Game of Thrones' episode "The Laws of Gods and Men” was intense. The episode focused on Tyrion’s long-awaited trial. We all knew it wasn’t going to be a fair trial. Even Tyrion didn’t hold out much hope for that. “Let me guess. I’ve been pardoned,” Tyrion said as Jaime came to get him for the trial. “Well, we mustn’t disappoint father,” he went on. Tywin was anything but happy by the end of this trial though.
Jaime also knew that things were not going to end well for his brother. During a break in the trial, he went up to his father and struck a deal with Tywin. That didn’t really work out, though.
Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead
Things never quite go the way they should on Game of Thrones. But we had no idea that things would get this crazy. This trial was full of shocking moments. From Shae’s bitter return and betrayal, to Tyrion’s so-called confession and demand for a trial by combat, justice definitely didn’t go as anyone planned.
Before the trial, the small council had other matters to discuss. They talked about the Hound and about Daenerys. And it looks like the Hound might be in trouble.
Many moments in Game of Thrones "Law of Gods and Men" foreshadowed future war and chaos. Theon’s (now Reek’s) sister Yara came in full force to rescue her brother. “They skinned our countrymen. And mutilated my brother. Your prince. Your prince. Everything they’ve done to him, they’ve also done to you. As long as they can hurt our prince with impunity, the word 'Iron-Borne' means nothing,” she said with enthusiasm.
But, after seeing what she was up against and who she was fighting for, Yara ended her little search-and-rescue mission. She turned around and went back on her boat. “My brother’s dead,” she said. But Ramsey Snow isn’t done with the Greyjoys yet.
Stannis, on the other hand, got exactly what he wanted. He is still trying to win the Iron Throne. And it looks like the Iron Bank is backing him now.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys is still learning what it’s like to be queen and what it means to be a good leader. She is struggling with what’s just and what’s right. And she is starting to make some compromises. “Is it justice to answer one crime with another?” she was asked before she commenced to hear the 212 other supplicants waiting to speak with her.
With such a shocking twist at the end of Game of Thrones’ “The Laws of Gods and Men,” we were left with a lot of questions. Here are five questions we want answered during Game of Thrones Season 4:
1. Will Tyrion Win His Trial By Combat?
Tyrion got tired of the charade of his trial. So he gave an epic speech. “Father, I wish to confess. I wish to confess,” he said. Then he turned to the jeering crowd. “I saved you. I saved this city. And all your worthless lives. I should have let Stannis kill you all,” he said. He then said he was guilty.
But when Tywin asked if he killed Joffrey he said: “No. Of that I’m innocent. I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I’m guilty of being a dwarf … I’ve been on trial for that my entire life … I did not do it. I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores. I wish I was the monster that you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole lot of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it.”
Seriously, Tyrion is awesome. But does he have a death wish? After that rant we think he just might.
After giving this incredible speech, Tyrion shocked everyone when he asked for a trial by combat. “I will not give my life for Joffrey’s murder. And I know I will get no justice here. So I will let the Gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.” Everyone looked shocked. Jamie was stunned the entire time. And daddy Lannister was pissed. Will this end in Tyrion’s favor?
Tyrion is not new to trials by combat. He had one back at Lysa’s. He had wanted Jamie to be his champion. But Jamie wasn’t there. So Bronn took his place. Well now they’re both here. So who will be Tyrion’s champion? Jaime? If it is Jaime, how will this affect his relationship with his family? Will it be Bronn? Someone new? And will they win?
2. Will Jaime Still Have To Leave The Kingsguard?
It looked like Jamie ended up right where Tywin wanted him. Tywin had wanted Jamie to leave the Kingsguard and go back to Casterly Rock ever since he came back without a hand. They discussed it in “Two Swords.” Jamie, of course, refused. And Tywin basically disowned him.
Jamie was the only person that could help Tyrion. He knew that his brother didn’t kill Joffrey. And he knew that the trial wasn’t fair. Jamie’s very loyal to his brother. So he went to Tywin. And he confronted him.
They struck a deal: Tyrion would beg for mercy. Tywin would send him to the wall. And Jaime would leave the Kingsgaurd, go back to Casterly Rock, marry a woman, and continue the Lannister line. Tywin didn’t even take a second to think about it. It was like he had been expecting this all along.
It looked like things were going to work out for everybody, except for Jaime that is. Cersei would get her conviction. Tywin would know the family line was safe. And Tyrion would survive. “And you’ll never turn your back on your family again,” Tywin said.
Jamie told Tyrion about the plan. But then Tyrion dropped the bomb that he wanted a trial by combat. And he ruined the entire plan. What does this mean for Jaime? Will he still have to go to Casterly Rock? And if he does, who will he marry?
3. Is Shae Back for Good?
One of the most shocking moments in “The Laws of Gods and Men” was Shae’s sudden reappearance. Tyrion thought that Shae was gone for good when he broke up with her and sent her away in “The Lion and the Rose.” We had our suspicions, though. Has she been in King’s Landing this whole time? Or did she come back?
In a shocking twist, Shae appeared to testify against Tyrion. She told the court that she knew that Tyrion killed Joffrey for his wife Sansa. It was a truly heartbreaking moment. “Shae. Please don’t,” Tyrion begged. “I am a whore, remember?” Shae replied. She was pissed.
It was painful to see her betray Tyrion. But why did she come back? Was it just to get back at Tyrion? Or did someone get to her and make her testify against him?
4. Will Reek Attack The Greyjoys?
Well, Yara’s rescue mission was kind of lackluster. She gave up a little too quickly. But Reek did give up a huge fight. He wanted to stay in his cage with those dogs. So Yara left. Ramsey was going to set his dogs on her. And her brother really is dead in a way.
Ramsey Snow, meanwhile, was pleased with Reek for being so loyal to him. He asked Reek if he loved him. “Yes. Of course my Lord,” he replied. But it looks like Ramsey Snow is not done. Theon Greyjoy has become nothing. Ramsey Snow destroyed him. His next plan will prove just how much he controls Reek.
He wants Reek to help him. And he said that Reek’s going to have to pretend to be somebody else. Reek asks who he’s going to have to pretend to be. “Theon Greyjoy,” he said. Will Reek be able to do it? Will he actually go through with it? Is Reek going to attack his real family: the Greyjoys?
5. What Does Lord Varys Want?
We learned a little more about Lord Varys, who isn’t really a Lord, in “The Laws of Gods and Men.” He and Prince Oberyn discussed Essos. Prince Oberyn spent five years there and Lord Varys was from there.
Prince Oberyn assumed that Lord Varys was interested in men before becoming a eunuch. He wasn’t. But he wasn’t interested in women either. “When I see what desire does to people, what it does to this country, I am very glad to have no part of it. Besides the absence of desire leads one to pursue other things,” Lord Varys cryptically said while staring longingly at the Iron Throne.
That wasn’t the only cryptic thing he said in “The Laws of Gods and Men.” He spoke as a witness against Tyrion in the trial. After Lord Varys gave his testimony, Tywin allowed Tryion to ask him one question. Tyrion brought up that Lord Varys said that Tyrion saved the city and that he would never forget. Tyrion then asked if he had forgotten. “Sadly, my Lord, I never forget a thing,” Lord Varys said. So what is he up to? And what does he want?