Warning: Contains major spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, The Bells.
"l've always hated the bells. They ring for horror. A dead king, a city under siege."
It was a dead Queen rather than a King (unless you count Euron, which no one but him does), but otherwise, Varys' words echoed hauntingly across the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones' eighth and final season, given even more eery prescience by the fact the episode opened with his death. Perhaps that was a good thing, because he truly would've hated what came when those bells started to ring.
While we knew a battle at King's Landing was coming, there wasn't much preparation for this, an all-out blistering, horrors of war epic that put a dazzling dragon in the air but more importantly showed us the terrifying plight of those on the ground. Not, as you might think, crushed under the boot of Cersei Lannister, but instead burned under the fire and the fury of Daenerys Targaryen. It's a game-changer that comes oh-so-late in the game, setting up a monumental shift ahead of the series finale, and leaving a number of questions lying amongst the ashes.
NCTJ-qualified journalist. Most definitely not a racing driver. Drink too much tea; eat too much peanut butter; watch too much TV. Sadly only the latter paying off so far.
A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.