Game of Thrones recap: the elusive search for justice

Tyrion on trial: Tyrion Lannister faces his tribunal.
Tyrion on trial: Tyrion Lannister faces his tribunal. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2014 – Tyrion Lannister’s day of reckoning has come, and it isn’t going well for him in Episode 6 of “Game of Thrones.”

Tyrion’s own words are used against him by a parade of witnesses. When taken out of context, his statements all seem to confirm with assurance that he was behind his nephew King Joffrey’s poisoning. Margaery Tyrell, who knows the truth about Tyrion’s innocence in this, looks on silently from the gallery as she becomes increasingly uncomfortable.

No words wound Tyrion more than those of his former lover, Shae. Tyrion believed that Shae had sailed to safety. She tells the tribunal made up of Tywin Lannister, Mace Tyrell, and Prince Oberyn Martell that Tyrion plotted to kill Joffrey to make his wife Sansa happy.

Tyrion’s only champion in the court is his brother, Jaime. He begs Tywin for mercy. Tywin tells Jaime that Tyrion can throw himself on the mercy of the court, and Tywin will send Tyrion to the Night’s Watch, if Jaime gives up his place in the Kingsguard and leaves to govern Casterly Rock. Jaime agrees.

But the plan doesn’t work out that way. Tyrion refuses to admit his guilt, instead asking for a trial by combat. Who will be Tyrion’s champion? Bronn saved his life at the Eyrie. Will he do it again? Who will Cersei choose to fight in her dead son’s name? Expect to find out next week – and expect the unexpected.

Stannis Baratheon has taken Ser Davos’ advice, and they travel to Braavos, sailing under an impressive statute into the bay. It’s one of the most spectacular bits of scenery we’ve seen in some time in “Game of Thrones.” There at the Iron Bank of Braavos, representative Tycho Natoris (played to icy perfection by British actor Mark Gatiss who plays Mycroft on the PBS series “Sherlock”) isn’t inclined to lend Stannis any money since his collateral is lacking to say the least. But Ser Davos convinces Tycho that Stannis is the man the Iron Bank should back to seize the Iron Throne, and when justice prevails, all loans will be paid in full.

Yara Greyjoy also wants justice for the Iron Islands, storming the Dreadfort with her men to rescue her brother Theon from Ramsey Snow. Yara’s bravery is impressive, but Theon has been so brainwashed and beaten down she cannot get him to escape with her. Instead she flees with Ramsey’s dogs on her heels.

Rendering judgment is a weighty task, as Danaerys Targaryen learns. She now sits on the throne as the ruler of Meereen, whose slaves she freed. Now she must make decisions in the best interests of the nation and its citizens. When her dragons kills a shepherd’s goats, she generously compensates him. It is nothing to her.

But when a nobleman, Hizdahr zo Loraq, begs Danaerys to allow him to bury his father who her men murdered for being a slave owner, it is not so easy to be gracious. Hizdahr explains his father spoke against the murder of those children she avenged. Dany answered injustice with what she believed to be justice. Now, she cannot be so sure. Can any of us ever be sure of such a thing?

Game of Thrones returns with Episode 7 of Season 4, “Mockingbird,” on Sunday, May 18, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.

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  • Iron Maiden

    A surprisingly good episode,in the somewhat boring(so far) season 4.

    I swear,I watched the last 3-4 of this episodes at least 5-10 times – It’s that good!

    Can’t wait for the next episode!