Game of Thrones can be a pretty tough series to get through. Sure, there's action followed by action with an extra portion of action, which I'm sure we can all get behind. But sometimes that isn't enough to detract from the serious sadness one feels when our favorite characters are put through hell. It takes genius writers to remind us that, even though the Seven Kingdoms are a pretty terrible place to live, levity can still be found. Our viewing experience won't always be pain and, occasionally, a feeling of shared cathartic defiance. That's why the one big scene to watch from Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 is a funny one. Because, if we're being honest with ourselves, nothing else really happened in "Oathbreaker" that was very surprising or heartbreaking.
In the scene, we find Tyrion chilling in the council room with Missandei and Grey Worm, awkwardly waiting for Varys so he can tell them who's funding The Sons of the Harpy (which is, unsurprisingly, all the people Danaerys has pissed off). From their awkward waiting room vibe, one gets the feeling that Tyrion assumed he would be able to spend the rest of his days drinking wine and bantering with Danaerys and Varys, so he must be pretty disappointed about this situation. Missandei and Grey Worm do not banter, and they do not drink, so Tyrion has literally no idea what to do with them.
Besides, he doesn't know anything about them, and has, until recently, only seen them as the staff of Danaerys. I loved specifically the moment when he acknowledged how much time the ill-fated lovers spend together and wondered aloud what they talk about together. Little does he know that they don't really every say much to each other either, as Grey Worm is all broody and stoic and Missandei is from a crop of people that believe women should be seen and not heard — specifically if they are slaves.
Watching Tyrion talk about his first world desire to play a game with these people who have grown up in a world where games are for children, or for the purpose of abusing young girls, is truly a moment of Game of Thrones comedic gold. It's surpassed in its perfection only by Joffrey's gruesome death, and even then only because it was one of the few times in Game of Thrones history when we all cheered together as a collective human unit.
Sure, maybe "the true history of the world is a history of great conversations in elegant rooms," as a self-proclaimed wise man named Tyrion Lannister once said, but that sort of leisure time isn't a lifestyle Grey Worm and Missandei have grown accustomed to. I hope that, in terms of working together, this trio can get it together to save Dany's claim to the throne. But, at the same time, I also hope they never quite figure out how to communicate, because the awkwardness is seriously magical.
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