With tensions reaching an all-time high between Tyrion and the people of Kings Landing, you can’t afford to miss out on “Mockingbird”, the all new episode that airs on HBO on May 18th. If you don’t have the time to catch up on previous episodes, here is a quick recap of all you need to know!
The season begins by introducing us to Oberyon Martell, the future Prince of Dorne. The Red Viper quickly became my favorite character portrayal of the series. His embodiment of the bloodthirsty and arrogant son of Doran Martell felt spot on.
We are also introduced to the reason why the Martells hate House Lannister. Oberyon’s sister, Elia, was murdered during The War of the Usurper, but Oberyon believes that Tywin Lannister personally ordered her death. This episode earns its name as Tywin creates two new Valyrian Steel swords for House Lannister.
This is the most explosive episode of the season, and likely the most significant of the series. The false king Joffery Lannist…ergh Baratheon is murdered at his own wedding. It was a mystery who killed Joffery, many thought it was Tyrion. Cersei then orders the arrest of Tyrion.
It is now clear who was behind the murder of the bastard king Joffery Baratheon. Sansa is smuggled out of Kings Landing by Sir Dontos. Littlefinger’s schemes continue to grow as he tells Sansa that she unknowingly played a large role in the death of Joffery.
Daenerys arrives at Meereen in an attempt to lay siege to it. The Champion of Meereen challenges Daenerys to a fight to the death. Daenerys chooses Daario as her champion, who makes short, gruesome work of the Champion of Meereen. Daenerys then gives a speech to the slaves of Meereen, asking them to rise as one and revolt against their masters. Tyrion was then thrown into prison, and no one seems to be on his side.
This episode marks the first time within the entire series, book and show, that the audience sees the Land of Always Winter. Craster sacrificed all of his sons to the White Walkers, who proceed to turn his children into White Walkers themselves.
Meanwhile, Cersei is convinced that Tyrion had Joffery killed since he once told her that “a day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.” She then begs Jamie to hunt down and kill Sansa. However, Jamie has turned a new leaf; he seeks out Brienne and tasks her with protecting Sansa while handing her Oathkeeper, one of the new Valryian swords of House Lannister.
Yet another bastard takes the crown and sits upon the Iron Throne. However, King Tommen is projected to be a more “just” king.
Littlefinger takes Sansa to Vale, where they meet with Lysa Arryn. Littlefinger is to marry Lysa so that he may become the new Lord of the Vale. This episode proves that Lysa is indeed unstable as she lashes out on Sansa due to the jealousy that she had for Catelyn.
Jon Snow reaches Craster’s Keep and kills all of the traitors. Bran and his group then flee the scene to continue their trek north into the wild.
Daenerys decides that it is in her best interest to hold off on reclaiming the throne, continent, and kingdom so that she can bring peace to Slaver’s Bay.
The most notable scene of this episode is the Trial of Tyrion Lannister. Shae, who Tyrion thought was shipped off to Essos, makes a surprise appearance to testify against Tyrion. We also see Pycelle, Varys, Cersei, and others give false testimony in an attempt to convict Tyrion of killing Joffery.
Daenerys starts her new reign as Queen of Meereen by listening to a man complain that Drogon has killed his goats. The dragons are becoming increasingly less controllable due to Dany’s poor ability to train them.
Tywin also reminds us that there is a spy among Daenerys’ ranks.
Be sure to watch “Mockingbird”, the next episode of Game of Thrones that airs on HBO on May 18!
Written by: Austin Meyer