After Game of Thrones' recent Red Wedding massacre, competition for the Iron Throne just got fiercer.
Who's left to fight the good fight? And will one of our heroes actually declare victory? Only George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books on which the HBO series is based, truly knows which of his characters, if any, will indeed sit upon that bloody, uncomfortable throne when his seven-book series is completed. But until then, we can catch the season finale Sunday (9/8c, HBO) and debate the leadership potential of who's left alive (RIP, Robb Stark!).
Here's TVGuide.com's list of the most throne-worthy candidates, with some input by the cast:
Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner
Would you pledge your allegiance to House Stark or House Lannister?
Not everyone can be born to a noble house, and therefore Game of Thrones bannermen (and we peon-like fans) must align with the bigger, more powerful players. And while the Tyrells, Greyjoys, Baratheons and Targaryens have made some bold moves, the Lannisters and the Starks are the two main houses that are currently dividing Westerosi loyalties on HBO's fantasy drama (airing Sundays at 9/8c).
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":
Crows, mummers, bastards — who can keep up with everything (and everyone) in the fantastical land of Westeros? It's hard to imagine that when Game of Thronesreturns for its third season Sunday at 9/8c on HBO, viewers will be introduced to even more mythology, characters and betrayals.
And though the Westerosi often say "words are wind," those words can also be freaking confusing when you don't speak the language! That's why we've broken down some of the most important aspects of the series from A to Z...
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.
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Only 30 days to go before we once again can play the Game of Thrones (from our sofas).
If you can't wait that long before visiting your favorite warring houses again, check out these character posters to prepare for Season 3. Not only do we get another look at the scars on Tyrion ...
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.
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).
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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"...