19
May
2014
Game of Thrones: Season 4, Episode 7
Mockingbird
Adam O'Brien


As is often the case when a production crew needs to keep an audience entertained over the long term, in order to have exciting episodes there have to be episodes meant to move pieces around for the next big move. While this week had a couple of great scenes, it was more of a development episode than a wow episode.

Ever since Eddard lost his head, I haven’t noticed any real change in Arya. In the beginning of season 2 she was vicious and sad and thirsty for revenge, and towards the end of season 4 she’s much the same. This week, though, did have some great interactions between her and Sandor. She no longer sees him as just grumpy murderer, but as someone who has been driven by anger just as much as her. It softens the way she sees him, but also gives her a look at what she might become if she continues to maraud the countryside for much longer.

I don’t really know what Daenerys is doing. For all she boohooed about Drogo, she sure jumped into bed with this rando pretty quick. Within the show’s timeline, I think it’s supposed to have been about two years since the first season, so maybe this is showing her moving on, opening up to the possibility of loving again. Maybe she’s just horny. It’s a plot thread that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, aside from sensationalism.

The gods of television must have heard my prayers, because this season has treated me to all the Tyrion and Jaime I could ask for. Mostly they review how truly and properly screwed Tyrion is, now that Jaime can’t fight and every other friend was bought off or intimidated by Cersei. One of the special qualities about the relationship between the brothers Lannister is that they act a certain way towards each other, and neither of them acts this way toward anyone else in the world. Tyrion loves Jaime because Jaime neither treats Tyrion like a freak nor gives him special treatment for being different, but treats him the way any older brother should. Jaime understands that as hard as life has been on him, it’s been as just as hard on Tyrion, if for different reasons. There also seems to be some tension on Jaime’s part, but I guess we’ll see what that is at it develops.

One of the scenes I was looking forward to most this season took place today. A very significant and often overlooked beauty of Game of Thrones is that in between all the lurid weddings and torrid brothels, there are some heartbreakingly sweet scenes. Poor Sansa, who for all her profound aloneness has barely ever had a minute’s privacy or freedom, enjoys a stark, quiet morning in one of the Eyrie’s courtyards, building a snow castle—a model of Winterfell, actually. There’s not much to say about it without cheapening it, but I consider it the defining scene for Sansa Stark.

True to form, though, no Stark can ever have a moment’s peace. First little Robin Arryn violates the castle by making his own architectural changes, and then Petyr violates Sansa by kissing her. And, of course, Lysa sees this, which opens up another can of worms. Petyr shows again that he owes allegiance to no man or woman, but Sansa is too overwhelmed with almost going out the Moon Door herself that she doesn’t even register what’s going on. I don’t know where Sansa’s story is going, but I hope all of her grief pays off at some point.

Grade: B

Other Thoughts:

-Petyr’s betrayal of Lysa was every bit as deliciously abrupt as I wanted it to be.

-I picture Gregor Clegane as looking much more savage than this actor. Then again, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays Gregor, is over 6’8”, weights over 400 lbs, and is actually one of the top competitive lifters in the world, so who am I to say boo?

-WE GET IT. Melisandre has boobs and magic.

-Regarding Rorge, I haven’t seen a previously established character return just to be stabbed in the chest so fast since that guy in The Shining got an axe in the chest.

-The kid who plays Robin is so convincingly obnoxious , I wanted to slap him.

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