Where has loyalty gone?
Many of the players in the Game of Thrones hold honor paramount—that's how we got into this messy clash of kings. But in this week's episode, deceit and betrayal reign.
Who betrayed their family and friends? Who had their prized possessions stolen from them? And who came thisclose to losing everything? Find out now:
WHAT WE LEARNED
Winterfell: Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is working really hard to win the prize of most despised character. He comes raging in to take Winterfell from sweet little Lord Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). In the process of flexing his new power, Theon gruesomely beheads Rodrik (Ron Donachie). Fortunately for Rickon (Art Parkinson) and Bran, Theon is largely still led by his libido and falls for Osha's (Natalia Tena) savage distractions. Osha, we've never loved you more.
Stark Camp: We know that no good can come from Robb's (Richard Madden) infatuation with Lady Talisa, the battlefield nurse. And in case we forgot, Mama Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) shows up just in time to remind Robb—and us—that he is promised to another. But there are more important things to worry about: Robb finally learns of Theon's treachery and Winterfell falling to the Greyjoys. Rage, rage, rage.
Qarth: For someone as awesome as the Mother of Dragons, it's really hard for a Khaleesi to get some damn ships and get started in this war. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is denied, propositioned and then—as if things couldn't get worse—she returns to find her people killed and baby dragons stolen. Who took them? We don't know. Who killed her people? We don't know that yet either. RIP Irri (Amrita Acharia). By the way, where was Jorah (Iain Glen)? We missed his pretty face and confessions of
King's Landing: Well Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) didn't get torn limb from limb by an angry mob like we hoped, but fingers crossed for next week. On the upside Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) did get to slap him again. So satisfying. Of course, Joffrey has absolutely no regard for anyone, including his hostage/fiancée. Fortunately for Sansa (Sophie Turner), Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) was there to save her from a gang rape. Family-friendly programming here, people.
Beyond the Wall: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) & Co. are working up in some pretty bleak territory when they come across some wildlings. Sweet dear Jon Snow who can't kill a woman, even she'd love to see him dead. Ygritte (Rose Leslie) gives him a run for his money, literally. By nightfall they are snuggling up. Granted she is tied up and trying to tease him. That oath of chastity has got to be bothersome. P.S. While we love Jon Snow's beautiful mop of hair, why does he never wear a hat?
Harrenhal: Some of our favorite scenes are coming from Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) and his incognito cupbearer Arya (Maisie Wiliams). Tywin is curiously candid, but their talks are so interesting. Twice in this episode our hearts threated to jump out of our chests. Arya had two very close calls when Lord Baelish (Aiden Gillen) clearly recognized her and then when she was caught trying to read a stolen note. Thanks the gods—old and new—that she still had some free kill cards left from Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha).
"Theon, did you hate us the whole time?" —Bran Stark
"It grieves me that you have less honor than a back alley whore." —Roderick
"They'd take your head off your shoulders if they was feeling kind. If not they'd kill you slow." —Ygritte
"What killed him?" —Tywin
"Men like to blame demons when their grand plans unravel." —Tywin
"I want you to know what it's like to love someone, to truly love someone before I take her from you." —Cersei
"We've had vicious kings and we've had idiot kings. But I don't know if we've ever been cursed a vicious idiot king. " —Tyrion
Who swiped Dany's dragons? Will Littlefinger tell anyone about Arya's real identity? Is Theon or Joffrey the worst? Sound off in the comments!
(Originally published May 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. PT)