Thought to indicate Cersei’s surrender to Daenerys’ army, the bells could have a whole other meaning in the final episode of Game of Thrones.
It is in fire and blood that ended King’s Landing in the last episode of season 8 of Game of Thrones, destroyed and burned by the army and Drogo, the dragon of Daenerys. Entering a total fury, the young Targaryen left nothing behind, not even an innocent one. And this, even as Cersei decided to ring the town bells, signifying her surrender. But did that really mean his surrender? Because it was not always the case in the series. In episode 9 of Game of Thrones season 2, Sir Davos, hearing the bells of King’s Landing, said: “I never heard the bells mean surrender”. In this same episode, Tyrion states that they are used to celebrate a wedding.
No one seems to really agree with the message the bells are sending. But the most interesting idea comes from Varys, who confides that he has always hated the bells, because for him, they sound horror, a dead king, a city under siege. So, in the last episode of the Game of Thrones series, if Cersei agrees to ring the bells because Tyrion promised Daenerys that it would mean her surrender, in reality, the sound of the bells has a much deeper meaning. It is from this moment that Daenerys spins and decides to destroy the city, killing Cersei in the process, thus recalling the description of Varys.