Varys has spent season 8 of Game of Thrones growing progressively more suspicious about Daenerys’ aptitude to bring harmony to the Seven Kingdoms. But after seeing her reaction to Jon being adored and then learning the reality about Jon’s legacy in episode 4, “The Last of the Starks,” Varys seemed ready to switch commitments at any moment.
By the end of the episode, Tyrion even ventured to such an extreme as to ask his long-lasting companion — who is apparently persuaded that Daenerys is intended to go down the similar path as her father, the Mad King — to stay trustworthy to their queen, leading numerous fans to trust that his disloyalty is looming.
“At a certain point you choose a person you believe in and you fight for that person,” Tyrion told Varys in the Dragonstone throne room. “I believe in our queen. She’ll make the right choice. With the help of her loyal advisors.”
“I’ve spoken as honestly I can. Each of us has a choice to make. I pray we choose wisely,” the Spider portentously responded before walking away.
This was mainly a repeat of another discussion that the pair had before in the episode in which Varys recommended that Jon would be the far greater choice to sit on the Iron Throne. And judging by the look on Daenerys face after the Mountain beheaded Missandei on Cersei’s commands, it doesn’t appear like she plans on doing anything that will motivate Varys to have more trust in her.
Several viewers may be thinking that there’s a possibility Varys could still pop in and, for once, continue faithful to a ruler. But in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, there’s a line that suggests Varys has always been destined to deceive Daenerys.
In A Dance With Dragons, Quaithe — the shadowbinder from Asshai who made a brief appearance in season two — shared the following prediction with Dany in a vision: “Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.”
Since no one is explained as wearing more perfume in the books than Varys, several fans think that the “perfumed seneschal” must be an indication to him.
However, if Varys does choose to betray Daenerys, it doesn’t seem like it will end well for him. As Melisandre told the Spider before setting sail from Westeros in season 7, “I have to die in this strange country, just like you.”