‘Game Of Thrones’ Series Finale: The Foreshadowing About Arya Stark And Daenerys You May Have Missed In Episode 5
There was a lot of controversy surrounding the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. Aside from the storytelling aspects of the installment, titled “The Bells,” it may have been one of the show’s most important episodes to date. Not only did it feature the end of Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) reign at King’s Landing, but it also showed Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) completely losing her cool and turning into the Mad Queen.
While many fans were disappointed by Daenerys’ story arc, there is no denying that the episode featured some amazing cinematography. Watching Drogon destroy King’s Landing was both terrifying and visually pleasing. But amid the immense destruction, fans probably missed some important foreshadowing related to Daenerys and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).
Daenerys’ Mad Queen storyline was foreshadowed
For most fans, watching Daenerys kill innocent women and children in last week’s episode seemingly came out of the blue. Turns out, Daenerys does not have as good of a hold on her temper than we previously thought, and she shares more traits with Aerys Targaryen, the original Mad King, than Rhaegar Targaryen.
Even still, the idea that she would completely burn down King’s Landing just because she lost another dragon and her right-hand advisor seemed a little rushed. But there were a few times when this ending was foreshadowed on the show.
Back in Season 2, Daenerys had a vision of the future while tracking down her three dragons in Qarth. In her vision, Daenerys walked through a destroyed Red Keep that had been blanketed with a fine layer of snow.
Looking back, however, it may be better to interpret the white particles as ash, despite the fact that it was definitely snow. According to CNET, Bran had a similar vision in Season 5, though his added a shadow of a dragon flying overhead.
Arya gets some closure
The scene between Arya and The Hound (Rory McCann), aka Sandor Clegane, had callbacks on multiple levels. For starters, The Hound convinced Arya to leave the city right before he entered the Red Keep to kill his brother. Arya is desperate for revenge, but The Hound forcibly tells her that she will die if she continues with him.
As Arya retreats from certain death, she turns and tells Sandor, “thank you,” which is very similar to what Bran told Theon Greyjoy right before the Night King ended his life.
On another level, The Hound’s speech to Arya was a clear callback to what he told Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in Season 2. As fans will recall, The Hound tried to convince Sansa to leave King’s Landing with him while Stannis’ forces were about to raid the city.
Sansa ultimately decided to stay and take her chances with Stannis. Things did not turn out so well for Sansa, but, as she said this season, she would not have become a strong leader if it hadn’t been for the trials she experienced.
Will Arya kill Daenerys?
There is little doubt that Daenerys will have to answer for killing so many innocent women and children in the battle of King’s Landing. The leading theory so far is that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) will be the one to take down Daenerys, though another fan theory argues that Arya will be the one to deliver the final blow. Arya had a front row seat to the destruction in King’s Landing and watched Daenerys incinerate a mom and child she was helping escape.
Arya got knocked out by some building rubble at some point in the battle. When she woke up, the only thing she could find that was still living was a white horse. Fans are theorizing that the horse is a symbol of death and means that Arya will be the person who takes Daenerys off the Iron Throne. It is entirely possible that Arya seeks vengeance for what happened, and, given her talents, she is likely to succeed. Exactly what happens after, however, is anyone’s guess.
The final episode of Game of Thrones airs Sunday night on HBO.