Game of Thrones S8E05 Explained

  • Published on May 18, 2019
  • Get a free audiobook and 2 Audible Originals with a 30-day trial:
    Or text asx to 500 500
    What happened in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, and what does it mean? Why does Daenerys burn King’s Landing? Why does Jaime go back to Cersei? What does Arya’s horse mean? What does any of this mean??
    Support on Patreon:
    More Game of Thrones videos:
    Death image:
    Friendship Ended Generator:
    Images and video from Game of Thrones used under fair use.
    Images from The World of Ice and Fire used with permission from Random House.
    Special thanks to Patrons Reverend Xandria, Cameron Weiss, Jason Rattray, Michael Appell, Ryan Steele, Eric Louis-Dreyfus, Triangle Wine Company, Harry, Chris Cole, Neel Chopdekar, Hank Lero, Shane Veglia, Zach Gordon, DscoDan, Joel Soucy, LVE, Ali Almuhanna, Owen Campbell-Kelly, Steven Placencia, Ria McDoodle, Raziel, Jordan Schafer, Markus Kytomaa, Simen Mikkelsen, Jamie Moore, Tim Cunniff, Peter Meehan, Wyndle Kinney, John FitzSimons, Bloody Tyrant, Jury, Emily McNally, sandra lange, Nikos Moraitakis, Trace Mychal, Matthew, xyztynz, Frank, Galdin8, Arsh Jhaj, Max Bichel, I think a Faceless Man ran up and said 'Valar Morghulus' before running off?, and Sam Lundin of House Vimbly, first of his name, Lord of Union Square, and Protector of the Realm.

Comments • 6 015

  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X  4 months ago +491

    The final Season 8 Q&A livestream is at ~10:30pm ET Sunday:
    Patreon supporters can watch past streams.

    • Kimmy Pfeiffer
      Kimmy Pfeiffer 3 months ago

      other than the main characters of the stark family, i've never liked the stark men...the stark men were the ones brienne killed for 'two quick deaths'...the bolton's were also 'stark men' until roose betrayed them...locke and his crew were also shit rapers...i don't really have a good opinion of the men in the north...the lannister 'men' are a mixed bag of the hound and merran trant and ed sheeran lol...

    • Nicki Havner
      Nicki Havner 3 months ago +6

      Are you going to be doing a normal video for the last episode?

    • Selfarrested
      Selfarrested 3 months ago

      @MonsieurAufziehvogel budget constraints was a red herring HBO offered 5 more seasons and GRRM has mentioned that they basically could have had a much larger budget if they wanted.

    • Scott Stiefel
      Scott Stiefel 3 months ago +3

      COol - can't wait to see your final analysis. How much longer until you post it?

  • Regina Phalange
    Regina Phalange 4 days ago

    18:43 Jaime actually redeemed himself, he changed, but not entirely. He wasn't supposed to become a white knight and have a happy ending. His death with cersei was foreshadowed through the seasons and by their bond. (I would also have loved an ending with Cersei becoming a mad queen and planning to kill a lot of people, leaving Jaime no other choice than to kill her to prevent a massacre. But he would still have been in love with her and would have died in the process)

  • Regina Phalange
    Regina Phalange 4 days ago

    17:50 of course that cersei's baby was Jaime's, she was pregnant way before sleeping with euron, that's even the reason why she could allow herself to sleep with euron without fear of getting pregnant of him and use the pregnancy to manipulate him after that.

  • Agree2Disagree
    Agree2Disagree Month ago +2

    *"Greatest Season Eva!"*

  • SolidSnakeOil
    SolidSnakeOil Month ago +1

    @15:34 It's like poetry. It rhymes. -Dumbass & Dumberass

  • Kuu Phone
    Kuu Phone 2 months ago

    I've said for many seasons that Danny isn't a good person. I haven't read the books so it helps me to know the characters on the show, without being clouded by the people from the books, who aren't the same.
    She's always just done what she wanted, and when she was held off by a friend, it was only IF they end whatever it is she wants ended, else she'll take over and burn it all.
    I could have told you she was going to burn everyone for many years now. It was very obvious.
    The show is rushed, most especially at the end, but her character is what it is. It's not random or out of nowhere.
    I never thought she was a hero. Her being a hero in the end would be something that would catch me off guard, and I very much hope the books subvert the seemingly obvious.
    I disagree that it all meant nothing though. You can grow and still end with a fragment of your past being held tight.

  • pplr1
    pplr1 2 months ago +1

    I thought you were too kind but maybe it was just that you were too subtle in being critical of episode 5. Just to point out a few things. Daenerys threatened to burn the first city you mentioned because her people were starving. She was in a tough spot there rather than looking over a near complete military victory. But I don't believe Daenerys would really be going mad.
    If you look it went against both the kind and the vengeful parts of her nature. She ignored going after Cersei (whom she should want revenge against) in order to attack peasants (whom she should want to protect).
    You also gave her advisors too much credit. She often did brave or kind things against their advise. She chose to free more slaves when Jorah told her it would slow her down. She chose to chain her dragons to avoid innocent deaths when Daario told her not to. Correct me if I'm wrong but it was Daario's idea to threaten the heads of the noble houses in Meereen she agreed with it. But then refused to go with Daario's idea to start killing noble houses in order to consolidate power and wealth to herself-she said she is not a "butcher" to him. And Tyrion didn't want her to try to rescue Jon in Season 7.
    Daenerys relies on and listens to her advisors a lot. But she still has her own internal morality. It was her (not Tyrion) that decided the Greyjoys had to give up raiding, pillaging, and raping in order to make an alliance with her.
    She kept this internal morality despite all the pain and brutality she suffered through in the seasons before season 8. This is why I find season 8 all the more unbelievable and untrue to her character.
    I appreciate you were probably trying to me mostly neutral and explain this episode as best you saw it. I see the episode as a betraying characters.

  • Nealikus
    Nealikus 2 months ago +1

    Any time Dany kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people, it should be on accident. Like her conquest of Essos. Not on purpose, like her conquest of Westeros.
    Jeez, these showrunners are awful.

  • Ketreena Williams
    Ketreena Williams 2 months ago

    Do a video of the ending of the book instead

  • Briandon Stark
    Briandon Stark 2 months ago +2

    Seeing you make excuses for this episode makes me cringe, dude.

  • Quiet Corner
    Quiet Corner 2 months ago +1

    I finished e5 last night and now have just one more left. I predict that John is discussed at the brutality and kills Daenerys. I'm probably wrong so please don't spoil it for me.

  • chickabuu1
    chickabuu1 3 months ago

    Varys died silently. Like you would think he would scream in pain

  • girlydroid
    girlydroid 3 months ago +2

    "Why does Varys..." Because character development is so poorly written since George left the sinking ship.

  • Hidde -XIIX-
    Hidde -XIIX- 3 months ago +1

    And that's how they ruined this show

  • Bastian Bernschütz
    Bastian Bernschütz 3 months ago +1

    I strongly disagree with Jamie being a failure.
    His redemption arc was complete, after fighting for the dawn at Winterfell. After that, having restored his honor, he went to save his sister and his unborn child - whoever those may be to the rest of the world, no one can blame him for that - and died exactly the way he wanted to die.

  • Novacain Cali
    Novacain Cali 3 months ago

    The bombing of Dresden was over exaggerated by a Nazi sympathizer, some fallacies of the bombing of Dresden is the death toll, its innocence as a city, and the time it took place

  • Adam Gonzales
    Adam Gonzales 3 months ago +1

    Jamie can't row a boat

  • Where am I?
    Where am I? 3 months ago +2

    They fucking annihilated Jaime's character.
    U N N A C C E P T A B L E

  • 811chelseafc
    811chelseafc 3 months ago +2

    That Cleganebowl sound effect nearly made me piss my pants.

  • carlotta4th
    carlotta4th 3 months ago

    Quick correction here, Dany hasn't been learning to rule for 7 seasons, she's mostly been conquering. She was lost and unhappy during her brief period trying to rule Mareen and basically only succeeded in reopening the fighting pits. She started getting her groove back once the Dothraki reminded her that she likes fire and blood. I don't think Varys was wrong to turn against Dany at all, it's just that it (like most things this season) happened way too quickly so we didn't get to see the build up to it. It was way too fast.
    It's strange but the thing that annoys me the most about this episode is that we specifically see Varys writing letters revealing Jon's parentage and then that NEVER ends up being a plot thread for the rest of the series. No one at the council meeting mentions his name, no one argues that they should or should not have him as leader because of said name--it's just never mentioned ever again and by extension kind of makes Varys' death feel pointless. He died for paper that had no discernable affect on anything.

  • Gitta Sapiano
    Gitta Sapiano 3 months ago +1

    Thank you for illustrating the Failings of D&D. You showed some of the huge failings of story and character arcs.
    The only thing I will point out is that the Dothraki said they can not be blood riders for a woman. In their code whoever kills the leader they become
    The leader so if anything they would support Jon. Thank you for showing the manipulative side of Sansa. Jon was given the shaft. His character arc was meaningless! Arya as Frodo is more accurate then Jon being Frodo as many supposed. To me Jon was used and abused by everyone in the show and the Starks continued to abuse him as they did as the bastard of Winterfel. The whole R+L=J was a complete waste. The show is supposed to be similar to Lord of the Rings. Well then Jon should have been Aragorn. He could have abdicated to Bran and that would have made more sense. Bran is ridiculous on every level! The character assassinations was so horrible. Sadly, D&D proved to be poor writers. They did Not have to end the series as the books but if they wanted to then they should have made a better effort in the ending. Bran as an evil tree is AWESOME and Perfect! Thank you for this video you ROCK!

  • Gee Mac72
    Gee Mac72 3 months ago +1

    Game of Thrones motto: It all comes to nothing.

  • mer kikima
    mer kikima 3 months ago +2

    "But arya is too edgy and cool to share her plans with jon"hhh i swear even your voice souds like"ahhhh i don't know why i'm doing these reviews anymore"

  • KickYouInTheThroat
    KickYouInTheThroat 3 months ago +3

    I remember thinking at some point youd figure dragons would run out of flamey stuff. Like, how much flammable liquid can you have in you dude.

  • rdecredico
    rdecredico 3 months ago +1

    After all these videos, not saying anything about the final episode says more than any new video can.

  • tettenkopf
    tettenkopf 3 months ago +1

    You alive bro?

  • Irene Piccinini
    Irene Piccinini 3 months ago

    Every now and then I check for the finale explanation. Mmmmmm....I think Alt Shift X joined Jon Snow beyond the wall.

  • Higgs829
    Higgs829 3 months ago +2

    Subverting our expectations by not posting s8e6? How D&D of you...
    I'm kidding. You rock. Thank you for everything you do. Very insightful. But seriously, we TVclip > Subscriptions like twelve times a day. What comes first: Gilly's baby actually ages? Or We get s8e6?
    And can you break down the Westworld trailer please!?

  • Hamza The Linguist
    Hamza The Linguist 3 months ago

    HOW WILL I EVER UNDERSTAND EPISODE SIX!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????

  • Nicolas Lambert
    Nicolas Lambert 3 months ago +1

    lol... is you dead?

  • daryurias
    daryurias 3 months ago

    Episode 6 review waiting here 😔

  • crg750
    crg750 3 months ago

    Get schwifty! Where’s the final episode?

  • Shane Liu
    Shane Liu 3 months ago +1

    E6 final one?

  • Will Duffy
    Will Duffy 3 months ago

    Please could you share the recording of the livestream you did following the season 8 finale?

  • BrandTheGuy
    BrandTheGuy 3 months ago

    Final episodeso bad he is refusing to do a review

  • Takemysenf
    Takemysenf 3 months ago

    Okay, Alt Shift X. You got the time. Now you have to deliver the best Alt Shift X video there ever was. Kind of making up for GoTs crap. Not sure if you can manage that, though. XD

  • Jacob Cotter
    Jacob Cotter 3 months ago

    I think we should give him some space everyone. Why are we pressuring him? Just to satisfy ourselves? I say we all just do as bran has done.

  • stillbymete
    stillbymete 3 months ago +20

    -what do we say to the s08e06 review?
    -not today.

  • aina-louisa carter
    aina-louisa carter 3 months ago

    no finale?

    NAVEMAN3 3 months ago

    I gotta ask: when are you going to do the final episode.

  • RidrytísRûyên
    RidrytísRûyên 3 months ago +4

    Whose here because you couldn't find E6 explanation?😂

    • Jacob Cotter
      Jacob Cotter 3 months ago

      Not me im here to give hugs and cookies

  • Dysbro
    Dysbro 3 months ago +6

    He ain't gonna explain Episode 6 because there is nothing to explain. It wasn't ingenious. It was straight forward and boring.

  • Pearl Mas
    Pearl Mas 3 months ago +1

    honesrly, I want more videos like we had back in the day. like a video about Catelyn (Stoneheart) or magic, maybe something about the deep ones. I don't know, I feel like people are too busy being angry at the show to remember that there is still a lot in the book series that we can talk about before The Winds of Winter releases this year.

    • Inês Fareleiro
      Inês Fareleiro 3 months ago +1

      @Pearl Mas oh cool. thanks for the reply

    • Pearl Mas
      Pearl Mas 3 months ago

      @Inês Fareleiro We;;. Matin's going to a convention in august that he doesn't usually go to, which could mean he's going to signing copies of The Winds of Winter. And a while back he said that he likes to write completely away from the world, and that recently he's been doing that. After he said that, he said that the book would be finished in late 2018 or early 2019, which in George Martin language means late 2019.

      I don't know, I'm really not sure of anything, but I REALLY, REALLY want this book.

    • Inês Fareleiro
      Inês Fareleiro 3 months ago

      this year? how do you know? :0

  • C C
    C C 3 months ago

    Now finally people are realizing the writing was bad? Where were you the latter half the entire show? Sort of reminds me of mass effect 3, the entire game didn’t compare to 1 or 2 and the ending sucked.

  • Lolfire
    Lolfire 3 months ago +2

    r/freefolk demand your next video.

  • Morgan Herron
    Morgan Herron 3 months ago +5

    Guys... I think it killed him.

  • Michael Hawkins
    Michael Hawkins 3 months ago

    Alt shift must really hate session 8 must people do . I hated it poor lazy writing.

  • Stephen
    Stephen 3 months ago +14

    Alt Shift X:
    "Better get to work on episode 6."
    Also Alt Shift X:
    "Nuh. Nowy Tends."

  • chewgumbs247
    chewgumbs247 3 months ago +1

    he obviously got a big check to delay episode 6 review until the shit fire dies down.

  • Cansu K
    Cansu K 3 months ago +2

    Still waiting...

  • Blu Rain
    Blu Rain 3 months ago +4

    I wanted an episode like this for episode 6 as well, I don't like livestreams and I never watch them. They're buggy and the streamer is never focused so I can't get into it :c

  • Robert Corsini
    Robert Corsini 3 months ago +2

    why am I a subscriber if he's not doing episode 6?

  • muskelkater47
    muskelkater47 3 months ago +14

    Everyone: S8E06 explained pls? :)
    AltShiftX: No, I don’t think I will

  • RonnieCoco 757
    RonnieCoco 757 3 months ago +2

    I assume Alt Shift X was not happy with ending of GOT (join the club) and that's why we didn't get the breakdown of Episode 6. Thanks for all the awesome videos in the past

  • John Cannellos
    John Cannellos 3 months ago

    Not sure whether I respect the move of spurning his youtube subscribers because Ep6-8 sucked or whether I want to unsubscribe because of it....

  • Rightway dz
    Rightway dz 3 months ago +22

    i think dany burn altshiftx in ep06

  • napoleon8181
    napoleon8181 3 months ago +12

    yeh it's been weeks. no final video?

    • Abdullah Ibrahim
      Abdullah Ibrahim 3 months ago +2

      He probably threw himself off a building after watching the final episode

  • smultronbilar
    smultronbilar 3 months ago

    This episode is exactly like the Dresden bombings the allies did toward civilians, women, old and children during WW2. Watch "Hell Storm". The Dresden fire bombings was not aimed on military targets, the targets was civilians.. On the ground it was about 400 degrees celcius and Children was melted in to and stock into the asphalt.
    Link to HELL STORM:

  • The Danish Chilean
    The Danish Chilean 3 months ago

    This was an awesome episode

  • marsel zdrava
    marsel zdrava 3 months ago +7

    Everyone asks “where is Alt Shift X?”
    No one asks “how is Alt Shift X?”
    So, how are you doing buddy?