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We are almost done with the final season of
. Almost. After all, we never know what GoT makers would throw at us in the last 60 minutes or so, considering how a few seconds have left us in shock a number of times in the previous episodes or seasons - be it Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) death at the end of the first season or the recent decapitation of Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) beloved personal assistant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). Game of Thrones
The one factor that has always worked for GoT is viewers’ predictions. The makers have throughout cleverly predicted the viewers’ predictions and left them high and dry by serving them something else instead.
The same was followed in the fifth episode. The internet went mad with farfetched theories like more dragons could enter the scene, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) might make a spear-proof armour for Drogon, etc. So what happened?
The episode kicks off with Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), the Master of Whisperers, getting caught for committing treason. Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), who now stands as a queen-fearing associate, exposes his friend of his crime. If one observes the entire episode skilfully, one can understand that the makers are perhaps drawing parallels to reality to set forth an epic conclusion.
Varys, a skilled manipulator, never sought power for himself, kept his loyalty with Daenerys since the beginning, hoping that she would liberate the people of the seven kingdoms from tyrants like the Mad King or Cersei Lannister (Lena Headley). His death symbolises the end of democracy.
The battle finishes before it could even begin, as Dany with her Airforce advantage Drogon, goes on a rampage, destroying the Iron Fleet, Golden Army and Lannister Army within minutes. This comes right after she sulks over the fact that the people don’t accept her as a queen. “If not love, then fear it is,” she says, as she shows her ‘Mad Queen’ side.
Minimising dialogues and reducing fan-favourite action sequences, the makers put more focus on death and despair in this episode. The two key characters that died are Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey) or at least what it looks like. If the two are really dead, their deaths were poorly executed, if they are alive, we wonder how!
Among the others who died are Qyburn, Euron Greyjoy, The Hound and The Mountain.Overall, the second last episode does live up to its name in the thriller-fiction genre with yet another suspenseful ending ahead of its final episode.