‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Margaery Exploits Joffrey’s Weakness

Am I the only one more in love with Margaery every week? This girl knows how to play the ‘Game!’

The April 7 episode of Game of Thrones was all about big reveals: Not only did we finally learn about Bran’s mysterious power, but we also discovered that Margaery (Natalie Dormer) isn’t quite the innocent, politically naïve girl she claims to be. In fact, I’d say she’s the first person capable of taming the insufferable beast known as Joffrey (Jack Gleeson)!
Still skeptical of Margaery’s motives, Cersei (Lena Headey) asked Joffrey whether or not he felt she was a “good fit” to be queen. He immediately shot down her suspicions, reminding his mother that he’s the king and she shouldn’t question him. It looks like Cersei won’t be pushing Margery around the same way she did Sansa (Sophie Turner).
Meanwhile, Margaery’s grandmother Lady Olenna – who’s sassy enough to star on Westeros’ version of The Golden Girls – grilled Sansa to find out what Joffrey is really like. Once Sansa felt comfortable speaking freely, she didn’t hold back: “He’s a monster.” (Honestly, I’d call that an understatement.)
The truth-telling continued when Margaery revealed to Joffrey that Renley never wanted to have sex — except one time, in such a way that “couldn’t possibly result in children.” (I’ll give you one guess what she meant by that.)

Bran’s Powers Revealed: Is He A Bran-imal?

Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) had yet another super-weird dream about that three-eyed raven, only this time, he found out he couldn’t kill the bird because — wait for it — he was the bird! It turns out Bran’s mysterious ability allows him to see through the eyes of animals, making him what the people of Westeros call a “warg.”
Unfortunately, Bran’s newfound warg-itude couldn’t protect him from from Jojen and Mira Reed, a suspicious pair of siblings who claimed they’d been looking for Bran for quite some time. Despite holding a knife up to Bran’s hobo guardian, the pair seem pretty friendly — for now, at least.

Arya Trapped Again

Arya (Maisie Williams) and her dumb-ass friends encountered Thoros of Myr, a member of the Brotherhood, who seemed very interested to learn how the trio managed to escape captivity. Arya actually seemed to fit in pretty well with Thoros’ merry band of swordsmen — they were impressed with her ballsy-ness and fighting skills — until The Hound showed up, against his will, and I.D.’d Arya as “the Stark bitch.”

Theon Gets What He Deserves

For so many reasons — mostly because Theon (Alfie Allen) sucks, and I hate him — this was the most fulfilling story line of all. The Greyjoy reject woke up in a dark dungeon, where he was being tortured and asked why he took Winterfell. Much to my disappointment, one of Theon’s captors was revealed to be a traitor, sent by his sister to save him. (Just when he was finally getting what he deserved!)
Though we weren’t explicitly told this, I’m assuming Theon’s captors belong to House Bolton; their insignia is of a man being flayed, which is exactly how he was being tortured.

Jaime & Brienne Draw Their Swords

As Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne’s journey to King’s Landing continued, so too did their witty banter and undeniable sexual tension. She even let him pee in front of her, and if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
They eventually came to blows on the bridge, but their clashing of swords — which I’ll just consider foreplay at this point — was interrupted by a most unwelcome guest: some d-bag from House Bolton! Will Jaime and Brienne put their differences aside and take up arms against a common enemy?
What was your favorite part of this week’s Thrones? Do you think Margaery is smarter than she lets on? Are you secretly shipping Jaime and Brienne? Drop a comment with your review of the episode!
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