Warning: Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5.
The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, “The Bells,” will go down in history as one of the series’ most shocking displays of carnage. In one fell swoop, Cersei, Jaime, Euron, The Hound, The Mountain, and countless other characters met their ends, and many fans were stunned by Dany’s sudden villainy. The events were all the more tragic because Lord Varys was killed for warning Jon about this possible outcome. But some viewers are convinced that he had a sneakier plan to stop Dany from going Mad Queen—one that involved murder.
Early in the episode, the Spider talked with one of his little birds—a young girl who informed him that Daenerys had refused food yet again. Given that the Mother of Dragons just lost her most trusted adviser and one of her dragons, this didn’t seem too unusual. But Reddit user MelinaZzZz suggests that there was something else at play here—namely that Varys was trying to poison Dany. As MelinaZzZz points out in her post, Varys encourages his young helper to keep trying to get the queen to eat. Could he have had a sinister reason to make sure she did? We wouldn’t put it past the Master of Whisperers. He even tells the young girl that “the greater the risk the greater the reward.”
Some fans on Twitter made the same connection.
This make a lot of sense. After all, Varys once attempted to assassinate Dany on behalf of Robert Baratheon way back in Season 1 when he learned that she was pregnant with Khal Drogo’s child. This was a huge point of contention between the characters, and in Season 7, she had a threatening chat with him about loyalty.
Kind of makes us wonder what else we may have missed.