Varys Removed His Rings Before His Execution, And It May Be The Key To Dany’s Demise

**Warning: This post has hella spoilers**

If you’ve watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones titled “The Bells,” there’s a solid chance you have a long list of questions you are demanding answers to. Regardless if you loved the episode or absolutely hated it, we were all left confused and wondering WTF even happened that Daenerys snapped from “breaker of chains” to “murderer of every single human being in King’s Landing” and, of course, Varys.

While many fans understand why Varys was killed, there are those who were curious who he was writing to before his death and WTF was up with him removing all of those rings—slowly—before Grey Worm busted into the room to take him down to his execution.


Right before Grey Worm came in, the camera closes in on Varys’ hands as he removes some of his rings—pausing in particular on a ring with several stones.

Many fans thought that it was weird that the writers focused on Varys taking off his jewelry right before his execution—but of course, in Game of Thrones nothing is filler and there is a reason for everything.

We already know that Varys was trying to poison Daenerys because of a conversation he had with one of his “little birds”—Martha—that goes as follows:

Varys: “Nothing?”

Girl: “She won’t eat.”

Varys: “We’ll try again at supper.”

Girl: “I think they’re watching me.”

Varys: “Who?”

Girl: “Her soldiers.”

Varys: “Of course they are. That’s their job. What have I told you, Martha?”

Girl: “The bigger the risk, the bigger reward.”

Varys: “Go on. They’ll be missing you in the kitchen.”

The theory suggests that Varys’ rings—particularly the one with all the gems—is the actual object holding the poison.

With Varys leaving them behind, it leaves someone—anyone—open to obtaining poison to kill Dany (or anyone else for that matter).

It’s important to remember that jewelry to hold poison is not something new in Game of Thrones. In fact, the poison that Olenna Tyrell used to kill Joffrey Baratheon/Lannister was held in the necklace worn by Sansa Stark.

With Littlefinger’s help, Olenna was able to sneak the poison into the wedding via Sansa’s necklace by hiding it inside one of the gems.

Very slyly, Olenna yanked one of the crystals off of Sansa’s necklace to pour in Joffrey’s wine cup. It was done so smoothly, many fans didn’t even notice.


Varys did spend a lot of time with Tyrion before he was killed by Drogon—it’s not impossible to think that Tyrion would know where the poison is, or one of Varys’ little birds spreads the message to Sansa or anyone else that there’s something “left behind” to take care of the Mad Queen.

With many of the remaining characters coming up definitively anti-Dany, her fate is anyone’s guess.

h/t: BuzzFeed