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":
Happiness seems to be a rare commodity on Game of Thrones, but one wildling and a Night's Watch turncoat are giving it a go.
In the most recent episode, Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finally gave in to their bickering chemistry and had a rather loving (and naked) interlude in a cave...
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":
Sunday's Game of Thrones premiere started slowly, but Jon Snow was able to position himself well for what will be quite the chess match this season.
The Night's Watch brother infiltrated the wildlings north of the Wall, which at the very least should provide him with insight into their world. Not bad for a bastard! Who else advanced? Who suffered a setback? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Valar Dohaeris":
Blah, blah, blah, Westeros. There's more to life beyond the Seven Kingdoms.
Just ask Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Sure, she may be plotting to return to Westeros so she can wrest the Iron Throne back from whichever pretender currently sits upon it, but it's her time on the eastern continent that has molded her into a leader. Similarly, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has had to learn about life pretty quickly once he ventured beyond The Wall. Before tuning in to the Season 3 premiere on Sunday (9/8c, HBO), here's a check-in with those wild card outsiders to see where we left off and what's next.
"You know the trouble with you lot? You're all in love with the wrong people." -- the wisdom of Mrs. Patmore
Not every servant on Downton Abbey can have the fairy tale romance of Bates and Anna (false murder rap and imprisonment aside), and a servant in the 1920s is further constrained by his/her status. For every Gwen (Rose Leslie) who opened up her romantic prospects by becoming a secretary, sadly there's a fallen Ethel (Amy Nuttall) who's forced into prostitution after having an affair with a military man. What's one of the serving class to do but flirt awkwardly with one of their own in hopes of safely pairing off?
In the harrowing Season 2 finale of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow discovered that being a bastard was the least of his problems.
[Spoilers! If you haven't watched "Valar Morghulis" yet, then it's best not to continue reading. You've been warned.]
On Sunday's episode...
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).