During Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 6 (“The Laws of Gods and Men”), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) stands trial for the assassination of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). One, by one, the Imp’s enemies — and even some allies (lookin’ at you Lord Varys) — come out to make him sound as guilty as possible, but no testimony was more damning than Tyrion’s lover, Shae.
In fact, it was so shockingly humiliating and full of lies, that it all seemed completely out of character for this whore with a heart of gold. However, the HBO version of Shae is way different from her book counterpart, whom Cersei (Lena Headey) easily bribes into testifying against Tyrion.
Because the series version of Shae is very clearly genuine in her affections for the Imp, the writers of the series devised the scene where Tyrion tries to drive her away by calling her a whore. But was that really enough to explain her cruelty at his trial? Not only was she publicly humiliating the man she was happy to call her “lion,” but she’s basically condemning him to a death sentence.
We know that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and all, but damn... that’s cold.
What do you think — did Shae’s show storyline make sense to you, or was it a little on the implausible side?