Game of Thrones review: You killed my sister, prepare to die
Oberyn Martell has officially made his way onto our favorite characters list for Game of Thrones after tonight's epic speech. Of course, he has his own agenda too.
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.
- ICYMI last week...
- Tyrion's trial begins and things don't look good for our favorite dwarf.
- Cersei gets to Shae and makes her testify against Tyrion.
- In his anger, Tyrion asks for a trial by combat.
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:
- Daenerys finally gives in to Daario's advances, but still proves she has the upper hand in the end.
- The Hound accepts Arya's help and opens up to her about his past.
- Littlefinger kisses Sansa and then tosses Lysa out the moon door. I mean, come on. First of all, she totally deserved it. Terrifying though since Littlefinger clearly has an agenda with our Lady Sansa. Poor girl has been through enough.
- To top off the list tonight: Brienne and Pod meet Hot Pie, who opens up to them about Arya. She's alive. And now more people than just The Hound know it.
Best quotes of the night
"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.