And thus the fight that will decide the fate of Tyrion Lannister was shown last night. And because fans have been waiting for it, it has to be shown right at the end. The episode was able to keep the audience enthralled all the way through it. It did not even involve a lot of fighting or dragons, it was just mostly conversation.
First, we are taken near the Wall in Moletown. The wildling guerrillas have chosen to attack there and kill everyone in sight; including a few brothers of the Night’s Watch carousing in the brothel. But, thankfully; Gilly who is a wildling herself, is able to detect the attack beforehand and is able to hide with her baby. Ygritte finds her, but chooses to spare her and her baby. Word of the attack reaches Castle Black and Jon Snow and some brothers have a discussion over it. They try to cheer up Sam, who is worried about Gilly.
In the Far East in Mereen; Greyworm, who is bathing in a stream, sees Daenerys' handmaiden Missandei naked. He stares at her as she tries to cover herself. Later she would tell her mistress of what happened, and Daenerys is bemused and tells her handmaiden that the unsullied are uninterested with women with them being eunuchs after all. Missandei is unconvinced, and she later meets Greyworm in the throne room. The warrior apologizes and he and Missandei have a conversation where she realizes that he may really be uninterested. But somehow you see that this is not what she wanted to know.
Outside, Ser Barristan Selmy receives a scroll from an unknown source. It is revealed to be a royal pardon from King Robert Baratheon, absolving Ser Jorah of his past crimes. Ser Barristan confronts Ser Jorah and correctly deduces that it is payment in exchange for spying. Ser Jorah sees Daenerys in her throne room. He ends up confessing on the spying, and the Queen exiles him from Mereen.
Back in Westeros, Ramsay Snow sends Theon to entreat the iron born in Moat Cailin to surrender. Being the obedient little dog he is now, Theon does as he is told, but the commander refuses, and ends up getting killed by his own men. The iron born believed Theon when he said that they will be spared. Later it is shown that they were skinned alive.
Ramsay would then deliver the flag of Moat Cailin to his father Roose Bolton. The grateful man legitimizes his son, giving him his family name. It is revealed that Roose Bolton is now the Warden of the North and he and his son march with their army to take possession of Winterfell.
In the Vale, Sansa reveals who she truly is and stand witness to the story that Petyr Baelish had no fault in Lady Lysa’s death. She weaves a story that is mostly true but leaves out a few small details. With that put aside, Lord Baelish takes Lord Robert Arryn under his wing, with the help of Sansa of course.
Unbeknownst to them, Arya Stark arrives outside the Bloody gate with the Hound. A guard tells them that Lady Lysa has died. With news of another relative dying, Arya bursts out in ironic laughter.
And now to King’s Landing. Jamie is with Tyrion in the dungeon before the Trial by Combat. The two brothers have a very fascinating but profound conversation about a cousin suffering from mental health and beetles.
And then the bell tolls, Tyrion is summoned outside to where the impending match is set to happen. After a long introductory speech by Maester Pycelle, the fight commences. Oberyn pulls of acrobatic moves against the much bigger opponent. But the Mountain is relentless and strong, Oberyn struggles a little, but gains the upper hand. He delivers an almost killing blow and the Mountain collapses. The Red Viper of Dorne then tries to make the Mountain confess to his crime of killing his sister Ellia. He wants the bigger man to point out who ordered the deed, while pointing at Tywin Lannister. But Oberyn’s hesitation costs him his life. The Mountain is able to grab him and crushes his skull as he screams about killing and raping Ellia. Everyone is shocked, with the Red Viper dead, Tywin declares that Tyrion is guilty by the result of the Trial by Combat.
So do you feel all empty inside now? Relax, you have something to look forward to in the upcoming episodes, trust me.
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