Game of Thrones, Season 2: The Season of Theon Greyjoy continues with his latest effort to prove that he's willing to pay the iron price.
In Sunday's episode, Theon once again had to resort to murder to show those Northerners who's boss. Even we were shocked by the lengths he went to, and certainly the people of Winterfell were horrified. Who else exerted their influence? Who struggled? TVGuide.com weighs in on the power shifts in "A Man Without Honor":
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen): It's a little embarrassing when the two young boys you're holding captive after taking over their castle escape in the night. Theon goes on the hunt for the missing Stark sons, and after a few setbacks, returns triumphant, displaying two small bodies that have been mutilated and charred beyond recognition. Oh Theon, killing innocent children? Somehow we don't think this will make dad proud.
Ygritte (Rose Leslie): After giving Jon Snow the slip, the fire-haired lass turned the tables and surrounded the bastard with her Wildling friends. Before that though, it was clear that she had the upper hand, disturbing the virginal Night's Watch brother with thoughts of sex. You really know nothing, Jon Snow.
Jaime Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau): Sure, the Kingslayer begins and ends the episode as a prisoner, but the moves he makes in between were significant. Not only does he demonstrate how desperate he is for freedom — killing a distant cousin who worshipped him in the process — but he also shows that his spirit remains unbroken in the face of Catelyn Stark's contempt. Jaime may not be the most honorable of men, but somehow his particular brand of honor seems to give him conviction and strength.
Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie)- Turns out that his arrangement with Pyat Pree — who stole Daenerys' dragons — makes him the King of Qarth, and he has big plans to open the city to the world.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams): We're thoroughly enjoying the plucky girl's interactions with Tywin Lannister, but she needs to be careful. The more she speaks to him, the more she reveals her upbringing, as we see when he points out that she speaks using the gently bred "my lord" versus the more lower-class "milord." He definitely suspects she's nobly born. Let's hope he doesn't figure out her true identity.
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner): Poor little dove has flowered into womanhood, which means she's beddable and thus ready to wed the evil and sadistic King Joffrey. Aren't cramps and messy linens enough? Having the unsympathetic and cold Cersei Lannister as a mother-in-law won't help either. Maybe Sansa needs to take lessons in determination from Jaime to find the courage to escape.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey): Speaking of the Queen Regent, Cersei finally admits to Tyrion that she can't control her son Joffrey and wonders if his evil nature is the result of his incestuous origins. "Is [this] the price for what we've done, for our sins?" We're not sure what to make of this fragile and human Cersei, and judging from Tyrion's expression, he's just as baffled.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke): The khaleesi discovers she's been betrayed (again) when Pyat Pree reveals he stole her dragons... with the help of her ally Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the man who's been wanting to marry her. Dany should have listened to Ser Jorah. He may have a crush on her, but at least he seems to remain loyal.
Power Outage, aka The Fallen
Episode 7: Ser Alton Lannister, 12 of Qarth's "Thirteen," Theon's two victims
: Ser Rodrik, Ser Amory Lorch, random wildlings, one of Theon's guards, various people in Daenerys' khalasar, handmaiden Irri
: Renly, The Tickler
: Unknown number of Tywin Lannister and Robb Stark's men, the villagers "questioned" and then tortured by rats
: Yoren, Lommy
: Daenerys' horse, Maester Cressen, King Robert's bastards
Bonus Episode Highlights
Spot the Whore! Whore count: 1. Shae is far more than she seems, sympathizing with Sansa's predicament to the point of trying to cover up the evidence of her womanhood and even threatening a fellow servant with a knife. Where did she come from again?
Did Theon and Jaime go too far? What was your favorite moment from the episode?