Game of Thrones “Mockingbird” had a few ‘what the?’ moments keeping fans on their toes (even for the book readers).
The title of the episode was named after Peter Baelish’s emblem – and boy oh boy, I was waiting on the Littlefinger/Lysa plot to play out (I’ve read the books.) I even gave a little anticipatory fist pump when I saw the Sansa and Robin snow castle scene – knowing what was coming. Did anyone else relish the Sansa-Robin pimp slap? It was almost as good as the epic Tyrion-Joffrey smack.
Shock, horror…Littlefinger admitted this whole time was actually in love with Catelyn and not Lysa *insert eye roll here.*
Lysa found herself being pushed out the Moon Door this episode after attacking Sansa after a strategic kiss scene between ranga Stark and Littlefinger. Did I pity Lysa? Not really. She was jealous of Catelyn and her niece – jealousy is an ugly and wasted emotion. I somewhat pitied her for being played by Peter and manipulated to kill her husband though. Peter Baelish’s actions this episode really highlighted to the audience how far he is willing to go to win power through the Stark House. Now that he can’t have Catelyn (or could he?) he’ll have the closest dupe of her, her daughter Sansa the unluckiest of the living Stark’s.
Cersei chose the biggest most brutal warrior for her champion – The Mountain, but you know what they say, the bigger they are the harder they fall. It seemed that Tyrion was having difficulty finding a champion to fight for him – Jamie turned him down, even shifty Bronn until Prince Oberyn came to his cell. Such a perfect way for Oberyn to get justice for the killing of his sister by The Mountain – by slaying The Hound’s brother himself. Let’s go Team Martell! The look on Tyrion’s face when Oberyn said he would be his champion was deeply satisfying.
There was a short scene with Daenerys this episode where she does the nasty with new Daario. I’m still struggling to believe the chemistry between the pair. Jorah was clearly jealous but Dany assured him that his advice on showing mercy and not killing all at Slaver’s Bay was sound and well received. There, there Jorah. Oh and how amazing was Daenery’s outfit this episode?
We saw the Red Woman and Selyse talking about bringing Shireen along to the battle – nothing particularly interesting.
Readers of the book would have been initially shocked to see Pod join Brienne in her quest to find Sansa Stark as per the oath she swore to Catelyn – but we had another book deviation this week with the run in with Hot Pie. Hot Pie was a friend of Arya’s and with great fortune met Brienne and Pod on their journey. Hot Pie informed the pair that Arya was indeed alive and was travelling with The Hound a revelation to them as many had believed her to be dead. He also gave them a baked Direwolf biscuit to give to Arya, aww! I really enjoyed the light scene between the trio this week.
Onto Arya and The Hound, these pair are seemingly chummy again this week. We found out this episode how The Hound got his burn scars on his face and why he hates his brother The Mountain so much. Poor bugger. Arya did a pretty poor job of patching up The Hound’s wound after he was attacked by bounty hunters – I hope it doesn’t become infected. After Arya was shown by The Hound where the heart was to kill a man painlessly and quickly, she proceeded to kill one of the bounty hunters they encountered. My fellow book readers – do you hope that they change the Arya/Hound plot for the television series? I sure do.
Overall “Mockingbird” was made awesome by Tyrion/Oberyn, The Eyrie Moon Door scene and the Arya/Hound. It wasn’t as brilliant as other episodes this season but was still notably great.
What did you think of Game of Thrones episode 6 “Mockingbird?”
Note, the next episode of GoT won’t air until two week’s time given the Memorial Day public holiday.