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":
Leaving the life of prostitution behind is no guarantee of happiness on Game of Thrones.
One former whore recently paid the ultimate price for betraying her boss, and on Sunday's all-new episode (9/8c, HBO), Shae (Sibel Kekilli) is dealing with the bad news that her lover, the highborn Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) will marry the teenaged Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) for political reasons.
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":
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":
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":
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...
Get ready to hear the Lannisters roar.
If the Starks are Game of Thrones' heroes, then the Lannisters are the series' villains -- even though we all admit to loving Tyrion, yes? Before diving into the Season 3 premiere on Sunday (9/8c, HBO), here's a check-in with those solvent Lannisters to see where we left off and what's next.
"It's all fallen on me," says Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in Episode 2 of Game of Thrones' sizzling second season.
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"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...
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, poor Theon Greyjoy found himself not only humbled, but also humiliated in a really icky way.
The prodigal son returned to the Iron Islands but found that even though the Greyjoys' sigil is a kraken, he was not greeted with open arms, tentacled or otherwise. In fact, Theon's every misstep cost him some influence in the War of Five Kings. Who else faltered? Who prevailed? Who should just give up and join Ser Dontos as a jester? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Night Lands"...