King’s Landing: Cersei, the Tyrells, the Sparrows
Lancel shows up for Cersei, saying the High Sparrow has requested her presence. I know what you’re thinking because I’ve been thinking it all week: “Finally we see FrankenMountain off the leash!” Sure enough, he gets between them, we get the amazing “I choose violence” quote and then . . . The Mountain chokes out a sparrow and beheads him with his bare hands in front of Lancel and the others. Kinda disappointing result for such a badass boast. I was expecting a gore extravaganza.
Like all of Cersei’s move, this one backfires. The High Sparrow (off-screen this episode), alerted to Cersei’s monstrous defender, convinces Tommen to outlaw trials-by-combat. Both Cersei and Loras Tyrell’s trials will be in front of seven septons as it was when the Faith previously dominated. Without looking at his mother, the young king leaves the throne room after the announcement, though he surely knows on some level he has eliminated his mother’s last chance to avoid a less-than-pleasant fate at the hands of the Faith.