Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Discussing Game of Thrones: The Laws of Gods and Men

* Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “The Laws of Gods and Men.”

From the Iron Throne to the Iron Bank

Stannis sets sail to meet with some friendly customer service representatives from the Iron Bank of Braavos, led by Mycroft Holmes from Sherlock. Stannis tries to make a case for his claim to the Iron Throne, hoping that Mycroft and his pals will be so pissed that the Lannisters have not, in fact, paid their debts that the Iron Bank will support him instead. Mycroft doesn't like Stannis's odds, however. Davos flashes his missing fingers and gives a very eloquent, impassioned speech on Stannis's behalf before fetching pirate Sallador Saan from some, uh, very important work and informing him that they're hitting the high seas.

Do You Love Me?

Yara Greyjoy storms Ramsay's house with a party of Ironborn, determined to rescue Theon. She finds her little bro caged like an animal, and unfortunately, he's so psychologically broken, he won't go with his own sister. Ramsay walks in on the rescue and is all like, “Heyyyy. Let’s get this party started!” After the fighting between his men and Yara's, he releases the hounds. Yara considers her brother dead to her and leaves. For his loyalty, Theon is allowed to take a bath and is to be given a special task.

Court Is Now in Session

Her Royal Queenliness Daenerys is holding court in Meereen. First she hears the claim of a man whose goats were barbecued by Drogon. Next is Hizdahr What's-His-Name. (Sorry—I’m too lazy to go look up the whole thing. The show has actually nicely streamlined Daenerys's entourage because in the books, it just gets bigger and bigger and bigger.) Hizdahr's father was one of the men whom Daenerys had crucified, and he claims that his father was against crucifying the children whom she saw on the road to Meereen. Hizdahr asks for his father's body so that it may receive a proper burial.

The Small Council Is in Session

There are some new faces on Tommen's council: Mace Tyrell and the Red Viper himself, Oberyn Martell. The council discusses reported sightings of the Hound (if only they knew who his traveling companion was!) and the threat Daenerys poses. Tywin declares that she must be dealt with. Alone together in the throne room, Varys and Oberyn have a nice little chat.

Court Is Now in Session, Part 2

Jaime retrieves Tyrion from his cell to bring him to his trial and feels bad about having to shackle his brother, but he's acting on their father's orders. Before the court, Tommen recuses himself from the case and hands the proceedings over to Tywin. Meryn Trant and Pycelle testify against Tyrion, with Cersei giving a command performance during her turn on the witness stand. During a break, Jaime complains to his father about the unfairness of the trial and promises to quit the Kingsguard and become lord of Casterly Rock if Tywin spares Tyrion. Their father agrees. Tyrion is to plead guilty and ask for mercy, which he’ll receive in the form of being sent to the Wall. Jaime’s plan goes straight to hell, though, when surprise witness Shae gets called to the stand and declares Tyrion guilty, guilty, guilty. Tyrion gives a heartbreaking, Emmy-worthy speech and swears his innocence. The episode ends with him demanding something that he’s only too familiar with thanks to the fun time he had at the Eyrie back in Season 1: trial by combat.

In the Next Episode

Don’t give up on Tyrion just yet; the Mountain shows no one mercy; Daario wants to kill people for Daenerys; the Hound and Arya are still squabbling; Melisandre and Selyse Baratheon stare at some flames; Sansa gets too close to the Moon Door.


  1. Can't wait for next week's episode and WTF is up with Sansa's crazy aunt?!?!

    1. Lysa's a psycho, isn't she?! Wait until next week- she hasn't even begun to show what a lunatic she is!


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