Have you ever wondered why they called Petyr Baelish “Littlefinger”? The lands of House Baelish are meager at best, located on the smallest of several narrow rocky peninsulas called “The Fingers” – or as they say, on the smallest finger. Petyr has climbed far enough for someone of modest birth, especially in a world where class often seems as steadfast as fate. But the name always follows it, as the past often does. So is his story with Catelyn Stark, the woman he dueled for and lost as a child, a pivotal moment that carved into his heart and stoked his boundless ambition for power.
Lysa, too, is still ruled by her youthful rejections, although her goals are simpler; she loves Petyr as desperately and foolishly as he loved Catelyn, and after a lifetime of waiting, she’s just as ready to kill for him. The Bloodhound’s scars are both emotional and physical: half of his face was burned by a sadistic brother and a father who turned a blind eye to it all. Tyrion can probably relate to; his father and sister hate and abuse him since birth, and now they are trying to kill him. No wonder he’s willing to die just to put an end to their perfect plans. Daenerys grew up being treated like a slave by a brother who then sold her to a warlord, which is why she is still waging an ideological war of occupation in a foreign land instead of going to claim the throne of iron. The childhood trauma of the past has not passed, which is why almost everyone in this episode is doing what they do.
The landing of the king
Jaime is pissed off. After all these negotiations to spare Tyrion’s life, her little brother threw her out, and what for? Tyrion is quite happy to have ruined Tywin’s day, and also quite optimistic about his chances in the fight trial. After all, with legendary swordsman Jaime Lannister as the champion, he’s sure to win! But when Jaime tells him he couldn’t beat an egg with his left hand, Tyrion’s face drops.
The next (and final) option is Bronn, who won Tyrion’s final battle trial at the Eyrie, but the moment the salesman walks into the cell wearing a sharp new outfit and a smile, Tyrion knows the score: Cersei paid a price he can’t match. Worse yet, the news of Cersei’s champion: Ser Gregor Clegane, aka the Mountain, which means the Bloodhound’s brother is back in town. (You may remember him as the psychopath from Season 1 who cut a horse in half when Loras beat him in a joust.) Cersei finds him ripping prisoners apart for sport and spans with it. enthuses their insides to ask him to be his champion.
But wait! Just when all seems lost, there is another visitor, and he is strange: Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper. It tells the story of his meeting Tyrion as a small child and his disappointment to learn that Tyrion was just a baby, rather than the monster Cersei had promised. Looks like not much has changed. Oberyn decides he would like to see someone other than Tyrion die: Gregor Clegane, the man who raped and killed his sister. The Red Viper volunteers as champion, and Tyrion cries.
In the books: Jaime never made a deal to save Tyrion, so he doesn’t berate his brother for messing up. Indeed, Jaime is never going to see him at all. But the biggest change is that Oberyn visits Tyrion and agrees to be his champion. before the trial begins and Tyrion’s demand for a deadly fight was planned from the start, not spontaneous. Oberyn also tells Tyrion that Cersei hinted at the possibility of a marriage to try to influence him – rather than talking about Myrcella – although he was also unmoved.
Daenerys returns to his room to find an unexpected visitor: Daario, who has climbed through his window with a bouquet of wildflowers, which he plucked after swimming to an island a mile offshore. She pretends to push him away at first, but in truth, she is all on this subject. “I have only two talents in this world, war and women,” announces Daario. “But here in Meereen, I cannot pursue my talents.” Daenerys, still the queen, makes the executive decision to solve these two issues one at a time, starting with the part on women: “Take off your clothes,” she says, and sits down with a glass of wine to enjoy. a spectacle. Guess HBO was really listening when people asked for more male nudity! (No full frontal, though: it’s only for sexy and Hodor women.)
The next morning, she solves Daario’s second problem by sending him to retake Yunkai and kill all the masters in the city. Jorah meets Daario on her fame walk out of her bedroom and is not satisfied – neither by the sex nor by the planned executions. Dany sees it as a black and white problem – slavery is bad, they should all die screaming – but just like her mass crucifixions in Meereen, Jorah suggests it’s a lot grayer than she realizes. After all, if Ned Stark had done the same to him when he caught Jorah trading in Westeros slaves, he would be a dead man instead of his advisor. She softens a bit and agrees to send Hizdahr zo Loraq (the nobleman who complained about the crucifixions) to warn them of the cost of defiance rather than killing them right away. Dude, for someone with a “sweet heart”, Dany really loves brutally murdering people!