On Sunday's Game of Thrones, Tyrion once again found himself in less than spacious quarters following the shocking death of his nephew last week.
[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Game of Thrones' premiere, "Breaker of Chains." Read at your own risk.]
The Imp was confined to rather unsavory quarters and didn't seem to have any powerful allies left. Even worse, he didn't have his usual steady supply of wine! Who else struggled in the episode? Who thrived? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Breaker of Chains."
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)The Halfman has been imprisoned and will stand trial for the suspected murder of Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) in a fortnight (that's two weeks for us contemporary folk). He's also run out of allies: Bronn (Jerome Flynn) is also under investigation and Varys (Conleth Hill) will be a witness for the prosecution. Finally, he sends away his only friend left, his loyal squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman), who smuggled in food, to keep him safe. Who will Tyrion annoy now?
Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)She was queen for a hot second before Joffrey died. But she's still the queen, right? Or maybe not. "It's not an opportune moment to press the issue," her grandmother advises. After surviving two husband-kings, we're not so sure that anyone else would want to risk their life by marrying her.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Night's WatchThe Magnar of Thenn (Yuriy Kolokolnikov) is leading the wildling charge toward the Wall and doing it in the scariest way possible: feasting on innocent villagers on his way. What's left of the Night's Watch will have to pray to the seven gods for help if they want to match ferocity and sheer number of wildlings.
Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman)The former Second Sons mercenary is not only easy on the eyes but proves himself to be a very useful ally when he defeats that joke who calls himself the Champion of Meereen. As the blowhard charges him on a horse with a giant lance, Daario merely flicks his wrist and sends a knife into the steed. The champion falls at his feet and is slain before the dust even settles. Now that's something to pee about!
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) Choosing Daario as her champion pays off (see above), but the Mother of Dragons also makes a second tactical move when she launches trebuchets full of projectiles into the city of Meereen. The small barrels do not contain weapons as such, but broken slave collars, an empowering message for the numerous downtrodden slaves behind the city's walls.
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen)It turns out that Littlefinger is behind the escape of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), thanks to Ser Dontos (Tony Way), whom he kills with a flaming crossbow. We must remember that Littlefinger is the one who had betrayed her father to the gold cloaks back in Season 1 and that Sansa is thought to be the heir to Winterfell. But what was that business with the fake necklace?
Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman) Joffrey's younger brother is next in line for the Iron Throne and already appears to be much kinder and possibly wiser than the teen tyrant was. In the very least, Tommen listens to Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance).
Obyern Martell (Pedro Pascal) and Tywin LannisterThe two frenemies make a temporary truce of sorts when Tywin invites Oberyn to be one of the judges for Tyrion's trial and to sit on the Small Council to advise Tommen. "We need each other," Tywin says. "Help me serve justice to the king's assassin, and I will help you serve justice to Elia." We're not quite sure how Tywin will make amends for being in charge when Oberyn's sister was raped and murdered, but we're certainly curious to see how this plays out.
Tyrion:"Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I'm certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King's Landing murders go."
Margaery: "Am I still queen?
Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg):"More than with Renly, less if Joffrey had lived... It's not an opportune moment to press the issue."
Tywin to Tommen:"Wisdom is what makes a good king... what he knows and what he doesn't. Heed your counselors. Your brother was not a wise king, your brother was not a good king."
What did you think about the episode? Is it clear to you yet who killed Joffrey... and how?
Game of Thronesairs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.