Having demanded a trial by combat, Tyrion must now find someone to fight for him. Jaime would gladly do it but admits that he cannot wield a sword effectively with his left hand. Bronn, who has fought for him once before, has accepted the Queen Regent's offer of an arranged marriage with a noblewoman and so is not available. Tyrion finds a champion in someone unexpected. Brienne and Pod stop at an inn and meet Arya's old friend, Hotpie, who tells them she's alive and probably heading to the Eyrie. Daenerys takes Daario into her bed but seeks advice on ruling from her most trusted source. At the Eyrie, Peter Baelish has shocking news for both Sansa and his wife Lysa.Written by
Bronn reminds Tyrion the deal they made long ago in Game of Thrones: The Pointy End: "You once said if anyone ever asked me to sell you out, you'd double their price". Actually, what Tyrion said was "if the day ever comes when you're tempted to sell me out, remember this: whatever their price, I'll beat it". He did not offer to double the price. See more »
I made a deal for you to keep your ungrateful head on your ungrateful neck a little while longer.
I'm sorry, what am I grateful for? The opportunity to live and die at the wall as punishment for a crime I did not commit?
You threw your life away. You threw it away! It's not a joke. You understand that, don't you?
Of course it's a joke, just not a very funny one. I couldn't... I couldn't listen to her, standing there, telling her lies. I couldn't do it!
You fell in love with a whore.
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi See more »
Not an episode to mock
Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.
Season 4 was a great season with none of the episodes being less than very good. Even thought "Oathkeeper" was great, regardless of its treatment of the source material that upset a number of fans. Alongside "The Lion and the Rose" and "The Laws of Gods and Men", "Mockingbird" is one of the season's best.
"Mockingbird" does mainly set up what is to follow, and it does that brilliantly. But it doesn't feel like an episode that does just that and nothing else, there is much more to "Mockingbird" than just set up and filler. It is also an episode that is surprising, suspenseful and emotional with a good deal going on without feeling that there is too much of it.
Although all the cast are superb, with not a weak link, once again Peter Dinklage is particularly brilliant. His performance may not quite be the powerhouse than in "The Laws of Gods and Men", but Dinklage does prove why he is a fan favourite and one of the main reasons why 'Game of Thrones' is as popular as it is.
Visually, "Mockingbird" looks amazing, as one would expect for 'Game of Thrones'. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.
One cannot talk about "Mockingbird" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.
It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and witty humour. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.
In summary, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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