Game of Thrones season 8, episode 5 reactions and surprises

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Season 8, episode 5 (debut 5/12/19): Pilou Asbæk.

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In memorium

If you were expecting a slew of main characters to bite the dust in the first four episodes, episode 5 finally delivered with the death of six, including three who have been in the series since episode 1. Some deaths were poetic, and some weren’t satisfying enough to many.

Let’s take a moment and remember those we lost during episode 5.

Cersei Lannister (Lena Heady) – We knew there was something off about her from the very beginning. And as each season grew, she cemented herself as a show villain we loved to hate. Played by the ever-talented Heady, she was able to show shreds of humanity and lost a little with every death of one of her children. Many thought she deserved a more fitting death, including me, but she died in the arms of the person she loved most in the world.

Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – The character who I think grew the most throughout the eight seasons, Jaime also died in the arms of the person he loved. While his love with Cersei was selfish and just wrong, his love with Brienne grew from respect and selflessness. He gave Brienne certain things she needed and wanted before he died and proved he was better than his destiny. But in the end, he needed to protect the one he was with from the very beginning.

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Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) – The Spider met his end at the hands of the Mother of Dragons. Though, it was hard to believe he would ever meet his demise. The ultra-survivalist, you could always count on him for a bit of snarky foreshadowing and commentary. All he wanted was to protect the realm, and he died not knowing if he would succeed.

Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) – The Hound is proof that one’s bark can be worse than his bite. He had a hard life and used his experiences to survive. Deep down, he knew right from wrong and had a heart. Maybe he developed one from taking care of Arya Stark all that time. Or, maybe he always had one. Nevertheless, he died conquering his biggest fear and reached his end goal: killing his brother.

Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) – I wish I could say I will miss this creature’s red eyes surrounded by his purple skin, but I won’t. He never had a heart and should have died at the hands of Oberyn Martell years before. Good riddance!

Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) – Another “bad guy” gone. He killed his brother, he tried to kill his niece and nephew after he stole the throne from them, he kidnapped his niece and then killed a dragon. Yup, Westeros is better off without this guy in it anymore.

Qyburn (Anton Lesser) – Could the slimy, devious, rejected maester turn Hand of the queen has a better death? Nope. He gave cracked skulls a whole new meaning. He got what he deserved, having been killed by his “greatest creation,” the Zombie Mountain. I can’t say I feel bad for you.

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Prediction for the last episode

Many have complained that Jon didn’t do much during the Battle of Winterfell. I feel that he did enough before the Battle of Winterfell to get the right people to the battle (::ahem:: Arya). Remember, Jon died, and the Lord of Light brought him back. The Lord of Light brings everyone back for a reason. I used to think it was to kill the Night King. But now I think it’s to kill Daenerys. There, I said it. I think Jon is going to kill Daenerys. Yes, Arya will be instrumental in helping him kill her, but I think Jon will be the one to do it. Now, whether or not he sits on the Iron Throne in the end, I don’t know. He doesn’t want it, but he’s the rightful heir.

We’ll find out next week on the series finale of Game of Thrones.

Read last week’s recap.