Game of Thrones is usually all about the lions (Lannisters) annoying the wolves (Starks), but this time, a different furry animal joined the fray.
On Sunday's episode, Brienne got up close and personal with a bear as part of her Harrenhal welcoming gift (a muffin basket would have sufficed!). But she escaped relatively unscathed, which is more than we can say for Theon's fate at the hands of his gleeful torturer. Who else struggled? Who triumphed? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Bear and the Maiden Fair":
One whore has sadly discovered that she's not as skilled at playing the Game of Thrones as she fancied herself to be.
On Sunday's episode, Ros learns to not cross Littlefinger (or at least not get caught at it) too late. It's a grim reminder of just how brutal the world of the Seven Kingdoms is. Who else paid the price of failure? Who benefited? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Climb":
The Mother of Dragons has let one of her children out to play.
Watch out, kings of Westeros! On Sunday's Game of Thrones, Daenerys "Stormborn" Targaryen's dealings in Slaver's Bay finally paid off with thousands of new followers. Let's just say that they're fired up to carry out her cause to win back the Iron Throne. Who else performed a coup? Who misfired? TVGuide.com breaks down the power plays in "And Now His Watch Is Ended."
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":
After being tossed from a tower and all, Little Bran Stark hasn't had an easy life. But after Sunday's Game of Thrones, things are looking up for the boy from Winterfell.
As for his older sister Arya, she was dealing with her own canine problems. Who else suffered a setback? Whose lot improved? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Dark Wings, Dark Words":
Blah, blah, blah, Westeros. There's more to life beyond the Seven Kingdoms.
Just ask Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Sure, she may be plotting to return to Westeros so she can wrest the Iron Throne back from whichever pretender currently sits upon it, but it's her time on the eastern continent that has molded her into a leader. Similarly, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has had to learn about life pretty quickly once he ventured beyond The Wall. Before tuning in to the Season 3 premiere on Sunday (9/8c, HBO), here's a check-in with those wild card outsiders to see where we left off and what's next.
Winterfell may be burned to the ground, but (most of) the Starks are alive and well, as long as you loosely define "well."
Although Game of Thrones is filled with characters of ambiguous loyalties and motivations, it's clear that the Starks are the series' central heroes. Before the Season 3 premiere Sunday (9/8c, HBO), we check in with Winterfell's wolf pack to see where we left off and what's ahead.
Nathan Fillion, Alexander Skarsgard, Emilia Clarke
As the ultimate fan experience, Comic-Con will take over San Diego Thursday through Sunday with more spandex-wearing superheroes, buff bloodsuckers and kawaii cosplayers than Thor could shake Mjolnir at. TVGuide.com will venture into this chaotic sea of costumes to get the scoop on the latest entertainment news. Here are 13 things we're looking forward to the most at Comic-Con...
Is Theon dead or could he be headed for a fate worse than death on Game of Thrones?
[Spoilers! If you haven't watched "Valar Morghulis" yet, then it's best not to continue reading. You've been warned.]
In the Season 2 finale, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) gives a rousing battle speech just before he's betrayed by his own men from the Iron Islands. The last we see of the former ward of Winterfell is a burlap bag being placed over his head as he lay unconscious.
Jack Gleeson, Alfie Allen
The cast of Jersey Shore or the Real Housewives franchise may seem too over-the-top to be real, but these outrageous characters are precisely why we watch. As Game of Thrones approaches its second season finale Sunday (9/8c, HBO), the cast reflects on which colorful series character could give Snooki or Nene a run for their reality money.