Game of thrones review season 4 episode 8- The wildlings are very dangerous and they’ve been raiding beyond the wall since for far too long. Now they’ve come at Mole’s Town and they kill everyone they find in the same tavern where Gilly works.
Ygritte finds Gilly hiding with her baby in her hands and she decides to protect Gilly, giving her a sign to be quiet. Maybe Ygritte realized that Gilly is a wildling or she simply felt sorry for her because of the baby.
However, the news of this raid came to Castle Black and Jon, Pip, Edd, Glen and Sam talk about this. In episode 7 of Game of thrones season 4 Jon warned Thorne to seal the gates because Mance army is coming at the wall. Thorne refused his demand, mocking Jon for interfering in this matter.
The friends are now talking about the future, about what will happen when Mance and his army arrive but Sam is only thinking and talking about Gilly. He realizes she might be dead and feels responsible since he is the one who sent her there.
His friends try to calm him down, giving arguments about what she has survived so far, so Sam feels a slight relief. She might be able to survive the raid- she survived Craster, she survived the long walk through the wall and she also survived a White Walker.
With a white flag on his horse Theon enters Moat Calin that is under Ironborn soldiers rule. He presents himself to the men and gives them a letter with terms of surrender.
The leader confronts Theon and then his mind breaks and start talking as Reek in front of the men. The same moment he loses control, one of the Ironborn kills the leader and accepts the terms of surrender. If they surrender the castle they will be free to go home.
Wrong! They will be all skinned alive by Bolton’s men. The next scene shows this gruesome picture of skinned people on an X-cross. Ramsay returns to his father as a victor and as a reward Roose names Ramsay as Bolton. Ramsay is thrilled for becoming a Bolton but also he has been given more power with this name.
Lord Baelish is being brought for questioning about Lady Lysa’s death. He tells that Lady Lysa killed herself but the people find this hard to believe since they know all about his affairs with brothels and his closeness with the Lannisters.
The council heard that there was a witness when Lady Lysa died so they call Sansa to witness. Sansa tells the truth about her origin, how Baelish tries to protect her from the very beginning while she was still in King’s Landing.
Sansa testifies in favor of Baelish, telling the council that Lysa jumped over the Moon Door and saves Baelish to return him the favor. He is relieved now and gives a secret smile to Sansa.
The Hound arrives at the Bloody Gate and tells the guards he’s bringing Lady Lysa’s neice. The soldier says that Lady Lysa died and Arya bursts laughing. The Hound has nowhere to take Arya anymore and he will never have his ransom.
Meanwhile in Mereen, Ser Barristan watches how the Unsullied put down the crucified masters from the crosses. A boy comes to Ser Barristan and gives him a letter from the Hand of the King. He immediately reads the letter and is shocked by its contents.
Later, Ser Barristan meets Ser Jorah and gives him the letter. It’s a royal pardon for Ser Jorah from Roberth Baratheon. Ser Barristan tells Ser Jorah he will never be alone with the queen because he spied on her and reported her actions in King’s Landing.
Ser Jorah goes to see Daenerys who asks him the reason for the royal pardon. Daenerys forces the truth out of Ser Jorah who now admits his deeds of the betrayal in the first year they met.
He tries to persuade her that he changed his mind and remained loyal ever since he saved her from drinking the poisonous wine. Daenerys is very disappointed and angry at the same time, she banishes Ser Jorah and tells him he will hang if he ever comes back to Mereen.
Tyrion waits for his trial by combat in the dungeon. Ser Jaime comes to visit his brother and they talk about some half-wit relative who had the urge to smash beetles. Very dull conversation and yet very important, especially the smashing part.
Everybody waits for the trial now. We see how Oberyn prepares himself and enters the arena demonstrating his skills. Somehow Oberyn manages to overpower the Mountain inflicting deadly wounds.
The whole battle Oberyn asks the Mountain to confess Elia Martell’s rape and murder and the murder of her children. Blinded by the wish to hear the Mountain’s confession, he takes away the spike from the Mountain’s body and lets him live for a while so that he can confess.
As I said, blinded by this desire, Prince Oberyn is careless and the Mountain grabs Oberyn by his neck and pushes him to the ground. While he is confessing his rape and murder, the Mountain smashes Oberyn’s head with his bare hands.
Just like the story of the cockroaches, Tyrion is terrified when he sees Oberyn’s lifeless body on the ground and hears the decision of the trial- Tyrion is sentenced to die.