We’re halfway done with the season and I’m like “ALREADY???” Yes, it always feels like that with Game of Thrones. A 50-minute episode is too short and a 10-episode season isn’t enough to satisfy our addiction of this epic show. While things are growing more tense at Kings Landing with Tyrion’s trial, things aren’t looking too good North of the Wall too. Let’s see how our favorite characters are doing and if Martin hasn’t killed them off yet. I kid, I kid. Or… am I? 😀
You can’t handle the truth!
This episode is bound to be one of the best episodes in the GoT series. Off the top of my head, I can name a few that have definitely set the bar very high for other shows: Ned Stark’s beheading in Baelor, everything in Blackwater, the destruction of the Starks in The Rains of Castamere, and the epicness of Daenerys in And Now His Watch is Ended. Now, we have Tyrion’s trial in The Laws of Gods and Men. I might gouge someone’s eye out if he doesn’t get an Emmy for this.
Tyrion, who spats in the courtroom with vicious accuracy about the unfairness of his trial, is a wonderful thing to watch onscreen. You can’t look away as he rues saving Kings Landing, as he realizes with hurt that his family is condemning him, and as the knife plunges into his back the moment Shae appears to testify against him. The play of emotions on his face is just breathtaking. Peter Dinklage gets the legroom he deserves for his acting chops, and he doesn’t disappoint.
The people of Kings Landing can’t handle the truth because, as Tyrion points out, they’re already judging him for being a dwarf. Though he was offered the “Ned Stark” escape, proclaimed guilty and sent to the Nights Watch, Tyrion finally lashed out like Frankenstein’s monster as Shae surprisingly and painfully crushed all of his hopes by witnessing against him.
“I should have let Stannis kill you all.” And then to Cersei, “Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores.” And to everyone at court, “I wish I was the monster you think I am.” It was incredible.
Theon is Reek and Reek isn’t Theon
Because of Ramsay Snow’s twisted little experiments, we now know the full effects of intense and prolonged torture on a man. Note that this isn’t just physical torture. Ramsay has consistently given Theon false hopes of escape, rescue, and retribution, only to pull the rug from under him in the worst possible way.
This time, when Yara Greyjoy attempts to rescue Theon, he doesn’t believe it. His mind immediately cringes in pain at the thought of betraying Ramsay. Seeing that it’s all useless, Yara leaves without her baby brother and condemns him to be dead. Poor, poor Reek.
The Iron Bank of Braavos
Stannis continues his quest to become King of the Seven Kingdoms, with Davos Seaworth as his Hand. In an attempt to find a fighting army for their cause. Lord Davos speaks to the Iron Bank of Braavos (who finally gets a scene, yey!) to loan money from them.
Initially unwilling to support a wanna-be king with very little allies and resources, Davos convinces them to jump ship by claiming that Stannis is the most responsible, loyal, and just king who deserves the Iron Throne. It’s also wonderful to see Saladhor Saan again. That dude is cool.
The Black Shadow
Daenerys gets her first taste of being Queen when she holds court and gets an earful of Drogo’s leavings and her own punishment of the Meereenese masters. We understand her reason for crucifying those men, but we also feel for Hizdahr zo Loraq (who surprisingly makes an early appearance) when he pleads a proper burial for his father at the Temple of the Graces. Dany is conflicted, but she succumbs.
Actually, that’s probably all that’s interesting with Dany’s storyline right now. As I told you before, things won’t get as exciting as it will be in (I assume) seasons 5 and 6.
What will happen to Tyrion now that he’s demanded trial by combat? Who will be his champion? What will happen to Daenerys as she rules Meereen? Will Theon finally see the light at the end of the tunnel? I’m just kidding about Theon, he’s doomed. How will Stannis’ campaign to rally an army turn out?
Let’s find out next week in “Mockingbird” 😀