There once was a queen (a "Queen B*tch," rather) who said, "What's the key to life? Money, power, respect." If you were ever given the chance to ask any one of the characters on HBO's Game of Thrones that same question, they'd undoubtedly delete the "money" and the "respect" from the equation. It's all there in the show's title—Sunday night's fantastical drama series thrives on multiple characters' respective desires to rule the continents of Westeros and Essos, or, more specifically, take control of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. And they'll lie, cheat, steal, murder, and have tons of sex in order to make that happen.
Three episodes into the show's third season, Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are batting a perfect 1.000 in terms of episode quality. The previous two weeks saw a pair of set-up hours, episodes dedicated to laying the season's narrative pieces out—last night's ep, titled "Walk of Punishment," officially jump-started the sure-to-be succession of oh-shit moments that'll pervade the remaining six hours leading up to the June 9 season finale.
"Walk of Punishment" had a few effectively comic scenes (mostly involving the almighty Peter Dinklage, per usual), one horrific moment of dismemberment, and one highly questionable move by a character who, frankly, should know better.
Before we break it all down, let's first explain the game here on our new Game of Thrones recap system: Watching the Throne. Every Monday morning following a new episode, we're going to single out the show's key Iron Throne chasers and evaluate the power moves and/or blunders they've made. If said Seven Kingdom resident does good by his or her aspirations, they'll be awarded a crown (and will be wearing one in the accompanying image); if they crap the throne, so to speak, their heads will be gold-free. Let the game of Game of Thrones begin.
Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)