Another episode of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the show is taking more and more liberties with the plot, making it harder and harder to discern exactly what will happen from week to week. As you’ll see from the rest of the article, much of what I’m predicting here is educated inference rather than being based directly on the books, because some of these plot points don’t have a correlation in the books. Nonetheless, here are your huge possible spoilers for Game of Thrones, “The Laws of Gods and Men.”
Tyrion’s trial will not go well. I can’t be entirely sure of whether or not they’ll show the whole trial this week, but considering Tyrion’s trial lasted more than one day in the books I’ll lean on no. In the first half you can expect to see Tyrion humiliated a whole lot and not really having a fighting chance. Not least of which because…
Thought safely out of King’s Landing, Shae will be called as a witness. Once called, she will not only reveal all of the intimate details of her relationship with Tyrion, she will also lie and tell the court that Tyrion conspired with his wife, Sansa, to kill King Joffrey. Prepare to see one utterly devastated Imp.
Stannis and the Iron Bank
This scene does not occur in the books, but seems to be a way to expedite a plot thread from later on. In the books, Stannis does make a deal with the Iron Bank, he just doesn’t go to Braavos in person as in this episode. Regardless, I expect the same result: the Iron Bank, seeing that they are likely never going to get what is owed to them from the current rulers of Westeros, give Stannis a loan so that he may hire sellswords and revitalize his war efforts. The Bank will only become more entangled in Westerosi politics as things move forward.
Yara’s rescue does not go well
So, this doesn’t occur at all in the books. For that reason, I expect Yara’s rescue missions to fail. There’s still a lot of scenes that occur between Ramsay and Reek, and Ramsay and Reek’s eventually parting of ways happens very differently. Unless the show plans on greatly altering this particular series of events – which they may do, just to give Yara something more to do going forward – I wouldn’t expect to see her rescue mission be successful.
Daenerys learns that ruling is hard.
We’re finally going to get to see Daenerys rule from her new throne room in Meereen, but managing the city will be difficult. The Sons of the Harpies, a pro-slavery faction, will be allied against her and start murdering freedmen and Unsullied in the streets. This is the political drama that will be keeping Dany busy for some time, so say goodbye to the conquering queen.
Game of Thrones, “The Laws of Gods and Men,” airs Sunday, May 11 at 9 PM ET on HBO.