Game of Thrones Episode 5 Theories: “The Bells”


Game of Thrones Episode 5 Theories: “The Bells”

It’s Daenerys Day on the Shat on TV Small Council. This week’s “Game of Thrones” listeners rained down fiery emails and voicemails about the massacre at King’s Landing and how it might all be Jon Snow’s fault.

Your messages were pretty evenly split on whether you loved or hated Season 8, Episode 5 “The Bells,” and we snagged a strong sampling of each for this extended-length podcast.

Ash of “The Dana Buckler Show” dives even deeper into Gene Lyons’ character arc primer, and U.S. Air Force pilot Fatso explains Drogon’s atomic romp through the Westerosi capital.

Other topics in this edition:

  • Was Cersei death worthy of her character?
  • Race in “A Game of Thrones”
  • Sansa’s reaction to her rape and torture
  • Ser Davos’ upbringing
  • How much fire does a dragon have?
  • Cleganebowl
  • Arya’s mystery horse
  • Who will sit on the Iron Throne?
  • Will history repeat itself, or is The Wheel actually broken?

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The Storyline for Episode 5: “The Bells”
Varys attempts to convince Jon to take the Iron Throne, but Jon refuses to betray Daenerys. Tyrion informs her of Varys’ plot and she has him executed by her last remaining dragon, Drogon. Daenerys decides to burn down King’s Landing at daybreak, but Tyrion tells her he has a plan to stop Cersei. He meets with Jaime and tells him he has a plan to smuggle him and Cersei to Pentos after surrendering King’s Landing, but Jaime must convince her to agree to it. The next day, both sides prepare for battle as Jaime, Arya, and Sandor infiltrate King’s Landing. Daenerys arrives with Drogon and destroys both the Iron Fleet and the Golden Company, allowing her army to breach the gates and enter the city. The remaining Lannister forces surrender, but an enraged Daenerys attacks the city itself, burning both soldiers and civilians. The allied army follows her lead, slaughtering everybody in their way much to Jon’s horror. Jaime kills Euron and enters the Red Keep. Sandor convinces Arya to give up on killing Cersei and proceeds alone. Sandor engages The Mountain who in turn kills Qyburn when he attempts to call him back before sacrificing himself to kill the Mountain while Cersei and Jaime reunite. Their attempt to escape fails when the escape tunnel collapses on them, killing them both and their unborn child. Jon Snow gives the instruction to retreat as civilians flee the crumbling King’s Landing. Arya witnesses the destruction of King’s Landing firsthand and is barely able to escape the city alive.

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7 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Can ship-mounted scorpions score 3 direct hits on a distant flying dragon?
    I would say “no”… but apparently I would be wrong.

  2. Ronny H says:

    Gene, thanks for your emotions man. Sunday is going to be emotional no matter what for me. For all of this to come to an end, it’s pretty bleak. No matter how it ends, I wish all of Season 8 was perfect, and it’s not, but even if it was Sunday would still be emotional. After spending so much time with this show and these characters, its over.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      I’m oddly excited to revisit the books and earlier seasons after we put the podcast to bed. All our friends are still waiting there for us, alive and well.

  3. Taylor says:

    GENE AND BIG D!! I’m alittle late on submitting my two cents, but it also didn’t hit me until just now listening to your episode 5 review. I started rewatching episode 5 this morning on my way to work, picking up on brief moments I didn’t think anything of on the first go round.. So when you guys mentioned Sir Davos and wondering WTF he was doing, it hit me.
    Before the battle in Kingslanding ensued, Tyrion had approached Davos with a request to which his smuggling skills were needed. Later during battle, Davos and Jon make eye contact as Davos disappears into a pathway of the kingdom. I didnt think twice about it because we already knew that Tyrion had informed Jaime of the getaway dingy that would be waiting from under the redkeep. Everyone is assuming without question that Cersi and Jaime died underneath the rubble.. but we don’t know that for certain. What if Davos SOMEHOW reached the 2 before they met their fate? Or perhaps only in time to save one before the other? MAYBE Jaime pushing Cersi from the ruins.. Now, Davos smuggling Cersi away from Kingslanding and en route to, well who knows where. Not a huge tinfoil theory, but one that I havn’t heard to be a possibility. Thoughts??

    • Gene Lyons says:

      I don’t think there’s any way Jaime survives a collapsing ceiling and getting stabbed in the gut. But I also didn’t see how he would survive falling into Blackwater Rush in a full suit of armor.

  4. Dan says:

    OH NO. I think you are really close with the “Bronn kills Dany” theory you laid out, but you missing one detail. I think its much the same scenario: Dany is set to execute Tyrion, Drogon is standing over Tyrion about to unleash fire, annnd Bronn pops up and shoots… Drogon in the eye.

    No one can kill Dany because she has a dragon that would kill everyone indiscriminately if she is killed, so Drogon has to die in this episode. And this twist is just stupid enough for D&D to come up with, I think it has some real potential of happening.

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