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Tales From Westeros – The Laws of Gods and Men

We’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of talk about ships lately, and this episode opens with another one, sails boasting the new Baratheon fiery stag and carrying Stannis and Davos to…that’s a good question. Where are they going, we wonder? …Then the Titan of Braavos appears on the screen and a bunch of nerds start breathing into paper bags. (I must confess I also got wicked excited when I saw the Titan pop up in the title credits.) If you have been paying attention, there have been many ominous references to a certain Iron Bank of Braavos throughout the season so far. The Lannisters for sure owe them an indescribable amount of cash. It seems Stannis has decided to trust Davos enough to sail all the way to Braavos to entreat the Iron Bank for cash. Tycho Nestoris, the apparent head Iron Banker (played by Mark Gatniss of Dr. Who and Sherlock fame, if you hear any more fan-screaming in the distance), greets Stannis coolly and calls him “Lord Stannis” before Davos imperiously corrects him with the full title. But really? Tycho points out that not only does Tommen Baratheon sit the Throne, but Stannis lacks both men and resources. He goes on to describe the Braavosi concept of looking at cold hard facts (read: the figures in their ledger books), and it seems there’s no hope for a bailout. Yet Davos saves the day again—he vehemently vouches for Stannis, ripping off his glove and displaying his stubs because his King is an honest man that deals with debt. All you have to do is compare/contrast that to the Lannister situation, and Mycroft/Tycho is straight convinced.

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Tales From Westeros – The First of His Name

Aaaand another king sits the Iron Throne. Tommen’s coronation is underway, and his nervous posture and expression is endearing when contrasted against Joffrey’s usual sprawled-leg entitlement. He looks to Margaery, in plain sight across the room, for comfort and she offers it in the form of a sisterly (with promise) knowing smile. Of course, Cersei notices this exchange and begins her inevitable interception. Normally, when Cersei makes a move in someone’s direction, it’s either to deliver a thinly veiled threat or dress them down entirely, so I was intrigued to see that she spoke plainly and (sort of) kindly. Cersei admits that Joffrey was a monster, but she loved her oldest son anyway—Tommen is a good boy, and has the potential to be the only worthy king to sit the Iron Throne in fifty years. But Tommen “will need help.” With this confessional spirit, she slickly insinuates that she’s willing to pass the Queenly baton to Margaery. This is a battle of wiles, and Cersei is either changing her tactics or softening in her grief. Margaery on the other hand, is quickly learning epic levels of connivance judging by that burn she closed out the convo with…

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