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"Game of Thrones" The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode 2014) Poster

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This episode was Peter Dinklage's submission in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category in the 2014 Emmy Awards- his fourth nomination for the show.
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The Free City of Braavos makes its first on-screen appearance.
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The large statue Stannis and Davos pass under in the beginning of the episode is modeled after a medieval imagination of the Colossus of Rhodes, an ancient Greek landmark of the sun-god Helios, that had it that sailors had to pass under the statue to get to the docks at the city of Rhodes. While engineering analyses indicate, among other considerations, that this position of the historical statue was highly unlikely as it would have collapsed under its own weight, it may well be that different material and techniques made such a statue possible in Braavos.
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This is the first episode not to feature any Stark family member, or even one of their closest allies (like Brienne of Tarth or Samwell Tarly). This was not a deliberate choice. Normally, scenes shot for one episode are often used in others, so there would usually be a short scene featuring one of the Stark children in every episode. However, in this case, the Lannister plot took so much focus that they couldn't find a place to feature the Stark family or their allies.
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When asked at the Iron Bank how old Tywin is, Davos says that he is 67. Charles Dance, who plays Tywin, was 67 years old at the time of broadcast.
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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera).
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Tywin Lannister says that dragons have not won a war for 300 years. This refers to the original Targaryen invasion of Westeros three centuries before. Originally from Essos, they were the only house with dragons, with which they quickly conquered most of the other houses and nearly the entire continent. Since then, dragons indeed never won another war. The threat of dragons was instrumental in suppressing revolts in the next decades, and the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war between two Targaryen factions more than a century later, was undecided since both sides had dragons.
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The title refers to the trial of Tyrion Lannister, and the legal system of Westeros, whereby most secular laws were established and enforced by the ruling powers (mainly the King and the Lords, thus the 'Men'). Added to this over time were religious laws originating from the Faith of the Seven (the laws of the 'Gods'), when they were no longer allowed to hold their own courts.
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In the books, it is explained that prince Oberyn Martell's five-year stay in Essos was the direct result of him killing a lord from House Yronwood in a formal duel. He was technically exiled to Essos for several years, so that relations between the Martells and the Yronwoods could mend again.
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In the books, the meeting between Stannis and Tycho Nestoris occurs on totally different circumstances: first, Davos is not present, because Stannis sent him earlier to the White Harbor, to gain House Manderly's support; second, the meeting takes place on the upcoming sixth novel, long after the battle of Castle Black; third, Tycho travels to meet Stannis, not vice-versa; fourth, Tycho grants Stannis the funds he needs without any inquiries or reservations.
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In the show, Shae gives false testimony against Tyrion of revenge; in the books she is bribed by Cersei, as revealed in a flashback in the fourth novel "A Feast for Crows".
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