[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Game of Thrones' "First of His Name." If you haven't watched it yet, perhaps you'd like to sit this one out in Meereen?]
Our feelings for Sunday's Game of Thrones can be summed up in one word: Hodor! If you need more than that, check out the rest of the recap.
In the episode, we got a new king, a new married couple and a reunion. Most importantly, however, we got to see Hodor let loose, thanks to some mystical powers. Who else improved their situation? Who ran into trouble? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "First of His Name":
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Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) Her plans are falling into place nicely. Not only has she been officially asked to make a political marriage to Tommen, but the young king keeps throwing conspirational smiles her way. Already, he's learning to see her as a friend and confidante.
Daenerys Targaeryn (Emilia Clarke) It's all well and good to be the Breaker of Chains, but Dany discovers that the two cities she freed from slavery have already fallen again to despotic rule. Although she has just inflated her navy by 93 ships, Daenerys makes the difficult decision to stay in Meereen and actually learn to rule instead of moving on to conquer King's Landing without the experience necessary for a monarch.
Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) Pod is kind of the sorriest squire that ever was. He can't cook a rabbit and can't even ride a horse well, but he does win over Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) after he reveals he saved Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) life at the Battle of Blackwater. That sort of loyalty deserves some respect!
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) On one hand, she appears to have been duped by Margaery into offering her the queenship (again), but Cersei is practical, which has kept her in power for so long. In a deceptively innocent conversation with Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), she plays on his emotions over their shared bond as parents. It should be remembered that Oberyn has been named as one of the judges for Tyrion's regicide trial.
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) The girl can't catch a break, can she? Just when she thought she escaped the poisonous backstabbing atmosphere at King's Landing, poor Sansa has landed at the Eyrie with Aunt Lysa, who cannot let go of her childhood jealousy of her late sister Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). She transfers these toxic feelings onto Sansa unfortunately and gets all crazy-eyed grab-handsy and even accuses her niece of seducing Littlefinger until Sansa is forced to retreat into defensive lies again.
Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) The lord may be the true power behind everything, but his coffers have long run dry. He reveals the Cersei that the Lannisters have borrowed a "tremendous amount" of money from a bank in Braavos, which is why they really need those filthy rich Tyrells. Hmm, we wonder how this Lannister plans on paying his debts?
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