OMG. That ending. I actually screamed with laughter. I know it’s horrifying, but why was it also so damn amusing? That’s “Game of Thrones” in a nutshell for me, a constant array of conflicting emotion, but we’ll get to those Eyrie scenes later on. First up…a trio of terrific Tyrion scenes!
Tyrion is visited first by Jaime, who is a bit peeved that Tyrion blew the whole plan to save his life with his little courtroom outburst at the end of last week’s episode. Tired of Jaime’s criticisms, Tyrion chastises the “golden son,” who can do no wrong in their father’s eyes, including sleeping with his sis. Ouch! Jaime’s loyalty to his brother shows the good Jaime that we all love, not the Jaime in the scene that we are all ignoring ever happened.
We also find out that whoever fights for Tyrion will be taking on Ser Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain. Clearly one-handed Jaime won’t be that champion.
But neither will Bronn! Oh man, this scene got me surprisingly teary-eyed. Bronn has been bought out by Cersei to NOT fight for Tyrion. Tyrion tries to buy Bronn’s loyalty back, but Bronn values his life more than Tyrion’s. Tyrion gets it. I guess I do too. Especially knowing what happens next.
We get our third visit, from my new favorite character Oberyn Martell. Oberyn tells the story of the first time he met Tyrion and boy, were the tears falling. He was a boy desperate to see the “monster” Lannister baby, only to be disappointed when he saw nothing but a baby, just slightly different than the average. He also recounts Cersei’s cruelty to Tyrion, even back then. Tyrion cried. I cried. If you didn’t cry, what is wrong with you!?
AND THEN: Oberyn volunteers to fight as Tyrion’s champion! After all, he wants to kill The Mountain – the man who raped and killed his sister.
I’d like to take this opportunity to bang through some of the smaller scenes. First we get a snippet of “The Hound and Arya Show.” The Hound mercy kills a dying man, teaching Arya how to stab someone lethally in the heart. Arya is able to quickly implement the new technique when the duo is confronted by some criminals, one of whom would be on Arya’s list if only she knew his name. Once she learns his name, she plunges Needle into his heart. DAYUM!
Then we get a less manslaughter-y scene, where Arya tries to help an injured Hound and we hear some details about how his brother The Mountain burned him as a child. It’s going to be so great if and when The Mountain is killed. Fingers crossed!
A small Stannis’ Wife/Melisandre scene! Basically Shireen is going on the trip and Melisandre is naked the whole scene. Which must have been very awkward for the wife.
There are some rumblings at Castle Black and Brienne and Podrick run into HOT PIE!
Meanwhile, Daario sneaks into Daenerys room. Dany pretends to be mad. Daario is bored that his two talents, fighting and women, are not being utilized. Dany’s like “Okay, take off your clothes then.”
Poor Jorah catches Daario’s walk of shame the next morning, but he’s even more upset with Dany’s plan to send Daario to kill the masters who have recaptured the city of Yunkai. He was, after all, a former slave trader and wouldn’t be alive today if Ned Stark had done what she’s doing. SHE LISTENS! Daario’s new mission is to give Dany’s message to the masters: they “can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one.”
Meanwhile in Eyrie, Sansa is building an incredible snow sculpture of Winterfell. Creepy little Robin comes out talking about the glory of Moon Doors, before destroying Sansa’s sculpture in a fit. Sansa slap hims. The audience cheers!
Petyr sees the slap and comes to comfort Sansa. Oh boy. She asks him why he killed Joffrey, and he basically tells her it was because of his love for her mother. Sansa likes this. But then Littlefinger gets all Littlefinger…
Lysa is PISSED! She calls Sansa over for a chat by the Moon Door. My stomach was in knots the whole time. I wouldn’t come within 50 feet of that Moon Door. Lysa goes off on Sansa’s “whoring” ways and forces her head over the Moon Door. Finally, there’s an appearance by Littlefinger that Sansa is probably grateful for. He tells his wife that he will send Sansa away. He calms her down. AND THEN:
Hurry up and get to the Eyrie, Brienne and Pod! Sansa needs you!
Some bad news now: no new episode next week. But here’s some good news: rumor has it that the last three episodes of season four are OFF THE HOOK! Can. Not. Wait.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Let us know in the comments!
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