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.
Even if you don't end up murdered like Ned Stark or Jon Arryn before him, acting as the Hand of the King is a thankless job.
As Game of Thrones approaches its Season 2 finale Sunday (9/8c, HBO), the cast of the period-fantasy series weighs in on arguably the most powerful job in the Seven Kingdoms: The Hand of the King (or Queen, as it were). The Hand acts as chief advisor, executes the ruler's commands, is in charge of the army, drafts laws, dispenses justices, handles the day-to-day running of the kingdom, sits on the small council and even sits upon the Iron Throne to act on the king's behalf when he is indisposed (or hunting wild boar).
Tyrion may be the smallest Lannister in stature, but he has a knack for intimidating the young men in his family.
Cousin Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon) certainly quaked in his knightly boots on Sunday's Game of Thrones (9/8c, HBO). Ordered by Queen Regent Cersei to deliver a demand for Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) to release a certain prisoner, Lancel found himself at a disadvantage when The Imp blackmailed him into becoming an informant based upon the fact that Lancel was having an affair with Cersei.
Game of Thrones Power Shift: Joffrey brings the pain
"The King can do as he likes," King Joffrey declared on Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones. The sovereign teen exercised that right both in public and behind closed doors in a sadistic way that made that message painfully clear to his subjects and his uncle Tyrion.
Who else showed their might? Who failed to advance? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Garden of Bones":