The fourth season of the epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones premiered on April 6, 2014, on HBO. It is based on the second half of A Storm of Swords, the third of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin, of which the series is an adaptation. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss serve as main writers and showrunners for the fourth season. They co-wrote seven out of ten episodes. The remaining three episodes were written by Bryan Cogman (two episodes), and the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin (one episode).
The Laws of Gods and Men
“The Laws of Gods and Men” is the sixth episode of the fourth season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 36th overall. The episode was written by Bryan Cogman, and directed by Alik Sakharov. It aired on May 11, 2014.
Episode: The Laws of Gods and Men (406). Date of Exhibition: May 11, 2014. Written by Bryan Cogman. Directed by Alik Sakharov. Summary: In Essos, Stannis and Davos travel to Braavos to appeal to the Iron Bank to grant them a loan. While the Iron Bank refuses them at first, Davos manages to convince them to back Stannis’ cause. In Meereen, Daenerys attempts to take on her new role as Queen as she listens to the requests of her subjects. At the Dreadfort, Yara leads an attack in an effort to rescue Theon but fails when Theon refuses to come with her. After seeing Theon’s current state as Reek, Yara tells her men that Theon is dead. In King’s Landing, Tywin puts a price on the Hound’s head and instructs Varys to continue spying on Daenerys. Later that day, Tyrion is brought to trial for Joffrey’s murder. However, all of the witnesses brought in testify against him, including Shae. Angry and broken, Tyrion demands that his fate be determined in a trial by combat.
“This is turning into a lovely evening.”
Lord Tywin: Tyrion of the House Lannister, you stand accused by the Queen Regent of regicide. Did you kill King Joffrey?
Lord Tywin: Did your wife, the Lady Sansa?
Tyrion: Not that I know of.
Lord Tywin: How would you say he died, then?
Tyrion: Choked on his pigeon pie.
Lord Tywin: So you would blame the bakers?
Tyrion: Or the pigeons. Just leave me out of it.
Tyrion: Father, I wish to confess. I wish… to confess.
Lord Tywin: You wish to confess?
Tyrion: I saved you. I saved this city and all your worthless lives. I should have let Stannis kill you all.
Lord Tywin: Tyrion. Do you wish to confess?
Tyrion: Yes, Father. I’m guilty. Guilty. Is that what you want to hear?
Lord Tywin: You admit you poisoned the king?
Tyrion: No, of that I’m innocent. I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I am guilty of being a dwarf.
Lord Tywin: You are not on trial for being a dwarf.
Tyrion: Oh, yes, I am. I’ve been on trial for that my entire life.
Lord Tywin: Have you nothing to say in your defense?
Tyrion: Nothing but this – I did not do it. I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than 1,000 lying whores. I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it.
Lord Tywin: Ser Meryn. Ser Meryn. Escort the prisoner back to his cell.
Tyrion: I will not give my life for Joffrey’s murder. And I know I’ll get no justice here. So I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.