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:
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).
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":
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.