Game of Thrones: The Laws of Gods and Men
If there was a time to praise the pained performance of Peter Dinklage, again, that time is now. He dominated everyone and everything in this episode, in just the last ten minutes. You can watch the entire episode if you like, that is if you haven’t already; it was good, many very interesting, even important things happened. However, that last 10 minutes just ignited the screen. Recognizing a good performance is easy, I see them frequently, in this particular show even, but this was far beyond a good performance. I would very much like to congratulate Mr. Dinklage on delivering what is bound to become one of my favorite monologues, and a new measure of excellence for an actor.
As for the rest of the episode, several important events took place. Starting with Stannis Baratheon, and Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) visiting the Iron Bank of Braavos, where Davos managed to convince the bank that while Stannis lacked men and ships and resources, he made up for it, by being the bank’s best chance to get their money back from the Lannisters. Cunningham delivered a very powerful performance in this scene, which brought Stannis back from the brink of insignificance.
While in the north Yara Greyjoy storms the Dreadfort to rescue Theon from Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon). In the dungeon she does not find her brother, she finds Reek in his cell. Rheon is quickly becoming one of my favorite psychopaths on screen (I don’t really think I have any off-screen favorites). His performances have always been fun to watch, this one may become my favorite of his.
Meanwhile, across the sea in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen begins her reign as queen. To begin she takes audiences, mostly from those who have minor grievances with her, which she attempts to resolve. This appears taxing, yet she seems determined to learn how to be a good queen. She is a fun character to watch grow, if not always interesting. This was thankfully not a long scene, had it been drawn out it would have lost my interest. As much as I really do like her, they seem to have her repeat herself, a lot. It has felt for a while now that her story is being used to fill time in the episodes, I hope we will soon see Daenerys play a more pivotal role in the upcoming events.
Finally, in King’s Landing, the trial of Tyrion Lannister begins with the Small Council beginning, once again, to council. They begin by deciding that the Targaryen across the sea must be dealt with before she becomes a threat, the council ends as quickly as it began, as it seems everyone has a trial to attend. The trail is as much a farce as we knew it would be. Agonizingly we must watch Tryion is abused, and he stands scarcely allowed to speak a word in his defense. When his silence ends, it ends in a glorious eruption which I started by talking about, and where I will also end.
Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men” directed by Alik Sakharov, written by Bryan Cogman, 9 out of 10. The last ten minutes however is a breathtaking 10 of 10