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    All The Interesting Details In "Game Of Thrones" Season 8, Episode 5

    This show sure does love referencing itself. Warning: contains spoilers.

    1. Jon's comment that Dany shouldn't be alone is his concern about her grief, but it echoes Maester Aemon's words about a Targaryen alone in the world being a "terrible thing."


    It reinforces Dany's isolation that has been building throughout the season.

    2. Meanwhile, Varys not only repeats the "every time a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin" line, but also his idea that "power resides where men believe it resides."


    3. Dany's disheveled look visually connects her with her father, the Mad King, whose hair and general appearance was notoriously unkempt.


    4. This episode features a few thematic callbacks to "The Winds of Winter," which is the episode where Cersei blows up the sept.


    It was her "Mad Queen" moment in which she destroyed her subjects with wildfire as "The Light of the Seven" played. In this episode, Cersei watches from the same spot as another "Mad Queen" destroys her subjects with fire β€” both dragon fire and wildfire. The music echoes "The Light of the Seven," and as before, bells have a prominent role in the sequence.

    5. This episode sees Bran's vision from Season 6 coming true, revealing that it was actually about Dany following in her father's footsteps to "burn them all."

    6. It also seems to fulfill Dany's vision in the House of the Undying β€” a destroyed Red Keep covered in ash (not snow, as we previously thought).


    This vision seems to foreshadow her death in the next episode.

    7. The wildfire ignited during Dany's rampage is likely the caches stored around the city that the Mad King had intended to ignite before Jaime killed him.


    She enacts the plan he never could and truly becomes the Mad Queen.

    8. The crumbling building falling on the map of the Seven Kingdom seems to symbolize the way Dany is destroying her own kingdom with her ~fire and blood~.


    9. The Hound's last scene with Arya echoes the time he was trying to save Sansa from King's Landing. Unlike then, the Hound succeeds this time.


    It's significant that Arya calls him "Sandor" and thanks him β€” after their fraught history, she recognizes him as more than a "dog" and acknowledges the good he's done.

    10. Meanwhile, the Hound manages to take his brother out finally in Cleganebowl, but he also dies in fire in King's Landing β€” the exact fate he fled to avoid in Season 2.


    Like Dany, his worst fear comes true in this episode.

    Also, before he dies, the Mountain gouges his eyes out β€” which seems to be his go-to move (hello, Oberyn).

    11. As for Arya, she flees on a white horse that possibly ties back in with the white horse she gained with the help of the Hound in Season 4. The Stark theme poignantly plays over this scene.


    It seems to be symbolic of her choosing life, freedom, and her family over death. Her arc in this episode also ties in with Jon's during the Battle of the Bastards, right down to the crush she experiences. Like Jon before her, this seems to be Arya's moment to find herself again after all the death and destruction she's been through.

    12. Jaime got his wish to die in the arms of the woman he loves. Meanwhile, Cersei dies with Jaime's hands at her throat β€” which could be fulfilling the valonqar prophecy, if you squint a little.


    Before they die, Jaime tells Cersei, "Nothing else matters, only us," which is something the twins have told each other throughout the series.

    On another note, the fact that Cersei dies by being crushed by a building could also be a callback to the way she crushed/blew up all the people in the sept: The two "twin pillars" of the crown and the church that she always talked about are finally in balance again β€” they have both been leveled in a Mad Queen's blaze of fury.

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