HBO's Game of Thrones is a dense series with a weighty history behind his story. So in virtually every episode, something happens that needs a little explanation. The Verge immerses each week in a scene or event of the series's latest episode and explains how we came here. Whether you are basically a Game of Thrones master or you would like to have a memory of past events, we will try to help you maintain your story.
We are now on the final leg Game of Thrones and this week's episode has highlighted the point that has been clear for the past eight seasons: It's really about the throne. Or more precisely, who is sitting on it.
Spoiler for Game of Thrones in general, but especially in Season 8, Episode 4, "The Last Star".
Who is sitting in the chair?
At One Point Season 8 Game of Thrones Episode "The Last of the Starks" Varys, the Master of Whispers, talks about how many Master Varys in King & # 39; s Landing. "How many kings and queens did you serve? Five? Six? I lost the count. "The mood seems to indicate that Varys is unfaithful in heart, and should primarily honor his commitment to Daenerys Targaryen to prove he is honorable. But his changing position has much more to do with the turbulent history of the Iron Throne. Once the throne has been repossessed it is a good time to look back on Varys' service years ̵
The Mad King
Any discussion of the recent kings of Westeros should begin and end with Aerys II Targaryen, the mad king. The Mad King, the father of Viserys, Rhaegal and Daenerys (and the grandfather of Jon Snow, aka Aegon VI Targaryen), is directly and indirectly responsible for nearly all of Westerosi's modern history as we know it.
His excesses as a king (and his instability due to the inbred Targaryen) eventually led him to assassinate Ned Stark's father Rickard Stark and Ned's older brother Brandon. These murders led to Robert's rebellion, in which the other Great Houses of Westeros finally rebelled against Aerys. Finally, the Targaryen dynasty was overthrown. Aerys was killed by one of his own kingsguards, Jaime Lannister (who was referred to as "Kingslayer"), who tried to prevent King's Landing from being extinguished by wildfire. Aegon's surviving children, Viserys and Daenerys, were sent to Essos.
But even after Aerys's death, the repercussions of his reign had grave consequences. Bringing Dany within range of the Dothraki changed the course of Westeros' story as her marriage, for political reasons, resulted in her gaining control of the mighty Dothraki army. Later, Cersei used wildfire throughout the city to eradicate her political enemies. The power vacuum caused by his death was filled by Robert, who set the remainder Game of Thrones in motion.
As for Varys, he began serving with Aerys. But typical of the spider, his affiliation soon shifted to his successor – at least on the surface.
"Gods, I was strong then"
Robert Baratheon was an excellent hero – he defended the empire, led armies to victory and beat Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen with a single stroke of his War Hammer down the Battle of the Trident
But he was terrible at being a king as hard as Varys (and other members of his Little Council) tried to correct. Robert's wife, Cersei Lannister, despised him openly, and her icy personal relationship did not lead to any legitimate heirs – just to the numerous bastards of Robert (including Gendry, whom Daenerys had just legitimized as Robert's son) and Cerseis Inzestod, by her brother Jaime were begotten. When Robert Arryn – Baratheon's Hand of the King and Lifelong Mentor – was assassinated, the end of his reign was over, and the misfortune soon hit both the new hand, Ned Stark, and the Empire of the Great.
The young lion
] Next to the Iron Throne sat Joffrey Baratheon, the eldest son of Jaime and Cersei. Living proof that the Targaryen incest ideals were a bad idea, Joffrey was sadistic, amoral, spoiled, and power-hungry. Joffrey rejected both the common people he was supposed to rule and all the counselors he was supposed to listen to (including his own grandfather Tywin). Joffrey had a brief, brutal reign. It was a mercy for many characters when he was murdered for his wedding.
But Joffrey's death revealed deeper machinations of Varys – who, it turned out, had not served the Baratheon dynasty. Instead, he remained true to his original masters: House Targaryen. As a result, Varys sent Tyrion out with Daenerys to avoid being mistakenly punished for Joffrey's death.
King of Ser Pounce
After Joffrey, the iron throne went to Tommen Baratheon, the younger brother of Joffrey. Where Joffrey was cruel, Tommen was nice, but his youth and loose nature made him easily manipulated by his wife Margaery Tyrell; his mother Cersei; and the High Sparrow.
With such contradictory powers, it's no wonder Tommen was an ineffective king. And when Cersei destroyed Great Sept and Margaery died, Tommen killed himself, unable to live without his queen – or perhaps unable to live with his mother's terrible deeds.
The crazy queen?
At this point, Varys has had enough and has joined his true Queen Daenyrys Targaryen to support her bid for the Iron Throne. But as this episode has shown, his loyalty to her may not be exaggerated – not if he sees Jon as a better claim to the throne and a better potential ruler. With Jon's parenting outdoors, Varys even knows he can support Jon without betraying his attachment to House Targaryen. He claims, however, that there is a higher reason: "You know where my loyalty stands," he tells Tyrion. "You know, I'll never betray the kingdom."
But as Tyrion points out, "service to the kingdom" does not necessarily mean loyalty to any particular figure in this realm. With only two more episodes left and a throne to assert, much can still happen. However, if the story of the past is something, the spider is likely to be the one who lands on the throne – unless it is this last intrigue that finally destroys him.