The Laws of Gods and Men
We finally get Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) trial in Season 4, Episode 6 (entitled The Laws of Gods and Men) of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But before we get to that exciting scene, here’s what else went down:
*yawn* There’s some stuff about Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) trying to get money from the Iron Bank. He’s really crap at begging too, considering he’s too busy looking down his nose at the bank he thinks belongs to him purely because he claims he’s the rightful heir to the iron throne. Luckily his ‘mate’ Davos (Liam Cunningham) knows what he’s doing and, well, gets the job done.
Then there’s a heap of stuff crammed into what feels like too small a space. Here we find Theon’s (Alfie Allen) sister, Yara (Gemma Whelan), on the warpath and ready to rescue her brother and reunite him with his favourite toy. Really Yara, I don’t buy your story line at all! The bloody Greyjoys need to decide whether they give a crap about Theon or not – once and for all. First they hate him because he was a prisoner of war held hostage by the Starks. Then, when he is finally released and returns home, realises he is not the prodigal son and does some evil shit to repent for his sins (of being a hostage?!?!), he gets hated some more. Now that
New Joffrey Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) has kidnapped him and cut off his junk, it seems a line has been crossed and the Greyjoys finally give a fuck.
Except when they fail in their rescue attempt.
Ditto when Theon denies his own identity.
So Yara goes home.
Probably to hate her brother some more.
Of course, this has stirred up some shit for Ramsay and he decides it’s now time for Reek (AKA Theon) to ‘play act‘ and ‘pretend‘ to be Theon for real.
Next we get to see Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) playing queen. Turns out she sucks at it. Someone forgot to fill her in on the daily chores that come with being royalty… Seems she has one fuck up after another to fix and it will be AGES before she can lay claim to the iron throne.
Oberon spends most of this episode just being plain awesome. Is he the only person in Westoros that knows the right questions to ask and doesn’t give a fuck about the consequences? I can see a bromance developing between him and Tyrion…
The Guts of the Episode:
One word: Tyrion.
Yep, he gets his day in court and as we all knew it, it would be a fairly one sided event.
Cuntface Cersei (Lena Headey) sits there as smug as fuck gloating over the fact that she is the reason Tywin (Charles Dance) – daddy issues much, Cersei? – is finally getting rid of that pesky Lannister embarrassment: the imp.
During the trial every smart mouthed thing that Tyrion has ever said over the previous seasons of Game of Thrones is thrown back in his face. Ever single comment is now damning when shown in this context.
Seems both Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) spend the entire time during the trial feeling guilty. One because they want to save their brother, and the other because they know who really killed King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Jaime feels so torn that he strikes a deal with Tywin and agrees to give up the knight’s guard, return to Casterley Rock and breed like a good little royal – and not with his sister this time either…
But his deal is moot once Shae (Sibel Kikilli) walks into the room and exacts her revenge on Tyrion for breaking her heart. Is she really a such bitter woman, or has Varys (Conleth Hill) gotten in her ear and turned her heart to poison? Seems she ‘knew’ of the ‘plot’ between Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion to kill the king, citing Sansa wanting revenge for her father’s murder – and it seems entirely plausible too, except we know that this is not how it went down.
Needless to say, Tyrion says ‘fuck the deal’ and calls for a trial by combat instead…
- Ramsay giving Theon a sponge bath.
- Daenerys realising that running a country is not all black and white. Those damn pesky shades of grey keep bleeding in no matter how fair she thinks she’s being.
- Shae being such a bitch.
- Tyrion calling ‘deal by combat’. That’s not conducive to getting Tyrion’s arse freed, is it? Although, this trick has worked for him in the past…
What did you think of Episode 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones? How do you think Tyrion will wriggle his way out this mess? Let me know in the comments below!
You can read my Episode 7 recap here.
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