Game of Thrones | Season 8 Episode 5 'The Bells' Review


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  • Rosamund Powell
    Rosamund Powell  1 days back

    I do mind that Dany went "mad queen", because her character arc was repeating (to a certain extent) Cersei's arc. I mean . . . after six seasons, Cersei came to the point where she went "mad queen" at the end of Season Six. And now, we're expected to swallow a similar arc for Daenerys? Even worse, in such a short space of time? Were Benioff and Weiss that unoriginal? Or was Martin?

    That whole spiel about Tagaryens is nonsense and poor writing. It's another attempt to show how certain people are doomed to become evil or insane, because of genetics. This is just sloppy writing of the worst kind.

    • Dave Robb
      Dave Robb  2 days back

      So the whole plan to get Cersei to have a truce or join them in the war vs the dead turned out to be really important. Dany could never win the iron throne if she went north first.

      • Jo-Ann
        Jo-Ann  2 days back

        Recently she has lost two of her dragon 'children', her two closest friends, the man she loves rejects her, she looks at the Red Keep knowing the people who's family killed her father and took her home are within reach, she has recently come out of a horrific war with the dead which resulted in many more human deaths, she knows one of her close advisors tried to poison her thus betraying her, she is going through intense grief....probably even mixed in with the grief of her first husband and dead child as well as being traumatised from all the recent events. All grief tends to come at once and is irrational. I think you have to go through intense grief alone to understand how she could have reached that point. I think its a bit more than 'flipping a coin'.

        • Jort Manshanden
          Jort Manshanden  1 weeks back

          The prophecy of Cersei dying strangled in the arms of her younger brother came true. It was good.

          • vic ferg
            vic ferg  2 weeks back

            These two keep trying to find a reason to justify what Daenerys did or a way to writters could've justified it... but that was the point, making her doing something horrible and unjustified. The problem with the series was how they developed that situation.

            • crazy cat lady
              crazy cat lady  3 weeks back

              after 40:00 you said about Jamie "he's good and bad" and i heard "he's good in bed" lol

              • The Irish Elk
                The Irish Elk  3 weeks back

                Cercies death was bullshit especially after all the crap she did

                • Dave Robb
                  Dave Robb  4 weeks back

                  They were younglings!

                  • Darth KEK
                    Darth KEK  4 weeks back

                    The problem with Dany was not the razing of King's Landing. It's that she did it after surrender. That bell tolling was the CITY saying they accepted her as the Queen. It wasn't a chime of defeat - not for her - it was a chime of victory. She would have revelled in it. If the show runners wanted to raze Kings Landing, fine. DON'T RING THE BELL. Have the "ring the bell ring the bell" comment from the crowd, but then more shout "no" and "why don't you fuck off back to where you came from you foreign whore?" and jeers. THEN she would raze the city, sure.

                    • Darth KEK
                      Darth KEK  4 weeks back

                      Game of Thrones Season 8 - The Bell Ends.

                      Yes I'm amazing.

                      • Gold Paladin101
                        Gold Paladin101  4 weeks back

                        Sorry about the rude comment a few videos back. And the Twitter commnt lads. You guys are alright.

                        • AoDAzrael
                          AoDAzrael  4 weeks back

                          The main point that everyone misses about the sacking of King's Landing is that Daenarys DOES NOT TRUST ANYONE anymore with the exception of Greyworm. All she knows if Cersei is that she is a liar and a schemer. Who's to say that Cersei isn't going to pull something during the surrender meeting? She already tricked them once when she promised that Lannister forces would ride north. Sure, Tyrion said that the bells would ring...but he has fucked up every plan for 2 seasons, why should she believe that Tyrion isn't making another poor decision with the release of Jamie and trusting Cersei to run or surrender? She wanted to seal the deal, right then and there.

                          She also does not care for the Westerosi, not really. Even in earlier episodes she characterizes the fight against the night King as something she's doing for Jon and not for the people of the seven kingdoms. As far as she's concerned, the people of King's Landing are the people who stole everything from her family and fucked everything.

                          • I say thee nay
                            I say thee nay  4 weeks back

                            I hope Maisey kept her costume. She'd win 100% of Arya Stark Cosplay events forever afterwards.

                            • WiZ
                              WiZ  4 weeks back

                              *so she had an episode like Hodor...when her dad kept saying burn them all?*

                              • Kendra Barton
                                Kendra Barton  4 weeks back

                                I'm honestly the most upset about Sandor. I don't think Clegane bowl needed to happen, i don't think it should have happened. I think it would have been better if Sandor had died for a different reason, or even have lived. I hope Martin makes the end to that more satisfying than the show did. I felt like it made it pointless. I thought they where going to do something with the lord of light and maybe let Sandor take on Banderians flaming sword or what ever to wield his fear against his brother, maybe to protect someone, maybe Arya, rather than need revenge. I don't know, I felt like a waste of an opportunity.

                                • desmond davis
                                  desmond davis  4 weeks back

                                  If I become a Patreon will you just skip to FMA: Brotherhood 🤔

                                  • Dark Mage
                                    Dark Mage  4 weeks back

                                    45:08 mark you say stannis wouldn’t do that, Tywin wouldn’t do that.. don’t forget that Tywin in fact DID do that in the original sack of kings landing.

                                    • jmpmo03
                                      jmpmo03  4 weeks back

                                      In the end the House of Lanister truly did not matter to Jamie and Cerci. Just as they told each other time and again. Their family, their legacy, their reputation, their status did not matter to them. "The only thing that matters is us". Even as their "house" came crumbling down upon their heads.

                                      • jon b
                                        jon b  1 months back

                                        My take on danny going full on , the people of kings landing were not innocent they were complicit in getting 2 dragons killed misande et al , the bells ring , they get to surrender they get to live when those otehrs died, f that , burn em all! its not madness its loss and rage and belief

                                        • Izenfaust
                                          Izenfaust  1 months back

                                          Danaerys turned Cruella De Vil when the bells were rung

                                          • Frew Ofstew
                                            Frew Ofstew  1 months back

                                            It's almost like she showing Cersei think your bad and will do terrible things...I'll show you who's bad bitch! lady Oleana reflected that she herself lacked imagination! But told the younger Dany to be a Dragon!

                                            • smoore977
                                              smoore977  1 months back

                                              All Hail Bran the Broken

                                              • Josfur Gaming
                                                Josfur Gaming  1 months back

                                                they should castrate those fuking gaytards..... I aint watching star wars in protest if those two gays end up making it. fuking wankers.

                                                • Travis at inkedATTY
                                                  Travis at inkedATTY  1 months back

                                                  How would you have written it? The whole episode before this was her loosing everyone she trusted.

                                                  • Creative_Plays
                                                    Creative_Plays  1 months back

                                                    melisandre unkowingly sacrificed shireen baratheon to save arya stark in s8e5, "only death can pay for life" there is alot of evidence to support this from s3e5 onwards an its an extreme detail everybody seems to have missed !!

                                                    • Les Goodrich
                                                      Les Goodrich  1 months back

                                                      2 things...
                                                      Davos S2E9: "I've never known bells to mean surrender"
                                                      Tyrion S8E5: "If the bells ring, that means they surrender."

                                                      Aaron: "Is there anything she could say to Tyrion or Jon to... justify her actions in your mind?"
                                                      Beau: "Oops?"
                                                      (That killed me)

                                                      • Michael Hollier
                                                        Michael Hollier  1 months back

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                                                        • ttlpwn34
                                                          ttlpwn34  1 months back

                                                          I enjoyed most of this episode. I like how Drogon was used at the start to (for once) effectively pick apart a city's defenses. I like how the fighting inside the city devolves into chaos after Dany goes mad, because that's how the sacking of a city goes. Throughout history, more often than not, victorious attackers in a siege would help themselves to the spoils of war. Raping and pillaging was expected and it sucked to be on the receiving end of a proper sacking.
                                                          And like was mentioned in the video, I didn't like how Danny's madness was handled. When the bells were ringing and we start to see Danny, I was thinking "Ok, she was hyped up on adrenaline, but now that the bells are ringing she can take a deep breath and calm down." Nope.
                                                          I think the Anakin comparison was apt. Anakin slaughtering the younglings would be something I'd expect after a few years of being Vader, but I'm pretty sure the sacking of the Jedi Temple happened that same night. So yeah, I think there wasn't enough time between Missandei's death and the siege of King's Landing for us to see a proper spiral into madness. Maybe have every other attempt at taking King's Landing fail, and with each failure she gets more frustrated and more volatile. Only then would it make more sense, and be more compelling to see her go Mad Queen.
                                                          As for Cersei, I thought it was fine. You wanted her to go out like a bad ass? Cersei was only ever a bad ass when there was no risk to her own well being. Stannis attacks King's Landing, she's readied to sip on some poison. Sparrow's holding her in the cell, she caves and does the walk. Once it sets in that she's lost every single defense she has, that's it, she' powerless. She is no longer capable of doing anything bad ass because she no longer has the power to make any real moves. That being said, I would've have liked it more if the circumstances were more even, and she did still have moves to make, but she didn't.

                                                          • Nicolas Walsh
                                                            Nicolas Walsh  1 months back

                                                            The Arya part was actually my least favorite part

                                                            • Tracey Savell
                                                              Tracey Savell  1 months back

                                                              I think another 2 to 4 episodes would be far more compelling to see that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Dany's children corrupted her. Dragons.

                                                              • Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
                                                                Wubba Lubba Dub Dub  1 months back

                                                                The hound traveled four days with Arya and at the last minute was like "nah go home" lol

                                                                • Tube Stalker 7
                                                                  Tube Stalker 7  1 months back

                                                                  Season 8 was a complete let down. D&D ruined the finale season by completely destroying every character's development. The Night Kings death belonged to Jon, Cersei's death belonged to Arya (using her faceless man training), Jamie should have died in Breanne's arms as an honorable knight, Euron belongs to Yara, and the Golden Company was a disaster. Danny worked her ass off to be a queen and I could totally see her being assassinated by someone from the Maisters Guild and dying in Jon's arms with her leaving the throne to the one person who did not want it, the last Targarion. They should have done the show right and taken 10 seasons. I have more, but you all get my drift.

                                                                  • Kristina Guyban
                                                                    Kristina Guyban  1 months back

                                                                    Oh but madness is not logical. The fight for King's Landing was enough to do it to her. She had aggrandized and romanticized this battle for a very long time, and also had a vision(hallucination?) of King's Landing covered in ash with the undying. She had fantasized about this forever. Something was said about her "good intentions." Good intentions and insanity are not mutually exclusive. To believe so shows a lack of understanding of insanity. Along with being genetically predisposed to psychosis she has a long history of trauma, and has suffered recent deaths of close loved ones. People who experience psychosis experience something called funeral mania, which means they do not handle death the same way a normal person does. To assume so is extremely naive. This is very psychiatrically accurate and accurate portrayal of mental illness is very rare in pop culture. Kudos to them. People will look back on this and applaud it.

                                                                    • Duncan Sands
                                                                      Duncan Sands  1 months back

                                                                      The Hound's ending was excellent stop bitching!!

                                                                      • Duncan Sands
                                                                        Duncan Sands  1 months back

                                                                        Read your Shakespeare 'cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war'; people under siege who did not surrender faced annihilation if the enemy got in; every single thing alive was murdered; the writers gave you the real fucking deal and you bitch like Micky Mouse has just fucked your sister|!

                                                                        • ChaoticEnigma
                                                                          ChaoticEnigma  1 months back

                                                                          Daenerys: I will nor be the Queen of Ashes.

                                                                          Everyone: Well, that was a fucking lie.

                                                                          • katerina michou
                                                                            katerina michou  1 months back

                                                                            Daenerys, as from the very start of the show, has always taken the cities she took without war..
                                                                            She burnt the leaders, the masters, the kings, sometimes without even a warning.. she just killed the people in charge and took charge herself.
                                                                            Why is it so reasonable , for this specific character, to not have done the same thing with Cersei when she arrived to Westeros?
                                                                            Why did she not fly to KL and burn the palace down, even from the beginning of season seven? I haven’t yet understood why three dragons weren’t enough to take Cersei out of the picture without war, either by killing her or forcing her to surrender. Obviously, from this episode, one dragon was enough to kill everybody she need to kill and the palace was destroyed and fell on their heads.. What if she had gone to KL with three of them? Her enemies wouldn’t even have the time to go down the stairs of the palace if they refused to surrender... nobody would have to go and bring a zombie to convince Cersei to join them in their quest. Nobody important to her would have to be put in danger.. there are so many things that don’t make sense to me

                                                                            • xj mxms
                                                                              xj mxms  1 months back

                                                                              euron slowed jamie down enough so the passage was blocked. im givin him that kill.

                                                                              • Robin McDonald
                                                                                Robin McDonald  1 months back

                                                                                I just want to address that this was that

                                                                                In medieval battles when the soldiers came to a city they were given one chance for the governor to open the gates. If they forced them to fight for the city then no mercy would be shown.
                                                                                As example going use Shakespeares Henry V asking for the surrender of Hafleur. Henry is a good king but fearsome king. like Daenarys Here Henry solicits the Governor for surrender (abridged)
                                                                                Governor what do you say?
                                                                                This is your last opportunity to plead for mercy;

                                                                                I describe myself best as a soldier,
                                                                                If I begin the battery once again, 
                                                                                I will not leave Harfleur
                                                                                Till in her ashes she lie buried. 
                                                                                The gates of mercy shall be all shut up, 
                                                                                Know my soldiers are rough from battle, Ill let them loose upon you freely and with a bloody hand they shall rage 

                                                                                Entering in with minds as wide as hell, mowing like grass
                                                                                Your fresh young virgins and your blossoming infants. 
                                                                                What do I care, if uncaring war, 
                                                                                Array'd in flames like Satan red faced
                                                                                brings your town to waste and desolation when you brought it all upon yourself.
                                                                                What is it to me if your pure maidens are forced to the ground by heated soldiers and raped? Who can hold them back once this ball of licentious wickedness is rolling downhill? When enraged soldiers come to take their spoil.

                                                                                Pity yourselves and plead mercy now.

                                                                                If not you will soon see the blind and bloody handed soldier defile the locks of your shrieking daughters. Your fathers taken by their silver beards and their reverend heads dashed upon the walls. You will see your newborn babies split on pikes atop the wall.

                                                                                While the mad mothers with their howls break the clouds. As did the jewish wives wail during Herod's bloody time witnessing the slaughter of their babies.
                                                                                What say you. Will you yield and this avoid? Or guilty in defense be thus destroyed.

                                                                                Traditionally you get one chance to bow the knee. Cerce defiant slew Misandree. Her having seen what was behind the walls her last words said Burn them all without mercy. Looking at the Red Keep Dany knew Cerce did not plead for mercy from her people.The way they would handle it in our historical times were to murder plunder rape and burn it all to the ground without mercy. They would be given no mercy that no one hearing of their horrors would fail to bow the knee.  Tyrion invented this second chance deal with the bells. Basically attempting to restrain Dany again. You noted neither Dany or Greyworm seemed plussed about the idea. Ironically its once again Tyrians advice will be her downfall.  If I haven't made my point, if the city defy's you utterly destroy it. When she paused, she was weighing the advice of her bad advisors and loss of dragons and her best advisor. Who said Dracarys. She also advised her Trust your self and follow the path that only you see.

                                                                                • Ankit Das
                                                                                  Ankit Das  1 months back

                                                                                  Dany burns the people she is supposed to rule... she burns down the castle shes supposed to live in. the vision of the iron throne in a broken down red keep comes true. what will she gain at the end of this???...more enemies than allies.. the north is already against her. lets hope she doesnt go and burn down winterfell now.

                                                                                  • Moses Seu
                                                                                    Moses Seu  1 months back

                                                                                    To all you game of throne fans because of this season do you regret watching it?? Cause i was thinking of starting but im not sure now.

                                                                                    • xj mxms
                                                                                      xj mxms  1 months back

                                                                                      watch until s 7

                                                                                  • Joseph Nash
                                                                                    Joseph Nash  1 months back

                                                                                    There is no way an extended work of fiction can be concluded without some one hating the conclusion. Considering the limitations of visual storytelling, I think the show runners have done just fine.

                                                                                    • Karim Essafi
                                                                                      Karim Essafi  1 months back

                                                                                      The darkest episode was the Long Night ;)
                                                                                      But this is the worst episode ever for sure

                                                                                      • Arhok21
                                                                                        Arhok21  1 months back

                                                                                        Im done. This was one of the worst episodes of the entire show.

                                                                                        • M. Alloash
                                                                                          M. Alloash  1 months back

                                                                                          Im sorry , can anyone address where's the fucking snow !!, When Jamie left king's landing at the end of season 7 it started snowing before he left,even tho they keep mentioning how long winter last in this FUCKING SHOW , after few episodes it the winter is never mentioned again!, There's no snow at all in episode 5 ! WTF.

                                                                                          • Patrick Franklin
                                                                                            Patrick Franklin  1 months back

                                                                                            This subverting expectations for the sake of spectical has destroyed this show. I can respect your wanting to put a positive spin on elements of this episode, but the writers and show runners have been trashing the Game since season 6. The last straw was season 8 epi 3 with the destruction of the Night King. I'm just watching now out of curiosity as to how bad it will be.
                                                                                            The best out come would be that the John kills Dany in front of her armies, stabbing her through the heart, Rhaegal blasts John with flame, but he survives exposing him as truly being Targarian lighting his valerian steel sword and he kills Rhaegal with it or makes Rhaegal submit to his will and all the 7 kingdoms bow before him. It will still be a crap finish.

                                                                                            • Dee Houston
                                                                                              Dee Houston  1 months back

                                                                                              You nerds don't get it. There was a fifty/fifty chance (flipping the coin) that a Targaryen Daenerys would have a sudden trigger and Daenerys' trigger was no one she could trust or love. Everyone she loved was killed or rejected her (Jon). We have been told all season long this might happen and was said dozens of times and WHY Robert B. wanted to kill her, among other reasons. As far as it happening too fast, this was a woman scorned!! Look at her life and tell me if it wouldn't have driven YOU mad once you had the chance to get your revenge. The people of Westeros SUCK! Remember how they would go back and forth on Cersei or Joffrey. Jeezus people, get real!!! This was the ultimate and the most inevitable ending of Dany! Don't believe me? Check out this video :

                                                                                              • gypsyspears
                                                                                                gypsyspears  1 months back

                                                                                                It was a better episode than others this season but OMG, lazy writing everywhere. Euron´s desire to kill Jaime came from nowhere, and all we have seen of him so far is that he is a survivor above all else. The writers did not sell Danny´s turn to the darkside at all.