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'Game of Thrones' recap: Tyrion's turn as The Hand is worthy of applause - New York Daily News
Apr 9th 2012, 14:47

Shortly into the Sunday night's second episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones," Tyrion Lannister shows why he is the perfect fit as Hand of the King (and why Peter Dinklage deserved his Emmy, for that matter) in an exchange of thinly veiled threats with Lord Varys (Conleth Hill).

"I'm not Ned Stark, I know how this game is played," Tyrion says.

"Ned Stark was a man of honor," is Varys' answer.

"And I am not," retorts Tyrion.

No, but with respects to Ned Stark and his missing head, who needs honor on the show when you have a goblet full of Dornish wine, a sneer and a way with words?

Stark's daughter, Arya (Maisie Williams), posing as a boy named Ary to evade capture from King Joffrey's men, has fallen in with a band of misfits destined for the Wall. They are pursued by soldiers from the City Watch who are chased off, but not before they let slip that they are looking for Gendry (Joe Dempsie) — who we now know is the last living bastard of King Robert.

Back at Kings Landing, Tyrion has invited Lord Janos Slynt (Dominic Carter) to a meal - and a front row seat for the Hand's political maneuvering:

Tyrion: "Tell me, when you your men slaughtered Ned Stark's men in the throne room, did you give the order?"

Janos: "I did. And I would do it again. The man was a traitor. He tried to buy my loyalty."

Tyrion: "The fool. He had no idea you are already bought."

Janos: "Are you drunk? I will not have my honor questioned by an imp!"

Tyrian: "I'm not questioning it, Lord Janos. I'm denying its existence."

And just like that, it's the last anyone sees of Slynt — until he has forfeited all his claims as a newly minted lord and starts his next career as a grumbling member of the Night's Watch on the Wall.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) returns to his father's castle on Pyke puffed up with self importance at the prospect of forging a pact between his father, the self-proclaimed King of the Ironlands, and his adopted family, the Starks. He doesn't make the best first impression by accidentally hitting on his sister, but how does his father welcome him back?

"Did you pay the the iron price or the gold," Baron Greyjoy asks his son, choking on every syllable. "Did you pull it off a corpse you made or did you buy it to match your fine clothes."

Gold is the wrong answer. House Greyjoy, after all, employs the motto, "We Do Not Sow," meaning let other people farm, we'll just take what we want from them.

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