Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 spoilers ahead!
As Game of Thrones fans all sadly know, Tyrion has failed Daenerys several times over the last couple seasons. He's miscalculated strategic attacks, he trusted Cersei when she told him her army was all in to fight the Night King, and he failed to predict Euron's ambush in Episode 4. In management classes or a session with HR, we could ask, "But was Tyrion given the tools, resources, and mentorship in order to set him up for success as the Queen's Hand?" But since we're in Westeros and it's Dany we're talking about, we don't have the luxury. And now we're left to wonder: Will Daenerys kill Tyrion for releasing Jaime in order for him to save Cersei, Dany's mortal enemy whom she wanted very, very dead?
We already know Daenerys warned him that "The next time you fail me will be the last time."
Dany told this to Tyrion in Episode 5 after Jaime is captured on his way to King's Landing. "It seems he hasn't abandoned your sister after all," she tells him after giving him time to skulk away from her. The two are already at odds after Tyrion tries to convince her to not burn King's Landing to the ground. She finally agrees to call the whole burning innocent civilians thing off if the bells ring, and by "agree" we mean nodding to Grey Worm and telling him to wait outside the city for her. Moreover, Dany must be furious that Tyrion wasn't able to predict Euron's ambush, which led to Rhaegal's death and Missandei's execution.
So when Tyrion went and released Jaime to go and ring the bells and then escape the city with Cersei, he did this knowing Dany would kill him for it. And Jaime tells him exactly that. "Your queen will execute you for this," he tells Tyrion. "If Daenerys can make it to the throne without wading through a river of blood, maybe she'll show mercy to the person who who made that possible," Tyrion reasons. But of course, Tyrion is smart and knows better. "Tens of thousands of innocent lives. One not particularly innocent dwarf. Seems like a fair trade," he tells Jaime.
Tyrion already knows he'll be a dead man walking once Dany is done burning humans alive.
In Episode 5, "The Bells," we see Daenerys scorch an entire city full of innocent people when she could have flown straight to the Red Keep and gotten Cersei, sparing thousands of lives. She does this even though it was agreed that if the Lannister army surrenders and rings the bell, she and Jon's army would retreat (she nodded to Grey Worm, remember?!). That didn't happen, obviously, so at this point (whether we like it or not for Dany's character) Dany is a loose cannon and will execute anyone who betrays her or commits treason. Plus, she's never been one to show mercy before (aka, Sam's dad and brother, who could have easily been kept as prisoners instead of burned alive, or her ADVISOR Varys, who could have at the very least been put on trial). It's all or nothing for Dany.
A lot of people seem to think Tyrion is on Dany's chopping block.
But some are hopeful that Tyrion will be the one to kill Dany. Or that someone kills Dany *before* she can kill Tyrion.
While HBO did release a photo from Episode 6 that shows Tyrion in what appears to be the aftermath of the King's Landing massacre, that doesn't mean Tyrion will be around for the entire episode. In fact, he's likely assessing the wreckage in the beginning of the episode.
There's also a quick shot of Tyrion in the preview for the show's finale, but again, it doesn't mean he's meant to be around for much longer. In the preview, he's walking around King's Landing, noticing blood on the wall as well as the destroyed Red Keep (maybe he wondering if Jaime and Cersei made it out alive). A few seconds later, he's shown walking toward something or someone. Is that snow in the background, or ashes? Is Tyrion in Winterfell? Wherever he is, Tyrion is *not* happy.
Watch the full preview here (sadly, it really doesn't give us much to work off of):
One more episode to go. The Game of Thrones series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.