Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister had a very conspicuous absence from Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones ("You Win or You Die," 5/29), and in his stead the spotlight was taken -- no, seized -- by Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish. Played marvelously by Irish actor Aiden Gillen (The Wire,Identity), Littlefinger leapt to the center of the fold, and maybe -- just maybe -- overtook Tyrion as show's most watchable character. Spoilers are below if you haven't seen the episode.
Littlefinger's early episode monologue/soliloquy was the single best change from novel to screen that Game of Thrones has accomplished. It gave us a bit of insight into his mind, his motivations, and really, crafted him into a more immediately engrossing character than he was in the novels (though his slow build in the books is equally fascinating. Just look at this excerpt from that monologue, which takes place between Littlefinger and a prostitute, Roz, who he is hiring for his brothel: