Could the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Promo Be Any More Ominous?

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

Suffice it to say, the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones made us question everything. After eight seasons of building up Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) as our hero, season eight, episode five, titled “The Bells,” torched her reputation as a tough but benevolent leader in an instant. One might hope she’d have a change of heart and feel some remorse for burning down an entire city and its citizens. But, in the series finale promo, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Following the carnage of last night’s episode, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Arya (Maisie Williams) walk around what’s left of King’s Landing (separately) in disbelief. Tyrion tried to convince his queen to take King’s Landing in a less violent way, but she refused. Now, he’s seeing the true extent of her madness, and it’s horrifying. Arya is less familiar with Daenerys but, even so, she can tell the Mother of Dragons has completely lost it.

The Dothraki, however, seem undeterred by their queen’s brutal assault on King’s Landing and they continue to cheer for her and their victory against Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) army.

Between the dark mis-en-scene, menacing music and Daenerys’s slow Night King–esque walk to address her subjects, it’s clear as day that her reign over King’s Landing and all of Westeros for that matter will be a bleak one. For now, all we can hope is that it’ll be a short one and that Jon (Kit Harington), Tyrion, Arya or Sansa will step up to take her place.

If you need us, we’ll be quietly processing last night’s episode for the rest of the day.


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