Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5. The Spider’s scheming was bound to catch up to him eventually, and on the May 12 episode, Dany killed Varys on Game of Thrones. Well, the Dragon Queen didn’t so much as execute him but have Drogon burn the eunuch to a crisp. However, the Master of Whispers knew it was coming, taking off his jewelry and burning a suspicious letter before Grey Worm and his soldiers entered the room to take him down to the beach, where he was turned into a human torch.
Audiences saw this foreshadowed in Episode 4, when Tyrion told Varys who Jon’s parents really were. As a result, Varys became convinced (and rightfully so) that the former bastard had a more legitimate claim to the Iron Throne. That’s likely also why he was writing that letter at the beginning of the episode — informing the rest of Westeros that Aegon Targaryen is the true heir.
Many have been calling Dany the Mad Queen, and she’s certainly having a tough go of it at the start of Episode 5. However, she’s also grieving both Rhaegal and Missandei, so she’s not feeling particularly inclined to be merciful right now. Plus, there’s the fact that Jon’s attraction to Dany is cooling considerably (she is his aunt, after all).
However, some fans thought that Varys saw it coming. After all, he’s long taken advantage of his "little birds," manipulating people when it pleased him.
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