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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S4 Episode 6/ May 11, 2014)

May. 11, 2014by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 6: The Laws of Gods and Men

THE PLOT : The long summer is at an end, winter truly is coming and with it the cold winds of war as five self proclaimed Kings claim dominance over Westeros, but there can be only one winner when you play the game of thrones.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). I guess I should start by saying tonights episode, which was chalked full of plot driven storyline, was one of the most balanced episodes Ive seen in a while. Each arc felt like a fluid scene that blended effortlessly with all the rest. Im impressed. Id also love to give a shout out to the Iron Banks addition to the theme song map (its the little things). The Iron Bank meeting was also very impressive (as was the LOTR-like statue set piece). What a tough room. These guys are a combination of Tyrions wit, Tywins resourcefulness and Varys cold humor, and for guys who only care about the bottom line, theyre extremely well versed in the realms gossip. Stannis clearly isnt a man who pleads and begs, so thank god Davos brought his A-game. Hes on fire tonight, with a speech that could make anyone raise an eyebrow. I cant wait to see how Salladhor Saan fits into things.

As Ive mentioned before, Im at a loss to remember Theons storyline, but I can honestly say I was saddened to see how things played out. I thought Yara was going to bust him out. Hell, I thought (and was secretly hoping) this whole Reek thing was a ploy and he was biding his timetonight being the time for action if he was. Nope. Reek it is. And it seems Ramsays interested in having him go under cover (as Theon) to see that his father and sister pay the iron price. That should be interesting. The bath scene however, not so interesting. Danys new role as Queen seems equally un-interesting. We saw a bit of this with Bran when he was acting lord of Winterfell, but he didnt have to answer two hundred people. That said, it was nice to see one of her dragons. The other two must still be negotiating.

Tonights meeting of the small council was by far the most appealing one to date. Finally, theyve begun to take the mounting threat that is Daenerys Targaryen seriously. Tywins answer is a little dull though, another round of spies and would be assassins. I somehow doubt this attempt will fare any better than the last. Now if only theyd start worrying about the damn white walkers, or Mance Rayders army of wildlingsboth, being equally as dangerous and threatening as Dany. And speaking of threats, did Varys openly make a vie for throne while speaking with Oberyn? It sure sounded like it. The other standout moment for me, came when Jamie is pleading for Tyrions life with Tywin. Hes not really getting his fathers attention until he mentions the Mad Kings final order, which was to bring him Tywins head. That sure as hell got Tywins attention.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON sixth episode was a perfect balance for all characters involved, of which there were more than I expected, as I figured the trial would be front and center. As for the trial itself, I felt it was handled brilliantly, if for no better reason than the fact that Peter Dinklage owned it. I mean, seriously, owned it. Ill hand it to Cersei though, she sure did plant a good many seeds, but Id forgotten about Shae. Wow, did that ever take me by surprise. You could physically see, as well as feel, the layers of Tyrions soul being peeled back and lit on fire. The only one interested in finding out the truth was Oberyn, but sadly, that wasnt enough to make a difference. Tyrions final plea for a trial by combat certainly took everyone off guard (though given his track record you wouldnt think so), and even though I knew thats where they were going to cut the episode off, I was shaking with anticipation to hear what his judges had to say. Its going to be a long week.

SEX/NUDITY: Ramsays getting his sex on, which looked and sounded like a good time...until he came out looking like he was ravaged by a panther. Salladhar Saans having a fun night in the hot tub until Davos shows up. Dammit Davos, the hot tubs full!

VIOLENCE: Yara and the Ironborn give Ramsay and his boys a run for their money, and a goat gets charbroiled.

SHARPEST QUIP: : Theres a good many tonight, but since I loved the smartass banker of Bravos Im going to use the line which he uses to describe how they feel about Stannis current financial state, You can see why these numbers seem unlikely to add up to a happy ending from our perspective. A fancy way of saying, declined.

MOST EPIC SCENE: The most epic (tragic) scene was how the use of Shae unfolds via the trial. The look on Tyrions face when shes brought in, and his growing sense of despair as her words stab him in the heart and slowly twist the blade. It was a hard thing to watch.

FINAL VERDICT :

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And, here's a preview of next week's episode "Mockingbird"

Extra Tidbit: I find myself eager to see what sort of wildcard Theon will become.
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8:19PM on 05/13/2014
Great episode, but I feel like this show hasn't been truly "great" since Season 1. Besides a couple amazing episodes (Blackwater Battle, Rains of Castamere), seasons 2 & 3 were just pretty good to me, nothing jaw-dropping. However, season 4 has been excellent so far, so maybe it can return to the magic of season 1.
Great episode, but I feel like this show hasn't been truly "great" since Season 1. Besides a couple amazing episodes (Blackwater Battle, Rains of Castamere), seasons 2 & 3 were just pretty good to me, nothing jaw-dropping. However, season 4 has been excellent so far, so maybe it can return to the magic of season 1.
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11:16AM on 05/12/2014

Not many

Book readers around here huh?

It's always interesting watching the show with non-readers; watching their reactions, and listening to their waaaaaay off theories.
Book readers around here huh?

It's always interesting watching the show with non-readers; watching their reactions, and listening to their waaaaaay off theories.
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1:49PM on 05/12/2014
No, we have book readers here as well (not myself but others). They're just not smug and superior acting as you're coming off. ;) This is a review/discussion of the tv program, not the books. It makes sense that non book readers would have theories based on the tv show and not the books: we didn't read the books.
No, we have book readers here as well (not myself but others). They're just not smug and superior acting as you're coming off. ;) This is a review/discussion of the tv program, not the books. It makes sense that non book readers would have theories based on the tv show and not the books: we didn't read the books.
4:32PM on 05/12/2014
I'm 1/4 of the way thru book 5 right now and the show is pretty much caught up with Theon's and Daenery's story line which surprised me.
I'm 1/4 of the way thru book 5 right now and the show is pretty much caught up with Theon's and Daenery's story line which surprised me.
8:14AM on 05/12/2014

Peter Dinklage

give him the right role, and he will win an Oscar one day... bet on it
give him the right role, and he will win an Oscar one day... bet on it
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5:50AM on 05/12/2014

WTF SHAE

I thought she was smart... she really didn't understand why Tyrion sent her away? How could she think the best way to get him back was to sentence him to death. I'm losing my fucking mind right now
I thought she was smart... she really didn't understand why Tyrion sent her away? How could she think the best way to get him back was to sentence him to death. I'm losing my fucking mind right now
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3:52PM on 05/12/2014
Maybe they caught her and told her she'd be killed if she didn't? The actress was portraying someone conflicted, not someone angry, so her behavior may not be voluntary.
Maybe they caught her and told her she'd be killed if she didn't? The actress was portraying someone conflicted, not someone angry, so her behavior may not be voluntary.
4:41AM on 05/12/2014

Tyrion

This was hands down the best Tyrion episode. The best he has been through out the whole series. That speech at the end was even better than the Blackwater speech. That despair, the rage, and emotions towards the end was brilliant. Peter Dinklage should get some awards love for this episode.
This was hands down the best Tyrion episode. The best he has been through out the whole series. That speech at the end was even better than the Blackwater speech. That despair, the rage, and emotions towards the end was brilliant. Peter Dinklage should get some awards love for this episode.
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2:06AM on 05/12/2014
My god that I'm guilty speech. that alone was 10/10
My god that I'm guilty speech. that alone was 10/10
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1:53AM on 05/12/2014
For me, this was a continuation of the slow build the show has going on leading up to the end of the season, but at least we finally got to get to the trial. By far my favorite part of the episode was Tyrion's speech. It was fantastic seeing him finally cut loose and his speech was so fantastic and perfect. He has always been good, but that scene alone was award worthy. It really gets me excited for the rest of the season. It was another great episode, but I feel like the best is still to come.
For me, this was a continuation of the slow build the show has going on leading up to the end of the season, but at least we finally got to get to the trial. By far my favorite part of the episode was Tyrion's speech. It was fantastic seeing him finally cut loose and his speech was so fantastic and perfect. He has always been good, but that scene alone was award worthy. It really gets me excited for the rest of the season. It was another great episode, but I feel like the best is still to come.
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1:02AM on 05/12/2014

BTW....couldn't disagree more about Theon....

He is the only crap part of the show now. His character is ridiculous and the idea that he'd be so brainwashed that he'd go back to his family and betray them for Ramsay is stupid. Ramsay is a waste.....just a cardboard villain who brings nothing interesting to the show.
He is the only crap part of the show now. His character is ridiculous and the idea that he'd be so brainwashed that he'd go back to his family and betray them for Ramsay is stupid. Ramsay is a waste.....just a cardboard villain who brings nothing interesting to the show.
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2:24AM on 05/12/2014
He does it to avoid the pain of punishment.
He does it to avoid the pain of punishment.
2:27AM on 05/12/2014
And you believe that Ramsay (a 20-something douchebag rich kid with a wanna-be complex) understands human nature to the point where he knows exactly how much torture it takes to make someone a lifelong slave? Really?
And you believe that Ramsay (a 20-something douchebag rich kid with a wanna-be complex) understands human nature to the point where he knows exactly how much torture it takes to make someone a lifelong slave? Really?
4:33AM on 05/12/2014
If you were talking 20 year old 21st century teen. No. Westeros/medieval teen where you grow up really fking fast and learn shit the hardway and know that life sucks and your familys banner is the flayed man whos speciality is TORTURE...Yes.
If you were talking 20 year old 21st century teen. No. Westeros/medieval teen where you grow up really fking fast and learn shit the hardway and know that life sucks and your familys banner is the flayed man whos speciality is TORTURE...Yes.
10:42AM on 05/12/2014
After Greyjoy's sister tried to rescue him I was really hoping she'd put a sword through Ramsay. Your right Ramsay is a waste. We need to start closing out some story lines here. I think the Greyjoys and the Bolton story lines have ran their course. We need to start focusing on Tyrion's trial(which was awesome -- I don't believe Shae would do that without being bribed or blackmailed), Peter Beilish and Liza, and the impending attacks on the relm from Daenerys, the Wildlings, and the White
After Greyjoy's sister tried to rescue him I was really hoping she'd put a sword through Ramsay. Your right Ramsay is a waste. We need to start closing out some story lines here. I think the Greyjoys and the Bolton story lines have ran their course. We need to start focusing on Tyrion's trial(which was awesome -- I don't believe Shae would do that without being bribed or blackmailed), Peter Beilish and Liza, and the impending attacks on the relm from Daenerys, the Wildlings, and the White Walkers.
1:01AM on 05/12/2014

Tyrion

Good lord there should be Oscars given to this show! The vitriol and angst Peter Dinklage is able to summon should be given as an actors' study.
Good lord there should be Oscars given to this show! The vitriol and angst Peter Dinklage is able to summon should be given as an actors' study.
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12:49AM on 05/12/2014

Loved it, loved it, loved it....

His courtroom speech gave me chills. To hear him say he wished he'd let them all die instead of saving them during the invasion was just awesome! Dinklage has really proven himself to be a superb actor in this series. I'd always liked him in his roles, but he is just stunning as Tyrion. There isn't another character in the show who is half as riveting to watch.
His courtroom speech gave me chills. To hear him say he wished he'd let them all die instead of saving them during the invasion was just awesome! Dinklage has really proven himself to be a superb actor in this series. I'd always liked him in his roles, but he is just stunning as Tyrion. There isn't another character in the show who is half as riveting to watch.
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12:39AM on 05/12/2014
10/10 - The moment with Davos/Stannis at the Iron Bank was great, Daenyris facing the consequences of her brand of justice was neat, but the episode was all about the eventual powder-keg explosion that was Tyrion's storyline.
10/10 - The moment with Davos/Stannis at the Iron Bank was great, Daenyris facing the consequences of her brand of justice was neat, but the episode was all about the eventual powder-keg explosion that was Tyrion's storyline.
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11:29PM on 05/11/2014
Peter Dinklage is superb
Peter Dinklage is superb
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