“Game of Thrones” is one of those shows that constantly surprises you. Infamous for its wretchedly slow pace, the show can have several episodes in a row where nothing significant happens. Then suddenly, we can get one or two episodes that make up for all of that wasted time. “Mockingbird” is the title of the latest episode that begins with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) still in prison. He receives a visit from Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), during which he finds out that Jaime is not capable of defending himself with his left hand. Thus, he will not be able to be Tyrion’s champion. Not to worry, Bronn (Jerome Flynn) will fight for Tyrion, won’t he? Not so fast. It seems that Bronn will soon be married. He would much rather spend the rest of his days bedding his wife than risk his own death for Tyrion’s sake. Bronn also has a scheme to kill his sister-in-law so his wife will inherit her castle. Strike two in Tyrion’s quest for a champion.
However, Prince Oberyn drops by Tyrion’s cell to say that he wants to be Tyrion’s champion. Prior to this, Oberyn explains his desire for revenge against Tyrion’s family. However, any sane man would take one look at the man known as “The Mountain” (Hafthor Julius Bjornsson) and have any thoughts of revenge disappear. We meet this killing machine as he is in the midst of slaughtering some cowering men that are half his size. Needles to say, Cersei welcomes him with open arms.
Unfortunately, “Game of Thrones” can’t be all Tyrion, all the time. It is during the other storylines that the show loses its way. While Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is easy on the eyes, her character is dreadfully dull. She is now relegated to one scene per episode that could just as easily be edited out without affecting the flow or entertainment value of the episode at all. The storyline involving The Hound (Rory McCann) and Arya (Maisie Williams) is also starting to wear out its welcome. It seems like they have been on their journey for centuries. It seems pointless to devote so much time to these two characters when there are much bigger fish to fry.
The episode is redeemed by an always welcome appearance by Jon Snow at The Wall. He advises the leaders of the Night’s Watch to seal the tunnel because the gates can be broken through by the giants that Jon has seen. Alas, this is advice they do not heed.
Finally, Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) kisses Sansa (Sophie Turner), which is observed by Lysa (Kate Dickie). This leads to the confrontation that fans of the books have been waiting for. Baelish tells Lysa that the only woman he has ever loved….is her sister. Then he promptly pushes her out of the moon door.
The problem with large ensemble shows is that not all of the characters can be interesting or entertaining. However, there are still enough good things going on here to make it worth sitting through all of the fluff.