Mockingbird (Game of Thrones)

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"Mockingbird"
Game of Thrones episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 7
Directed byAlik Sakharov
Written byDavid Benioff
D. B. Weiss
Featured musicRamin Djawadi
Cinematography byFabian Wagner
Editing byTim Porter
Original air dateMay 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
Running time51 minutes
Guest appearances
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"Mockingbird" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of HBO's medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones. The 37th episode of the series overall, "Mockingbird" was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Alik Sakharov.[1] It first aired on HBO on May 18, 2014.[2]

In the episode, Tyrion Lannister struggles to find a fighter willing to stand as his champion in his upcoming trial by combat; Melisandre and Selyse Baratheon talk on Dragonstone; the Night's Watch continue to prepare for Mance Rayder's attack; Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne meet Hot Pie at an inn; Arya Stark and Sandor "The Hound" Clegane are attacked by bandits on the road; Daenerys Targaryen orders Daario to retake Yunkai; and Petyr Baelish assassinates Lysa Arryn. The title refers to the sigil of House Baelish. The episode received positive reviews from critics.

This episode marks the final appearance of Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn).

Plot

In King's Landing

Jaime tells Tyrion that Cersei has chosen Gregor Clegane as her champion for Tyrion's trial by combat, and declines to be Tyrion's champion due to his poor performance with his left hand. Tyrion sends for Bronn, who tells him that Cersei has offered him a highborn bride and also declines to be Tyrion's champion. Oberyn comes to visit Tyrion; after recounting how he met him as a newborn and how Cersei always blamed him for the death of their mother, he tells Tyrion that he will be his champion to avenge his sister.

At Castle Black

Jon suggests to Thorne to block the passage through the Wall to prevent Rayder's army from coming through, but his request is ridiculed.

At Dragonstone

Melisandre tells Selyse that the Lord of Light needs Shireen to depart Dragonstone with them.

In the Riverlands

Brienne and Podrick stop at an inn, where they meet Hot Pie, who tells them about his journey with Arya. They then decide to go to the Vale because Lysa is Sansa's and Arya's last living relative with money.

Arya and Sandor are attacked by two men who were part of the Night's Watch caravan that Arya travelled with. After Sandor kills one, Arya kills the other since there is a bounty on Sandor's head for killing Lannister soldiers. Later, Sandor recounts how Gregor had burned him as a child and how his father covered up the incident.

In Meereen

Daenerys sleeps with Daario after he enters her chambers at night. The next morning, Daenerys tells Jorah that she has ordered Daario to retake Yunkai and kill all the remaining masters. Jorah points out that if Ned Stark had done the same to him, he would not be there to advise her. Daenerys instead orders Jorah to tell Daario to take Hizdahr with him to advise the masters to conform to her rule.

At the Eyrie

Sansa slaps Robin after he damages her snowcastle of Winterfell. Petyr then kisses Sansa and Lysa sees them. After Lysa threatens Sansa, Petyr admits that he truly only loved Catelyn and pushes her through the Moon Door.

Production

"Mockingbird" adapts part of material from A Storm of Swords, chapters 65, 66 and 80 (Arya XII, Tyrion IX & Sansa VII).[3] It also adapts chapter 20 (Brienne IV) from A Feast for Crows as well as chapter 2 (Daenerys I) from A Dance with Dragons. Additional material comes from Sansa II of A Game of Thrones, Tyrion V of A Storm of Swords and Daenerys VI of A Dance With Dragons.

Reception

Ratings

The achieved a viewership of 7.20 million viewers during its premiere hour, setting a new series high.[4] In the United Kingdom, the episode was viewed by 1.639 million viewers, making it the highest-rated broadcast that week. It also received 0.095 million timeshift viewers.[5]

Critical reception

"Mockingbird" received critical acclaim. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 100% of 56 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 9.0/10. The website's consensus reads, "Though 'Mockingbird' mostly sets the table for future events, it remains chock-full of action, suspense, surprise, and raw human emotion."[6]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 Hollywood Professional Alliance Outstanding Color Grading Joe Finley Nominated
2015 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series Fabian Wagner Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Mockingbird". HBO. Home Box Office, Inc. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "Shows A–Z – Game of Thrones". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Garcia, Elio; Antonsson, Linda (June 8, 2013). "EP407: Mockingbird". Westeros.org. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 19, 2014). "'Game of Thrones' At Series Highs; Season Highs for 'Veep' + 'Silicon Valley' & John Oliver Remain Strong". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Top 10 Ratings (19-25 May 2014)". BARB. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Mockingbird". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 23, 2022.

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