This entry contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 – Episode 5.
“The Bells,” the latest episode of Game of Thrones Season 8, was marked by shocking events that showed a somber and even unexpected side to some of the most beloved characters in the series.
In the assault on King’s Landing, poetic justice dominated that linked the death of some main characters with their origins or past events.
Sandor Clegane died in the fire, his greatest fear and trauma that haunted him all his life, the Lannister twins perished together as they came into the world, and you can even say Euron Greyjoy, a man of the seas, died on the beach.
However, despite immense symbolism, the most striking came at the end of “The Bells,” once again starring Arya Stark – one of the most beloved characters by the viewers.
After giving up her intention to kill Cersei to survive, Arya tried to help the women and children of King’s Landing survive the “Mad Queen” slaughter, only to return to suffering.
It was a dramatic perspective, from the eyes of a main character and not from mere supporting actors, culminating with Arya waking up traumatized by the infernal scenario she witnessed.
When she wakes up, Arya sees a white horse in the middle of the street and this unexpected moment is more symbolic than you may think and may be regarded as an omen for what is to come.
In one of the verses of the Bible about the Apocalypse a white horse is mentioned, and how his knight is just and able to judge in the name of justice:
” Then I looked, and behold, I saw the heavens opened, and a white horse before me, whose knight is called Faithful and True, and he is responsible for judging and warring with justice .”
The prophecy around Arya suggested that she was going to kill a green-eyed queen, who until “The Bells” was supposed to be Cersei, but now there is another queen with green eyes in Arya’s eyes – Daenerys Targaryen.
Although Episode 5 of Game of Thrones Season 8 ends with Arya escaping from King’s Landing riding on the white horse, suggesting that it is a Biblical reference and that she has become the knight who will judge in the name of justice, the preview of the next episode shows who will return to the city.
In the backstage video of the episode, which you can see below, at 31:22 minutes, the production team and Maisie Williams talk about this scene and all its symbolism.
Faced with the unhealthy scenery surrounding her, Arya escapes the city with a new purpose.
This horse may also be related to Daenerys herself and how she gave up her innocence to give herself fully to cruelty. This white horse can also be seen as an allusion to the horse that Daenerys received from Khal Drogo and who refers us to the beginning of his journey.
In an episode marked by final moments related to the origins of the characters, it is also an interesting idea to remember how everything started for Daenerys.