Episode 7 - Mockingbird
15 September 2014
Synopsis: Tyrion can't expect Jaime or Bronn to fight for him but when the Mountain is named as his opponent a Champion emerges. The Hound learns of the bounty on his head and Arya helps him with a wound. Brienne and Pod encounter Hot Pie who puts them on the path to the Eyrie. Jon suggests sealing the tunnel under the Wall but is denied. Melissandre explains why Shireen must go with her when they leave Dragonstone. Dany allows Daario into her bedroom and then sends him to Yunkai. Jorah persuades her to show a little mercy. Sansa slaps Robin, Baelish kisses her and then shoves Lysa out the Moon Door.
The Good: The bonding scenes were all solid with Tyrion-Jaime and Tyrion-Bronn establishing both the mutual affection and the inability of each to fight for the Imp. Meanwhile Arya becomes increasingly sympathetic to the Hound and Pod proves the depth of his worth to Brienne. It was nice to see Hot Pie again even if Brienne's naivety seemed odd. I liked the sequence in Meereen too. Why shouldn't Dany enjoy what Daario is offering while refusing to trust him like she does Jorah. And what a great scene it was for him when he persuades her of the quality of mercy by invoking Ned Stark. A lovely nod to the core goodness in the show.
I like Jon's suggestion to shut the tunnel under the Wall. Should Sam point out that there is another one lying around? You've got to love Tyrion's response to the suggestion that he was a hermaphrodite ("That would have made things so much easier").
The Bad: As soon as the Mountain appeared (I guess this will be the last of the recastings) a chain of thoughts set off that led to Oberyn stepping in to fight for Tyrion. Though I shouldn't with this show I now assume that Tyrion will live and Oberyn will have his revenge. Is there something wrong with a predictable story that spares our favourite character? To some extent no but predictability is something Game of Thrones has so studiously avoided that it can't help but feel like an anticlimax. I'm sure in the books Oberyn got a lot more attention and felt less like a convenient guardian angel. Again I feel frustrated that now Tyrion points out that Tywin must know he is innocent. I don't think it's nitpicking to suggest that a wronged man would have mentioned this as soon as he was arrested.
The scenes at the Eyrie require no qualifiers, they were poor. Just when we think Sansa is growing up she yells at Robin for ruining her ice castle. The kid is clearly unbalanced and just talked about how much fun it would be to murder people. Surely you take the hint and tell him that not only did he not ruin Winterfell he made it better. Instead she not only scolds him but then yells and then hits him. We all have lapses but someone who spent months (or years?) at Joffrey's side has no excuse for such foolishness. Fortunately wise old Little Finger was around to, you know, kiss her in public. Every time Baelish flirts with subtlety he just destroys it in the next scene by fully revealing his twisted mind to the world. We could all see his creepy mind at work with Catelyn dead and Sansa in his grasp but apparently we needed the most cunning man in the Kingdom to temporarily become the most stupid. As soon as I saw Lysa with the Moon Door I knew she was going through it. Sansa has been invested in for too long to die now. The only question was whether Lysa would slip, jump or be pushed. The logical result of this moment would be for the senior Lords of the Vale to be deeply suspicious of Little Finger and probably plot to replace him as ward to Robin. I hope we get something like that because this was Heroes-level plotting.
For Arya to run into one of her tormenters (401) from the Kings Road was a coincidence. For allies of hers to run into Hot Pie was literary convenience. For the random creep who shared a cart with Jaqen H'ghar to find her and the Hound was silly. Did that add anything to the story beyond the sense that Westeros is a small world?
The Unknown: I guess Melissandre is going to want to burn Shireen soon. I assume Ser Davos would use that moment as a line in the sand to stop serving the man he keeps crawling back to.
Best Moment: Ser Barristan already tried to talk mercy to Daenerys (404). And it was nice to see Jorah step forward and do the same. The use of his own experience, connected organically by his slave trading, worked really nicely. Â
Conclusion: There were two big weak moments here, which is rare for Game of Thrones.
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