Give Jaime Lannister a hand because he royally messed up.
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, the Kingslayer got a firsthand lesson that his father's money and influence will only take him so far. In fact, Jaime's fortunes changed hands because of his nasty habit of paternal name-dropping. Oh, are our puns getting out of hand? Who else lost the upper hand? Who advanced? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Walk of Punishment":
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Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen) Excuse us, that's Lord Baelish to you. For his services, not only does he get the title of Lord of Harrenhal, but he'll also travel to the Eyrie to try and woo Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie) and thus gain an alliance for King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Hmm, Littlefinger had a thing for her sister Catelyn (Michelle Fairley). We wonder how much Lysa cares about that.
Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) Who knew? Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) shy squire apparently has a mysteriously winning way with the whores -- enough so that they return his money in gratitude for his awesomeness. We can't imagine how this could possibly help him in any political maneuverings yet, but we're willing to celebrate all victories, no matter how small (not that size matters).
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) The former conqueror of Winterfell looks like he's a goner, but fortunately the enigmatic guy who had freed him from the prison also saves him from nearly getting raped. And although that's great for Theon, we can't help but wonder what this guy gets out of it.
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Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) Wow, another one of the meek has bettered himself. Unlike Pod, however, we already knew of Hot Pie's skills in baking. We can't be happier that he'll be staying behind to bake at an inn instead of continuing on with the Brotherhood Without Banners. Not only will he be safer that way, but think of all the direwolf pastries he could make!
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) Although she's accustomed to using her own physical force to muscle through situations, she owes a debt to Jaime Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) this time. Her captors, the men under the Bolton flayed man banner, are about to rape her when Jaime intervenes by lying about her father's wealth, implying that Brienne's father will pay a hefty ransom if she is returned unviolated.
Jaime Lannister Unfortunately, the knight doesn't know when to stop yapping. After he saves Brienne, he lays it on thick when stating his own case and says his dad Tywin (Charles Dance) will reward his captors with untold riches. Their leader Locke (Noah Taylor) plays along at first -- before throwing Jaime down and unceremoniously lopping his hand off! You might be a Lannister, but arrogance doesn't pay.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) Although Dany is able to finally strike a deal with the slaver in Astapor, even snagging the interpreter Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) in the process, we feel the cost is too high. Giving up one of her dragons is equivalent to giving up one of her children. Can't she give them Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) instead?
Gilly (Hannah Murray) Congratulations, it's a boy! Oh, too bad, your father-husband likes to sacrifice his sons to the White Walkers. It's not easy being a wildling sometimes.
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Craster (Robert Pugh) discussing eating the pudgy Samwell (John Bradley): "Look at him! He's a walking feast."
Ser Jorah: "There's a beast in every man and it wakes when you put a sword in his hand."
Mysterious savior references the Winterfell motto to Theon: "Come, my lord. You're a long way from home. Winter is coming."
Did you expect Jaime's "hands-off" treatment? What were your favorite parts of the episode?
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.