'Game of Thrones' Recap: Love Is a Battlefield

Westeros’s power brokers find a new weapon: marriage.

Lena Headley (Cersei Lannister) is in "Game of Thrones."

Lena Headley (Cersei Lannister) is in "Game of Thrones."

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At a meeting where Tyrion Lannister is ready to gloat about saving the realm gobs of money by bankrolling the royal wedding, Tywin and Cersei blindside Tyrion with their knowledge of Sansa Stark's plans to join House Tyrell. Tywin, also knowing that Robb Stark's forces are weakening by the day, understands that is it matter of time before Sansa becomes the heir to northern section of Westeros.

For a man whose legend in rooted in gaining power through physical force, Twyin Lannister makes a startling power play without lifting a finger. In order to keep the Starks' assets in play, Twyin orders Tyrion to wed Sansa and produce a child shortly thereafter. Cersei, who revels in this announcement, is shortly smacked upside the head with a second decree: she is to marry Loras Tyrell in order to keep the Lannister reach sprawled out across the kingdoms and quell the "disgusting rumors" that plague the family name.

Even in Westeros, the old cliche about love and war rings true.

Other observations

- Grossest moment: Jaime's decrepit limb, stillborn souvenirs or Lady Olenna's IBS?

- We were introduced to a new land in the opening credits: Yunkai. This is the city Khaleesi & Co. are headed toward in this episode.

- The song Stannis Baratheon's daughter is singing at the end is a conglomerate of rhymes from a character named Patchface, who is particularly close to Shireen in the books. It would be worth your while to listen what she is singing, and keep it in the back of your mind moving forward.

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