The Game becomes one of choosing between effective foreshadowing.
Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched the seventh episode, "You Win or You Die," yet, it's best that you turn back now.
There were plenty of sordidness to enjoy in this week's Game of Thrones (animal-gutting, twincest rationale, lesbian sex instruction, the smell of death), but the story was mostly about what didn't happen or has yet to.
The biggest news: King Robert (Mark Addy) is dead, which will clearly provide the catalyst the story needs to stop telling and start doing. Already that's in place, as we watched a deadly battle for the throne in the final scene: Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) thinks he's entitled to the throne, but newly appointed protector of the realm Ned Stark (Sean Bean) knows better —because, whoops, Joffrey's dad wasn't the king at all but his mother's twin brother! The episode ended with Littlefinger's (Aidan Gillen) knife to Ned's throat ("I did warn you not to trust me!") as guards on various sides plunged spears into each other. But the preview for next week's show informs us not to count Ned out ... yet. Read More...