RANKED: The 5 most talked-about moments from the penultimate 'Game of Thrones' episode

Helen Sloan/HBOGrey Worm fights in King’s Landing.
  • Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode five, “The Bells.”
  • Sunday’s episode of the HBO show centered Daenerys Targaryen’s attack on King’s Landing.
  • Dany destroyed the city even after they rang the bells in surrender.
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Daenerys Targaryen and her army attacked King’s Landing during Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

As Dany, Drogon, and her army destroyed the city, survivors in King’s Landing rang the city bells in surrender. Upon hearing the bells, Dany was set off, and she continued to burn the city down. She’s poised to take her place on the Iron Throne, but it appears that she may have lost some of her supporters in the process.

The social-media-monitoring platform Brandwatch found more than 350,000 “Thrones”-related mentions on Twitter as it aired on HBO and found the moments when the reactions peaked.

Here were the five most talked-about moments from the fifth episode of “Game of Thrones” season eight:

5. Jaime and Euron fought to the death.

Jaime lannister seasong 8 game of thronesHelen Sloan/HBOJaime fought Euron.

9:55 p.m. ET – over 4,900 mentions.

As Jaime attempted to save Cersei from death, he ran into Euron in a grotto outside of the city. Euron taunted him over the fact that he slept with Cersei and the two fought. Euron stabbed Jaime multiple times, but Jaime managed to stand up and dealt the final blow to Euron with a stab through the stomach.

4. Dany ignored the city’s bells.

Daenerys targaryen season 8 game of thronesHBODany destroyed King’s Landing.

9:50 p.m. ET – over 5,000 mentions.

Tyrion told Dany that the city would ring its bells in surrender. Instead of letting the civilians live when she heard the bells, Dany continued to destroy the city and burn it to the ground.


3. Jaime and Cersei died together beneath the Red Keep.

Jaime cersei game of thrones season 8Helen Sloan/HBOCersei and Jaime died together.

10:17 p.m. ET – over 7,100 mentions.

Jaime managed to reunite with his twin sister and longtime-lover, and the two made their way under the Red Keep in an effort to escape King’s Landing. But their exit was blocked by fallen rubble. Cersei began to cry because she didn’t want her or her baby to die, and the two held each other as the floors caved in and they were crushed beneath the rubble.

2. Arya defied odds and survived the attack on King’s Landing.

Arya Stark and the White horse Game of Thrones season eight episode five The BellsHelen Sloan/HBOArya found a horse and rode out of the city.

10:20 p.m. ET – over 8,800 mentions.

Arya entered the city with the Hound but he convinced her to leave and save herself. As she ran out of the city, she was caught up in the destruction. She managed to avoid being crushed or burned alive and rode out of the city to safety.


1. Fans were left shocked by the episode.

Jon looking at wildfire Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 The Bells HBO HBOJon saw wildfire.

10:24 p.m. ET – over 13,000 mentions.

Fans went into the episode with some expectations of how the battle would take place, but many were surprised by Dany “snapping” and destroying the city.

Read more:

‘Game of Thrones’ fully leaned into a popular theory about Daenerys, and fans are severely disappointed


“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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