- Most of the episode was kinda slow. God, holding court as queen is so boooooring. although it was nice to see Daenyres' little stunt with the crucifixions backfiring. She'll learn.
- Stannis is a total loser on the show. I'd rather have Davos be king, out of the two of them. Stannis has too much pride to even speak up for himself. How's he going to lead a kingdom if he can't manage to deal with people?
- What's up with Varys? is he actually gunning for the throne? And now we know: He was asexual before too.
- Poor Reek. I hate Ramsay. He's like a possessed hobbitface, and what's with the wolverine schtick? Anyway, this is a psych paper waiting to happen -- getting Theon to think he's Reek who then has to pretend to be Theon. Wow. No wonder he's so confused.
- "you are not my friend, my friend." Ooooh, I love that old chestnut.
- Tywin suckered Jaime into that one... or at least took advantage of Jaime's compassion. But I guess if we block out that misstep from Episode 3 , he's definitely improving over time. He comprised himself with honor. Brienne would be proud of him.
- I hate Cersie. In the past she was just weak, misguided, petty. Now she's entirely evil. Kill Tyrion if you must, but she's destroying him publicly, twisting the truth, outright lying when necessary. And throw that old bearded fat fuck off the tallest rampart, I am so sick of his lies.
- Congrats to the show (and maybe the book) -- dragging Shae back into things stuck a knife in my heart and twisted and twisted. Tyrion treated her as he did to save her life, and he did it too well -- now she wants to see him pay for breaking her heart. And Cersie took advantage of it, whereas before the wedding feast she was setting up Shae to hang. Shay is such a pawn and doesn't know it. That one hurt SO badly. Her lies weren't even convincing; she claimed to know every piece of evidence that would damn Tyrion. When that happens in a police case, they pretty much know it's fraudulent, it's NEVER that convenient or clean.
- Tyrion. Poor guy. It's interesting, he's always had something witty to say, to spin things around for him without a situation resorting to direct conflict. Now everything we've seen him do has been spun and twisted to mean something it did not. He's at the end of his rope, everyone's turned on him, and he's decided to drop finesse by the wayside and simply be blunt. I would have given anything to sit there in that crowd and see him mug the audience like that -- "I wish I had enough poison, I would gladly feed it to all of you and watch you die!" LOL. He played it all up.
it was a perfect game, as I'm sitting here thinking. Because now he's got Tywin's balls over the coals, if he can actually pick who defends him and the request for judgment by combat cannot be refused.
If he asks Jaime to champion him (which I'm unsure on, since he's Guard Captain, although Jaime will likely quit the Guard... which he was going to do anyway... to defend Tyrion), then Tywin is fucked. The Lannisters are fucked. Tywin will have to pick someone who Jaime will beat... and Tyrion will go free. Because if Jaime dies, then Tyrion dies, and there are no more male Lannisters. Tywin loses everything.
It's a rather beautiful ploy, if that's how it works.
I just hope Jaime is up to it.