‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Review of Season 4 Episode 6’s ‘The Laws of Gods and Men’
In last week’s episode of Game of Thrones we left off with the joyous reunion of Jon Snow and his direwolf Ghost, amongst other things. So, what happened in this Season 4 Episode 6’s ‘The Laws of Gods and Men’? Let’s find out who the big winners and losers were in this week’s episode of Game of Thrones.
WINNERS: Stannis Baratheon & Davos Seaworth
Tonight’s ‘The Laws of Gods and Men’ opens up with our first look at Braavos, the land across the narrow sea. In last week’s episode Sir Davos Seaworth had the brilliant idea to travel to Braavos and proposition the Iron Bank for funds in order to continue Stannis’ war against the Lannisters, and his pursuit of the Iron Throne.
After initially getting shut down by the Iron Bank, Ser Davos proves his worth once again by launching into a defense of all the reasons the Iron Throne should be backing Stannis over the current King, Tommen. The reasons including but not limited to: Stannis will not f*ck you over. After presenting an argument so well reasoned you’d think the Onion Knight was a litigator, Stannis gets his cheddah, and once again is flush with cash to reign hellfire down upon the Lannisters (Blackwater Bay pt. 2?!?!?).
All in all my favorite part of this scene came long before anyone started talking in Braavos, and we simply get a look at the ‘Titan of Braavos.’ The massive bronze & stone statue that lords over the entrance to the city across the Narrows Sea.
LOSER: Yara Greyjoy
Yara, the sister of Theon Greyjoy who has such big balls she should have been born a man, sails from the Iron Isles to rescue her brother, Reek, from Ramsay Bolton’s torturing. This scene started out so charged, with her reading the letter from Ramsay to her crew, getting us and them all jacked up for the raid on Ramsay.
And then!!! Womp, womp….
What we discover in this scene is that Reek truly has taken over Theon’s personality, and he’s a complete shell of a man. Nothing left in Reek is remnant of the Iron-Born. So after Yara comes to rescue him, Reek then bitches out, gets some of Yara’s crew killed, and she’s forced to retreat before being eaten by rabid dogs. I mean, could this have gone any worse for her? I guess she could have died, but that likely wouldn’t happen as she’s bada$$ enough to fight her way out alone. Reek has officially fallen to the lowest point on the totem pole of all ‘Game of Thrones’ characters for me.
On top of being the world’s biggest sniveling vagina, Reek finally gets to take a warm bath, as if he’s a human being. Ramsay rewards him for staying true to the shell-shocked captive he’s become by once again asking him to become Theon. Aaaaaaand this is where my mind started spinning in actual circles….Can’t we just kill him and be done with it? Or have him do something the slightest bit redeeming? -50pts from Yara for her failed mission, -5,000pts from Yara for being related to…are we calling him Theon again?
WINNER: We the viewers
The dragon are growing. They’re big enough to be out, hunting in the wild. Just look at the size of it compared to that little kid. THIS IS THE PLOT LINE I WANT TO SEE HAPPEN.
Just look at this HELLFIRE!
HOWEVER! The big loser here was the goat herder who’s flock of goats was eaten by Dany’s dragons. It seems like a small step here in her dragons becomes a burden on the people. She repays the man 3x over in goats, which is nice and all, but why does she need to please a goat herder? She needs to pick and choose her ruling decisions more accordingly, because if she keeps giving more than she’s taking in she’s going to dig herself a massive hole.
Then this effing guy comes in to make her feel like garbage about killing his father….
I mean, this is the ‘Game of Thrones,’ right? When did it become not cool to kill people frivolously? Now we’ve got this bro borne of a silver spoon asking to bury his slaver father? I mean, where do we draw the line here?
WINNER/LOSER: Tyrion Lannister
The main focus of this episode was around the trial of Tyrion Lannister, who stands accused of killing his nephew Joffrey. As we all know, he did NOT in fact kill Joffrey. But that’s not going to stop his smug father and c*nt of a sister from trying to pin the murder on him. His family has enlisted the help of the usual suspects, Grand Maester Pycelle, Ser Meryn Trant, etc. To start, things certainly do not look great for perhaps the most beloved character in the entire TV series.
For the record, this is the face of pure, power-hungry evil:
Testimonial after (false) testimonial against Tyrion piled on, even a truthful testimony that ended up being damming from Lord Varys….
We then get a few glimpses of Jamie Lannister defending Tyrion to his father, and in the ever-softening character of Jamie Lannister this glimpse into the wretched scum of his father’s character is enough to get Jamie to offer to step down from the King’s Guard. End result here being that Tywin Lannister got what he wanted all along anyways: Jamie Lannister gone, away at Casterly Rock to take over the family businesses (and not banging Cersei). Tyrion also gone, off at the Wall with the Night’s Watch. Tywin wins, for now.
Tyrion’s own 2-bit whooore, Shea, then testifies against him. The true blow to his honor and manhood, this is too much for the Half-Man to take. She calls him guilty, claims that he and Sansa pulled off the murder. Ugh, what a beotch. Lesson here: don’t trust your whore, ever.
The straw that broke the camel’s back, Shea, brings out a confession from Tyrion Lannister. Then we’re all treated to perhaps the greatest soliloquy in the series’ history. I mean, just watch the 1min video embed below once again:
Can we give him all the awards now? All the Emmys?
Tyrion demands a trial by combat! HELL to the YES! I mean, there’s noooooo way this can go wrong, right?
Let’s examine the evidence: recently we’ve seen the power of the Red God, in the killing of Joffrey as wished for by Stannis Baratheon (during his ritual sacrifices). So, we’re led to believe that the Red God, R’llor is a real existence. Then we see the King of the White Walkers, so on that front we’re led to believe that the dark God is real as well.
Conclusion: the Gods are real within the confines of this show, and the Seven Kingdoms. Thus, Tryion’s move, while born from a place of insanity and frustration, is about the smartest thing he could have done. If the Gods are real, and he is innocent, he’ll come out the other side alive????
The only question here is when do we find out, next week? The following? End of the season? This seems like something that’d be a HUGE game changer, no matter which way it shakes out, so methinks it’ll be saved for the finale. I guess we’ll find out next week.
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