Natalie Dormer and Jack Gleeson
Following last season's brutally violent Red Wedding, HBO's Game of Thrones will present another colorful — and potentially tragic — marriage ceremony when Season 4 premieres in spring 2014.
"It's going to be the wedding of the year, and as memorable in its own way as our wedding last season," promises the books' author, George R.R. Martin, of the marriage of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). "It's what the fans call the Purple Wedding, based on the color of the wine, which plays a big part."
Game of Thrones' Season 3 finale revealed yet another side to Tywin Lannister: politician, father and... wedding planner?
That's right. Tywin (Charles Dance) is the mastermind behind the Red Wedding, aka the gruesome ambush and massacre of the Starks.
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).
Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage
New additions to the family are a tricky thing on Game of Thrones.
On Sunday's episode, both Tyrion and Daenerys welcomed new members into their respective families. But while Daenerys acquired a strong and charismatic follower, Tyrion's fan club was sorely lacking. Who else felt the love? Who felt the loathing? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Second Sons":
Game of Thrones is usually all about the lions (Lannisters) annoying the wolves (Starks), but this time, a different furry animal joined the fray.
On Sunday's episode, Brienne got up close and personal with a bear as part of her Harrenhal welcoming gift (a muffin basket would have sufficed!). But she escaped relatively unscathed, which is more than we can say for Theon's fate at the hands of his gleeful torturer. Who else struggled? Who triumphed? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Bear and the Maiden Fair":
One whore has sadly discovered that she's not as skilled at playing the Game of Thrones as she fancied herself to be.
On Sunday's episode, Ros learns to not cross Littlefinger (or at least not get caught at it) too late. It's a grim reminder of just how brutal the world of the Seven Kingdoms is. Who else paid the price of failure? Who benefited? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Climb":
Tyrion Lannister could be poised to become a king.
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, the Halfman discovered that his father found another use for him besides the Master of Coin. And this new role could get him crowned one day. How does King Tyrion sound to you? Who else did fortune smile upon? Who suffered a setback? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Kissed by Fire":
The Mother of Dragons has let one of her children out to play.
Watch out, kings of Westeros! On Sunday's Game of Thrones, Daenerys "Stormborn" Targaryen's dealings in Slaver's Bay finally paid off with thousands of new followers. Let's just say that they're fired up to carry out her cause to win back the Iron Throne. Who else performed a coup? Who misfired? TVGuide.com breaks down the power plays in "And Now His Watch Is Ended."
Jack Gleeson and Natalie Dormer
Two women fighting over Joffrey? Only on Game of Thrones.
On HBO's fantasy drama (airing Sundays at 9/8c), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is the young king's (Jack Gleeson) energetic new fiancée... and the chief rival of his mother, the Queen Regent Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).
Give Jaime Lannister a hand because he royally messed up.
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, the Kingslayer got a firsthand lesson that his father's money and influence will only take him so far. In fact, Jaime's fortunes changed hands because of his nasty habit of paternal name-dropping. Oh, are our puns getting out of hand? Who else lost the upper hand? Who advanced? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Walk of Punishment":