Monday, May 12, 2014
Game of Thrones, Episode 4.6: The Laws of Gods and Men
Episode 4.6: The Laws of Gods and Men
Next we find Yara, Theon's sister, heading for the Dreadfort to rescue him. But Theon's a creepy mess, now. Yara manages to locate him in the kennels, rather than the dungeons, but he is afraid of her and won't answer to Theon, insisting his name is Reek. Eventually Yara gives over, going back to her boat and telling the soldiers that Theon is dead. She's not entirely wrong.
Ramsey Snow then rewards Theon/Reek with a bath and says he needs a favor. He needs Reek to pretend he's someone he isn't: Theon Grayjoy. Obviously, like Stannis, Ramsey is getting read to make a move.
Back in King's Landing, the small council, which now includes Oberyn, meets and discusses Dany's activities across the Narrow Sea. She's becoming a real threat and Tywin says she must be "dealt with" while Cersei, as always, insists a child on the other side of the world couldn't possibly be a threat. (Please don't EVER let Cersei rule!) Varys and Oberyn then have a little chat in the throne room. It was interesting, but it's unclear what it might be leading to.
During a recess, Jaime goes to Tywin and scorns him for the farce of a trial. He offers to leave the Kingsguard, marry, and give Tywin some Lannister heirs if only Tywin will allow Tyrion to live. I gotta say, I think this was very big of Jaime. This showed a great deal of loyalty to Tyrion on his part. Jaime goes and tells Tyrion to stay calm. He'll be found guilty but be allowed to plead for mercy and go to the Night's Watch. Tyrion seems relatively amenable to this, his only worry being that Ned Stark was promised the same thing, and look how that worked out.
This might have been a viable solution...until they call Shae as a witness. She gives the most damning testimony by far, but it's worse than just her accusations. She takes things that were sweet and emotionally intimate between her and Tyrion and twists them, making them sound perverse and using them against him. Poor Tyrion couldn't be more heart broken. More than in the books, the HBO series made Shae's character sympathetic. It made it seem like she genuinely cared for Tyrion but was angry at being sent away. So theoretically, this was a woman scorned sort of thing, but that doesn't make it any easier on Tyrion.
Tyrion says he didn't kill Joffrey (for the last time already!) but he knows he will get know justice in his father's court. He demands trial by combat, and let the gods decide his fate (as they did at the Eeyrie when Bron was his champion).
Dun, dun, dun!
Over all, a great episode. Though we missed out on lots of our favorite characters (and heaven knows I'm not a Theon Grayjoy fan) this was still a very emotional, compelling episode. I totally loved it!
What did everyone else think of this episode?