Violet recaps Season 4 Episode 7 of Game of Thrones, titled Mockingbird, where Brienne and Podrick run into Arya’s old friend Hot Pie, while Arya and the Hound run into trouble. We also find out who will be fighting for Cersei and for Tyrion in the trial by combat, Dany and Daario grow closer, and Littlefinger has a few tricks up his sleeve. Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
Don’t need the Game of Thrones episode recap for Mockingbird? Click here to jump directly to Violet’s thoughts on the episode!
To see Josh’s thoughts on this week’s Game of Thrones episode, titled Mockingbird, click here to get directly there!
Episode Recap of Game of Thrones, Season 4 Episode 7: Mockingbird
- Jamie chastises Tyrion for throwing away the deal he made for him, though Tyrion points out that with the deal Tywin would have gotten everything he wanted. Jamie confesses that his left hand training with the sword isn’t good enough to fight for Tyrion. Tyrion asks Jamie to find Bronn to fight for him.
- We find out that Cersei has named Ser Gregor Clegane, the Mountain, as her champion.
- Bronn visits Tyrion, but declines to fight for him.
- Oberyn visits Tyrion and tells him about when he first met Tyrion as a baby. He offers to be Tyrion’s champion so that he can bring the Mountain to justice for raping his sister and killing her and her children.
Arya and the Hound
- Arya and the Hound come across a man who has been fatally wounded in the gut, but can’t bring himself to kill himself. The Hound ends his life for him by stabbing him in the heart, and tells Arya that’s how you kill a man.
- Just then, Biter jumps on the Hound and bites him on the neck. The Hound promptly breaks Biter’s neck, killing him. Rorge and Biter had been Yoren’s prisoners and were trying to collect a bounty on the Hound. Rorge informs them that Joffrey is dead. Arya uses Needle to stab Rorge in the heart.
- The Hound freaks out about the fire when Arya tries to cauterize his wound. He recounts the story of how his brother gave him the burn scar on his face. Arya helps him wash out his wound and sew it up.
- Jon Snow returns to Castle Black. He recommends sealing the tunnel to protect them from the impending Wilding attack, but the Night’s Watch leaders disagree.
- Daario sneaks into Dany’s private quarters. She commands him to take off his clothes.
- Jorah runs into Daario as he is leaving Dany’s quarters. He disapproves. Dany tells Jorah that she is sending Daario and the Second Sons to retake Yunkai. Jorah changes her mind, and she opts instead to send as ambassador the man from last episode who came to her about his father’s body.
Melisandre and Selyse
- Selyse thinks that they shouldn’t bring their daughter, Shireen, with them when they set sail, but Melisandre looks into the Lord’s Light and says that she must be with them, because the Lord needs her.
Brienne and Podrick
- Brienne and Podrick come across Arya’s old friend Hot Pie at a tavern. When he hears they are looking for Sansa Stark, he reveals that Arya is still alive and with the Hound. They figure he must be taking her to her aunt at the Eyrie, and think that Sansa could be there too.
- Sansa builds Winterfell in the snow, but Robin knocks it over. She and Robin get into an argument, so she slaps him, and he runs away. Littlefinger kisses Sansa, and Lysa sees it happen from the window.
- Later, Lysa confronts Sansa about it, and pushes her toward the moon door, until Littlefinger stops her. Littlefinger tells Lysa he has only loved one woman his entire life – her sister – then he pushes Lysa out the moon door.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 4 Episode 7 of Game of Thrones: Mockingbird
Oh my gosh, I know I say this every episode, but they are REALLY dragging things out! I thought for sure this episode would end with the trial by combat, but nope, it ends with Oberyn volunteering to fight for Tyrion in the trial by combat! I’m guessing that the next episode, Episode 8, will end with the trial by combat, which means that Episode 9 is going to be the big episode once again this season, just like in Season 3 where the Red Wedding took place in Episode 9 as well. I’m also going to guess that Episode 9 is when the Wildling attack will finally occur, making that episode all around exciting.
But back to this episode. Wait, so Dany and Daario?? I know they’ve been hinting at this all season, but Dany has been aloof and rejecting his advances, just as she did in the books. She and Daario never hooked up, at least they hadn’t yet at the point where I’m at in Book 5, which is way past this point in the show. I feel so bad for Jorah finding out like he did, because yes, I do root for Jorah and Dany to be together (even though that’s probably never going to happen). I don’t think I like this deviation. I’m wondering how much more “interaction” Daario and Dany will have going forward in the show.
Not really sure what Melisandre is up to regarding Stanis’s daughter. I can’t recall anything from the books that would explain it. Although, to be honest, this storyline in both the show and books is the least interesting to me, and I tend to zone out when it comes up.
Arya and the Hound’s relationship is interesting. They seem to be becoming friends, even though he is her captor, and is on her kill list. Is there any way he could ever make his way off of her list? Now with the help of Hot Pie, Brienne and Podrick are on their way to the Eyrie to find Arya, which was fortuitous that they actually found a legitimate direction to head so quickly. In the books, they wander around aimlessly for quite awhile. My question is whether they will all meet up at the Eyrie, or sometime before, or not at all. The way the show changes things up from the books, you never know.
Speaking of the Eyrie, we get a rather creepy scene of Littlefinger kissing Sansa. Right after telling her how much he loved her mother, and that she could have been his child. Gross. Isn’t she supposed to be like 13 or 14? The actress who plays Sansa is growing up too fast. The kiss scene was even more awkward because she was taller than him. You’d think they’d use some Hollywood magic to make her appear shorter, maybe by making him stand on a slightly higher surface, or her standing on a slightly lower surface. That just really bothered me, on top of everything else. Anyway, so then Littlefinger pushes Lysa out of the moon door. I’m wondering what the cover story is going to be. She slipped and fell? Are they going to blame it on someone? Who? In the books, there was someone else in the room, and people outside of the room knew who was in the room, so it was easy to blame it on that guy. Here, only Littlefinger and Sansa were in the room. I’m curious how the show is going to handle this change of events.
Alright, let’s get this trial by combat underway! Should be exciting!
Josh’s Thoughts: Game of Thrones, Season 4 Episode 7: Mockingbird
There were a couple of interesting big moments this episode. One I was able to see coming–Lysa’s fall through the Moon Door. The other not so much–Oberyn deciding to fight for Tyrion.
It was pretty obvious that Littlefinger was not romantically interested in Lysa. Given how much the Moon Door was talked about this episode, I was certain before the episode’s end, Lysa would be going through it. I guess this would give Littlefinger rule over Eyrie? Or would this go into the hands of young Robin? I guess we will see shortly.
As for Oberyn, I don’t know why I didn’t expect this. Somehow I missed the mention of the Mountain Oberyn made some time ago this season. Oddly enough, the conversation was made with Tyrion, so you would think that maybe Tyrion would have been able to come up with this plan to have Oberyn fight for him. Regardless, Oberyn looks to have his fight cut out for him. The Mountain is a gigantic fellow. Obviously Oberyn will win the fight, but hopefully it is a good scene when it comes up. Speaking of the fight, I hope that it finally happens this episode. We have been waiting two episodes to see this trial by combat!
It looks like Brienne may wind up meeting up with Sansa and Arya soon. I am curious to see what happens there. Where does Brienne plan on taking Sansa if she finds her? Littlefinger probably will have something to say about where Sansa goes I would guess. I really can’t see them going back to Winterfell considering that it is basically in ruins now.
Poor Jorah though. He has been trying to get close to Khaleesi for a while now, and he has been “friend-zoned” big time. Unfortunately for Jorah, Daario was going to be sent off far away, but with Jorah’s sway to use negotiations with Yunkai, rather than force as Khaleesi had intended, Daario will not be leading the troops. This means he will still be around for Khaleesi to fawn over.
As a whole this was a pretty good episode. We see a few more scenes–Arya and the Hound becoming closer friends, as Arya seems to drift a little further to the dark side. Melisandre and Selyse talk their kooky religious talk. I thought the episode had a little too much “filler” stuff, and really wanted to see the fight between Oberyn and the Mountain. Hopefully this episode!
Scenes from Game of Thrones, Season 4 Episode 8: The Mountain and the Viper
Here are scenes from next week’s Game of Thrones episode titled The Mountain and the Viper: