Game of Thrones Fans Almost Missed Varys’ Sneaky Attempt to Poison Daenerys in Episode 5
Game of Thrones lined a variety of floor in its newest 80 minute installment—seven characters died (Ser Harry Strickland doesn’t depend), King’s Landing was torched by a dragon, wildfire was exploding in all places. And within the midst of that sensory overload it was probably simple to overlook a small however quiet second early within the episode.
Varys made it clear to Tyrion in Episode 4 that he believed Jon Snow would make a greater ruler than Daenerys Targaryen. The start of Episode 5 discovered Varys at Dragonstone writing a letter naming Jon because the true inheritor to the Iron Throne and consulting with certainly one of his “little birds,” an cute kitchen lady named Martha.
“She won’t eat,” Martha told Varys.
“We’ll strive once more at supper,” he replied.
Martha let Varys know that she thought troopers had been watching her. “In fact they’re,” he responded. “That is their job. What have I told you, Martha?”
“The larger the danger, the larger reward,” the lady replied.
Daenerys wasn’t named within the alternate, however on whom else’s behalf would the troops at Dragonstone be spying on a kitchen maid? And why else would Varys be involved about whether or not or not the queen he desires to topple is effectively fed?
Varys making an attempt to eradicate Daenerys by poison matches completely right into a line from Season One, again when Ned Stark was making an attempt to piece collectively the loss of life of Jon Arryn, his predecessor as Robert Baratheon’s Hand. Ned suspects, appropriately, that Arryn was poisoned, and told Grand Grasp Pycelle.
“I’ve heard it stated that poison is a girl’s weapon,” stated Ned.
“Sure, girls, cravens, and eunuchs,” Pycelle responded. “Do you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?”
ICYMI, Varys totally tried to poison Dany at the beginning of the episode. The callbacks to season 1 are amazing:
Ned: Poison is a woman's weapon.
Pycelle: Yes. Women, cravens… and eunuchs.
— iTrevor (@iLEADFARMER) May 13, 2019
Varys’s Attempt to poison Daenerys makes his execution fairly justifiable—she had promised in Season Seven to burn him to loss of life if he tried to betray her, in spite of everything. It additionally makes Dany’s too-rapid descent into Mad Queen standing and metropolis burning really feel a bit extra pure. On high of shedding her dragon and her greatest buddy and discovering out that her lover was really her nephew and potential rival, certainly one of her closest advisors was making an attempt to have her killed. However the truth that she went on to torch King’s Landing additionally means that it in all probability would have labored out for the larger good if Varys’s poisoning plan had labored.
“I hope I deserve this, actually I do,” Varys stated moments earlier than his execution for treason. “I hope I’m flawed.” He wasn’t.