In “Game of Thrones” everyone is looking at the Lannisters or the Baratheons, or the Tyrells with anxiety; but who they really should be looking at is Petyr Baelish , or Littlefinger. (Aidan Gillan). This extremely cunning man is not only responsible for starting a full on war with all the major families, but he has secured a spot for him in the Eyrie by, not only marrying Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie) but murdering her in the process. I don’t know about you guys but I was glad to see that crazy bitch being thrown out the moon door. While this wasn’t the totally kick-ass episode I was anticipating in my previous review, “Mockingbird” was still full of death, nudity and (lack of) justice, everything that a Game of Thrones episode should be.
Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) declaration to have a trial by combat shocked everyone, especially since he really doesn’t have any allies. He would have asked Jaime (Nicolaj Coster Waldau) to fight for him but his lack of a hand probably wouldn’t help too much. Besides the lack of a crucial body part, Cersei has also declared her champion: The Mountain (Hafthor Julius Bjornsson). The gut-spilling “Andre the Giant” lookalike is no easy foe. The last time we saw him, he was leading a raid on a village, slaying everyone in sight. If Tyrion wants to even stand a chance, he’ll need someone who at least has all of their limbs. He decides to ask the help of Bronn (Jerome Flynn), who had helped him in his previous trial by combat at the Eyrie. But unfortunately, it looks like Cersei got to him first. She’s married him off to a dim-witted heiress and given him enough money that not even Tyrion could try to surpass it. “I like you. I just like myself more” he says before leaving him.
When Tyrion thinks all is lost, his final hope comes to visit him: Oberyn (Pedro Pascal). He tells him about a time when he went to visit Tyrion as a baby and how rumors spread about him being a monster with claws, a red eye and a tail between his legs. In fact, we truly see how much hatred Cersei had for him. She squeezed his male parts extremely hard and always cursed him for killing her mother. But when he actually saw him, he didn’t see a monster like the rumors. “That’s not a monster. That’s a baby,” he says to Tyrion. He tells him that he will be his champion. Not only does he actually believe Tyrion but he also has some unfinished business with the Mountain; he was the one that raped and killed his sister and her children. So you can say that this is more of a fight for revenge than for justice but either way it’s going to be interesting seeing this skinny man going against one big hunk of muscle.
So far this season, my least favorite segments are mainly the ones that take place at Dragonstone. For the past eight episodes, nothing has been happening. We have tiny segments of things about to happen but nothing has taken off. They have three episodes left to actually do something and the future is starting to become bleak for me. But maybe the writers will surprise me.
During Melisandre’s bathtime, Stannis’ wife, Selyse, comes in. Melisandre admits to her that some of her magic potions and spells are not real, but ways to lead people to the truth. They certainly work on Selyse because she believes Melisandre when she tells her that she has plans for her and Stannis’ daughter, Shereen. “When we set sail, your daughter must be with us,” she says, “The lord needs her.” And that’s it. Again, when are we going to be rooting for Stannis again?
What I got out of this segment this week was that Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finally gave into Darrio’s advances and finally got laid. Sir Jorah, king of the friendzone, wasn’t too happy with that and told Daenerys to proceed with caution when dealing with him. But Daenerys seems to know everything and is trusting of him. Is this going to haunt Daenerys later on?
On The Way To The Eyrie
On their way to the Eyrie, Arya (Maisie Williams) and The Hound (Rory McCann) come across a man on the brink of death after his home was pillaged. They talk about life and death before the Hound kills him. But while he is distracted by that, he is attacked by two men who desire the newly placed bounty on his head. The Hound does his usual neck breaking tactics on one guy but has Arya kill the other. “You’re leaning,” he proudly says, like a teacher to a student. Even Arya seems to respect him now when she offers to help tend to a wound on his neck that was left by one of the men. At first she asked to use fire to help prevent infection but he blatantly refused due to his history with his brother burning his face with fire (and who could blame him?). However, he finally accepts her sewing it up, which shows a step closer for him opening up to her. This was a very nice moment to watch because everyone treats The Hound like dirt or literally a dog. They never seem to regard him or his feelings. Seeing his shocked face when Arya offered to tend to his wound showed that this was not a common thing for him and it’s touching to see him finally getting some respect for once.
This thrilling conclusion had viewers seeing what Littlefinger is truly capable of. It begins with Sansa (Sophie Turner) making a snow castle of her beloved Winterfell, reminiscing about life as it used to be. However, out comes Robin (NAME), Lysa’s completely deranged son, who knocks it all over because it didn’t have a moon door in it.
Littlefinger kisses Sansa “In a better world, love could overcome strength and beauty. You might have become my child,” It would have probably been better not to say that before kissing your crush’s daughter. Unfortunately, when Littlefinger was making his moves on a 13 year old girl, Lysa sees it before stomping off. She summons Sansa to the moon door and almost pushes her out until Littlefinger stops her. “There’s only one woman I love, “ he says to her trying to calm her down, “your sister”. He then pushes her out of the moon door! It was such a great way to end the episode and it’s going to make me extremely anxious for these next two weeks of waiting (you read that right, folks. Two weeks.). How in the world is Littlefinger going to explain the death of Lysa Arryn? I know he has some sort of power over pretty much everyone he knows but how far can that get him? How will the battle between Oberyn and The Mountain fare out? Also, will Stannis actually accomplish something? Just let me know when two weeks pass so I can finally tune in.