Game of Thrones Episode (4×07) Review – “Mockingbird”



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Game of Thrones has proven time and time again that it can shock us. Yet, even though we should know better, we seem to fall for it every time. Episode 407 was full of such moments. Whether it was Oberyn Martell offering to be Tyrion’s champion, or Lyssa Aaron taking flight through the Moon Door, “Mockingbird” offered tons of surprises while still managing to make us feel like it was the calm before the scary, heart-breaking, traumatizing storm. Sure, we probably were surprised that Arya stabbed Rorge, or that Dany has been dying to see Daario nude, but who wasn’t floored that the Night’s Watch continues to ignore everything Jon Snow has to say despite the ton of sense he makes? Maybe I give those dudes too much credit, but c’mon! Really? Despite the surprises the episode offered up, “Mockingbird” was a quieter episode than most of the others this season, but quieter isn’t synonymous with boring. Lots happened that will most likely reverberate through the remaining episodes and beyond. So let’s discuss the episode!

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“Nothing isn’t better or worse than anything. Nothing is just nothing.

Arya Stark has experience a lot for a girl her age. So much, in fact, that you can almost call her a woman. Almost. Even though the Hound spends a lot of his time pretending not to teach her things, Arya is learning. After her old friend Rorge popped up along the road, Arya got the chance to cross the one name that would have been on her list if she’d known it. Funny how a guy can be so busy threatening to stick a sword up a girl’s bum, that he never takes the time to introduce himself. What’s funnier? Arya was the one poking folks with swords. Not the other way around. This scene seemed important to me, because it appeared Arya was trying to do the teaching this time around. Sure, the Hound revealed the true story behind his burnt face, but Arya tried to teach the Hound about the importance of circumstance in the struggle between life and death. What also seemed important was that the Hound appears to have grown more attached to Arya, while Arya acts like she’s ready to cut ties with the outlaw. Could Arya end up striking out on her own? What’s obvious is there’s a price on both of their heads, and staying together may not longer be the best option for either of them.

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“Men never crave what they already have.”

Selyse’s obsession with Melisandre has been obvious before, but not like in this week’s episode. Selyse walked in on Melisandre bathing, and essentially ogled the priestess’s goodies the entire time. To make things even more awkward, when Selyse brought up Melisandre’s affair with Stannis, Melisandre didn’t even bother to be shamed. In fact, it almost seemed like she was inviting Selyse’s obvious attraction towards her. Despite the idea of Melisandre screwing either Stannis or Selyse evokes nausea, it seems like the only thing that will make this storyline interesting is the seemingly proposed threesome. Aside from that possibility, I honestly have no clue to why we had to even witness that scene.

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“They can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one.”

Another story that tends to drag was Daenerys taking control of Meereen. Folks still aren’t happy with Dany. She sees the world as very black or white, and doesn’t want to provide a big enough margin for compromise with the elders. Dany’s stance works for now, but what happens when it doesn’t? It would be a shame if the young dragon lost her head after everything she’s accomplished. Maybe Daario can help her see the reason she ignores when Jorah speaks it. Aside from the great line Dany uttered, the best part of this was Dany ordering Daario to strip, and watching Jorah’s shocked face in the morning when he caught Daario’s walk of shame. If Dany rebuking Jorah’s solicitations wasn’t enough to let the old man see he has less than a chance with her, then this should surely do it.

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“You could kill a king, lose a hand, f*ck your own sister- you”ll always be the golden son.”

Tyrion knows he’s messed up well and good, but it’s not until Jaime tells his brother that Cersei has asked the Mountain to be her champion that Tyrion knows he’s as good as dead. If it had been anyone else, Bronn could have beaten them to smithereens, but the Mountain? Only a crazy person would take that on. Enter Oberyn Martell. He’s so hellbent on vengeance against that man, he’ll even offer to be Tyrion’s champion. This may seem foolhardy to the passing observer, but Oberyn has the nickname “The Red Viper of Dorne” for a reason. Hopefully that reason will end up saving his, and Tyrion’s, hides.

Tyrion: If you’ve come for justice, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Oberyn: I disagree. I’ve come for justice and all the people who’ve wronged me are right here.

I said the other week how much I love Tyrion/Jaime scenes, and this week was no exception. There is so much love and respect between these two, that it’s almost unbelievable how at odds Cersei is with her brothers. Later on when Oberyn tells Tyrion of the time he and Elia came to visit him when he was a newborn baby, you come to understand how deep Cersei’s hatred of Tyrion goes. Even though Oberyn’s story wasn’t as heartwarming as he probably intended, his message became clear when he said, “You weren’t a monster. You were just a little baby.” Tyrion isn’t a monster now or then. He’s like everyone else, and doesn’t deserve to die because he’s a dwarf, or killed his mother in childbirth.

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“I have only loved one woman. One woman my entire life. Your sister.”

The most shocking moment of the episode came when Littlefinger pushed Lyssa out the Moon Door. Petyr’s plans haven been slowly unfolding, but a huge part of it became apparent when Lyssa went flying. After comforting a worried Sansa over the destruction of her snow castle, and Robin telling on her for slapping him, Littlefinger pulled the girl in for a kiss. The moment he claimed Sansa was more beautiful than her mother ever was, was the moment it became obvious he planned to make a play for the Catelyn Stark substitute. Lyssa witnessing the act, and subsequently threatening to push Sansa out the Moon Door fell inline perfectly with Petyr’s schemes. Now that Lyssa is dead, Robin is without a regent. I wonder who should be the Lord of the Vale now…. Hm… anyone? While everyone else in the world is fighting of the Iron Throne, it seems Petyr has similar aspirations as Dany. Why settle for one chair, when he can have them all? Kind of a good plan when you think about it. Too bad the idea of him and Sansa makes me gag. I know I can’t be the only one, can I? YUCK!Game of Thrones 407 5

D.B. Weiss and David Benioff brings us another great episode. While it was slower than the others so far, you could still feel the tension of what’s to soon come. The battle to #SaveTyrion has yet to begin, and now that Jon and tried and failed to get Night’s Watch to be more proactive where the Wildlings are concerned, we’ll probably see fighting on that front too. Podrick and Brienne are now on their way to the Eyrie towards Sansa, or after the Hound in search of Arya. Director Alik Sarkahov brilliantly captured the terror of the Moon Door, and what he didn’t get, Lyssa Aaron managed to. Her tale of what happens to folks who fall through was like a Grimm fairytale brought to life the moment Littlefinger pushed her. We only have three episode left. So I hope you enjoyed the break, because next week the Mountain and the Viper face off. See ya!

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Questions…. Comments…. Concerns…

  • Cersei must have balls of steel to walk up on the Mountain when he’s blood crazed. I actually gagged when she sidestepped the pile of entrails. Yeck!
  • I love it when Jaime tries to act offended whenever Tyrion brings up Jaime’s affair with Cersei. Maybe he’s worried that if Tyrion isn’t as blind as he thought, then neither is Tywin. The old man does get a weird look in his eye from time to time whenever the topic of twincest comes up.
  • As sad as I was to see Bronn turn Tyrion down, it did make major sense. Besides, Bronn is “movin’ on up” in King’s Landing. If Oberyn defeats the Mountain he’ll be cheered. If Bronn does, his head will be mounted on a spike for betraying Cersei. Death Vs. Lollys? No brainer!
  • When Hot Pie acted stupid about Arya, I was kind of scared for a second he wouldn’t help Brienne and Pod. So glad to be wrong.
  • Oberyn continues to be the best. That is all.
  • Watching Michael Huisman getting naked with Rayna on Nashville is completely different than watching him get naked on Game of Thrones. Thank god for cable!
  • When Jon Snow is proved right, and the Wildlings come for them, can Allister Thorne be the first to get an ax in the face? Maybe he’ll believe Jon then.