Game of Thrones: Such was the showdown between Cersei and Daenerys

Who in the end sits on the Iron Throne? This question has occupied fans of the hit series "Game of Thrones" since the beginning of the eighth season (every Monday at Sky). In episode five, it came to a showdown between Queen Cersei Lennister (Lena Headey) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who wants to push Cersei from the throne and claims the power over the Seven Kingdoms for themselves. But will Daenerys not only sacrifice Cersei and her army, but tens of thousands of innocents to reach their goal? Attention, the following sections contain massive spoilers for the brand new episode "The Bells", in English "The Bells".

Treachery is followed by death

Daenerys is in revenge mode after the death of her close confidant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). With reason seems to be no getting through with her anymore. In addition, she feels betrayed. Above all, Jon Schnee (Kit Harington), who has blurted out his true identity to the Stark siblings, "although I begged him not to do it". The treachery of Varys (Conleth Hill), which you Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) put, they leave - unlike Jon's inadequacy - not unpunished. The spider goes up in flames. It should not be the last betrayal and the last death in this episode.

Does Tyrion recklessly sacrifice his life?

Tyrion frees his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who was picked up by Daenerys' people on the way to Königsmund. It becomes clear: The love between these siblings is indestructible. Because Tyrion deceives his queen for the good of his family. He even wants to help Jaime and Cersei escape, so they can lead a new life with their baby. He also asks Jaime to ring the bells of Königsmund. These are to serve as a sign that Cersei and her subjects surrender, so that no innocents die.

"The lives of tens of thousands of innocents against that of a not-so-innocent dwarf," Tyrion says, before thanking his brother for never treating him like a "monster." Without Jaime, he would not have survived his youth: "You were everything I had." Who would have thought that a tears steal in the eye with a Lennister hug? It comes, as it must...

The sinking of Königsmund

Daenerys sets fire on the back of Drogon only Euron Graufreud (Pilou Asbæk) fleet in flames, and evades the spears skillfully. The spears that killed an episode of one of their dragons. Somewhat astonished leaves one behind. But then, without batting an eye, she breaks through the protective walls of Königsmund, so that Jon, Gray Worm (Jacob Anderson) and her men can penetrate into the city. Cersei has entrenched himself in the Red Keep. "The Red Keep has never fallen and will not fall today," but she is not right. Finally, the bells ring.

But Daenerys shows no mercy and continues her fiery vendetta. She lets King's Mouth burn and teaches the people to fear. Even the laying down of the swords of Cerseis army shows no effect. Even gray worm knows no mercy. Cerseis men are massacred, as are all the innocents who cross their path. Jon dawns that his beloved queen has fallen into madness. In the midst of the bloodbath he orders the retreat of his men. Nevertheless, Königsmund is visited by ashes, blood and death. Incidentally, German margrave Marc Rissmann, aka Harry Strickland, is the victim of the carnage - through the gray worm spear.

New ways for Arya and the Bloodhound

"I'm going to kill Queen Cersei," Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) says before the carnage in Königsmund. But all the fan theories that have considered this move possible are not true. Ironically Sandor Clegane aka Bloodhound (Rory McCann) talks to her conscience - as they are already on their way to the Red Keep. His entire life he had been driven by revenge. Do you want to become like him? "If you follow me now, you will die here," he says. And Arya is actually giving up her plan. "Sandor, thank you," are her last words to him.

It follows the fight that fans have been waiting for: Cleganebowl! The bloodhound lets Cersei pass by unscathed before he starts his brother, Gregor Clegane aka Berg (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). The mountain sends Cerseis hand Qyburn (Anton Lesser) into eternal hunting grounds. The brothers fight is merciless and surprising. After all, Gregor Clegane loses his armor in the course of this and reveals his head and upper body. He is superior to the bloodhound. Not even a knife in the head seems to be able to kill the mountain."Now finally die," says Sandor Clegane. Then he crashes them both to death.

The queen is dead, long live the queen?

And Queen Cersei? She meets her beloved brother Jaime, who arrives at her with the most serious injuries. He owes it to Euron Greufreudud, who almost blew him the lights - also in a duel. Although Jaime could still bring him down, but Euron sees himself in the face of death not as a loser: "I am the conqueror of Jaime Lennister," are his last words.

Jaime wants to rescue Cersei from the collapsing city as Tyrion told him to. But in the catacombs the way is blocked by boulders. Cersei implores Jaime that she does not want to die. "I want our baby to live." Your wish is not fulfilled. Jaimes last words to his sister: "Nothing else matters, just you and me." They hug and find death together - under the rubble of Königsmund. Brienne from Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) never had a chance.

Arya was able to escape from Königsmund, but how are things going for her? Will she possibly kill another queen than she suspects? How will Jon deal with Daenerys, who seems to have gone mad? Will she kill the man she loves, but who can dispute the throne? Does she come after Tyrion's betrayal and kill him too? Does she want to kill everyone who does not swear allegiance to her? And what role will the North still play? Will there be a showdown between Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Daenerys? The grand finale could hold one or two surprises.

Game of Thrones: Why Daenerys Was Cersei All Along - Two Sides of the Same Queen (March 2023).

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