What if the genders in Beauty and the Beast were reversed?
That's the spin author George R.R. Martin put on handsome Jaime "The Kingslayer" Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) and lumbering female knight Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) in the books that inspired HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones (airing Sundays at 9/8c). And like the classic tale, the journey taken by this unlikely duo is "about the inner beauty of someone and how that can translate across physical odds," Christie tells TVGuide.com.
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":
Get ready to hear the Lannisters roar.
If the Starks are Game of Thrones' heroes, then the Lannisters are the series' villains -- even though we all admit to loving Tyrion, yes? Before diving into the Season 3 premiere on Sunday (9/8c, HBO), here's a check-in with those solvent Lannisters to see where we left off and what's next.
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.
Wonder Woman, Peter Dinklage
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).
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...
Gethin Anthony, Game of Thrones
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, Renly, Brienne and Catelyn encounter an unexpected element that forever changes the rules of the game in the War of Five Kings.
Gethin Anthony, Game of Thrones
In the War of Five Kings, Renly Baratheon appears to be the most powerful, at least on the popular front.
On HBO's Game of Thrones (Sundays, 9/8c), Gethin Anthony plays young Renly, who's become quite the charismatic young leader in the drama's second season. "He started off as a young man at court, very much a courtier, and had to go through a huge evolution into becoming a king, and not a king with an easy route to power," Anthony tells TVGuide.com. "He's had to take on a lot of responsibility. He's had to become more politically strategic with warfare and understanding armies."
Natalie Dormer, Game of Thrones
Natalie Dormer may have been topless during one of her first scenes in Game of Thrones, but it was her character's attitude about sex with her husband that made the biggest impression.
In Sunday's episode, Dormer had to play the not-so-shy virgin Margaery Tyrell, who tries to consummate her marriage with Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony). When he can't quite rise to the occasion, she offers to enlist the help of her brother Loras (Finn Jones), who just so happens to be Renly's lover.
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...