Tyrion’s fate was decided by the gods in the most recent episode. Of course, they waited until the last five minutes of the episode to do that, despite the title of episode being “The Mountain and the Viper,” so I’ll wait until the end of my post to talk about it. Ha!
The episode opened with Mole’s Town getting sacked by the wildlings. Naturally, Gilly is spared by Ygritte because she’s not even supposed to be there, anyway. But this was the signal that we know the battle they’ve been talking about for three seasons is finally upon the Wall–next episode. It was nice to see Ygritte being badass though.
While I find most filler to be annoying, I’ve been really enjoying the added scenes with Missandei and Grey Worm. (And the added scene of Dany doing her hair, which I thought was very cute.) We don’t really get to know them that well in the books and well, they’re both gorgeous to look at. And Grey Worm’s speech to her in the Throne Room brought a tear to my eye.
“If the masters never cut me, I never am Unsullied. I never stand in the Plaza of Pride when Daenerys Stormborn orders us to kill the masters. I never am chosen to lead the Unsullied.
I never meet Missandei from the island of Noath.”
*cries* It’s nice that there is still some romance left in the Seven Kingdoms.
Unfortunately, not all is pleasant in Meereen. Ser Barristan gets a letter stating that Jorah Mormont has been pardoned by King Robert Baratheon because he was informing on Dany. He wants the chance to explain himself, but Selmy won’t allow him to be near her.
Ser Jorah approaches her in her throne room to explain himself. And is the saddest puppy dog ever while doing so. Jorah was her confidant from the beginning and to think that he was telling the people that killed her family what she was doing was unthinkable. Especially since his reports had brought assassins across the Narrow Sea to kill her. But it’s clear that she still cares for him so deeply and doesn’t know how to handle this blow, so instead of killing him, like she would do for anyone else that did this to her, she banishes him.
“I must not weep. I must not. If I weep, I will forgive him.”
Blergh, my heart. I don’t ship Dany/Jorah (so I’m not bummed he didn’t kiss her on the show), but I enjoy their relationship a lot. So, this is very brutal.
In the Vale, Petyr is trying to explain why Lysa came to fall through the Moon Door. He tells everyone suicide, but they bring in Sansa to give her side. And while she confesses to everything very truthfully, the one detail she left out is that Petyr threw her. Petyr thinks that she did this to save him, but she did it to save herself. If they executed Littlefinger, she had no idea what they would do with her. She’s learning, Petyr. And you can’t stop her!
Side note: There were some people saying that Sansa confessing to her real name was a TWoW spoiler? But I don’t see how. I just thought it was the writer’s way of working around Marillon not being there to be the scapegoat for Lysa’s murder.
Naturally, more creepiness abounds with Littlefinger. He really has mastered the look that makes your skin crawl. And now it seems as though they are skipping over Sansa’s entire arc from A Feast for Crows since she, Petyr, and Robin are heading out of the Vale already. Either way, Sansa, or should I say Alayne Stone, looked pretty badass in her weird feathery gown and new brown hair.
I’m also convinced they changed Robert’s name to Robin simply so Littlefinger could make that “leaving the nest” pun.
And finally we come to King’s Landing. Only to listen to Tyrion drone on and on and on….and ON about some stupid beetle story. Great. I could have had some more scenes with Oberyn and Ellaria as they prepared for this battle. But, nope, I gotta listen to Tyrion give a pointless speech in a dungeon. Thanks, show.
We finally get out to the sunshine for the battle. Oberyn is drinking and smooching his lady, Ellaria Sand.
HAHA, cool. Okay. Anyway, the battle happens. Oberyn has some sweet snakeskin leather on, which I enjoyed. He is very graceful and fast, unlike the big ass Mountain, who is all strength and slowness. They both get in a few good blows before Oberyn slashes him a few times and stabs him in the gut. He doesn’t finish him off because he wants The Mountain to confess to his crimes.
“You raped her. You murdered her. You killed her children.”
The Mountain doesn’t give a shit, so he gets the upper hand and lots of horrible, gross, awful things happen in a few seconds. Oberyn dies, The Mountain falls over (out of exhaustion or were some of his wounds fatal oooOoooOooooo…), and Tywin declares that Tyrion will be sentenced to death.
Same, Ellaria, same.
The reaction from fans has been great, as per usual. I felt personally very upset because Oberyn is one of my favorite characters and Pedro made him come to life in a great (and hotttt) way. But I know a lot of people just can’t handle it. The angry statuses, the angry tweets. I love it! Life isn’t fair in this world. In any world, really.
And now I’m sure people are shouting, “If they kill Tyrion, I’m done!” But, ya’ll said that a billion Starks ago. You’re never done. ;)
And with that, I end with smug Cersei, who is probably the happiest she will ever be in her entire life in this moment. (Except maybe that her secret boyfriend Oberyn died…yeah, I still ship it…) So, I’m going to enjoy that, but I’m still PRETTY UPSET ABOUT OBERYN. UGH. Now I know how you Stark fans feel.