Game of Thrones season eight, episode five was titled The Bells and saw all hell breaking loose in King’s Landing after Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) launched her final assault on the city to take control of the Seven Kingdoms. She took on Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who was hoping for a swift victory with the final dragon killed off by her ingenious scorpions. But her plans for victory didn’t quite pan out.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season 8, episode 5
Instead, she was sadly informed by Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser) that all of the scorpions were destroyed while the Iron Fleet decimated.
The Golden Company, whom she’d hired to dispose of Daenerys, also lay in a ruinous state as her armies were overcome by the Unsullied and remaining Dothraki forces.
Cersei was advised to flee from King’s Landing before she could be captured or killed by the Mother of Dragons.
As Cersei made her getaway, King’s Landing was burning around her. The Bells cut to various characters during the episode – much like during the Battle of Winterfell in The Long Night.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was seen fighting at various points as he saved a woman from being raped by one of his own soldiers, realising with growing horror they were no better than the enemy.
Did Jon Snow die in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 5?
The short answer is no, Jon Snow did not die Game of Thrones season eight, episode five.
The final shot finished with a battle-weary Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) riding off on the back of a white horse amid the chaos and death, suggesting pretty much everyone in King’s Landing had been burnt to a crisp after an insane Daenerys took back the city with fire and blood.
However, it seems highly unlikely such a major character would have an off-screen death. Jon is probably somewhere in the city reeling in shock after allowing the Mother of Dragons to use such brutality to bring the people to heel.
Many characters weren’t seen at the end of episode five, The Bells, as the final battle was won but that doesn’t automatically mean they had been slain.
For instance, we didn’t see Greyworm (Jacob Anderson), who was avenging the death of his beloved Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel).
The characters who did end up getting killed were Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek), Varys (Conleth Hill) and Harry Strickland (Marc Rissmann).
Also, among the dead were Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) and his brother Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) after an epic and gruesome fight between the siblings.
Ambiguity surrounding the death of Jon was also created by the Game of Thrones season eight, episode six preview as well as the first look pictures from the finale.
Both only featured Daenerys and Tyrion, which suggested that everyone else had met the Seven Gods in one way or another.
But the bottom line is, fans won’t know who was killed until they tune in for the final episode – and it’s highly unlikely the main players have been killed.
We are also likely to see further deaths in the finale as the fallout from Daenerys’ murderous rampage will hit home.
Both Tyrion and Jon were stunned by Daenerys’ lack of mercy when the surrender bells were tolled, signalling the city had fallen.
Instead of choosing to end things bloodlessly, Daenerys made the foolhardy choice to resort to using Drogon to wipe out her enemies. In doing so, she finally became just like her father and the Mad Queen.
Game of Thrones season 8 airs on HBO in the US on Sundays 9pm ET and on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK on Mondays at 2am & 9pm BST
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