Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 explained

  • Published on May 13, 2019
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  • benegeseritwhore
    benegeseritwhore Month ago

    It seems like you( and D&D) simply cherrypicked moments to paint Dany's actions as in character and inevitable, instead out of character and forced. You mentions moments of foreshadowing, but don't talk about seasons of character development. Why did Dany choose wise and kind advisers? Why was she angry at the slavers? Why did she command her armies not to rape? Why did she go north and fight the undead? To take multidimensional character and flip a switch to paint her as one dimensional villain in the last two episodes is just so lazy, such a betrayal of the audience investment in the series.

  • Terell Chapman
    Terell Chapman Month ago

    16:10 not necessarily. Jamie kind of did choke the life out of her. He stopped her from leaving. From going on and living her life. Jamie made her accept death

  • Sal ty
    Sal ty Month ago

    2, 3 and 5 best episodes of the show I think. Love me some GoT now, Y'all!

  • Wesley Wiygul
    Wesley Wiygul Month ago

    Ptobably the best show on tv and it only had 5 episodes........... fuck u for whoever decided to make them that short

  • Ashley&Dave Sargent

    This show is over ruined and HBO doesn't care they made there money on to the next bullshit series goodbye

  • Jamin Mays
    Jamin Mays Month ago

    Lol people out here just mad because they named their children after her and got tattoos of her face :D

  • Estelle A
    Estelle A Month ago

    Robert, honestly, there's no need for you to try and "explain" the episodes anymore. The episodes this season and last season have been so stupid it's amazing that you and other channels are still trying to make it seem as if D&D actually had a plan here. They didn't and it shows. There so much going on that is simply unforgivable. I just wish that you would give them the critique they deserve. The cast and crew have worked so hard for the show to look good and make it work but with writing this bad... It simply doesn't work. I love you and your channel, you are always amazing but I need you to not be so apologetic of this horrible writing. D&D has destroyed George's legacy with this mess.

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  • Andy B
    Andy B 2 months ago +1

    “...Prophecy is like a treacherous woman. She takes your member in her mouth, and you moan with the pleasure of it and think, how sweet, how fine, how good this is... and then her teeth snap shut and your moans turn to screams... Prophecy will bite your prick off everytime,”

    ― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

  • Aren Kevorkian
    Aren Kevorkian 2 months ago +1

    Using dragonfire during an attack is NOT REMOTELY THE SAME AS DESTROYING THE WHOLE CITY AFTER A SURRENDER. You'd think this was patently obvious, but apparently not.

    It'd be one thing if the bells weren't rung, or it'd be one thing if, after they WERE rung, she destroyed the red keep/burnt the lannister soldiers, but this was stupid.

  • elvisglasses 5
    elvisglasses 5 2 months ago

    This episode has left a lingering queasiness in my gut. I can't believe the way they trashed 7.5 years of character development and emotional beats in their stampede for the finish line. Absolutely incomprehensible. (I'm looking at you, Jimmy Lannister. Wtf did you did with Jaime "burn then all/Kingslayer" Lannister.)

  • Teed Epefanio
    Teed Epefanio 2 months ago +2

    ....this is the fall of a once great storyline... I like this IN DEEP GEEK show, so much more, than GOT, itself. Comprehensive, every time... unlike, season 8 of GOT... thx, bro.. I love your show.

  • Christopher Snow
    Christopher Snow 2 months ago

    Varys had king's blood... he's the bastard child of a king... which I couldn't tell you, but that's why they took his "man bits" and put them in the fire, to do stronger fire magic like they did with Gendry. Varys had his head shaved at all times... think about why? Because he was a Targaryen and needed to conceal his white/blond hair lest King Robert kill him.

  • PeterJames Foote
    PeterJames Foote 2 months ago +1

    Shot of Drogon’s shadow shows it just as he turns away. Who is in control is still at issue.

  • PeterJames Foote
    PeterJames Foote 2 months ago

    I distrust the assumption of J/C death because of previous twists. Be satisfied by it because it would make Jamie the Valonqar who has his hands on his sister’s throat as she “died”.

  • PeterJames Foote
    PeterJames Foote 2 months ago

    The horse could also have been warged by Bran who has no need of Drogon anymore.

  • PeterJames Foote
    PeterJames Foote 2 months ago

    At 10:55 in your video you notice what I did, that we never see Dany in control of Drogon as he burns. Consistently in this series assumed facts are often mistaken.

  • PeterJames Foote
    PeterJames Foote 2 months ago +1

    It’s intended to be horrific as a nuclear weapon unleashed on a city would be. I don’t think it’s an accident that the ash covering the city looks more like the destruction of Hiroshima/Nagasaki rather than Pompeii.

  • PeterJames Foote
    PeterJames Foote 2 months ago

    I think that Dany May try to kill Tyrian but will she succeed. He at root is a survivor and has many allies.
    The reason the bells ringing doesn’t work is because of Bran warging Drogon perhaps for reasons we can’t see. Though he does have motives, means and opportunity to ruin Dany’s hopes or destroy hidden resistance,

  • Bender Rodriguez
    Bender Rodriguez 2 months ago

    Beautifully explained.

  • Ababmer Vid
    Ababmer Vid 2 months ago

    No the show is now shit

  • Ritika Tiwari
    Ritika Tiwari 2 months ago

    Have you ever done an audio book before? I think I have listened to an audio book in this voice

  • Vanessa Realrose
    Vanessa Realrose 2 months ago +1

    Its occurred to me we still don't know what Varys heard in those flames.

  • Lriv Del
    Lriv Del 2 months ago

    Now that you mention the valonqar prophecy being left out of Maggy the Frog's prophecy in the show, I've always wondered why the show even brought that up after telling us in S1 that Cercei and Robert had a son who died.

  • Michelle Murphy
    Michelle Murphy 2 months ago

    Daenerys sounds like Hillary Clinton, blaming everyone else.

  • JAFKennedy
    JAFKennedy 2 months ago

    1st They had Arya running scared for ads for the long night , to make us think she would die . She lived & killed the night king !
    They made us think she would kill The evil Queen . She chose life & then tried to save others while running for her life .
    Now they are trying to make us think she will kill the mad Queen .
    Danny will be betrayed for love . If Arya does kills her it will be to save Jon . Or he will to save her & / or other Starks .
    Or the lest expected so it would be the biggest twist ! Gendry , who she thinks should be grateful / loyal , but forgot to have bend the knee when she gave him Storms End . He might kill her to save Arya , the woman he loves !

  • Kevin T
    Kevin T 2 months ago

    Who gives a shit .
    Dumb and Dumber didn’t give a shit when they wrote it.

  • Cinch McCoy
    Cinch McCoy 2 months ago

    The simple reason that the show went down hill is because they ran out of book material because the books were written like a screenplay and made it super easy for sub par writers and directors to look good. Most of the awards that this show has received need to go directly to Martin. As far as this video goes I would have to say you did a great job and I almost totally agree with everything you said.

  • Ekaterina Ponizovskaya Devine

    This is a good points but still the plot is too rushed and the turns are not logical. Yes, Dany had that evil side in her but still it is not believable that she had burned the whole city. Moreover, the show maked her turn into villain just overnight. Yes she had reasons to burn something especially after Misandei screamed "Dracaris". But it would be more consistent with the character that she will fly to Red Keep and destroy it. It could cause some battle on the ground and the burning that had been done already to the wall and Red Keep could cause wildfire explosions and that could make her look not so much heroic as she was before. Definitely Tyrion and Varis should be shown as villains as well. They did betray Dany. If Varis killed Dany as he wanted the war would lasted many years and would kill even more people on both sides. And really is burning Varis worse than beheading him? Both are barbaric punishment that westerosi are comfortable with. Arya also shown a little bit bipolar. One moment she is still determined to kill Cerci another she is not. It should not be rushed. Battle with Night king showed multiple problems from the strategy to why he wanted to kill 3eyed raven himself. Second dragon was killed so easy and after that Dany destroyed all the scorpions as if they were nothing. Again it simply was not well thought. So basically the plot is very unconvincing and poor written. Yes, I agree she could make mistakes that could make her look now as a bad person or mad queen but if the show would follow the way it was before that everyone is not particular evil or good then they should make it not so determined and not so cheesy.

  • uncle gargameld gargameld
    uncle gargameld gargameld 2 months ago +1

    the city had been called on to surrender ,they refused ,so the ram had touched the wall leaving the city open to sack , massacre & destruction , Denny was well within her rights

  • Darren Harris
    Darren Harris 2 months ago +1

    What a pleasure it is to hear such intellectual views on a monumental story.

  • waikikikat42
    waikikikat42 2 months ago +1

    I really like the way you explained this. It is spot on!Thank you! Ppl that are signing the petition to get a redo of season 8 need to watch this.

  • Jimmy P
    Jimmy P 2 months ago

    Theres alot of string pulling

  • Number251137
    Number251137 2 months ago +1

    I was expecting some explanation and debate, not a twenty-minute long narration of what happened in the episode. Talk about subverting expectations!

  • mtksbctk
    mtksbctk 2 months ago


  • Gary Crisp
    Gary Crisp 2 months ago

    What happened to the Golden Companies 2,000 horses they brought over.. 😆😳👎

  • Crispy Pickles
    Crispy Pickles 2 months ago

    Sansa is getting the Throne.

  • Margot E
    Margot E 2 months ago

    I think the symbolism of the white horse was the pale horse and sat upon it was death from the 4 horsemen. I think Arya will take Grey Worms face. I think Jon will see "him" with Needle and think he has killed her. Arya will have to take it off. Jon will have to be the one to kill Dany. I wonder if she will tell Drogon not to kill him as he is the last male heir. His first reaction would be to burn him. I hope Drogon goes back to Valeria and is not killed. I do think Jon will go north to reunite with Ghost. This isn't a romantic show but I wish the Direwolves had been used. They are the sigel of the Starks and I wanted to see Nimeria and her pack again.

  • Randon Ceccoli
    Randon Ceccoli 2 months ago

    Its nice you're still defending it

  • Chris Lewis
    Chris Lewis 2 months ago

    she shouldn't ride her dragon at that time of the month

  • Jens Beust
    Jens Beust 2 months ago

    excellent like always ... but something is missing: Daenerys has fulfilled her vision. The angels of the Lord of Light took care in the last seasons. So I do think that Arya will confront Daenerys, and if Daenerys will return to the angel she was, then a new friendship may begin between Daenerys and Arya.Otherwise Arya will propably kill Danerys. And the angels of the Lord of Light can support Daenerys from now on ... so Daenerys still may be the best queen for the next decades of peace for westeros.

  • Theresa Z
    Theresa Z 2 months ago

    the way Sandor and Gregor died reminded me how Gollum falls into the volcano with the ring. Was a nice touch

  • Theresa Z
    Theresa Z 2 months ago

    to be honest I exspected her to burn the city, but I still think the developement of her actually taking this final step could have been laid out better in the last two seasons. Also, it would have made more sense if she had started with destroying the Red Keep and therefore Cersei, and afterward kind of losing control and taking out the whole city. In my opinion at least

  • EIE
    EIE 2 months ago

    Great work, love your narration. Good question regarding Bran. The Dragon will have to be destroyed, gutted. Bran is the only one who will manage that task.

  • KYSam Hanes
    KYSam Hanes 2 months ago

    All Targaryens do not go mad; Maester Aemon in Castle Black was one of the sanest in the series. Dany was one child of three Targaryen children from parents who were mixed. She never showed any signs of actual madness; all her actions were the results of what needed to be done in the situation...until episode 805. I'm not buying any of this shitty excuse for a character development.

  • Nicko Mocanu
    Nicko Mocanu 2 months ago

    Are you an audiobook narrator by proffession, because you really have the sort of vocabulary, cadence and articulation that makes an outstandingly captivating narrator. :D

  • DrRobin F.A.
    DrRobin F.A. 2 months ago

    Thoughtful and informed, as always. I wish I could hear more from you about Jaime. He was one of the most fascinating and complex characters on GoT...but even so I think the writers should have given us more motive for that sudden abandonment of one woman he loved for another. It would have made sense if he'd come face-to-face with Cersei, if he'd been unable to resist her presence. But to just suddenly turn and leave all these people that he loves and wants to defend? I don't get it.

  • Lyanna Tarstark
    Lyanna Tarstark 2 months ago +1

    I missed your Q & A (work) anyways big fan love your videos. I usually do a super chat. My question is what will the Dothraki and Unsullied do if dany does get murdered. Thoughts?

  • L L
    L L 2 months ago

    Robert, thank you for that fabulous analysis, with very little whinging about some of the missteps. Arya gave up vengeance, but not justice. That girl's white horse being burnt black and clutched in her hand moved Arya. I think she'll go after Dany, to punish her, give her Mercy, etc. And so will JOn. Should be interesting.

  • king clovis
    king clovis 2 months ago

    Can you do an episode explaining why Jon Snow has a man bun? Was that even a thing in medieval England? (on which the show is based)

  • Jauwad Nasir
    Jauwad Nasir 2 months ago

    Because Bran knows it'll have to happen in order for him to end up on the Iron Throne.
    Jojen Reed was more right than any of us thought, when he said to Bran that only one thing matter's. "You."

  • Jake Bradminster
    Jake Bradminster 2 months ago +1

    Episode six will be about the destructive forces of feces.

  • Jay Spencer
    Jay Spencer 2 months ago +3

    I demand that this guy narrate an audiobook.

  • Drew Trotter
    Drew Trotter 2 months ago +1

    The past is already written. The ink is already dry.

  • Jane Huttner
    Jane Huttner 2 months ago

    I don't like how they did this section. I think it would have looked more reasonable if Reagal had been alive and after the surrender someone kills Reagal with a spear. She would have had a reason to ignore the surrender. The way they did it, it just makes her look mad. If she truly wanted to get back at Cersei, she could have just gone for the Red Keep and burned that. But she doesn't. She turns against the whole city, burning innocent women & children, Lannister troops and HER OWN TROOPS.

  • M McBride
    M McBride 2 months ago

    I'm not sure what there is to explain about this episode. It was, hands down, the most-expected, least-surprising of the season (the first episode was a snoozefest). Dany becoming the Mad Queen has been evident since the middle of the first season. Characters were killed off to wrap up their storyline. Ta-Da! The only real f*ck up this season has been the entire Night King debacle. THAT was a clusterf*ck of epic proportions but everything else this season should have been completely anticipated to anyone who's watched this show even casually. No one ever wants a show they love to come to an end, and knowing well ahead of time that it is can be far worse than a sudden cancellation, but there have been no real surprises (save that cursed Night King fiasco - ARGH!) to complain about.

  • Jason Jensen
    Jason Jensen 2 months ago +1

    The castle wall coming down at King's Landing reminded me of the Night King taking down The Wall in the North, but flipped. Inside-Out. Fire-Ice. Same Result.

  • Joseph Schneider
    Joseph Schneider 2 months ago

    When Daenerys yelled that she would burn cities to the ground she did it to save her Khalasar. She did cruel things, but she acted on her ideals and cared for her people. This *can* still be the foundation for tyranny, but the show didn't develop it. I am looking forward to reading about Danys downfall in the books, but in the show there are a lot of differences between her and Cersei.

  • Nina Rizzo
    Nina Rizzo 2 months ago +1

    Is it possible that Bran told Tyrion what was going to happen in Kings landing?
    It could of happened when Bran & Tyrion were sitting by the fire starting to talk then the scene was cut away.

  • Zana Mason
    Zana Mason 2 months ago

    And Jon killed his own soldier who was trying to rape a woman....

  • Zana Mason
    Zana Mason 2 months ago

    Why is everybody saying Dany is the mad queen? Cersci has been the mad queen for years...look how she blew things up, the beheadings, the thousands she has killed, the babies she had murdered, the poisonings...she has been the "mad queen" all along.....

  • Ardeas
    Ardeas 2 months ago +3

    Please consider doing narrations! You're an excellent speaker.

  • T Chy
    T Chy 2 months ago

    did Dany propose to Jon (which was Tyrion's suggestion) & he turned her down when she says "let it be fear"??

  • Amisha Johnson
    Amisha Johnson 2 months ago

    I'm just gonna go ahead a predict it now. I think Brahn/Bron (however you spell it) will kill Dany with the crossbow, saving Tyrion from being executed after his trial for treason. I'm predicting this because it's the one thing no one is really thinking about or talking about and clearly Dan and David just wants to do shocking things as opposed to what's consistent or earned.

  • Definitive1
    Definitive1 2 months ago +1

    Everybody's mad about season 8. Can't blame em, but wouldn't it be worse if the show spoiled the books? This way we still get to experience the real story with no spoilers.

    • Definitive1
      Definitive1 2 months ago

      @gxd000 Lol that's true. I'm just tryna put a positive spin on an utter disaster.

    • gxd000
      gxd000 2 months ago

      That doesn't mean the TV ending has to be shit

  • Christopher Tracy
    Christopher Tracy 2 months ago +2

    I'm sorry but D&D did character assassination 2 Daenerys Stormborn!

    • Mirna Tarek
      Mirna Tarek 2 months ago

      why is that? Dany has always been unhinged

  • quanxie013
    quanxie013 2 months ago +1

    The driving forces behind Jaime killing the Mad King was family and/or self preservation. MK told Jaime to kill his father or he'd have Jaime killed. That's it. Saving the city when he killed the Mad King, was just a byproduct of his actions but he in no way cared about the people of king's landing.

    • quanxie013
      quanxie013 Month ago

      @elvisglasses 5 It's not a theory and it's not bad writing, it is my one woman opinion from watching and listening to the episodes. Jaime doesn't tell the story and say he did it to save the people of KL he tells the story and says the MK told him to bring his the head of his father. Just because someone doesn't agree with your view doesn't mean it's bad writing, it means people are individuals and come to their own conclusion. As for character assassination I point you in the direction of the turtle and the scorpion. Not everyone who goes down the path of redemption stays on it.

    • elvisglasses 5
      elvisglasses 5 2 months ago

      I hate that D&D's incompetent writing and one-episode character assassination has led to theories like this gaining traction. Read the books, friend.

  • Fredrik Fjeld
    Fredrik Fjeld 2 months ago

    First off: The biggest dragon of all time, Balerion, could MELT stone and COOK the people inside. HOW! HOW! does building just crumble here?
    Second: WTF happened with the prophecies of Maggy the frog? Cersei was NOT killed by any of her brothers!
    Third: So Dany has become mad. Like a switch. Some build up, but not a great build up. We know the Mad King became mad over years. She has at so many points protected the weak, that this build up didn't really do it justice.
    What if they had made the common people kill Mellisandre? Or something like that. At least SOMETHING to justify it.

  • Dora In Coimbra
    Dora In Coimbra 2 months ago

    I don't understand why she didn't just go for Cersi rather than destroy a city she wanted to rule. Even after hearing reasons for Dany's actions from various you tube hosts, it still doesn't make sense in terms of the story line. I could see going directly for Cersi who was standing right there in the tower and then a blood thirst still not quenched, destroying the city. That would still raise the concerns of Jon, Arya and others who have followed her and believed in her and continue what I gather will be her demise, but not going after Cersi first just doesn't make any sense. The cinematography was amazing though.

  • Mb H
    Mb H 2 months ago

    I have not seen in ANY of the discussions about 8/5 that explains why Dany could NOT understand Jon's rejection . She had NEVER been informed of the deep Taboo in the North against incest! It would be a rejection of all the values Jon holds dear to break this taboo. Tyrion, Vary and Davoise all mentioned it when they talked about a wedding between Jon and Dany but NO ONE mentioned it to Dany.
    The second thing is the misunderstanding of how Dany was able to destroy the iron fleet when Rhaegal was killed so easy. A dragon WITH a rider is more agle and the riders has the ability to dodge the weapons.......Rhaegal reacted as a wounded animal, Drogon was controlled and directed..........Love your work, Robert....and of course that VOICE lol