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Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer: Margaery Supports Renly and Loras' Love

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.

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Game of Thrones Power Shift: Tyrion Snares a Bearded Rat

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... read more

Game of Thrones Power Shift: Joffrey Strikes, Melisandre Scores

Game Of Thrones, Jack Gleeson, Carice van Houten

"Power is power," the Queen Regent Cersei told a chastened Littlefinger in the long-awaited Game of Thrones Season 2 premiere.

It's a lesson that the Lannister lady has passed down to her son. In Sunday's episode, both Cersei and Joffrey flex their monarchy muscles among their courtiers, but now that Westeros is embroiled in a civil war among more than one self-styled king, it remains to be seen who actually wields the most influence. Who made a play for power? Who succeeded? Who failed? Who just embarrassed him/herself? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The North Remembers":

From Game of Thrones to Spartacus: TV's unsexiest sex scenes

Power Tripping

Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson): He may only be a teenager, but that kid is sitting on the Iron Throne. So far, he's used his power to hold tournaments, give the order to... read more

Game of Thrones Season 2: The Men (and One Woman) Who Would Be King

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.

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Game of Thrones Adds Gwendoline Christie in Season 2

Gwendoline Christie

British actress Gwendoline Christie has joined the growing cast of Game of Thrones, book author George R.R. Martin announced on his blog.

Christie, who appeared in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will play... read more

Tudors' Natalie Dormer Joins Game of Thrones

Natalie Dormer

Let the Game of Thrones Season 2 casting begin.

Natalie Dormer, who portrayed ill-fated Anne Boleyn in Showtime's The Tudors, has joined the cast of the HBO series, TVGuide.com has confirmed. She'll play... read more

Houses Collide: Game of Thrones Discussion — Things Come To a Shocking Head

Sean Bean

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...
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Houses Collide: Game of Thrones Discussion — Tyrion's Brutality and Wait, Renly Is Gay?

Peter Dinklage

Now that we're halfway into the Game of Thrones season, the action has really become meaty (much like the roast venison that graces King Robert's table). In Sunday's episode, everyone gets in on the killing (even The Imp!) and there's so much intrigue to be had, the action actually stayed in Westeros the entire time. To balance out the multiple deaths and brutality, we got a whimsical helping of grotesquery thanks to original scenes written specifically for the HBO series. Shall we delve into "The Wolf and the Lion"?

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