As Tyrion told Ser Davos Seaworth at the beginning of Season 8, Episode 4, of Game of Thrones, “We may have defeated them, but we still have us to contend with.”
He was referring, of course, to the fact that the Night King and his White Walker army may be vanquished—but the battle amongst the living for the Iron Throne is only just beginning.
And it was off to a brutal start. The long-awaited showdown between Queen Daenerys and Queen Cersei finally came to a head.
Cersei, despite Tyrion’s pleas for her surrender, proved herself a monster and killed Missandei. Undoubtedly pregnant, she doubled down on her claim to the throne by promising Euron Greyjoy her baby was his, and explaining that she will rule the land, Euron will rule the sea, and their heir will rule both.
Meanwhile, ‘The Last Of The Starks’ proved to be a rough episode for Dany. The celebrations at Winterfell following the defeat of the White Walkers was evidence that the North, at least, respected and loved Jon Snow in a way they never could her. This led to a tense conversation in which she at first begged Jon, then harshly gave him an ultimatum: Either Jon keeps his true heritage (and thus claim to the Iron Throne) a secret, or…? The other option remained unspoken.
Jon doesn’t want the throne, but several complications arise nonetheless: First, he’s already told Sansa and Arya, who are already eager to mistrust and disobey Dany.
It’s also gotten back to Dany’s advisors Tyrion and Varys, who not only know Jon’s claim to the throne is stronger, but who believe he is a much better leader than Dany.
And…there’s the fact that Dany has lost one of her two remaining dragons to Qyburn’s Scorpion.
As one fan pointed out, watching her best friend Missandei and her ‘son’ (dragon) Rhaegal get brutally murdered within a span of several hours may just have pushed Mad Queen Dany over the edge.
More importantly, as Twitter user @Kerri_may noticed last night, both Dany and Cersei have green eyes.
Does anyone else feel like the close ups of Daenerys in this episode were designed to remind us that Dany has Green eyes? ‘Brown eyes, Green eyes, Blue eyes.’ Arya will stop the Kings Landing massacre, but which green eyed queen will she kill? #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/BuSNfgc6D4
— Kerri (@Kerri_may) May 6, 2019
Though Dany’s character in the GoT books has the violet eyes of a Targaryen (interestingly enough, Jon Snow also has one violet eye in the books), this closeup wide shot of Season 8, Episode 4, reveals that Dany’s eyes are, in fact, green.
And, if you recall Melisandra’s prophecy about Arya “shutting forever…brown eyes, blue eyes, and green eyes,” the significance of Dany’s eye color takes on a greater meaning.
We have all assumed that Cersei would be the “green eyes” on Arya’s list, but knowing the show’s penchant for red herrings and surprise twists, it might very well turn out to be Dany instead. Particularly because last we saw, Arya was riding south to King’s Landing alongside the Hound (CLEGANEBOWL!!!), to finish some “unfinished businesses” in the two remaining episodes of the season.
Unless, of course, the “green eyes” will be Sansa for some totally messed up reason.
— Liege Lord 🐺 (@LukeFountain) April 30, 2019
God, we certainly hope not.
h/t: BuzzFeed, Twitter