Let the last half of season 4 of Game of Thrones begin! What?! We are already on episode 6! Sounds hard to believe, but "The Laws of Gods and Men" represents the beginning of the end of what has been an amazing, incredible season so far.
The trial for Tyrion was presumed to be the focal point of this episode. Always a fan favorite, those who only tune in to the show are waiting with bated breath for news of his fate. Book readers know what's going to happen and are trying their best not to give anything away (please don't give anything away in the comments). Of course, that doesn't even touch on all the other storylines Game of Thrones is dealing with, from Daenerys at Slaver's Bay to the growing threat in the North.
There are SPOILERS AHEAD for "The Laws of Gods and Men." Please go watch first! You won't regret it! What are you doing! Go watch!
Let's get the non-trial stuff out of the way first. Stannis Baratheon and Ser Davos Seaworth sail under the legs of a huge, impressive soldier statue holding a broken sword to get to Braavos. Mark Gatiss, aka Sherlock Holmes' brother, aka Tycho Nestoris, welcomes them to the Iron Bank of Braavos.
Baratheon reminds everyone that the Lannister children were born of incest. He believes his blood gives him the right to get the Iron Bank's gold and reminds them how in debt the crown is. Nestoris right away shoots him down with a game of numbers. Davos brings up a good point, flashing his finger-less hand -- once Tywin dies, who do they back? The Iron Bank still doesn't sound too convinced, but this storyline has to go somewhere, right?
Gratutious showing of breasts and butts -- time to take a shot! -- as Ser Davos finds a new recruit, Salladhor Saan, to go sailing with him.
Yara Greyjoy makes her first appearance. There's more T&A in a gross sex scene with Ramsay Snow while Yara pumps up her soldiers to attack and save her brother Theon. Theon's sleeping in the cages with the dogs, and Yara finds him. He proceeds to freak out while being rescued, then Ramsay shows up, cut up with blood. Pretty badass to fight without a shirt though.
Ramsay unleashes his dogs, then Yara finally admits defeat and says that Theon's dead. Reek is so messed up, he didn't want to be rescued, so Ramsay rewards him with a bath. Reek brightens up like a little kid on Christmas morning, though when he takes off his shirt, you can see Ramsay's depravity and violence. In the creepiest way possible, Ramsay washes him and asks, "Do you love me, Reek?" He then asks a favor: Pretend to be Theon Greyjoy to take a castle back. If you recall, Snow's father asks him to take Moat Cailin, which is part of the North and subject to House Stark. Going to be interesting to see if Reek can even begin to pretend to be Theon again!
Whoa, cut to a huuuge dragon in the next scene! Burning up the innocent goats and scaring the shit out of a poor little kid (good thing he didn't take the kid). The dragon's mom, Daenerys, sits on her throne and is approached by the goat herder who lost his flock. She pays him three times what he'd get for his flock for his charred up goats.
Hizdahr zo Loraq is next. He is a noble of Meereen (he had red black hair shaped into wings in the book) and accuses her of crucifying his father. He begs her to be able to bury the dead. She stands firm but eventually relents and lets him bury his father. Dany's got a long day of supplicants ahead of her. At least she gets to sit ...
On the other side of Westeros, Tywin gathers the council with the Red Viper and Mace Tyrell in attendance. Varys knows all about Dany in the East and understands the threat she represents. "She must be dealt with," Tywin rumbles, then hilariously makes Tyrell fetch his quill and paper.
The Red Viper questions Varys, and Varys admits he desires no men, women, or boys, much to Oberyn's surprise. Varys says he would like "to pursue other things," then makes a knowing glance toward the Iron Throne. Varys as king?! Really?
Jaime visits his brother Tyrion in prison. "Let me guess. I've been pardoned," Tyrion quips. He is handcuffed and walks down an aisle of angry onlookers. Tommen sits on the throne, but then he stands up and recuses himself of the trial, saying Tywin will sit as judge, as well as Oberyn and Mace. Uh-oh, not looking good for poor Tyrion. If you recall, Tommen was quite fond of his uncle growing up.
Tywin proceeds to do what he most likely dreams about at night doing -- sit his ass on the uncomfortable Iron Throne. Tywin questions his son, and Tyrion uses his usual sense of humor to respond. All his dirty laundry is aired though when the witnesses are called. The sad part is that Tyrion had every right to stand up to Joffrey -- it just looks really bad hearing it all at once at a trial for his murder. Lots of people can't wait to extract revenge on Tyrion. The damning necklace with the Strangler from the Purple Wedding is produced, and even his own sister and Varys stand against him.
Jaime knows this trial is wrong and approaches Tywin about it. He says he would leave the Kingsguard (can't reproduce apparently if you're in the Kingsguard) if Tywin lets Tyrion lives. "I'll allow him to join the Night's Watch," Tywin says, and Jaime will have to take up a place on Casterly Rock to carry on the "dynasty." It seems Tywin had this planned all along. When does he not get his way?!
The next witness to approach? Tyrion's favorite funny whore, Shae. Shae sells him out, saying he and Sansa planned the murder together. She basically lies her face off -- even makes fun of him. "Shae," Tyrion begs. "Please don't." His expression is just heartbreaking. As Shae makes up this lie, knowing shots of Margaery are intercut, as she knows who really killed Joffrey.
Tyrion has finally had enough. He makes an impassioned, almost psychotic speech, wishing he had let Stannis kill them all in the Battle of the Blackwater. "I'm guilty for being a dwarf," Tyrion sneers. "I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish that I had ... watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores! I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it!" He then demands a trial by combat since he knows he'll get no justice in the courtroom. Jaime closes his eyes in agony while Tywin and Tyrion stare each other down in what has to be one of the most intense moments of season 4.
Wow, trial by combat for Tyrion! No Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, or Sansa Stark and Petyr Baelish this time around, but it looks like we'll get to see some of them next week! And the question of course remains: Who the hell will make a stand to defend Tyrion?
Do you think Tyrion made the right decision to demand a trial by combat?
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