Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 6: “The Laws of Gods and Men”
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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 6: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 6 ("The Laws of Gods and Men") finally brought us Tyrion's trial, and wow, was it dramatic. One of the best scenes of the season, by far. But that was hardly all that happened this week, so let's dive into it.

Braavos: How to Impress the Bank

We've heard about Braavos many times over the course of the city, and we finally get to see it, thanks to Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Davos's (Liam Cunningham) quest to get a loan from the Iron Bank.

Stannis is not amused to be kept waiting, but eventually they are greeted by Tycho Nestoris (Sherlock and Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss), a representative who is just about as stiff and formal as Stannis. Stannis makes his argument: Tommen is a bastard, Stannis should have the throne, and, to gain it, a loan. Tycho makes it clear that basically all the Iron Bank cares about is the economics of it all; Stannis's total lack of an army makes him an unappealing investment.

However, Davos manages to turn things around with an impassioned speech about how Tywin (Charles Dance) is the only functional Lannister leader, and he's old. Once he's dead, the Iron Bank will screwed unless they back Stannis, who is younger, and honorable enough to actually pay them back.

Later, Davos pays his old bud Salladhor Saan a visit. No, it's not just a social call; Davos wants Salladhor to sail with him, and now he has the money to make it appealing. Welcome back, Salladhor. We're glad to have you.

Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 6: “The Laws of Gods and Men”
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The North: A Failed Rescue Attempt

In the north, Yara makes an impassioned speech to her followers about how as long as Theon (Alfie Allen) is being tortured, all of the Ironborn will be dishonored. She gets pretty far in her rescue attempt, but poor Theon is so mentally broken that he doesn't really recognize his own sister, and is convinced the whole thing is a trap. His resistance gives Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) time to show up and wreak havok. Yara escapes, but she's given up on Theon, declaring her brother is dead.

The next morning, Ramsay compliments poor, broken Theon on his poor, broken loyalty. And rewards him with... a bath. How generous. Can we take a sec to talk about how good Alfie Allen is? He really sells every moment of Theon's torment, mental or physical. To add a new, even more horrible twist to it all, Ramsay declares he needs some help from Reek taking over what we assume is Moat Cailin. That help? Involves pretending to be... Theon. Damn. That really is messed up.

Essos: How to Rule

Over in Essos, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) has a problem: Her dragons are out of control, stealing people's goats.

We check in on the new queen, who is meeting with her people. One farmer comes to her to complain about the whole "your dragons are eating my damn goats" problem. Dany apologizes for his hardship, and promises to pay the goats' value three times over. He likes that just fine. But can she afford to do that for every goat that gets eaten?

Next, she's greeted by a very different person: a nobleman named Hizdahr zo Loraq. The conversation starts OK, but gets super awkward when Hizdahr explains that Dany totally had his dad crucified even though his father had actually spoken out against killing those slave children. He begs her to at least allow the noblemen she crucified to be buried. Despite sticking by her mass murderous decision, she grants him permission to bury his father, which is...something?

Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 6: “The Laws of Gods and Men”
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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.

Random notes:

- 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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