Varys, the Spider in Winterfell

Posted: April 7, 2019 by patricksponaugle in Game of Thrones, Opinion, TV
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In exactly one week, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will be airing. I am probably not ready.

Sneaking in with one week left, the good people at the Watchers on the Wall site accepted a feature essay on Varys, the Master of Whisperers.

It was important for me to get any speculative piece written and published before the show aired and made my feature either redundant or invalid.

I mean, imagine this scenario.

  1. Pat (that would be me, employing the 3rd person like Doctor Doom) writes 3000 words on a speculative piece about Varys. How he’ll interact with characters X,Y, and Z. And how his involvement in the final season might echo back to important moments from the earliest seasons.
  2. The show airs, and Varys is hit by a moon meteor ten minutes in. Nothing Pat has written includes a sudden and unexpected death for Varys.
  3. The feature gets published anyway. Mockery begins.

I mean, I don’t mind being wrong, I just want to potentially be right for a period of time.

Okay, enough preamble. My feature on Lord Varys can be found here:

“A Spider in Winterfell” — A surprising role for Varys in Game of Thrones Season 8

This will be my last article for Watchers before Season Eight starts up, but I hope to write something for each episode, some analysis of a scene or situation that I’ll think deserves some of my deep dives or head canon insertion.

Thanks everyone who has followed my blog and my writings on Watchers on the Wall. I hope we all have a great time watching the final season. Stay in touch.


(Comments are always welcome. Super welcome! But if you want to talk spoilery Game of Thrones talk with me (also welcome) I’d invite you to visit my Safe Spoilers page on my backup blog. That way my non-book-reading friends won’t be shocked with foreknowledge.)

Image from HBO’s Game of Thrones (obviously.) 

If you liked this article, thank you! I have all of my Game of Thrones related articles on my handy-dandy Game of Thrones page should you want to read more but don’t want to navigate around my site.

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