And what an episode to start this on!
Here we go!
|Welcome to Rhodes... I mean Bravos.|
I knew the Trial of Tyrion.
That bit alone was Fantastic. I want to watch Tyrion's confession over and over.
|4.5 out of 5 stars|
|Stannis and Davos. Two dour men.|
The blood and guts would come later, and the Trial, that would come much later.
|Mycroft Holmes, Bank Manager!|
Any show that has lots of British actors is eventually going to end up with someone from an episode of Doctor Who.
|Dragons! He's hungry and wants some charred mutton.|
The first part, we've just covered, occurs as Davos argues with the Iron Bank that backing Stannis financially is their best bet. The argument largely goes, If / When Tywin Lannister dies, who do you think will pay you back or even hold the Seven Kingdoms together? No one other than Stannis, Stannis pays his debts and makes other pay theirs.
Not a bad chunk of story. Very important in fact since we recently learned that the Lannisters are no longer mining gold.
Then we move to the Dreadfort. Yara Greyjoy has learned that Theon is being tortured (and flayed, and having his 'toys' taken away) by Ramses Snow. She goes to free him, but he resists because he is afraid it is a trick. Eventually Yara flees. The important bit comes afterward, when Ramses treats Theon, Reek, nicely (cruel psychological manipulation of the highest order), and tells him that he will have to pretend to be his old self, Thoen, to attack Moat Cailin.
Other than the violence and in order to see how broken Theon is, this scene was kinda the most unimportant.
|Eunich, Old Dottering Man, and Easily Manipulated Dolt.|
|The Trial of Tyrion Lannister.|
All the mediocrity, and anything else, of the earlier scenes are wiped right away by the Trial.
The Trial of Tyrion is amazing.
King Tommen recuses himself from the trial, appointing as Judges in his place the hand of the King, Tywin Lannister, and two more; Prince Oberyn Martell, and Lord Mace Tyrell.
|Tyrion in the dock.|
Tyrion knows he is doomed. Jaime can see that Cersei has set up all of this testamony, that everything is playing out perfectly against Tyrion. During the court's recess, Jaime goes to his father and pleads for Tyrion's life. He says he will give up his position in the King's Guard and becomes Tywin's heir at Casterly Rock in exchange for sparring Tyrion's life. Tywin agrees, saying that Tyrion can joint he Night's Watch once he has been found guilty.
This does not go as planned because a last witness is called up. It is Shae, the whore Tyrion loves, or at least has feeling for. She then lies and lies and lies on stand. She says that Tyrion plotted to kill Joffery for Sansa so that she would accept him. She has obviously been manipulated by Cersei, or someone. She has been manipulated. Tyrion finally breaks.
The speech he gives, his 'confession,' is just epic. It alone catapults this episode from a mere three and a half or four stars to a strong four and half stars. I was tempted to give it five, but I could not. Some of the early stuff was just not as powerful. This scene alone is five star quality. It was fantastic television.
In fact, I'm gonna go rewatch that scene again, right now.
Read my past reviews for Game of Thrones:
- Two Swords (Ep1)
- The Lion and the Rose (Ep2)
- Breaker of Chains (Ep3)
- Oathkeeper (Ep4)
- The First of His Name (Ep5)