King's Landing: The Trial Commences
In King's Landing, we see a meeting of the new small council. They put a hit out on The Hound (Rory McCann), and Varys (Conleth Hill) reports that Dany has conquered Meereen, and kind of has a huge army. Tywin (Charles Dance), Varys, and Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) all take this pretty seriously, and they decide to try subterfuge to bring her down. We should look out for that in the future.
Later, Varys and Oberyn run into each other in the throne room, where they chat about travel, their life stories, their goals, and Varys apparent asexuality. "The absence of desire leaves one to pursue other things," Varys says cryptically, before glancing at the throne.
But enough about long term politics, it's time for the real show: Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) trial. Which, spoiler alert, does not go well. Cersei (Lena Headey) has managed to find about twenty billion negative character witnesses. The first few are obvious choices; people Tyrion managed to piss off while he was Hand. But then things quickly get more painful, with even Varys speaking out against Tyrion. Tyrion manages to call Varys out on how dickesh this betrayl is, but that doesn't actually change anything.
Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is basically the only person left on Tyrion's side. He confronts Tywin about how farcical the trial is, and even makes an extreme offer: He'll leave the Kingsguard and carry on the Lannister name if Tywin allows Tyrion to live. Tywin agrees, saying he will allow Tyrion to join the Night's Watch rather than be executed. Jaime shares the "good" news with his little brother just as the trial goes back into action.
That may have been a minor win for Tyrion, but what happens next is terrible: Shae (Sibel Kekilli) testifies against Tyrion, outright accusing Tyrion and Sansa of being behind the murder. She admits to being Tyrion's whore, but makes it sound as if she hated it the whole time. This drives poor Tyrion to completely lose it. He rants about how he saved the city. "I should have let Stannis kill you all!" he declares. "I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish that I had!" he yells. "I wish that I was the monster that you think I am." Wow. Peter Dinklage killed it. Killed.
In the end, he demands a trial by combat. And scene.
Come back next week to see how it plays out.
- The Titan of Braavos, that big statue we saw as Stannis and Davos sailed into the harbor, looked great.
- Tywin and Tyrion on who killed Joffrey: "So you would blame the bakers?" "Or the pidgeon, just leave me out of it."
- In many ways, Varys betrayal of Tyrion hurt as much as Shae's.
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