“Game of Thrones” Season 4, episode 7, “Mockingbird,” added to the body count while the champions for Tyrion’s trial by combat have been named. HBO has released three new “Mockingbird” clips that explore the shocking developments at the Vale and at Meereen.
Warning: Full “Game of Thrones” Season 4 spoilers and “Mockingbird” discussion ahead.
The shocking “Game of Thrones” deaths continue as Lysa takes a trip through the Moon Door. Littlefinger carefully orchestrated the events at the Vale, knowing Lysa’s jealousy would get the best of her and setting up an opportunity to kill his wife.
Before pushing her out of the Moon Door, Petyr Baelish has one last dagger for Lysa and saying Catelyn was the only woman he ever loved. “A Song of Ice and Fire” creator George R.R. Martin discusses the history between Littlefinger, Lysa, Catelyn and Sansa as well as Petyr’s motivations for killing Lysa. For Littlefinger, it’s all about playing the game of thrones, which sets up some interest conflicts and mixed emotions.
In the “’Game of Thrones’ Season 4: Episode 7 – Clear in His Love” clip, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Iain Glen (Mormont) and Michiel Huisman (Daario) discuss the interesting turn of events at Meereen. Daario tries to woo Daenerys and while it looks like he will not succeed in his attempts, Daenerys has other plans. Clarke says Daenerys is attracted to strong, confident men that can back up their words with actions, and Daario is becoming that type of man while Jorah continues to be stuck in the friend zone.
For the “’Game of Thrones’ Season 4: Inside the Episode 7” clip, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss Daenerys’ decision to take Daario as a lover. Weiss discusses how Dany previously used her sexuality in “Game of Thrones” Season 1 and what her actions mean in the grand scheme of things.
Tyrion’s trial by combat and his chat with the Red Viper are also examined in the clip. Oberyn knows Tyrion is not a monster and is sympathetic to his plight. Unbeknownst to Tyrion, his plea for trial by combat may have been the best decision he could make as it sets up a chance for the Red Viper to step up and avenge the death of his sister, Elia, at the hands of the Mountain, says Weiss.
Benioff and Weiss also examine the death of Lysa. As Weiss explains, Littlefinger and Lysa are responsible for “Game of Thrones” as his plan to poison Jon Arryn sets in motion the events of the series and Benioff succinctly explains, “Lysa is bats--t crazy.”
For more information on the Mountain, Hot Pie and locations seen in “Mockingbird,” HBO has an interactive viewer’s guide. HBO has also released the full scenes featuring the Red Viper and Tyrion as well as Lysa's final moments below.
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 Spoilers and "A Song of Ice and Fire" Discussion
- I like the changes the "Game of Thrones" series creators have made to Daenerys and Lysa's storylines. In "A Song of Ice and Fire," the storylines for Dany and Sansa slowed down and there was some fat that was easily trimmed. The new storylines are more dynamic and better serve the "Game of Thrones" series, and Littlefinger's actions will be a focal point for the last three episodes of "Game of Thrones" Season 4.
- The Red Viper has been a tremendous addition to "Game of Thrones" and it will be sad to see him go in "The Mountain and the Viper." While Oberyn avenges the death of Elia it also leads to his death. I think fans are going to go crazy over his death but that just sets up the final deaths of "Game of Thrones" Season 4. As eventful as the season has been, I think Benioff and Weiss have done a great job of pacing each of the storylines and have made some excellent choices in regard to straying away from the source material.