“Game of Thrones” is still sitting in fourth place with odds of 8/1 to win Best Drama Series at this year’s Emmys. In last week’s episode, we saw Tyrion make a game-changing move by asking for a trial by comba. This week, he struck out with his brother Jaime and friend Bronn to find a champion to represent him. He caught a break when Oberyn Martell volunteered to seek revenge against the murderer of his sister.
We’ll soon find out whether that was a savvy or stupid move. Until then, let’s look at this episode’s moves of the week, which include big moves on the Vale and an Emmy-worthy performance from Pedro Pascal.
1. Melisandre bathes Selyse Baratheon in praise
Melisandre takes advantage of her last chance to have a nice bath (according to the Lord of Light) and to get closer with Stannis’ wife. It is no small feat to sleep with a woman’s husband and then have her trust you. Through a little honesty and a lot of flattery, it looks like Selyse is prepared to do whatever Melisandre tells her.
2. Lord Peter ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish shoots the moon
This is really shaping up to be Littlefinger’s year. He comforts Sansa Stark enough to have her not rebuff a sneaky kiss. Then he uses the anger that inspires in his wife Lysa Arryn to to push her out the moon door. After orchestrating a series of murders from behind the scenes, he finally gets his hands dirty to take the Vale. The big question is whether Littlefinger’s fast and chaotic game will catch up with him at some point or catapult him to the throne.
3. Arya Stark learns fast
The Hound may think calling her sword ‘needle’ is for c***s but he does respect Arya’s ability to stick it in the heart of a villain from her past. We last saw Arya show this side of herself in the season premiere. She is well-prepared for the plays that await her as the game continues.
Dumbest Move: Lysa Arryn loses the ‘game’
It’s not Lysa’s first time winning the dumbest move but it will be her last as her blinding love for the game’s master manipulator sees her meet her game’s end. Even after seeing Littlefinger get ‘familiar’ with Sansa Stark, she still falls for his charm, right before she falls through the Vale’s moon door.
Pedro Pascal, who plays Oberyn Martell, delivered a powerful speech to Tyrion about finding justice that was both emotional and strong. He is the only actor HBO is planning on submitting in the Guest Actor category. Perhaps with next week’s trial by combat he will get something even better, but this episode makes him competitive.
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