Inside the Episode: The Laws of Gods and Men
By Lightbringer on in Media.

In this week’s Inside the Episode, David Benioff and D.B.Weiss take us behind the scenes of “The Laws of Gods and Men” for a closer look at the role of the Iron Bank, and Davos’ stirring speech in favor of his one true King, Stannis Baratheon. They also discuss Yara’s failed attempt to save her brother, and Tywin taking advantage of a crisis, finally getting what he wants from Jaime and getting rid of Tyrion in one fell swoop. Director Alik Sakharov also talks about the push and pull between the Lannister’s at the trial, and Shae’s testimony pushing Tyrion over the edge to threaten Tywin’s grand plan.

This week we also get a great ‘Anatomy of a Scene’ video detailing Tyrion’s trial. The showrunners, Director, Writer, Set Director, and actors all break down the complicated sequence of the trial, the rifts created between the characters and their underlying struggles.

George R.R. Martin explains the history of the Iron Bank of Braavos.

Sibel Kekilli shares her thoughts on why Shae gave her testimony against Tyrion.


22 Comments

  1. spacechampion
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Hodorable!

  2. artful_dodger_914
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Dickon Manwoody!

  3. A flayed man none
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Dinklage bringing the chops! You can even see in the interview with him how deeply that scene affected him.

    #notworthy

  4. Ashara D
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the post, Lightbringer, but it is Dan Weiss, not David.

  5. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    #emmy4dinklage

    who else thinks that they will start ep7 with Jaime offering to be Tyrion’s champion. He’ll be alone with Tywin who will tell him “The Lord Commander of the King’s Guard can’t fight as champion for an accused Kingslayer” again showing how Tywin can change any situation to his advantage as Jaime would have to resign from KG to represent Tyrion. But then Cersei names Gregor Clegane as her champion and Jaime has to reluctantly withdraw his offer. But when Cersei announces Gregor there is a sparkle in Oberyn’s eye who then runs off to Tyrion’s dungeon to offer his spear. That will be the 2nd last scene followed by Only Cat…

  6. Braavosi Bitcoiner
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    spacechampion:
    Hodorable!

    Is that “adorable” or “horrible”?

    Who else thinks Illyrio and Pentos will be cut out of Tyrion’s journey? Remember Varys disappears after the breakout and it’s a mystery in the books until he returns to say goodbye to Kevan Lannister? So D&D can kill two birds with one stone and have Varys accompany Tyrion from one boat to another while offering drink, counsel, and sympathy until Tyrion is passed off to Griff and his “son”. This saves money, explains a book mystery, and adds more scenes between two popular actors on the show. I’m also predicting in season 5 that Victarion and Damphair will be combined into one character as they both have the thread of elder brother abuse and it’s easy enough to combine religious zealotry and warrior fervor into one. Dampharrion will be his name.

  7. anuhealani
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Nice to hear Sibel’s confirmation that Shae was coerced to testify, and also her point that coercion and any personal satisfaction/anger/sadness she feels are not mutually exclusive. Shae is taking a lot of crap from the viewers whereas a lot of the same people let Varys off the hook for his own damning testimony.

    I hope they make it clearer in the show that she was coerced because the alternative is pretty out of character, given how different show!Shae is from book!Shae (i.e. show!Shae actually loves Tyrion).

  8. Amanda M
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Always love these inside the episode specials :) The Lannister “push and pull” was fantastic in the trial scene. Obviously Peter Dinklage stole the show, but Nikolakj, Lena, and Charles’ (mostly wordless) reactions were perfect. The tension between all four of them in those last few seconds (after Tyrion demands a trial by combat), coupled with the dramatic Rains of Castamere instrumental in the background gave me chills!

  9. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Did you all notice how down and tired Dinklage seemed in those interviews? I bet it was exhausting to film the trial….He would have had to do all that emoting, particularly that raging sequence over and over and over again…it would be emotionally very draining.

    anuhealani,

    I noticed that too that Varys gets a pass but Shae doesn’t…of course, Shae’s betrayal is much more personal. Perhaps it’s that aspect that really makes it egregious to the fans.

  10. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Braavosi Bitcoiner: Is that “adorable” or “horrible”?

    Who else thinks Illyrio and Pentos will be cut out of Tyrion’s journey? Remember Varys disappears after the breakout and it’s a mystery in the books until he returns to say goodbye to Kevan Lannister? So D&D can kill two birds with one stone and have Varys accompany Tyrion from one boat to another while offering drink, counsel, and sympathy until Tyrion is passed off to Griff and his “son”. This saves money, explains a book mystery, and adds more scenes between two popular actors on the show. I’m also predicting in season 5 that Victarion and Damphair will be combined into one character as they both have the thread of elder brother abuse and it’s easy enough to combine religious zealotry and warrior fervor into one. Dampharrion will be his name.

    I think they’ll keep Illyrio. His one scene with Varys in Season 1 is enough to warrant bringing him back for at least one episode, and draw the plot even tighter.

    More burning questions headed into the end of the season and looking to Season 5:

    How will Brienne’s journey be constructed?

    Lots of us believe we’ll get a LS reveal at year-end, but I find it hard to believe they’ll waste that reveal on a couple of dead Freys who we don’t care about. Do they invert the journey to have Brienne in Season 5 searching for Jaime instead, and descending further into a hell that culminates with a tearful meeting on the Quiet Isle? I find it hard to believe also that they keep Gwen Christie off-screen for all of next season in order to reveal her later. Doesn’t seem the show’s MO. What it also might do as a true spoiler for Sullied is reveal whether Podrick is dead or not. He’s not with Brienne in ADwD – but if the BWB kill him what motivation does she have then to bring back Jaime? Why not flee the Riverlands entirely? Just a thought.

    Whither Gendry?
    Given the way D&D operate, is it possible we’ll see Gendry in the Riverlands, having managed to successfully find the BWB and again plead to join them? Doesn’t seem likely now that they betrayed him. Or is he gone for good?

    Will we get Osha/Rickon this year?
    Maybe one time?

    Will we get a Walder Frey appearance?
    No particular reason, but maybe just for kicks, so everyone can yell at the screen?


    How are those Iron Islands odds looking now?
    Pretty darned good. Yara goes back after Balon dies, we get Victarion for sure, Euron more than likely. Really, it’s a addition of one major new character, and the show can handle it.

  11. trarecar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    She said “I think” Cersei forced her to testify. So no one gave her direction on her characters actions? Bizarre.

    Regardless, it makes sense and I like it, but her choice of words was surprising.

  12. Interior Bannisters
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    trarecar:
    She said “I think” Cersei forced her to testify.So no one gave her direction on her characters actions?Bizarre.

    Regardless, it makes sense and I like it, but her choice of words was surprising.

    She said in a Q&A with GRRM that while shooting season 3, she didn’t even know who King Joffrey was.

  13. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Braavosi Bitcoiner,

    No, it’s important to bring Illyrio back for continuity’s sake (the seeds were planted, you can’t just avoid it). That said I do think Varys will accompany Tyrion and the Griffs. I think That Varys will essentially replace everyone but Jon Connigton that is on Aegon’s crew. Then, he leaves to King’s Landing after they land at Westeros and goes on his killing spree.

  14. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber,

    I would say Euron for sure, assuming the role of Victarion, rather than Victarion for sure. Euron is a much more interesting character and a great potential antagonist to Yara (Gemma Whelan has proved herself this season despite the scene’s issues).

    I think the chances of seeing the Iron Islands in season 5 are now up to 70%ish. Which is great! A relief. I am also 90% sure that Aeron is cut no matter what (unless they get him for the one scene).

  15. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    GreatJon of Slumber,

    I would say Euron for sure, assuming the role of Victarion, rather than Victarion for sure. Euron is a much more interesting character and a great potential antagonist to Yara (Gemma Whelan has proved herself this season despite the scene’s issues).

    I think the chances of seeing the Iron Islands in season 5 are now up to 70%ish. Which is great! A relief. I am also 90% sure that Aeron is cut no matter what (unless they get him for the one scene).

    I think that’s about right. I think right now I’d bet on it like this:

    –Victarion odds: 85 pct
    –Euron, but for 1-2 episodes: 70 pct
    –Aeron: 30 pct
    –The Kingsmoot – 55 pct

  16. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber,

    I don’t see a better scene to establish Euron than the Kingsmoot. The only way I see it cut is if Euron is cut or the dragonhorn is cut. Also, it would be a pretty epic early-season scene (and the early season will be quite slow, so this helps). All in all, I think if the Iron Islands are in the Kingsmoot is too- either neither or both.

  17. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    GreatJon of Slumber,

    I don’t see a better scene to establish Euron than the Kingsmoot. The only way I see it cut is if Euron is cut or the dragonhorn is cut. Also, it would be a pretty epic early-season scene (and the early season will be quite slow, so this helps). All in all, I think if the Iron Islands are in the Kingsmoot is too- either neither or both.

    You have a good point too Jentario. Were it me, I’d call Season 5/Episode 1 “The Choosing,” and not have it explicitly referred to as a Kingsmoot (until the actual meet itself), and then cut between that and the choosing of the Lord Commander.

  18. House Farwynd
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    The Kingsmoot has to be in

    They can’t cut out my house! We will not go quiet!

  19. Hungrydragon
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I was a little disappointed that the banker did not have an accent similar to Syrio Forels in the first season. This is supposed to be Braavos where they speak a unique form of bastard Vylarian, not Westeros where they speak the Common Tongue/english accent.

  20. anuhealani
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ,
    It’s true that Shae’s betrayal is more personal. But much of the feedback I see insists her actions reveal (a) she never loved Tyrion in the first place; or (b) she was the only idiot between the two of them during the course of their relationship (when, yes, Tyrion tried to send her away, but also brought her there in the first place and offered her a life as his piece on the side, knowing the dangers all the while). And that’s not even counting the people who think it’s somehow appropriate to respond to her betrayal with gendered slurs. It should be clear to anyone who’s watched the series in its entirety that Shae certainly does love Tyrion (and Sansa), which makes her willing condemnation of them to death either a ruse or character assassination on the part of the writers.

    The “woman scorned” trope is an especially stupid one to apply to real live people because it’s completely out of character for anyone who isn’t a sociopath or in possession of some other severe mental illness. I’m sick of people handwaving the fact that there is an entire world of reasonable reaction between “I will love you forever!” and “I will do whatever it takes to get you murdered.” To suggest that there isn’t cheapens Shae’s character and any other woman who has the misfortune to be written into that trope.

  21. SeptEnfers
    Posted May 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Hungrydragon,

    As a high-ranking banker, who probably interacts with Westerosi much more than a typical Braavosi (and who probably has a much higher level of education), I think it’s fair to say that Nestoris speaking the Common Tongue with a good accent is unsurprising. The show has depicted several upper-class folks who speak a second language well (Talisa, Hizdahr, Illyrio, Daenerys – not to mention Missandei and Varys), so it’s also consistent with the way the show has dealt with this in the past.


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