Wednesday, May 14, 2014

'The Laws of Gods and Men' -- GoT 4x06

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Finally, we get Tyrion's mock trial. I'm not going to lie, I truly wanted to claw Shae's eyes out. It wasn't that I didn't know that she was going to go up there and tell a bunch of awful lies about him (wrapped up with just enough truth to make them convincing); it was that I don't want horrible things to happen to Tyrion. I like him, and not just cuz he's the only of the Lannisters that is worth not feeding to a lion (see what I did there?).

In a way, I kind of wish that he would have taken the deal that Jamie had gotten him, but mostly I'm glad that he didn't. Things are going to be so much harder for him this way, but at least he hasn't sold his soul to ensure that he would survive the trial (or given up all of his freedom to make sure that it happens ... only to get to the wall and have the White Walkers kill him ... if the Wildlings don't do it first).

But if he did become one of the Black Brothers, I would have loved to see some scenes between him and Sam. The two of them are complete misfits who have to rely on their brains to save them ... well, Sam is still a complete innocent, and if it weren't for his loyalty to John, he probably would have been killed a long time ago, but the fact that the two of them love books so much (and they have both read so many of them) ... it would be cool to see the two of them geek out over the ones that they've both read.

Even if Jamie's heart was in the right place, and he was trying to save his brother, he had to realize that what he was doing would come with a price that may have been far to steep for either of them to pay. It wouldn't have just been that Tyrion would have been sent to the Wall, or he would have been sent back to Casterly Rock (and forced to marry a "suitable" bride and sire children). Tywin would have continued to make sure that Jamie was firmly beneath his thumb if that happened ... even while he would do everything that he could to make sure that Tyrion was completely doomed.

I'm glad that Dany is showing that she has a heart, even if she is still making mistakes along the way. Showing the people that she cares will likely go a long way with making sure that she is able to keep the loyalty of at least some of the people in the places that she has taken over (even if she may not be able to keep control of all of the places that she has freed).

I'm really looking forward to there being more with the dragons, even if the stuff that I would really like to see probably isn't going to show up until the last book (where there is an all out war, and the three of them are used to cause optimum damage).

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