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Everyone Missed Varys Trying To Poison Daenerys In 'Game Of Thrones'

There was a lot going on in the latest episode of Game of Thrones following the chaos of Daenerys Targaryen wreaking havoc over King's Landing, so it's not surprising that viewers missed one very important plot point.

During the penultimate episode, 'The Bells', we see Varys, played by Conleth Hill, on the receiving end of Drogon's fire-breath after Tyrion grassed him up to Dany for committing treason.

For many, it just seemed as if Varys was being executed merely for some treasonous chit-chat. After all, Varys had been blabbing his mouth about how he thought that Jon Snow should sit on the Iron Throne instead of Dany to pretty much everyone.

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But a closer look finds Varys actually went far further, and tried to poison his Queen.


The first scene of the episode, you know, when you're still making cups of tea, fluffing pillows and not really paying attention, is when we got the clue.

As Varys sits down writing a note revealing Jon Snow's true identity, a little girl from the kitchen enters. "She won't eat," the girl tells Varys, to which he says, "We'll try again at supper."

When the girl expresses fears that Dany's soldiers are watching her, Varys tells her: "The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward."

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Missed that one didn't you? No wonder Dany flamed the traitor the first chance she got.

It's also quite likely that Dany was on to Varys and that's the reason why she wasn't eating in the first place, instead of the fact she'd just lost appetite after her best mate Missanderi was murdered in front of her.

This can also probably explain why Dany wasn't in the least bit surprised when Tyrion told her Varys had betrayed her. She already knew. Geddit?

Once fans got over the fact they'd missed the poisoning, some took to Twitter to share some little nuggets of foreshadowing, like when Pycelle tells Ned Stark that poison is a eunuch's weapons in series one, immediately before mentioning Varys.

Mind. Blown.

Either way, it was pretty epic way to go for a character who has been in the show since the very start. But that isn't the feeling for Conleth Hill who plays Varys.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the Irish actor said he took Vary's death "personally," adding, "I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist. I understood the reactions of previous actors who had been in the same position a lot more than I did at the time.

"You can't help feeling that you failed in some way, that you haven't lived up to some expectation that you didn't know about."

Hill also told the publication that he was "frustrated" with how his character developed in season seven and eight.

"That's been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more," he explained.

"That's fine. It's the nature of a multi-character show. It was kind of frustrating. As a whole it's been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren't my favourite."


Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Entertainment, Entertainment News, TV and Entertainment

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

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