Welcome to "Game of Moans," the weekly recap of "Game of Thrones" Season 4 that highlights all the moan-worthy, gasp-filled, OMG moments that litter the Seven Kingdoms. In other words, you can get a traditional recap anywhere, so here's all the sex, bloodshed, and WTF moments (the good stuff) that went down this week:
(Spoiler alert for "Game of Thrones" Season 4, Episode 6 "The Laws of Gods and Men." Warning: Some images below are NSFW.)
As usual, Sunday night's (May 11) episode, "The Laws of Gods and Men," was fantastic, as well as heartbreaking. The two most tortured souls in "GoT," Theon/Reek and Tyrion, had such emotional scenes this week, and both Alfie Allen and Peter Dinklage gave some of their best performances of the series.
The Holy-Crap-This-Dude-Is-Crazy Moan
Ramsay Snow is one of the most screwed up villains "GoT" has ever seen and maybe even TV as a whole. He's such a psycho it's hard to not gasp in amazement and horror at his every evil move (or maybe I'm still in shock to see Iwan Rheon be so cruel after loving his "Misfits" character). First of all, he has ear-shattering sex all while wearing a creepy demented look on his face.
The of course he exits his bedroom covered in blood and scratches looking thrilled to hack up some men. It was very Tyler Durden-esque.
The Dragon Attack Moan
What a gorgeous, peaceful scene of a young boy watching his father's goats grazing on hills of gently swaying grass. It was one of the most beautiful scenes of the season. But this is "Game of Thrones" guys, and beauty and peace are not things that last for long in the Seven Kingdoms. Up comes one of Dany's dragons, who proceeds to barbecue some grub just like it's any other hot July afternoon.
The Oh-No-She-Didn't MoanI was not expecting Shae to testify; nice little curve ball, Tywin. More importantly though, I don't find her anger towards Tyrion completely justified. Yes, he broke her heart rather terribly, but we all know that he only acted that way out of love and to protect her. He never should've foolishly believed he could keep her safe in King's Landing; that was his most selfish mistake. But to betray him like she did to the point of possibly causing his murder? That's just too far, Shae.
The Fuck-Yeah-Tyrion! Moan
Good god, I love Tyrion. The last scene was absolutely incredible and as I said above, one of (if not the) best performances from Dinklage in the show yet. I was almost close to tears during the second half of the trial, mainly because I thought he was going to be killed (no, I don't read the books), but also because I felt damn proud of him.
- That opening shot was fantastic. I'm not sure why, but the photography this episode was more stunning than usual.
- LOL, pirate jokes.
- Further on what I said above (because it just can't be expressed enough), Ramsay is so horribly horribly evil. Now that Theon has completely morphed into Reek, he wants Reek to pretend to be Theon?! Can Theon/Reek do it? If he acts like Theon could the familiarity of it remind him of who he really is? This will be really interesting ...
- Damn, Daenerys has the most titles of anyone in this show. You think they'd use some abbreviations for her long introduction, especially when she has over 200 meet and greets.
- So it's official, Varys is asexual. (Not surprising.)
- Jaime is just getting more and more valiant. He's proven to be such a selfless hero since that rape scene that it almost feels like the writers are trying to make up for it. Or maybe this is just further proof that the rape was executed very badly on the show's part.
- That trial was so tense. It felt like a "Law and Order" episode.
- I vote that Tyrion calls on Brienne to fight for him in the trial. (Please!!)
"Game of Thrones" airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.