Call it justice, call it a revengenda, Game of Thrones is about to get a healthy dose a la Oberyn Martell. As if his antics were enough to convince us the dude should stick around, his speech to Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) tonight sold us entirely.
Jaime won't fight for Tyrion. Bronn is definitely out. And just when we think Tyrion will be fighting The Mountain (that's right, the freaking Mountain is Cersei's champion against Tyrion) himself, an unlikely character accepts the challenge.
Side note, as if we were already terrified of The Mountain thanks to his mad hacking skills, The Hound seals the deal by giving us all that tale about how his brother shoved his face in the fire when they were children all because little Sandor was playing with one of Gregor's toys. Awesome.
Back to the issue of Tyrion's champion. Turns out, he's got himself a good one and not a moment too soon. Remember that little anti-bedtime story Oberyn told Tyrion a few episodes back, about his sister and her children's brutal murder thanks to The Mountain. Yeah, well, Oberyn's ready to cash in on a bit of that justice, and Tyrion's trial is proving to be the perfect catalyst.
It wasn't until this moment in the show that I realized who Oberyn reminds me of perfectly. I'll give you a hint: "Hello, my name is..." The Princess Bride is my favorite movie and Oberyn Martell's character matches perfectly with Inigo Montoya. It's not just the accent, it's also the revenge mission. As if we could love Oberyn more in this moment. But, he's really already topped the charts with that story from the first time he saw Tyrion. Oberyn telling Tyrion he was the biggest disappointment upon Oberyn's first trip to King's Landing was probably the best compliment Tyrion has ever received. One of my favorite scenes in the show thus far, hands down.
And this episode was full of fantastic moments:
"Nothing isn't better or worse than anything. Nothing is just nothing." Arya tells a dying man.
"Very well. Do what you do best. Take off your clothes." Daenerys instructs Daario. He obliges.
"'That's no monster,' I told Cersei. 'That's just a baby.'" Oberyn recalls of the first time he saw Tyrion.
"A lot can happen between now and never," Littlefinger tells Sansa when she laments about never seeing Winterfell again.
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