Jaime had no appetite, though, as he continued to struggle with his identity. To him, his value as a Lannister was lost along with his hand.
When Jaime fumbled his glass of wine, Tyrion tried to assuage him by pointing out how it was just wine that he spilled. This scene would take on extra meaning later at the royal wedding.
In the meantime, Tyrion seized the opportunity to help his brother by having Bronn meet with Jaime in private to work on his weak hand.
With his handsome sibling back in town, Tyrion took steps to solidify his place in the newly shuffled deck of Lannister players.
Tywin still remained his biggest threat, however, especially after Varys informed him that Shae had been spotted leaving his chambers. Tyrion's harsh exchange with her was of course his way of trying to protect her. Like when John Lithgow punched Harry at the end of Harry and the Hendersons.
With Shae gone he can focus on protecting Sansa which is a key to him remaining a player in the overall game.
The peace that the Lannister's were enjoying we know was all but temporary.
In the Stannis camp, Melisandre took measures to make things right with the god of light by burning three people at the stake. Like Tyrion, Stannis's wife Selyse seemed to subscribe to the proverbial camp of if you can't beat em join em.
She shared her husband's table with his enchanted concubine and went as far as to suggest their daughter be counseled by the red witch. It should be interesting to see Shireen's development. While most avert their eyes from her disfigured face, she has a knack for seeing people for who they really are.
As we caught back up with Bran and his group, his visions pointed him North. Ramsay will be looking for him to seek refuge at the wall, but something else is drawing him away down a different path.
At the royal wedding, not everyone was in festive mood, most notably Olenna Tyrell. In addition to being stuck with the tab, she voiced her disgust at the events of the red wedding to Sansa, who surely appreciated hearing some genuine empathy.
War is war, but killing a man at a wedding, horrid. What sort of monster would do such a thing? As if men need more reasons to fear marriage.
Tyrion's line about spilled wine came back into focus as Joffrey fell to the ground poisoned after drinking from the glass his belittled uncle gave him.
Tyrion, of course, is NOT to blame, despite his sister's accusations. With all the jabs Olenna took at the ceremony and reception, I have to think she had a hand in Joffrey's death.
It makes sense now that Dontos appeared before Sansa after meeting with Olenna and again this week at the moment of Joffrey's death. Also, there was Oberyn, who may have taken his first step to repaying the Lannisters for the atrocities they inflicted on his family.
Tyrion's fate in the wake of his sister's accusation is yet to be seen, but with the long overdue departure of Joffrey the insufferable, the Lannister camp's underbelly will be exposed as they squabble internally.
We've added King Joffrey to the following list. What a stunner.
Lady paid the ultimate price for what her sister Nymeria did -- bit Joffrey on the arm to protect Arya (and because Joffrey is an ass). Ned had to put down Sansa's beloved direwolf proving proving our distaste for Joffrey was spot on. Nymeria now runs free.
Arya learned how to use her beloved "Needle" that she received from Robb with help from dance master Syrio. The pesky Lannisters try to kill Arya and Syrio fends them off with a wooden training sword long enough for her to escape before dying off screen.
Maester Luwin gets the shaft when Ramsay Snow (ne Bolton) attacks Winterfell and an Ironborn captain just knocks him to the ground and shafts him for no apparent reason. He was trying to counsel Theon. Maybe that was his punishment. He died later in the godwood, when Osha gave him the gift of mercy.
Lord Mormont, who we once thought would guide Jon Snow as he took command of the Night's Watch, was stabbed in the back by his own men after surviving a fight with White Walkers. If you're old, don't take a bunch of men where they don't want to go and to a guy who's gonna withhold food. Hungry men will kill you.
Drago seemed like a poor match for Dany at first, but they were perfectly suited and between them grew a great love. He seemed unstoppable, but was cut down by a flesh wound. Returned by Blood Magic as a changed being, Daenerys took her husband's life again so he wouldn't suffer.
Rubbing salt in the wound, Arya's tremendous journey to find them dies with her family at The Red Wedding where she witnesses the Frey crossbowmen shooting Robb's direwolf Grey Wind and he passes as she watches on.
Robb's wife Talisa was gutted, making her death even more horrific as her first thought was about her unborn child. She died as Robb and Catelyn looked on at what was supposed to be a grand affair and turned into The Red Wedding.
After Robb attended to his dying wife and with his mother looking on in horror, he's pierced with arrows before Bolton lances him sending regards from the Lannisters -- the harbingers of evil. The race for the Iron Throne gets smaller.
Catelyn's anguist at witnessing the death of what she thought her last living son, his wife and her grandchild to be caused her to take an innocent life before having her own throat slit, knowing all the while if she hadn't let the kingslayer go, the ending might be different.
With Ned's death we learned that nobody is safe on Game of Thrones. Ned was the hero, the honorable man who was trying to do right by his family and his people in the wake of the death of his friend and king. Joffrey lopped his head off, later putting it on a spike and parading his fiancee Sansa by to gaze at it. All is not right in this world. Will it ever be, George R.R. Martin?