Read my spoilery thoughts on the episode and see my favorite quotes after the image.
“You raped her! You murdered her! You killed her children!” - Oberyn Martell
"Don't worry about your death. Worry about your life. Take charge of your life for as long as it lasts." - Littlefinger
“Laughing at another person’s misery was the only thing that made me feel like everyone else.” - Tyrion Lannister
“Whoever dies last, be a good lad and burn the rest of us. Once I’m done with this world, I don’t want to come back.” - Dolorous Edd
“Don’t ever presume to touch me again or say my name." - Daenerys Targaryen
“Better to gamble on the man you know than the strangers you don’t.” - Littlefinger
“Far too much has been written about great men, and not nearly enough about morons.” - Tyrion Lannister
- Let's get the worst out of the way. I've read the books. I knew how the Trial by Combat was going to end. But, damn, I was not prepared to watch it. I admired and liked Oberyn Martell in the books. In the series though, Pedro Pascal did such a tremendous job breathing life into the character that I loved him.
I looked forward to every one of his seconds on screen. I couldn't wait to hear him dress down the Lannisters or deliver a biting one-liner. He was a joy. There was a second - just a second - during the fight that I thought the showrunners were going to change his fate. They were going to let Oberyn live. Obviously, that was not the case. I started crying shortly after the battle started because it hurt so much to see him flitting around triumphantly, thinking he was getting his revenge. As the fight progressed and the moment of Oberyn's death approached, I hid behind a pillow. I saw a few peeks and the aftermath. I couldn't deal. I was still crying fifteen minutes after the show ended. Gods dammit, Game of Thrones.
- Alongside this tragedy, we got a priceless scene with Arya and the Hound. Her hysterical laughter when she found out her aunt had died mere days before they reached the Bloody Gate... It was laugh out loud hilarious but tragic, too. Game of Thrones should really be titled: The Starks Can't Catch a Break.
- Sansa surprised me in this episode. From what I remember, this didn't play out like it did in the books. She revealed her true name, which I don't think was super intelligent, but she covered for Littlefinger. She's aware of her position, and she chose the best of two evils. I like seeing her become more clever even if it's because of sad reasons. Now, if Littlefinger would only stop giving her creepy looks.
- The scene between Tyrion and Jaime also brought some levity to the episode. Peter Dinklage proved yet again that he deserves a pile of Emmys. The beetle story might have gone on a touch too long, but even so, it was captivating. It was delicately balanced too so it started out with amusing impersonations by the brothers and ended with the beginning of Tyrion's trial. My heart.
- The quick trip to Mole's Town didn't do a lot for me, but I know they needed to set up the impending battle at Castle Black. I was surprised to see Ygritte spare Gilly and her baby, but we're reassured there is some compassion left in her. I have a hunch she won't be so nice when it comes to facing Jon Snow.
- It was only a matter of time before Jorah got busted. The quiet anger of Daenerys Targaryen is a terrifying thing. She was clearly hurt and angry and shocked, and even if a tiny part of me wanted her to forgive Jorah, she made the right decision.
- Ramsay Bolton. Meh. I don't care about him, I don't like Theon, those are usually my least favorite scenes.