A Song of Ash and Fire.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 5, “The Bells.”
In Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, Daenerys and Drogon set fire to King’s Landing and, in doing so, made true part of Bran’s vision from an earlier season.
In season 4, episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose,” Bran touches a Weirwood tree beyond the Wall and is instructed by the previous three-eyed raven to meet him north, all while seeing visions which include him falling from the tower in Winterfell, his father Ned, and a shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Landing.
While it was then unclear if that shadow of a dragon flying was from the past or a possible future, we now know that it was a glimpse of the coming destruction and savagery of Daenerys Targaryen.
However, that’s not all, as Bran’s vision (And Dany’s in season 2, episode 10!) also showed us the Iron Throne room covered in either snow or ash. While that has yet to pass, and many may have assumed that it could have been a sign of the Night King’s victory, it appears that it will be the aftermath of Drogon’s attack and the ash the follows so much dragon fire.
In the preview for the final episode of Game of Thrones, we see a dark and destroyed King’s Landing that’s covered in a white substance that, unless winter finds its way quickly south, is the ash that will make Bran’s vision come true once again.
For more on tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones, read our review of “The Bells,” and also find out why Daenerys made her unexpected choice, how Jaime’s scene was a major callback, what the showrunners knew about the Hound’s big scene, who lived and died in the Battle of King’s Landing, and why that controversial twist needed to happen.
The final episode of Game of Thrones airs next Sunday, and we’ve made a handy guide on how and where to stream the conclusion of HBO’s worldwide phenomenon.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who congratulates Bran on seeing the future. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.