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August 27, 2017 at 11:24 PM EDT

Game of Thrones

TV Show
run date
Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Drama, Fantasy
We gave it an A

Red Keep: Tyrion goes to talk to Cersei. In real life, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey are good friends and love having scenes together. It’s been a while since they’ve had their chance, and they go full tilt here. 

Cersei accuses Tyrion of plotting the destruction of their family. And for this first time, she admits Tyrion didn’t kill Joffrey. But she counters that by killing their father, Tyrion greatly weakened their family, which led to the deaths of her other two kids, Myrcella and Tommen; the likes of Ellaria Sand and the High Sparrow might never have moved on the Lannisters if Tywin were still ruling with his iron fist.

And you know what? … Cersei’s right about that. 

And unfortunately for Tyrion, he’s smart and rational enough to know she’s right, so this must sting a bit. Yet Cersei has also been the one most in charge since Tywin died. So she’s also criticizing herself and her own fitness to rule. It’s like a circular argument you can never win — you ruined everything by putting me in charge and I should stay in charge!

He tries to appeal to her sense of nobility, but Cersei isn’t working in Silicon Valley: “I don’t care about making the world a better place.”

In fact, the more Tyrion tries to convince Cersei of his good intentions, the more angry she becomes. “I don’t care! I will not hear it!” This is more raw emotion than we’ve perhaps ever seen from her. She’s been the epitome of cool and collected the last couple seasons, but Tyrion brings out her deepest anger. 

As for Tyrion, the stress of confronting his sister compels him to compulsively go for the wine in desperation, something we haven’t seen him do since he settled in with Daenerys.

At one point, Cersei is on the verge of ordering The Mountain to even kill him. She just barely contains herself. Part of this is surely pragmatic: Tyrion warned that he’s the only person stopping Dany from nuking the Red Keep. But one reason I think Cersei hates Tyrion so much now is because he did the one thing she wouldn’t do: Kill a close family member. He broke the only rule that she has. If she kills him, then in her mind she’s no better.

Tyrion suddenly realizes that Cersei is pregnant, and of course can’t help but blurt that out. It clicks into place for him: Her unborn child is her hope. That’s her reason for even considering this.

Speaking of getting pregnant, back at the Dragonpit, Jon and Dany have a little chat. This might be the most relaxed we’ve seen them together. She tells him the reason she thinks she can’t have a child is because the witch who killed Drogo told her so. When she says it aloud it like that it does sound rather stupid, and Jon points that out. Daenerys is so getting knocked up.

Cersei comes back in. Tyrion has swayed her. Or at least they think he did.  Next: The big breakup 

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