Two huge events will conclude on Sunday - The Indian Lok Sabha elections and the HBO-produced TV phenomenon Game of Thrones.
While the country awaits to see will PM Modi retain his Prime Minister seat, the world awaits to see if Daenaerys Stormborn Targaryen sits on the Iron Throne after raining fire and fury on her opposers in Kings Landing. Capturing this destructive scene from the previous episode from the show, artist Robert M Ball has presented in his penultimate creation in his Beautiful Death series echoing Jon Snow's desperate cries of 'Fall back.'
The picture features two hounds at each other's throats - the black hound rising from the fire lit by the Khaleesi, representing Sandor Clegane fighting the yellow-green hound, his brother Gregor born out of wildfire and sorcery. The black hound's torso has many skulls engraved on it representing the many lives taken by Sandor while the wildfire-born hound has the Red Keep ablaze representing his failure to protect his queen Cersei Lannister.
The violent portrait also portrays the spears of the Unsullied Army poised at the ready to take over the capital at the behest of their queen Daenerys Targaryen with the casualties burning at the sides and the sky filled with the grey smoke rising from the burning remains of King's Landing. The portrait centered around 'The Clegane Bowl' paints Sandor's words 'Hello Big Brother' at the bottom.
Speaking to HBO, Ball shared the choice of colours used in the portrait saying: “Apart from those two main colors, green and orange, I let the image go in a color direction that was quite surprising. There's a lot of colors in this one — and details, and chaos and confusion, just like the episode itself.”
Ball had previously created many such portraits depicting the deaths of major characters in the eighth season of Game of Thrones. The previous one featured the death of Missandei with a trance-like quality, depicting her dream of visiting the beaches of Naath and enjoying the blood red sunset with Grey Worm. Surrounding the close-eyed, curly-headed Missandei is a vivid blue sky reflecting the chaotic and sudden death of Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen's second child - The regal dragon Rhaegal, named after her brother Rhaegar Targaryen.
The series finale is scheduled to air on Sunday on HBO, marking an end to the eight year long series based on George R.R Martin's books - A Song of Ice and fire.
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