The Prophecies Fulfilled in 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 5
If you’ve been closely watching every episode of Game of Thrones since the first season, you know the showrunners have been "planting" prophecies, visions, and clues about major plot points of the show. Many of these prophecies have already been fulfilled, and there a few more crucial ones we await to occur in the final episode.
The final season's highly anticipated fifth episode entitled “The Bells” was filled with these prophetic fruitions. Before we all get ready for the finale, let’s look back at the foreshadowing from previous seasons that finally happened in Episode 5. There might be remaining clues within the past episodes that can help us decipher how the series will end.
1. On Daenerys Targaryen being the 'Mad Queen'
The show has been dropping hints of Daenerys Targaryen's state of mind throughout the entire series, but the showrunners doubled down on it this season. Burning King's Landing and its civilians is probably the strongest indication yet that Daenerys has indeed become the 'Mad Queen.'
Some fans were disappointed with how the Mother of Dragons' character turned out after seven seasons of character development and triumph for Daenerys. But it's not without some merit. In the books, madness and paranoia were not uncommon for Targaryens, due to their tradition of inbreeding and incestuous relationships. What we're seeing with Daenerys now is reflective of her father's insanity. Aside from also having a Lannister as Hand of the King, Aerys II Targaryen also started as a benevolent ruler, bringing peace and prosperity to the Seven Kingdoms, but eventually succumbed to a similar madness.
2. Daenerys' vision in the House of the Undying
The vision Daenerys had in the House of the Undying had a lot of interpretations, but as we get to the show's conclusion, it's starting to make more sense now. Since Arya had already killed the Night King, we can assume the white flakes we saw falling from above the throne room in Dany's vision could actually be ashes, not snow.
In this episode, we saw Daenerys raining fire on the Red Keep, almost destroying the entire castle and sending ashes everywhere. Backing this up was Bran's vision of King's Landing back in Season 4, where we saw a glimpse of a dragon's shadow flying over the city. Going back to Dany's vision, we also saw her walking to the Iron Throne and touching it, but not sitting on it, which alludes to the fact that she's not the rightful heir. As the vision progressed, we saw Dany distracted by the sound of her dragons. She followed the sound to this door that brought her to The Wall, which predicted her travel to the North to help fight off the White Walkers.
The only part of the vision that we have yet to see fulfilled or interpreted is when she met Khal Drogo and her unborn son. This could mean anything, but one theory that's gaining traction is that she will be reunited with them in the afterlife.
3. Cersei's prophecy and Jaime's foreshadowing
Jaime and Cersei Lannister's deaths were a shock to fans, since it had been highly anticipated the prophecy of Maggy the Frog would come true. As it turns out, the crucial part of the prophecy, the Valonqar (which means "little brother" in Valyrian), did happen, but not quite literally as fans had hoped for.
In the prophecy, Maggy told Cersei, "And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you."
In their final moments, Jaime held a weeping Cersei in the face and neck as the ceiling of the keep collapsed. If Cersei had the prophecy, Jamie also had his own foreshadowing of his demise. Back in Episode 4, Season 5, Jamie and Bronn were sitting on the coast of Dorne, discussing absurd ways to die, when Jamie told Bronn that he wants to die in the arms of the woman he loves.
4. Sandor and Ser Gregor Clegane
The brothers have hated each other since they were children. It was Ser Gregor's doing that almost half of Sandor's face had a burn scar. Back in Season 7, when they met at the Dragonpit Summit, The Hound told his brother, "Remember me? Yeah you do. You're even f*ckin' uglier than I am now. What did they do to you? Doesn't matter, that's not how it ends for you brother, you know who's coming for you. You've always know."
Since that meeting, it was clear that the much-awaited "Cleganebowl" was bound to happen sooner than later. In "The Bells," the two were critically wounded after a violent confrontation. The brothers met their demise when The Hound tackled his brother through a crumbling wall, causing them to fall to the fiery castle grounds below.
5. Arya Stark's prophecy and the white horse
Melisandre's prophecy of Arya back in Season 3 foretold she would shut brown, blue, and green eyes forever. The most prominent figure she dispatched with brown eyes was Walder Frey, the mastermind of the infamous Red Wedding. The one with blue eyes, as we learned in "The Long Night," was the Night King himself. That just leaves us with the pair of green eyes that she has yet to "shut forever." Only Cersei and Daenerys have such eye color in the show. But upon Episode 5's conclusion, we know those eyes aren't Cersei's, which leaves us to speculate that Daenerys (even though she has violet eyes in the books) will be assassinated by Arya, in one form or another.
Then there's also the case of the white horse suddenly appearing out of nowhere in the aftermath of the attack on King's Landing. That horse belonged to Harry Strickland, the leader of the Golden Company. Many fans believe this is a nod to Arya being the Angel of Death.