At the Dreadford, Yara Greyjoy and her men invade the castle to rescue her brother, but she discovers that Theon is completely brainwashed and telling that he is Reek. Yara leaves him behind and returns home. Daenerys listens to the petitions of supplicants and takes decisions. Stannis and Davos go to Braavos seeking a loan. Tyrion's trial begins and Jaime makes a deal with his father to save his brother. But when Shae is summoned to testify, Tyrion is totally devastated.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This episode was Peter Dinklage's submission in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category in the 2014 Emmy Awards- his fourth nomination for the show. See more »
In the courtroom scene, when Tywin asks Tyrion if he wishes to confess, the camera shifts to Jamie momentarily. You can see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau move the fingers on his right hand as he is not wearing the gold prosthetic. See more »
Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.
"The Laws of Gods and Men" is a season high of the fourth season (a great one, am aware that some do dislike "Oathkeeper" for its treatment of the source material, personally don't share that dislike though the episode is still not a favourite of mine), tied with "The Lion and the Rose". Also one of the magnum opuses of all 'Game of Thrones' episodes, along with "Baelor", "Blackwater" and "The Rains of Castamere" as far as previous episodes of 'Game of Thrones' go.
While the whole episode and its various storylines is thoroughly absorbing, with the right amount of tension and emotional impact (like with the whole stuff with Yara), it's Tyrion's trial that has been the most talked about scene for good reason. Not just one of Season 4's best scenes, Tyrion's speech being absolutely earth-shattering in its power and one is with him every step of the way, but one of the best in 'Game of Thrones' history from personal opinion.
All the performances are uniformly excellent, but it's the phenomenal powerhouse that is Peter Dinklage is the one who burns into the memory and in a different league to everybody and anything else. While he was nominated for an Emmy for his performance, he should have won it.
Visually, "The Laws of Gods and Men" looks amazing, as one would expect for 'Game of Thrones'. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.
One cannot talk about "The Laws of Gods and Men" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.
It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and witty humour. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.
Concluding, magnificent episode and a season and show high-point. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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