Looks like I did predict Tyrion's plan correctly -- he wanted to pick Jaime, and Jaime would have fought for him if he could -- but he just isn't capable, which Tyrion didn't realize. So that plan was discarded, after Tyrion jested sardonically about how it would almost be worth it to watch Tywin watch in horror as the Lannister lineage ended with Jaime's death... which was a point I had made. Poor Jaime, though; it must suck being on King's Guard and knowing you can't fight to save your life anyway.
And now Bronn is a lord. Apparently he delivered Shae to Cersie? Or just refused to be Tyrion's champion since Tyrion couldn't meet Cersie's price?
Back at the Wall: Jon gives everyone a dire warning and important advice, Thorne gets in a pissing match with him (old times!), Castle Black's days are obviously numbered unless Jon saves the day. But where is the little red-haired girl?
Interesting development with Arya and The Hound... they're almost, well, friends. But The Hound is rubbing off on her. She's becoming more ruthless and immediate. But he also opened up to her a bit, unexpectedly.
Daenyres continues to learn about how to rule a kingdom. She's learning how to play the game. She's not just tempering her values a bit to accommodate situations, but she is learning to give the people under her what they need in order to increase their loyalty. (Like when she tells Joran to let people know that he had changed her mind -- he needs to hear that his opinion is valued, and that's what she gave him.) Also I think she also was grateful for his advice.
Oh, The Brienne and Podrick Show, on the road for another three weeks! Huzzah! They crack me up.
And then,that beautiful scene with Oberyn and Tyrion. As soon as Oberyn told Tyrion that the dwarf as a baby had been a disappointment because he wasn't the monster he had been promised... just wow. We get backstory of Cersei's hatred for Tyrion, how young it started and what she had done to him as Oberyn watched... and even then Oberyn had been justly offended by her hatred. He sees Tyrion as another victim of the Lannister's brutality, much as his sister was... and as it turns out, he's perfectly happy to slay The Mountain for himself, but killing him to save Tyrion's life and end the injustice is just a bonus. Tyrion was deeply moved that someone saw how he has been judged his whole life and had compassion for him ("his head was a little large, his arms a little short, but otherwise looked like everyone else; that's not a monster, it's just a baby" -- Oberyn sees Tyrion as human, and not as a freak); and so was I.
And finally. Was it someone here who challenged my thought that Baelish was actually creeping on Sansa? Well... not much more to say on THAT issue now, right? But I pretty much guessed the last three minutes of the episode. Batshit Crazy takes a flying leap, there wasn't really any other way to salvage that mess.
And you know what else flies? Robins! That will be worth a look-see.