After Tyrion’s wonderfully viewer cathartic “#@$& You” speech to the Kings Landing onlookers of his trial and his demand for a trial by combat, speculation is rampant about how the next few episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ will play out. It’s strange to think that even now there are only four episodes left in the season. Doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were cheering for the horrible death of Joffrey, for which Cersei is determined to see Tyrion decapitated.
We are joining in on the meticulous divination of the future of Tyrion, Daenerys and all your other favorite characters in ‘Game of Thrones’. You can view the preview for the next episode ‘Mockingbird’ below, along with this official synopsis:
“Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon’s warnings about the Wall’s vulnerability fall on deaf ears. Brienne follows a new lead on the road with Pod.”
Those who have read the books naturally have a bit of an advantage over viewers who haven’t, so READ NO FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE LIKELY SPOILED!
Tyrion will likely try to get Bronn to stand for him in his trial by combat, as he has done before. But Bronn would not be an unlikely ally. Instead, Oberyn is going to jump at the chance to face against Cersei’s inevitable champion, the Mountain. The episode after next is ‘The Mountain and the Viper’ after all, and Oberyn is known as the Red Viper of Dorne.
If Oberyn stood as Tyrion’s champion, it would be rather spectacular lose/lose for the Lannisters. If Oberyn kills the Mountain, as he will surely aim to do, that’s one powerful piece lost from Tywin’s arsenal. More importantly, it would mean Tyrion’s vindication for Joffrey’s death by the laws of the realm, which would be a huge embarrassment. If the Mountain kills Oberyn, all the goodwill that Tywin has been trying to build up with Dorne through Oberyn this season will evaporate and House Martell’s grief and anger will be just as profound as when the Mountain butchered Oberyn’s sister, Elia. It’s one of the most memorable duels from the whole series and its outcome shapes the course events for entire Lannister family and beyond.
The show has gotten much further along in Dany’s story than with the rest of the characters, compared to the books’ chronology, especially compared with the (not so bad) filler arcs the show has constructed for Arya, Brandon and Jon. Things don’t seem to be slowing down for Dany either with her uncertain relationship with Daario looking to become closer by the looks of the preview.
Also judging by the preview, Lysa Arryn’s paranoid jealously seems to be surging back, that perspective of forcing Sansa down and calling her liar, could only have been looking up through the moon door. The episode is called “Mockingbird”. Expect to see Littlefinger make another ruthless maneuver to improve his position.
It’s harder to say what exactly will happen at the Wall and beyond or with Brienne and Podrick, just based on the episode summary and where they are in their stories with regard to the books. We know Mance Rayder and his army are due at the Wall any day now along with Jon’s scorned Wildling lover, Ygritte.
Bottom line is, HBO can’t premiere ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes fast enough for our tastes! Tune in Sunday at 9PM for ‘Mockingbird’.