No one got killed — executed, euthanized or otherwise — in this third episode of Game of Thrones, but that didn't mean we had to look far for the scene that had our blood running cold.
Spoiler alert: If you have yet to watch the episode "Lord Snow," it's best not to read any further. Mother says so.
Only one other scene could have possibly been a contender for the "chilling moment" this episode: seeing Viserys (Harry Lloyd) getting whipped around the neck for mouthing off to his khaleesi sister Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) ... but who are we kidding? The snotty older brother totally deserved it, and we don't feel sorry for him at all. What? That's too cold? Blame George R.R. Martin for desensitizing us to the rougher aspects of justice.
No, the scene that really had us reeling was what on the surface seemed to be a tender exchange between Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and eldest son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) as she tends his wolf bite, which we are reminded resulted in the death of the direwolf belonging to his would-be bride, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
First off, let's address her advice on how to approach a practical and unromantic political marriage: "If you don't like her, you only need to see her on formal occasions, and when the time comes, make little princes and princesses. And if you'd rather f--- painted whores, you'll f--- painted whores. And if you'd rather lie with noble virgins, so be it." Although this isn't the most appealing approach to wedded bliss, we don't blame her — considering her history with the philandering King Robert (Mark Addy) or the widespread acceptance of political marriages.
It's the wholesale message that she gives him about power that really gave us the willies: "Someday, you'll sit on the throne and the truth will be what you make it. ... You are my darling boy, and the world will be exactly as you want it to be." And she truly means it. The level of delusion she's fostering with this counsel is staggering, especially when you consider Joffrey — the sniveling brat who picked a fight with an unarmed butcher's boy and little girl — is heir to the Iron Throne, destined to rule over Seven Kingdoms.
"Everyone who isn't us is an enemy," she tells him. A monarch should not think in terms of "us" vs. "them" when it comes to his people. We'd hate to see what his first ruling as king will be!
What did you think of "Lord Snow"? What scene disturbed you the most?