The fifth episode of Game of Thrones season 8 was called The Bells and saw Dany (Emilia Clarke) take the fight to Cersei (Lena Headey) as their armies clashed at King’s Landing.
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Episode 5 quick recap
The episode began with Varys (Conleth Hill), alone in his chambers, writing a letter explaining that Jon/Aegon (Kit Harington) is the true heir to the Iron Throne. He then made sure to be waiting when Jon arrived at Dragonstone to speak to him about his plans. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) decided to tell Daenerys that Varys had betrayed her. Dany made an example out of Varys by having him burned alive by Drogon to show what happens to those who betray her.
Tyrion tried to convince Dany to spare the city and its people if it surrendered. He said that they would ring the Bells to indicate a surrender. Dany sent Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and the Unsullied to join the rest of the armies. She said they would know when it was time to attack.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was captured and kept prisoner by Dany’s soldiers. Tyrion went to see his brother and freed him on the condition he tried to escape with Cersei. Jaime agreed.
At King’s Landing, Cersei let the people through the gates to use as human shields. The Hound (Rory McCann) and Arya (Maisie Williams) made it inside but Jaime wasn’t quick enough and looked for a different way in.
Harry Strickland (Marc Rissman) and the Golden Company lined up outside the city walls to prepare for battle with the Unsullied, the Northern armies and Dothraki.
Dany arrived on Drogon and approached from on high with the sun behind her. It allowed her to surprise Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) and his Iron Fleet. She destroyed their ships then got to work on the scorpions lining the city walls. She cleared a path to the gates and Drogon’s breath destroyed them, followed by most of Golden Company. Strickland tried to flee but was cut down by Grey Worm as they began their assault.
The armies made their way into the city and took out any soldiers they came across. Eventually the armies faced off with the Lannister soliders but dropped their swords and surrendered. Dany landed with Drogon and there was a tense wait but soon the bells began to ring to signal surrender.
Jon ordered his men to stand down but Dany was still raging and took to the air again. She headed for the Red Keep but decided to burn everything along the way – including innocent men, women and children. Grey Worm began to attack the unarmed Lannister soldiers and then all hell broke loose. The armies went crazy, murdering everyone they could find.
Meanwhile, Euron came across Jaime and taunted him into fighting. It was a brutal fight that saw Jaime stabbed several times. The Kingslayer wouldn’t give up though and he put his sword through Euron. He died shouting that he’d killed Jaime Lannister.
Inside the Red Keep, Arya and the Hound made it to the Map Room. He said she didn’t need to kill Cersei as she would end up dead no matter what. He also said that if Arya went with him she would also die. As he left, she thanked him by his name.
Drogon began his assault on the Red Keep and the towers began to fall. Qyburn (Anton Lesser) suggested that Cersei take refuge in Maegor’s Holdfast – the strongest part of the Red Keep. After realising she wasn’t going to win she agreed and they made their way down the tower. Near the bottom they encountered the Hound who had come for his brother.
Cersei’s guards rushed him but he killed them with ease. Cersei demanded that the Mountain stay by her side but he ignored her. Qyburn tried to stop him as well but the Mountain killed him. As Cersei continued to flee we finally got Cleganebowl as the two brothers fought to the death. The Hound did plenty of damage but his undead brother was seemingly unkillable. Even a dagger through his face couldn’t stop him and he almost gouged both the Hound’s eyes out. With the Keep collapsing, the Hound charged his brother and they both fell out the castle to their deaths in the fires below.
Cersei and Jaime reunited in the Map Room but found their escape blocked by collapsed debris. Cersei was in tears and said she wanted their baby to live and that she didn’t want to die. The castle came down on top of them, presumably crushing them to death.
Jon couldn’t stop the fighting and ordered his men to fall back outside of the city walls. With the help of Davos they tried to get some of the civilians to safety as well. Meanwhile, Arya almost got trampled in the chaos and was lucky to survive several building collapses. Eventually she found a white horse and rode it to safety.
In episode 6, we’ll see the aftermath of the Last War as Daenerys goes to claim the Iron Throne.
Watch the teaser trailer for Game of Thrones 8×06 below:
The teaser trailer opens up with tense music as Jon/Aegon, Davos and Tyrion walk around looking at the devastation of King’s Landing and the Red Keep.
A determined looking Arya also makes her way through the ruins towards the Red Keep. Surely she has a new target of Dany in her sights?
Hundreds of the Unsullied as shown standing in the courtyard in formation.
A worried looking Tyrion is shown followed by the remaining Dothraki warriors who are cheering while holding their Arakh’s up in the air.
As the music stops we see a final shot of Dany from behind as she walks through her troops, with the city burning around them. She’s presumably heading to claim the Iron Throne.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 will air on the 20th May at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV. Need to recap on the story so far? All episodes of Game of Thrones from series 1-7 are now available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.
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