Everything in Game Of Thrones has a price, and this episode emphasised that more than most, and it’s a show that is at its best when bringing fantasy down to earth with hard doses of reality.
So it was no surprise that one of the best scenes of the season so far saw Tyrion and Bronn discussing loans after the former was given the role of King’s Landing‘s money men in the wake of Littlefinger’s new assignment. Bronn’s lack of understanding as to why he should have to give money back at all was perfectly done.
The cost of freedom was also displayed with Hot Pie (either the best or worst GoT character name, I can’t decide which) getting to stay at a country pub because he can bake them bread, while the promise of riches saves Brienne from getting raped but doesn’t save Jaime from losing his hand. Now that was a shocking finale for the Kingslayer and for us.
Having been able to talk his way out of most things in his life, Jaime’s silver tongue only talked himself into trouble with his captors and we’ll have to wait and see what effect this will have on his confidence and his prowess as a swordsman.
Over the sea, Daenerys was also dealing with the price of things in her negotiations with the slavers, shocking her two older men companions by offering them one of her precious dragons for an army of slaves. She also saved Sasha Valentine, even though her last Hollyoaks servant didn’t work out too well.
Another great scene came at the start of this week’s episode, with Catelyn’s father’s funeral descending into farce when the archer assigned to fire a flaming arrow into his boat turning out to have less of a sure aim than he thought. The awkwardness of those watching on was almost unbearable and for a fairly mundane few minutes it added a lot.
Much better with arrows was the mysterious guy helping Theon escape his torturers after a typically shambolic getaway ended up with him about to be raped. Poor Theon still isn’t having much fun. Not like Pod, who was rewarded by Tyrion with a trip to the brothel to lose his virginity to THREE beautiful prostitutes.
And this was the one thing that didn’t have a price, as they refused his payment, much to the bemusement of his master and Bronn, another great scene in an episode full of perfect little vignettes. At some point you feel it needs to start to come together a bit more, but for now it’s sustaining the bitty, spread-out narrative very, very well.