As the war plays out and King’s Landing is engulfed in flames, Cersei mourns the end of her reign. At the same time, Arya and the Hound disagree over who will get to kill Cersei. He begs her to leave and save her own life, and in an uncharacteristic move, Arya agrees to let him handle ending Cersei. Arya leaves and the Hound progresses to Cersei. He kills all of the soldiers she has with her then takes on the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), his big brother. Cersei quietly shuffles away.
While the Hound and the Mountain fight, Cersei and Jaime run into each other and embrace, crying. The ceiling is falling and they escape to safety. The Hound lands a sword in the Mountain’s belly, but it doesn’t affect him. Their epic fight continues, culminating in the Hound stabbing the Mountain in the head then sacrificing himself and his brother by throwing them both off the side of the castle and into pits of flames.
At the same time, Arya slinks through King’s Landing, seeing hordes of singed townspeople. There’s so much panic that she gets trampled and tries to crawl out from under people’s feet. Then, a woman pulls her up off the ground and the crowd pushes her forward. An explosion transpires, and she wakes, covered in ash and blood. She runs again, only to find herself face-to-face with the same woman who helped her earlier. Arya insists that they have to move if they want to stay alive, but the woman is injured as they push forward. Another explosion knocks Arya out and when she comes to again, she’s alone (without the woman and the child she was trying to save) and the city is in ruins. There are charred bodies clinging to one another à la Pompeii and a single white horse stained with blood standing amidst the flames. She rides the horse off into the distance like the hero she is.
Back in Jaime and Cersei land, they learn that all of their exits have been blocked off. There’s no way out. Cersei begins to cry that she wants their baby to live and that she doesn’t want to die like this. He tells her “nothing else matters, only us.” Then, they’re buried under rubble as the castle falls.
Welp, Emilia Clarke was right. That was more intense than the Battle of Winterfell. But where do we go from here? At least we know either Jon or Dany will take the throne. (Fingers crossed it’s Jon, because Dany is not of sound mind.)
Game of Thrones returns for its final episode next Sunday, May 19, at 9 p.m. PT/ET.