As I type this post I can feel the clock ticking. The next episode of Game of Thrones will air in less an hour from right now. Therefore, I will be typing fast and probably not very much. But, in case you want to take some time to briefly reflect on what happened last week, let’s get to talking…
1. Everyone is entitled to their day in court – Well sort of suppose this is true in the Game of Thrones world too. Although before Tryrion’s trial even started, we (the audience) knew he was climbing an uphill battle. I just don’t think we realized how low the Lannisters would get by the end of it all (see Shae). I am fairly convinced that Tywin doesn’t actually believe his son killed his grandson, but we know that Tywin has never been Tryion’s biggest fan so I am not surprised that he is a willing participant in this debacle that is called a “trial.” Further, Tywin doesn’t seem to mind that Jaime is called the “King Slayer” so I doubt his pride would be very much hurt if another one of his sons ended up being known as a killer of kings as well. What I really can’t figure out is whether Cersei actually believes that Tryion is responsible for Joffrey’s death. Because if she does, then she is clearly an idiot. And, while Cersei may be many things–a power-hungry, adulterous, b*tch (to name a few)–I hadn’t yet took her for being completely stupid.
2. Poor Jaime – I like Jaime, I really do. And, I don’t know if he has just been clueless about depth of his father’s and sister’s vengefulness or what, but his face was priceless as the camera cut to him during Tryion’s trial. It was like he hadn’t really appreciated the mockery the trial would become (despite Tyrion’s warnings) until he was present at it and was getting smacked in the face by it. I think Jaime’s best quality is his loyalty and he demonstrates it so well in this episode where he willing gives up his “life” (at least as he knows it) so that Tryion’s life can be saved. This was truly a selfless act–something you don’t see much of these days. Question though – How does Tyrion’s request for trial by combat going to affect Jaime’s deal with Tywin.
3. Shae – Girl, the Lannisters had better have threatened your life or something because I cannot forgive you for humiliating and emotionally destroying Tryion the way you did. I get that you are mad at him, but lady, you have taken the whole scorned-lover thing to a new level. And, I certainly, don’t appreciate it. Plus, not only have you backstabbed Tryion but you have betrayed Sansa (a girl that has done nothing to you). And, that my dear, is low.
4. Trial by combat – So, do we think Bronn steps in for Tyrion again or is Tyrion really going to have to fight his own battle this time? I am not sure of the rules.
5. Stannis is still boring as ever – I wish this guy would just go away. I can’t find his storyline to be remotely compelling. And, I can’t imagine that even the new financing Stannis has managed to acquire (by the help of Ser Davos) is going to make Stannis any more of a threat or any more interesting to me either. Stannis along with Ramsey need to go to part of the Game of Thrones world where I never have to see or hear from them again anytime soon.
6. It’s tough to be Queen – While I certainly think Dany has the abilities and the confidence to serve as queen of Slaver’s Bay and hopefully the Iron Throne (one day), she is definitely learning that ruling effectively takes a lot of different qualities and that it certainly isn’t an easy job. It’s tough to be the one in charge and it’s tough to do the right thing, especially when there isn’t a clear right answer. At least Dany seems to be taking her job seriously though and that is better than many of the previous men/boys that have sat on the Iron Throne. Varys, you keep your spies out of Dany’s camp though. I am watching you.
Alright, that is all I have time for this week. What did y’all think?