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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 Deaths
Game of Thrones Season Eight Episode Four Spoilers Ahead
After a long, weird episode of Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen finds herself in the shittiest position possible going forward. They might have won the war against the undead, but the worst was yet to come. In the fourth episode of Season Eight, Daenerys’s army is decimated. Yet, she still sails her fleet south to begin the war against Cersei. This is… a terrible idea, as literally everyone has warned her.
But, before she can even begin her conquest, Euron and the Golden Company are there waiting for her, with their dragon-slaying weapons. It takes two scorpion bolts to take down Rhaegal. Then, in just a few more moments, all of her ships are decimated. Missendei is captured, and things are looking pretty damn grim.
Then, as she attempts to broker peace with Cersei, the Mad Queen beheads Missendei in front of Daenerys, sending the Mother of Dragons into a rage. “Dracarys,” Missendei says in her final moments, telling Daenerys to burn, burn it all.
And seeing Dany’s face, it’s hard not to imagine that’s exactly what she’s going to do next week with her one remaining dragon.
It doesn’t help that before sailing south, her most loyal advisors are questioning her leadership abilities. Both Varys and Tyrion are concerned with how they’ve seen Daenerys acting lately. And now, they also know of Jon’s true lineage. As do Arya and Sansa, the latter of whom discussed with Tyrion the possibility of a better suited leader to sit on the Iron Throne.
So here’s where we stand going into Episode Five: The North remains loyal to Jon while Sansa, Varys, and Tyrion flirt with the idea of betraying Daenerys. Meanwhile, Daenerys is beginning to lose her grip, and making irrational, emotional decisions. In other words, she’s in a pretty shitty position as she attempts to fight Cersei’s recently strengthened army with her own tired forces, while down one dragon.
Matt is the Culture Editor at Esquire where he covers music, movies, books, and TV—with an emphasis on all things Star Wars, Marvel, and Game of Thrones.