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Game of Thrones Season 4 Ep 7 "Mockingbird": The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing

Ross Lincoln | 20 May 2014 14:30
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Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys remains firmly in control of Meereen, though not without some rather difficult problems in some of her newly liberated territories. Never mind that just now, however, because she's finally getting around to trying out one of a monarch's most important duties - sleeping with the help.

After months of wistful glances at her sellsword Daario, things finally come to a head when Daario sneaks into her private quarters to give her flowers. Daenerys first rebukes him for overstepping his bounds, but Daario pleads that he's only good at only two things: killing men and bedding women. Daenerys reminds him that Meereen is full of women who could satisfy his physical needs, but he all but says outright that she's the only woman he's interested in.

Daario begs her to send him on a mission in which he can at least put his other talents to her service. Daenerys approves, and decides to send him to slaughter the Masters of Yunkai, who we learned last week have re-enslaved the people she freed. Daario is of course happy to oblige her. Then, she orders him to remove his clothes, which he is also happy to oblige her. Cut to black.

The next morning we see him leaving her quarters, clothes in disarray, where he bumps into Ser Jorah, who has clearly been around enough to recognize the walk of shame when he sees it. Jorah is hurt by yet more evidence that Daenerys doesn't want him, but he manages to keep it together enough that he's able to give her his customary level of excellent advice. Upon finding out Daenerys plans for the Masters of Yunkai, Jorah makes the case for showing them mercy. Her subjects need to love her, he implies, not live in terror, or she'll never really rule them. At first, she rejects this advice - they are slavers, she insists, and she will put an end to slavery and punish those who propagate the practice. Jorah reminds her that he too was once a slaver. "And now you're helping to free them," Daenerys says. To this, Jorah tells her that had Ned Stark done to him what she plans to do to the Masters of Yunkai, he wouldn't be around to do just that.

Like many of Game of Thrones' powerful people, Daenerys has the potential to become monstrous. Having that pointed out to her by her most trusted advisor convinces her to try something different, and she modifies her plans: The Masters will be given the chance to stop the practice of slavery and submit to her rule. "They can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one," she says. Daenerys, who recognizes Jorah's hurt feelings, then throws him a bone, telling him to inform Daario of the change in plans, and further, to inform him that it was Jorah who changed her mind.

Now would be a good time to remind you that last week, we learned that Jorah was informing on Daenerys for the Small Council, but apparently became a true believer, something the Council is trying to figure out how to exploit. Keep that in mind as you consider how good his advice has been.

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