The last half of “The Laws Of Gods And Men” really made this episode a memorable one.
At King’s Landing Tyrion was put on trial for the murder of his nephew and former King – Joffrey. It turns out that all the previous things that he had said directly about Joffrey or could be indirectly used to support the trial against him – came back to bite him in the bum. Witnesses condemning Tyrion in the trial included Varys (the self-interested turncoat eunuch), Maester Pycelle, Cersei and most shockingly Shae.
Maester Pycelle revealed that the cause of the King’s death was poisoning. The poison was carried in Sansa Stark’s necklace and was planted in Joffrey’s wine. In the books I believe the poison was carried in Sansa’s hair clip – a nice plot deviation for the TV series.
Obviously Shae didn’t get on the boat as Bronn had informed Tyrion previously – as she had plenty of things to say about Tyrion which further fueled the animosity towards him. There were definite lies in her account, Tyrion didn’t kill Joffrey for Sansa – that accusation came from a place of jealousy and anger of how he let her go (even though anyone with common sense would realise it was coming from a place of concern for her wellbeing). The knifing in the back from all those around him was too much for him to bear.
I must say I loved the anger Tyrion expressed – accusing them all of prejudice because he was a dwarf. He stood strong in saying that he didn’t kill Joffrey but looked at sister Cersei and said that he wished he had. It was clear that he wasn’t going to receive a fair trial – so he cleverly challenged with requesting justice by combat (something he has a history of faring well with). Tywin’s indirect and perhaps insincere arrangement to have Tyrion join the Night’s Watch as punishment (instead of death) seemed to go by the wayside when Shae took the stand to testify against him. Fire up Tyrion! Give them hell!
The Bolton-Greyjoy plot featured Yara Greyjoy trying to save her suffering/flayed brother Theon from the torturous clutches of Ramsay Snow/Bolton. This was the only story this week which featured combat. As it turns out, Reek was too brainwashed and confused to leave with his sister after they infiltrated the castle – so she left him there. I guess he’s just a pawn for the Bolton’s now.
We also saw a bit of Braavos this week with Davos and Stannis Baratheon travelling to the Iron Bank for a loan – assumingly to build an army to take the throne from Tommen Lannister not Baratheon.
Daenerys was shown trying to rule Meereen in the best way she knows how. However she’s seemingly struggling with striking a balance of justice. She’s also allowing her dragons to fly free and wreak havoc on local sheep flocks.
Overall, the first half of the episode was light padding and I’m not exactly turned on by the Greyjoy and Baratheon storylines. The real climax in the episode came from Tyrion’s trial and his fight back against the kingdom.