The Long Night, with a huge number of blameless occupants of King’s Landing being executed by dragonfire after Daenerys rfused to back down, notwithstanding the city surrendering.
But as well as the citizens of King’s Landing, there were a number of prominent deaths – including the end of two of the main cast.
Varys (Conleth Hill) met his end after Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) told Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) that the Spider was doubting her ability to rule. Feeling betrayed, Dany sentenced Varys to death.
Her method? Having Drogon breathe fire at him. Tyrion admitted he was the reason he was sentenced to death, and the pair said a touching goodbye before the flames. The tea will get you killed
The captain-general of the Golden Company, played by Marc Rissmann, headed up the charge as the army prepared to defend King’s Landing. Only, he didn’t last very long, as Grey Worm’s spear killed him just minutes into the siege. Honestly, what was the point of the Golden Company?
Euron (Pilou Asbæk) has been living on the edge of late, what with ravishing the Queen and killing dragons, so we knew his time would be up pretty sharpish.
His death came at the hands of Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), after the men had a fight to the death over their shared love of Cersei (Lena Headey). It seemed Jaime would be the first to die, after Euron got a fair few brutal stabbings in, but Jaime literally twisted the knife – leaving his love rival bleeding out, but revelling in the fact he was the man to ‘kill Jaime Lannister’.
Sandor Clegane (The Hound), Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) and Qyburn
After seasons of speculation, we finally got Cleganebowl in episode five, as The Hound (Rory McCann) went to hunt down his zombified brother (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in the wreckage of King’s Landing. After Qyburn (Anton Lesser) was killed by The Mountain for attempting to stand in his way, and Cersei scuttled off awkwardly (the best moment of the episode, tbh), the brothers engaged in a brutal battle, with The Hound realising his sibling was pretty unbeatable every time a landed stab did absolutely nothing.
We thought The Hound would meet the same gruesome end as Oberyn as The Mountain pressed his thumbs into his eyes, but after a knife through the head failed to stop his brother, Sandor decided to die alongside him, plunging them both into the fire below. It’s a poignant end, after The Mountain scarred his brother for life by pressing his face into hot coals.
Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister
In George RR Martin’s A Storm of Swords, Jaime said: ‘I cannot die while Cersei lives. We will die together as were born together.’ And that prophecy came true as the incestuous siblings died together as King’s Landing crumbled. Jaime, bleeding heavily from his fight with Euron, found his sister/lover in the nick of time, and Cersei sobbed as she said she didn’t want to die.
Jaime, Cersei and their unborn baby seemingly perished as the building around them crumbled, leaving Dany as Queen. But will she be Queen for long?
You may have to find out.