Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
The Game of Thrones players better not underestimate Arya.
On Sunday's episode, the youngest Stark daughter proved that even a war prisoner turned cupbearer could make moves in the games. Her quick thinking definitely got her ahead. Who else triumphed? Who crashed and burned? TVGuide.com broke down the power shifts in "The Prince of Winterfell"...
Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones
Lady Catelyn is just as noble and upstanding as her late husband Ned Stark. And we all know how that ended.
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, Catelyn continues to be torn between her wartime duties to the King in the North, her son Robb (Richard Madden), and being separated from her four younger children. "Robb is the only one that she has any sort of communication with at this time, and she doesn't know where the others are," Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn, tells TVGuide.com. "Her whole drive for the second season is to...
Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones, Season 2: The Season of Theon Greyjoy continues with his latest effort to prove that he's willing to pay the iron price.
In Sunday's episode, Theon once again had to resort to murder to show those Northerners who's boss. Even we were shocked by the lengths he went to, and certainly the people of Winterfell were horrified. Who else exerted their influence? Who struggled? TVGuide.com weighs in on the power shifts in "A Man Without Honor":
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Poor khaleesi. Will she ever get back to Westeros to rule the seven kingdoms?
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, Daenerys suffered a major setback that could hurt her bid to win back the Iron Throne. But is she the only one who faltered? Who prevailed? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Old Gods and the New":
Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams: Arya becomes a bit psychotic
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen): In order to...
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
"A small man can cast a big shadow," Varys told Tyrion, and in Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, we certainly saw that The Imp has strengthened his power as the Hand of the King.
With his latest political triumph, Tyrion once again undermined his sister, Queen Regent Cersei and by extension, her teenage son, King Joffrey. Who else triumphed? Who suffered an embarrassing setback (besides Theon, of course)? Check out TVGuide.com's breakdown of the power shifts in...
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, poor Theon Greyjoy found himself not only humbled, but also humiliated in a really icky way.
The prodigal son returned to the Iron Islands but found that even though the Greyjoys' sigil is a kraken, he was not greeted with open arms, tentacled or otherwise. In fact, Theon's every misstep cost him some influence in the War of Five Kings. Who else faltered? Who prevailed? Who should just give up and join Ser Dontos as a jester? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Night Lands"...
Jon Snow may have given up many things -- contact with his family, the love of a good woman, a tan -- but at least he has his long, wavy hair to keep him warm.
With one season of HBO's Game of Thrones under his Night's Watch belt, Kit Harington has settled into playing the heroic bastard who's taken strict vows to defend The Wall from various northern threats for Season 2. And although he's pondered what's going on inside his character's head, the British actor doesn't quite understand what the interest is with what's growing on his head.
Jack Gleeson, Emilia Clarke, Richard Madden
The Iron Throne may be made of swords, but that isn't a deterrent for the many people who want to sit upon it.
Following the death of King Robert Baratheon, Westeros has been thrown into turmoil. As the second season of Game of Thrones kicks off Sunday (9/8c, HBO), Robert's son Joffrey holds dominion in King's Landing, but not without rumblings from the surrounding Seven Kingdoms. Civil war has broken out, and while some men feel they have a better claim to the throne, others want supremacy over their own carved-out piece of turf.
If you watched Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, you're probably still reeling from shock. If you haven't, go and watch it now ... or certainly before you read our spoiler-filled discussion below. Just know that HBO's defiance of convention is gutsy, inspiring and every bit as cold as the world of Westeros that calls the channel home.
TVGuide.com's Hanh Nguyen is an avid scripted-TV watcher, a horror-avoider and someone who's read George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based. Colleague Rich Juzwiak rarely watches scripted TV, is a gorehound and became alerted to Martin's existence just recently, as he started researching this new swords-and-sandals (well, boots) series. He knows nothing of these sorcerers (if that is indeed what they are), while Hanh is something of an expert (read: fantasy/sci-fi nerd). Each week, he'll try to make sense of this crazy new show by enlisting Hanh's expertise. It may turn out to be a test of tolerance: in this case, the Games begin after the TV is off...
The Game becomes one of choosing between effective foreshadowing.
Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched the seventh episode, "You Win or You Die," yet, it's best that you turn back now.