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[WARNING: Spoilers ahead for last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Lion and the Rose”]
The king is dead, and while that’s good for many people, it’s not so good for Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who is suspected of murdering his nephew. Here, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the preview for next Sunday’s episode.
And in case you missed it, you may want to revisit Joffrey’s death scene, with THR’s Q&A with director Alex Graves.
1. Tyrion is imprisoned
The incarcerated Lannister insists he didn’t kill Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), saying “whoever killed the king wanted me to lose my head for it.”
2. Sansa is on the run.
As we saw last episode, Sansa (Sophie Turner) has been whisked away from the wedding by Ser Dontos (Tony Way). Judging from this preview, they are rushing to hide somewhere in King’s Landing.
3. Jaime and Cersei share a moment with Joffrey’s body.
There’s a quick shot of Joffrey lying in state as his parents look on. Relations between the twins have been tense ever sense Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) returned to King’s Landing, so we wonder how that conversation will go. Will Joffrey’s death bring them closer together, or will Cersei (Lena Headey) blame Jaime for not protecting their son?
4. Lady Olenna sees the plus side to Joffrey’s death.
The Queen of Thorns (Diana Rigg) tells her granddaughter, “You’re circumstances have improved markedly.” If she isn’t behind the murder, she is at the very least not too upset about it.
5. Margaery cares more about being queen than Joffrey.
It’s no surprise that Margaery (Natalie Dormer) wasn’t that fond of Joffrey himself, but rather wanted the power her marriage to him would bring. This exchange, in which Margaery protests “I would have been queen” seems to rule her out as a suspect for Joffrey’s death. It also indicates she will not get to remain queen, even though she wed Joffrey.
6. The Night’s Watch is in big trouble.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has seen first hand the power of the Wildlings. If he says Mance Rayder has the men he needs to crush Castle Black, it’s best to listen to him.
7. Sam is worried for Gilly’s safety. But why?
It’s unclear what Sam (John Bradley) means when he asks “who’s going to protect you at Castle Black?” but it appears he is taking Gilly (Hannah Murray) somewhere else. Ahead of the season, Bradley told THR Sam would make some selfish decisions that could end up harming his friends. Could this be one of them?
8. (Surprise!) Davos is unhappy with the Red Woman’s magic.
One again, Davos (Liam Cunningham) takes issue with Melisandre, telling Stannis (Stephen Dillane), “I’ve never heard of visions and prophecies winning a war.” Stannis’ response of “I’m running out of time,” is interesting. By all accounts, the war is going Stannis’ way, with rival king after rival king dying. Of course, he may recognize that Joffrey’s death isn’t much of a setback for House Lannister, which will now have the kinder, gentler Tommen as a puppet for Tywin’s ambitions.
9. Daenerys declares war.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is up to her old tricks, attacking the slaver city Meereen.
10. This time, she has some new toys.
The Mother of Dragons is employing a new tactic — death by trebuchet — in Sunday’s episode. Let’s hope the dragons get some time as well.
What do you think will happen in next week’s Game of Thrones? Is Tyrion doomed? Will Daenerys continue her hot streak in battle? Sound off in the comments.
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