The Laws of Gods and Men, the sixth episode of Game of Thrones season four, is easily the strongest so far (yes, stronger than The Purple Wedding), leaving you awestruck and heartbroken at the same time.
Delivering four storylines in 50 power-packed minutes, the episode boasts of good pace, brilliant screenplay and some exemplary acting by the front-runners, without flailing once.
It begins with Stannis being his usual arrogant self and Ser Davos being the smart man that he always was as they make their way to the Iron Bank of Braavos. Looking to fund an army, they have nothing to boast of, least of all efficiency.
On the other side, Yara Greyjoy heads to rescue her brother from Ramsay Snow, confident of her strength and brains. What she does not expect is that her biggest obstacle would turn out to be her own brother.
After this episode, it's safe to say Theon Greyjoy has left the building (or, more appropriately, the castle). All that remains is Reek, faithful to the master who cut off his manhood and sent it packing to his family. Ramsay Snow, on the other hand, emerges as a pure psychopath who seems to stand no chance of being defeated.
Let's move on to Meereen, where Daenerys Targaryen is steadily learning to be a Khaleesi. Emilia Clarke's acting takes the cake as she deals with her subjects with grace and heart. Oh, and (cue to jump and clap) one of the dragons makes a comeback, with a fiery bang!
Finally, we go to King's Landing, where Tyrion Lannister stands trial for the murder of the much despised King Joffrey. Things definitely do not look good for him, but after watching this episode, your heart will literally break for the imp.
Peter Dinklage gives his strongest performance yet as he faces the judges (Tywin Lannister, Oberyn Martell and Mace Tyrell), back-stabbers and an impending conviction of being 'guilty'.
Also, did you think Tyrion's goodbye to Shae was also Shae's goodbye to Tyrion? Well, you're in for a surprise.
On a final note, this episode had the perfect Game of Thrones mix of violence, naked women, perfectly timed background score and action sequences that manage to stand-out, even in the darkness.
Yes, this episode will wreak havoc on your senses – in a thrilling way, of course.
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