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Game of Thrones Season 4 Ep 8 "The Mountain and the Viper" Review

Greg Tito | 2 Jun 2014 17:33
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In the Eyrie, the lady of the Vale has just met her demise, falling out of the Moon Door at the hands of Littlefinger. In last week's podcast, Alexander Macris, Josh Vanderwall and I wondered how the show's creators were going to explain Lysa Arryn's death. In the books, there's a singer, the bard Marillion, who was also in the throne room and Littlefinger pins the murder on him, but in the show he opts for calling it a suicide. That, of course, puts Littlefinger in a little more hot water, and Lord Royce, Chicken Lady and Ser Hair Piece (That's actually Lady Anya Waynwood, and Ser Vance Corbray, all three important vassals to the Arryns) have a quick investigation into her death. Littlefinger squirms a bit when they demand to see Alayne, a.k.a. Sansa, but she surprises all the adults by delivering an amazingly convincing speech confirming the suspicions that Lysa Arryn was crazy for Coco Puffs. There's a glance near the end between Littlefinger and Sansa that I at first interpreted as a "It worked!" moment, but it looks like Sansa did this all on her own.

Baelish goes to her chambers where she's knitting like her Septa taught her, and he asks her why she helped him. It turns out Sansa isn't as dumb as she's been acting, or maybe after being the butt of so much posturing, conniving and trickery, she's learned a thing or two about deception. She says, "If they executed you, what do you think they'd do with me?" Littlefinger says, "I don't know."

"I don't know either," Sansa replies. Although she totally does! Then her maturation goes one step farther as she acknowledges Petyr's romantic interest in her. They share another look during a very pregnant pause.

Her figurative transformation is symbolized in a physical one in the next scene. Littlefinger discusses with Lysa's son Robin that he wants him to tour the lands held by House Arryn, visiting the important holdings and convincing his vassals that he's a worthy Lord. Sansa enters the throne room in magnificent fashion with the sun at her back. She has dark brown hair - not the crimson she's had on the show all along - and is wearing a dress that could only be referred to as severe, black leather and all. Sansa is not the sweet, demure, fragile teen anymore. Alayne is a woman in command of her presence. She says to Robin, "Let's go."

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