Of course, when you’ve got two people who aren’t in love being forced to marry someone they don’t want to marry, it’s always going to be a little bit uncomfortable, but there’s plenty of tension away from the unhappy couple.
Cersei and Joffrey were in fine form before, during and after the ceremony, with the former’s conversation with her sister-in-law-to-be/daughter-in-law-to-be a classic bit of King’s Landing action, full of sweet smiles and menace. And the actual threat of a night-time strangling. She also dismissed her future husband with one of the most withering lines yet delivered in this show, as well as one of my favourite little scenes of the season.
Joffrey, of course, is the most contemptible fictional character ever portrayed, and he was in disgraceful form, first humiliating Tyrion by removing his stool from the altar and then threatening Sansa with rape on her wedding night. Tyrion later threatened to castrate him, and only the intervention of Tywin prevented it from getting even worse.
Not that things could get much worse for poor Tyrion, married to a 14-year-old girl, in bad favour with the woman he does love and generally getting screwed without actually getting any action. Peter Dinklage‘s work on Game Of Thrones hardly needs highlighting, but he and Sophie Turner did a great job throughout the episode, particularly when it came to their bedchamber.
At least one of the Stark sisters has had an upturn in her fortunes, with Arya‘s capture by The Hound actually working in her favour, as he is taking her to Robb for a reward much more directly than the Brotherhood were doing, and hopefully their lovely double-act will get to have some fun along the way.
Elsewhere, Daenerys found a new ally/probable lover in her dealings with the mercenary Second Sons, with her charisma and beauty enough to convince one of their three leaders to decapitate the other two rather than kill her. His reward was to watch her get out of the bath without any clothes on. A fine reward, some might say.
Certainly a better reward than Gendry got with his naked romp with Melisandre almost ending up as badly as Theon’s encounter last week. Luckily only a leech-thing came into contact with his manhood, rather than a sharp knife. But quite what she will do with the King’s blood that she took from him, we will have to wait and see.
So, with two episodes to go in this season, it’s hard to see exactly where things are heading. There’s lots of weddings still to come, but we aren’t likely to see them all take place, surely, and with Daenerys not yet ready to sail over to Westeros while there’s no sign of the Starks and Lannisters renewing major hostilities. So it will be interesting to see what climax we are building up to…