Spoiler alert. As is tradition, HBO has released an ‘Inside the Episode’ feature of the latest episode, The Bells. For those of you who missed it, the episode was an absolute bloodbath. Daenerys all but signed her death certificate when she razed King’s Landing and the thousands of innocents in it to the ground. Once a beacon of hope and somewhat of a messiah, one wonders what brought about such a massive swing in her behaviour. In this feature, the showrunners tackle this question and several more regarding the other important scenes from The Bells.
To sum things up:
Daenerys isn’t just the Mother of Dragons anymore, but also the mother of awful decisions. Showrunner David Benioff points out that Dany has finally reached her tipping point which is why she did what she did. In that, she annihilated King’s Landing. Most of her closest advisors have either died or they don’t think she’s all that great anymore and have switched teams. Combine that with the fact that Jon doesn’t really want to get down and dirty with her anymore. She’s all alone and that’s probably what got to her.
Dan Weiss touches upon how ‘The Bells’ had a lot of scenes that were shot from the perspective of the people down on the ground facing Dany’s wrath, instead of through her eyes.
“In most large stories like this, it seems like there’s a tendency to focus on the heroic figures and not pay much attention to the people who may be suffering the repercussions of the decisions made by those heroic people. We really wanted to keep our perspective and our sympathies on the ground at this moment ’cause those are the people who are really paying the price for the decisions that she’s making,” says Weiss.
Speaking about Jon, Weiss says that he is “in a kind of denial”, as shocked by Dany’s rampage (if not more) as the audience.
Amidst all the death and destruction, the episode did manage to give us a moment at the hands of the two people you’d least expect it to come from; Arya and the Hound. Once they get to the Red Keep which is slowly starting to crumble, the Hound tries to talk Arya out of going any further because death is guaranteed down that path.
“The Hound has genuinely come to have affection for Arya. I think he loves her as much as he’s capable of loving someone,” says Benioff.
Watch the video below:
This was definitely one of the most jarring episodes of the series in a long time. What did you think of it?