Warning: Major spoilers for Game of Thrones follow!
As multiple storylines come together for the Game of Thrones series finale, we’re left with a number of burning questions, particularly about the events surrounding Lord Varys’s death. The fifth episode of season eight opens on the Master of Whisperers in his chambers composing a letter to an unknown party. Based on the words visible as he writes, we can assume he’s contacting someone about Jon Snow’s status as a Targaryen and his right to the Iron Throne. With Varys’s loyalty to Daenerys crumbling over the past two episodes, it’s no surprise that he’s sharing the secret with the rest of the world. He practically confesses as much in the previous episode, “The Last of the Starks,” when he asks Tyrion how many others know of Jon’s birthright. When Tyrion answers “Eight,” Varys responds, “Well, it’s not a secret anymore. It’s information.” And no one does more with the information he’s dealt than the man sometimes known as the Spider for his vast web of contacts.
But who has Varys told? Clearly, he succeeds in sending at least one of the letters he’s written since we see him in his chambers twice. The first time is during the day, and although one of his little birds interrupts him, he simply sets the letter aside with the intention of completing it after their chat. The second time we see him, it’s at night, and he burns the letter — presumably so intruders aren’t able to read note’s contents — as he hears soldiers marching toward his door. But the question still remains, who is Varys contacting?
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