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Game of Thrones Power Shift: Brienne Bears with Jaime; Theon Gets Cuts Cut Off

Gwendoline Christie

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":
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Game of Thrones Power Shift: The Wildlings' Epic Climb and Littlefinger's Bad Investment

Esme Bianco

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":
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SNL: How Did Zach Galifianakis Do as Host?

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis returned to host Saturday Night Live for the third time, providing one of the most consistently hilarious shows of the season. Also stopping by the set were Galfianakis' Hangover III co-stars Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and SNL favorite Jon Hamm. Here are some of the highlights:

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Game of Thrones By the Book: Bottoms, Baratheons and Betrothals

Rose Leslie, Kit Harington

Hello, friends and bannermen. Sunday's Game of Thrones exposed several of its characters -- and not just while they were bathing! Plus: More machinations and creepy fetuses were revealed. How did the episode match up with the books? How did it differ?
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Game of Thrones Power Shift: Tyrion's Surprise Engagement

Peter Dinklage

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": read more

Game of Thrones' Coster-Waldau on Jaime Losing His Hand ... But Not His Hair

Nicolaj Coster-Waldau

Losing one's hair isn't the fate of every man, but it could have been Jaime Lannister's on Game of Thrones.

In the novels upon which the HBO fantasy drama is based, the notorious knight shaves his head so he won't be recognized as he travels across the country. On the series, however, he remains unshorn. read more

Game of Thrones Power Shift: Daenerys' Emancipation Conflagration

Emilia Clark

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." read more

Game of Thrones Power Shift: Jaime Overplays His Hand

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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": read more

Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie: Brienne Thinks Jaime Is Scum

Gwendoline Christie

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. read more

Game of Thrones By the Book: Theon's Horrible Fate and Jaime's Annoying Hair

Alfie Allen

Hello, friends and bannermen. Game of Thrones' second episode revealed the fates of several more favorite characters that we didn't have time for in the premiere. That's right, more Starks! How did it match up with the books? How did it differ?

This weekly chat series is for fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, upon which HBO's fantasy drama is based. It's meant to be a safe haven to discuss spoilers and changes from the novels and how they have played out or will play out in the TV series. Hanh Nguyen and Sadie Gennis are longtime fantasy fans of varying levels of geekiness who will sound off on all things Westerosi (and beyond!).
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