Episode 19: Blackwater

“The gods have no mercy, that’s why they’re gods.”
― Cersei Lannister

Episode 9 of season 2 Blackwater takes place entirely in King’s Landing and in its bay. Tyrion finds himself in first place after a successful campaign, but it is not without cost as he is grievously injured. Stannis’ defeat sets him back a few paces, but still sits high on the Leaderboard.

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Summary
Stannis’ fleet approaches King’s Landing. Many of his men are anxious, but Davos seems calm. His son notes that this is a homecoming for him as he was raised in the city slums, but Davos reflects that he spent his entire life their avoiding the royal forces that they are now sailing straight into. Matthos reminds him they are the royal fleet sailing against traitors. He believes the lord of light will protect their cause and besides, he trusts his captain.

In the city Tyrion is restless knowing the hour of attack is approaching. Even Shae is unable to soothe him. He tries to convince her to flee, but she’ll have none of it. Grand Maester Pycelle comes to the Queen’s chambers brandishing the potion she requested. He warns her that Essence of Nightshade is quite dangerous, but she stops him as she is well aware of the effects. The soldiers prepare in their own way drinking and singing, Bronn among them. He’s charming one of Littlefinger’s prostitutes when a hush falls over as Sandor Clegane enters. The Hound takes no joy in drinking, singing, or whores; only killing. The men begin to square off, but are interrupted by the bells summoning them to arms.

Podrick dresses Tyrion for battle while Varys takes a moment to confer with him. Varys shows him a map of the city’s hidden tunnels which could provide escape, but Tyrion will not run. Varys warns him that Stannis is in league with a red priestess of Asshai. He reveals a deep distrust of magic and mysticism stemming from his mutilation as a child. He believes Tyrion is the only one who can stop a “man in service to such powers” from taking the Iron Throne.

The bells ring out as Stannis’ ships approach and the Lannister men prepare for battle. Tyrion and Bronn advise one another not to die admitting the two have formed an unlikely friendship. Tyrion is surprised to see Lady Sansa and pretends not to know her handmaiden Shae. Joffrey has asked for her to see him off and demands she kiss his blade before battle. Sansa needles at Joffrey asking if he will be fighting where the battle is thickest as her brother does. Joffrey warns that Robb’s time will come after he is through with his Uncle Stannis.

Joffrey, Tyrion, Lancel and the Hound climb the battlements. Joffrey is distressed that their ships are not in the bay, but Tyrion has a plan. The Hound moves quickly away from a torch-bearer reminding us of his fear of fire.

In the Red Keep Cersei gathers the noble women under her protection as the battle begins. Sansa is confused by the invitation of the Queen, noting to Shae that she’s always calling her stupid. Cersei takes the opportunity to explain to Sansa what will happen to them should the city fall.

Joffrey is horrified by the size of Stannis’ fleet and that Tyrion has sent out only a single ship. Davos is confused by the move as well, more so when he sees the ship is not manned. Then he sees the wildfire. But it is too late. Tyrion gives the signal and Blackwater Bay erupts in flame. Davos and his son are both thrown from the ship in the explosion and a greater part of Stannis’ fleet is destroyed. He is undeterred though, rallying his remaining men to take the city.
Davos Seaworth receives -1 Wound point for his uncertain fate following the explosion of his ship.
Matthos Seaworth receives -1 Wound point for his uncertain fate following the explosion of his ship.

Cersei continues to drink and berate Sansa. She forces the girl to drink as she complains of her duties as Queen wishing for a sword to defend herself. She explains to a shocked Sansa that had it been anyone but Stannis she might hope to seduce him remarking, “Tears aren’t a woman’s only weapon. The best one’s between your legs.”

Joffrey’s confidence is shaken when he sees Stannis’ men landing on the shore. Tyrion commands them to “rain fire” and sends the Hound to attack any troops that step foot on the ground. He brings Lancel with him and the two trade blows with Baratheon troops. Sandor cuts a man in half, but Lancel is struck by an arrow and retreats.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane receives 1 Morghulis point for killing in battle.
Lancel Lannister receives -1 Wound point for taking an arrow in the shoulder.

Cersei continues to slur and takes notice of Shae. Cersei questions her background noting her Lorthi accent. Before Shae can respond Lancel bursts through the door. He updates her on the battle and she demands he bring Joffrey back to the castle. He tries to object as the King’s presence helps morale, but Cersei disregards him. She warns Sansa that Ilyn Payne is with them because she does not intend to let Stannis take them alive.

Sandor fights on outside the walls, but as burning men rush at him he loses his courage and retreats. Stannis and his men climb the walls and gain a foothold. Tyrion tries to persuade The Hound to return to battle and Joffrey demands it, but the Hound is done. “Fuck the Kingsguard. Fuck the city. Fuck the king.”

Stannis’ men pound a ram against the city gates. Lancel appears giving Joffrey an excuse to flee the battle and leaves his Kingsguard to represent him on the field. Tyrion seeing no other choice leads the troops himself. He brings them through one of Varys’ tunnels out to attack the enemy from behind. Lancel begs the Queen to let him escort Joffrey back to the battle, but she responds by hitting his injury and leaving with her youngest son Tommen. Sansa tries to calm the remaining women and Shae tells her she should go to her chambers and bar the door.

Sansa finds Sandor Clegane in her chambers. He offers to take her back to Winterfell,but she believes she is safe and Stannis won’t hurt her. He admonishes her again for being unable to look him in the face, but she does and tells him she knows he will not hurt her. He admits that he won’t and leaves.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane earns 1 Survival point for escaping the Battle of the Blackwater.

Tyrion leads his troops in a successful campaign killing a Baratheon soldier with his ax. However the King’s Guard Ser Mandon Moore turns on him slicing his face, but before he can be injured further Podrick runs him through with a spear. While atop the wall Stannis secures his position killing Lannister soldiers.
Tyrion Lannister receives 1 Morghulis point for killing in battle and -1 Wound point for being attacked by Ser Mandon.
Podrick Payne receives 3 Morghulis point for killing Ser Mandon Moore.
Mandon Moore receives 1 Wound point for injuring Tyrion and -5 Death points for being killed by Pod.
Stannis Baratheon receives 1 Morghulis point for killing in battle.

Cersei sits on the Iron Throne with Tommen in her lap and the bottle of Nightshade in her hands. She tells Tommen a story of fierce lions as we see the tide of battle turning in the Lannister’s favor. A cavalry charge rips through Stannis’ men and Stannis spots Renly’s sigil. Before Cersei can poison herself and her son a man in Renly’s army busts into the throne room. He removes his helm revealing Loras Tyrell. Tywin then enter announcing the battle won as Stannis retreats.
Loras Tyrell earns 3 Alliance points for allying with the Lannisters and 3 Victory points for fighting with the Lannisters in their defeat against Stannis
Tywin Lannister earns 3 Alliance points for allying with the Tyrells and 3 Victory points for his defeat of Stannis.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish earns 3 Alliance points for brokering the alliance between the Lannisters and the Tyrells.
Cersei Lannister earns 1 Survival point for making it through the battle alive.
Tommen Baratheon earns 1 Survival point for making it through the battle alive.
Tyrion Lannister earns 3 Victory points for fighting with the Lannisters in their defeat against Stannis.
Podrick Payne earns 3 Victory points for fighting with the Lannisters in their defeat against Stannis.
Bronn earns 3 Victory points for fighting with the Lannisters in their defeat against Stannis.
Lancel Lannister earns 3 Victory points for fighting with the Lannisters in their defeat against Stannis.
Sansa Stark earns 1 Survival point for making it through the battle alive.
Joffrey Baratheon earns 1 Survival point for making it through the battle alive.
Stannis Baratheon receives -3 Defeat points for his losing the Battle of the Blackwater.
Davos Seaworth receives -3 Defeat points for commanding in the losing battle.

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