Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 8: The Mountain and The Viper

This episode will burn in my mind for a long time. I haven’t read all the books so I technically don’t know what happened but with the abundance of spoilers in the internet I found out that Oberyn will die.  So I was thinking, Pedro Pascal portrayed Oberyn Martell really well, his character brought a fresh air to the dreary and bleak story and hoped maybe they will change the story a bit and keep him alive but then I remembered they killed Ned Stark and all hope vanished.     The episode was shown 2 weeks after the last one (Mockingbird) and the wait was agonizing.  I cannot wait to see the battle between the Mountain the the Viper.  As I started watching, all I can think of is the battle, I don’t care about anything or anyone else,  I want the fight start right away.   I have to go through the whole episode though to get to the most awaited part, the battle. The battle was cool, it was well orchestrated and choreographed.  Oberyn’s moves are kick ass but I was so afraid each time the Mountain strikes.  It looked as if Oberyn will win then he got so emotional and starts talking about his beloved sister Elia Martell.  That’s when it gets crazy.  The Mountain was down,  just waiting for Oberyn’s final blow to kill him and Oberyn went on saying that the Mountain murdered his sister’s children then raped and murdered her too.  He wants the Mountain to confess and tell the whole King’s Landing who gave him the orders.  He kept circling the Mountain while yelling then suddenly the Mountain moved and got ahold of Oberyn.  The Mountain hold Oberyn’s head in his humongous  hands and crushed it like it was watermelon.  The scene was sickening.  I was so shocked that I almost screamed.  I asked my sister what I looked like when I was watching and I showed her Ellaria Sand’s reaction, she said we almost had the same reaction. I knew he will die, but not how. Oberyn Martell’s death was graphic, grotesque, gruesome and brutal. I just watched it last night and I still cringe whenever I think of it. It will take a lot of time before I can fully recover from Oberyn’s tragic death.  I don’t feel any consolation for the Mountain’s death. He still won.  I was so devastated by Oberyn’s death that I forgot about Tyrion and the fate that awaits him.  His champion died and Gods decided he is guilty.  What will become of him? I don’t know yet but one thing’s for sure  we’ll see more of  Tyrion and that Oberyn’s crushed head will stay in my head for quite a while.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 6 – The Laws of Gods and Men

The Laws of Gods and Men aka the best episode of the season or probably the whole series is freaking amazing!  It was so full of drama, action, surprises and heart stopping scenes.  It made me mad, sad, terrified and it even made me smile (thanks to one pirate). Every freaking second counts.  As always, Game of Thrones never disappoints but this episode is probably the best.  Looking back at the scenes, I am still at awe.  Kudos to the director, writers, producers and actors. That was an episode that set the bar higher.  Episode 2 of this season was my favorite, Joffrey finally died (applause), but episode 6 definitely trumped that one. There are just so much I want to say about the episode but afraid I will not make sense, so I will just  try to break them down to pieces.

1.  The flashbacks. I was kind of disoriented when scenes from previous seasons were shown all concerning Tyrion.  It didn’t made sense until the trial and I have to commend HBO and the producers for that.

2.  Ser Davos convincing  Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank to loan Stannis money.  Personally, I wouldn’t be convinced if the same argument was used to me.  I mean, you will loan a man because he is “rightful heir” and honest? All Davos have to do is show his blunt fingers and telling them that Stannis is his prime compared to a prepubescent boy (Tommen) and the old man (Tywin). Whatever, all I know is Davos saved the ungrateful Stannis.  I love seeing the pirate Salladhor Saan, he me made me laugh (which rarely happens when I am watching GoT), seeing him makes me thinks of fun adventures. 

3. Yara Greyjoy‘s attempt to free Theon aka Reek.  That was awesome, so exciting and terrifying at the same time.  I came to like Yara and I don’t want her dead just because of Theon (I still hate him).  Yara is a badass, I  was so excited to see her in a combat.  The scene in the kennels was heart pounding especially when the sadistic Ramsay Snow came in, now,  that man easily took Joffrey’s place as the vilest character in the series.  I was so worried for Yara, I don’t want her to be another hostage of Ramsay or be a snack for his dogs.  Good thing Yara realized Theon is not worth her life especially when he is a full fledged Reek now.  Alfie Allen did a fine job of portraying the traumatized, tortured and brainwashed Theon.  He was believable but I don’t want anymore scene with him and Ramsay (but with Ramsay’s plan I’ll seeing more of them for sure).  I was expecting a full on war between house Greyjoy and Bolton and only got a taste of it instead.

4. Daenerys Stormborn, of House Targaryen, the First of her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons  (that was fun haha) realized is not that easy to rule.  Conquering was easy for her and she gets annoying as the story goes on.  She can blame it to her youth, I blame it to her ignorance and arrogance.  She’s like a spoiled child, she’s like I want that and since I have dragons I’ll have them. She’ll ask counsel and she’ll not listen anyway. If you’ll ask me, she amassed her warriors through sheer luck.  In this episode she learned that ruling is a full time job,  hearing supplicants and making decisions for her “people”.  We saw a moment of vulnerability and indecision on her face. Turned out she can easily be swayed.  And her dragons are getting way out of control!! What’s next? They’ll barbecue a human being?  I used to like Dany at the start of  Season 1, not anymore.

5. Oberyn Martell‘s now a member of the small council. I like Oberyn, he’s a breath of fresh air to the series, with all that old, boring faces.  He is an enigma, he appeared to be easygoing and doesn’t have a care in the world but we all know he’s in Kings Landing for a reason.  He’s funny too.  Loved the conversation he had with Varys the Eunuch:

Oberyn: Everybody’s interested in something.

Varys: Not me.  When I see what desire does to people, what it has  done to this country I am very glad to have no part in it.  Besides the absence of desire leaves one free to pursue other things.

Oberyn: Such as?

Varys then looked at the Iron Throne and left Oberyn

Turned out Varys is also interested in the Iron Throne, and I thought he only cares about the realm. (This is one of the reasons GoT is so interesting, characters are so shady, you don’t know whose side are they on, line between good and evil is blurred).

6. Jaimie Lannister’s sacrifice to save Tyrions’ life.  Jaimie’s not the one of the nice guys in the show, but he loves his brother, probably the only one who truly loved Tyrion.  He bargained with his father to spare Tyrion’s life.  He will leave the Kingsguard,  return to Casterly Rock and become Tywin’s heir to continue the Lannister’s  dynasty, if Tywin will assure Tyrion’s survival after the trial.  They had an understanding, Tyrion will be given a chance to plead guilty and be allowed to join the nights watch.  Jaimie’s effort to save Tyrion is heart warming, a scene that is rare in GoT. The question is, will Tyrion plead guilty? Wasn’t the same was promised to Ned Stark by Joffrey? Only he was beheaded after “confessing” his crimes.  Tyrion is stubborn and if he did plead guilty will Tywin remain true to his words?

7. Tyrion Lannister’s trial. I have been missing Tyrion from the previous episodes, only a few scenes in the dungeons.  He made up for it though at the trial.  Tyrion is hands down the best character in the series.  He knew that the trial is nothing but a farce, a charade.  He is guilty in
everyone’s eyes anyway.  The judges are Tywin, Oberyn and Mace Tyrell.  At start of the trial, Tyrion was so cool, he even made me laugh when he said that they can blame the bakers or the pigeon for Joffrey’s death as long as they leave him out of it.   Then came the witnesses, Meryn Trant,  Queen Regent Cersei, Maester Pycelle, Varys all trying to incriminate Tyrion.   Tyrion remained calm until they call the last witness, and the last person Tyrion expected to see, Shae.  He thought Shae was safe, away from Kings Landing.  The look in Tyrion’s face is heartwrenching, he was pleading with his eyes.  Shae wants to get even or maybe Tywin and Cersei threatened her or she was really jealous of Sansa and was hurt when Tyrion sent her away (for her own safety).  Whatever her reason, she broke Tyrion’s heart and put the final nail in Tyrion’s coffin.  The trial reminds me of Tyrion’s trial in the Eyrie where he also “confessed’ his sins and was able to escaped death through wit and quick thinking.  Then Tyrion spoke, he wished to confess and what he said broke my heart (for Tyrion) and thinking of an Emmy (for Peter Dinklage).  I am not an expert in acting (whatsoever) but I am sure that Peter Dinklage’s acting was brilliant.  He gave a powerful monologue, something that will go done in TV history.

Tyrion:  I wish to confess.  I saved you.  I saved this city and all your worthless lives. I should have let Stannis kill you all. I’m guilty. Guilty. Is that what you want to hear?

Tywin: You admit you poisoned the king.

Tyrion:  No – of that i’m innocent. I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I’m guilty of being a dwarf.

Tywin:  You’re not on trial for being a dwarf.

Tyrion:  Oh, yes I am. I’ve been on trial for that my entire life.

Tywin:  Have you nothing to say in your defense?

Tyrion:  Nothing but this — I did not do it. I did not kill Joffrey but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores. I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it.

Tywin: Ser Meryn — escort the prisoner back to his cell.

Tyrion: I will not give my life for Joffrey’s murder and know I’ll get no justice here, so I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.

Will he be able to pull this trial by combat thing twice?  Who will be his champion? Jaimie? Bronn, who is not even around during his trial. Will he fight for himself? Oh dear, I cannot wait for the next episode, dying here.

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A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones

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Words will never be enough to express my utter devotion to the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series. I am so hooked that I sometimes dream about the characters. I watch the TV series then read the books and I would sometimes asked myself “Should I read the books or watch the TV series first?” A lot of times, I would say “hey that wasn’t in the books” when the TV series turned to be different from what was written. Game of Thrones fever came to me late; I was just hearing and reading about it and got curious. I watched the first episode and I fell, hook, line and sinker. That was just last year.

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The Iron Throne

What is Game of Thrones anyway? Why I am so crazy about it? Game of Thrones is a TV series based on A Song of Ice and Fire, the amazing George R. R. Martin‘s series of fantasy novel.   The first book is entitled Game of Thrones (thus the title of the TV series). The series is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos.   If I try to explain more about it I will be finished next year. The storyline has so many arches, told from several points of views (that kept on growing as the series continues), events occurring simultaneously, several books and seasons later and only a year has passed. It’s basically a civil war between noble houses, each believing they are the rightful one to sit in the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The story is rich with treachery, intrigue, violence, greed, conspiracy and danger. It is not for the faint-hearted, a lot of people will hate it for its graphic violence and immoral characters but the way G.R.R. spun his tale is magical. He created a world that I can’t even imagine, and he even created a back story, explaining the history of Westores and the once mighty Valyria.   One thing that a reader/viewer must remember when watching/reading, do not be emotionally involved with any character, they might die anytime. I have learned that lesson when Eddard Stark died, I mean how could you kill your major character? Especially one of the few characters who is honorable and just (the same reasons that got him killed). Only the mighty G.R.R. Martin can do that and kept the story interesting. I just wish he writes faster, but we can’t force him can we? The creators of the TV series D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are also doing great in their adaptation. They made several changes that are necessary and they came up with the best ensemble. I can’t imagine anyone else portraying Eddard Stark or Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage is awesome!). The set is fantastic and CGIs are crazy.  I could go on and on but I will never be enough, all I can is both the books and the TV series are splendid.

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The plot line is wickedly awesome. So many complex characters; never revealing their real motives. It’s like watching a Detective Conan episode sometimes, everyone is a suspect.  You’ll hate a character so much you will be so happy when he finally dies (the disgusting, sadistic Joffrey Baratheon). Or feel so guilty when you have grown to like the character that is having an incestuous relationship with his sister and casually pushed a kid off a tower (Jaimie Lannister). You’ll never forgive the writer if he kills Tyrion or Arya Stark (but the damn spoilers I read about her are still troubling me). Oh dear these characters are so messing with my peace of mind.

There are a few times that I could actually suppressed my addiction to GoT like there’s this one time when I already got the latest episode and was so excited to watch it at home after work but I was so dead tired that I decided I will just sleep early and watch it the next day. I can’t even believe that I can withhold myself of anything that has to do with GoT, so I felt weird and proud of myself at the same time. But that rarely happens. I am like a hound when comes to GoT, once I got a sniff of it, I got to have it. I long to meet someone that shares my love for GoT, my sister likes it too but she is not as addicted. I want to discuss my own theories about the whole story. I want someone to geek out with.

Since I haven’t read all the books, I am trying so hard to stay away from all the spoilers but I am not so lucky all the time. It’s like seeing something you’re not supposed to see and you covered your eyes but it’s too late you saw it already and you’ll berate yourself for being so stupid.

Anyhow, I know this is another idiotic blabber but I love GoT so freaking much.