|Tyrion and his sister Cersei (Lena Headey)|
The odd couple cross-country journey of Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Jaime "The Kingslayer" Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
Tyrion's fall from grace and his struggles to still make a mark in King's Landing.
The far-flung Starks — Robb (Richard Madden) at odds with his "traitorous" mother Cat (Michelle Fairley), Arya's escape from Harrenhall, Sansa's escape from Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Rickon's escape from Winterfell,There are plenty of other interesting characters, of course. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is in Astapor assembling her army, "The Unsullied." Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is slowly but surely securing her path to becoming queen. Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and the rest of the Night's Watch are hurrying back to the Wall, to warn the Seven Kingdoms before the White Walkers can reach them.
Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) uneasy truce with Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and his army of Wildlings (and giants) beyond the Wall.
|Tyrion and his father Tywin, lit by Rembrandt|
“I gave you real power and authority. Instead, you spent your days as you always have: bedding harlots and drinking with thieves. ... I would let myself be consumed by maggots before mocking our family name and naming you heir to Casterly Rock.”In the past the set designers have made King's Landing look like a sunny paradise, with flowering trees and dappled porticos that suggest the illustrations of Maxfield Parrish. But during wartime the capital city is harsh and stark. As Tyrion has learned the hard way, the sun may shine there, but it gives no warmth.