Loyalty is a tricky thing when it comes to family in Game of Thrones. We’re already seeing that demonstrated in the series’ second season as the characters move forward and find themselves having to make choices. Family members seem expected to be loyal to one another, but not all of them get along so well, and outside factors certainly play a role.
Last night, Cersei and Tyrion sat down for a heart to heart, which included a fair amount of venom-spewing from both sides. Cersei seemed to have no qualms about openly blaming her brother for their mother’s death, as though Tyrion had any say in the unfortunate matter. The conversation shows the distance between Cersei and Tyrian, and probably between Tyrion and his family in general. While it could be said that Cersei loves her family too much when it comes to Jamie, she seems to loathe Tyrion with an equal passion.
Meanwhile, elsewhere Theon Greyjoy paid a visit to his father in the hopes of getting him on board to support Robb Stark. Given Theon’s loyalty to the Starks, and to Eddard especially, that’s understandable, but Balon may have other plans for the war. Where will that leave Theon?
The preview for next Sunday’s episode, “What is Dead May Never Die,” addresses both of the above mentioned issues, as Cersei threatens Tyrion, and Theon says something very interesting to his sister...
“You think the piece of paper father gave you keeps you safe,” Cersei says to Tyrion. “Ned Stark had a piece of paper too.” That sounds like a threat, considering what happened to that piece of paper... and Ned Stark.
Meanwhile, Yara asks Theon if he’d have their father “bow down to your other family,” to which Theon adamantly states, “I have no other family!” Is that his way of declaring which side he’ll be on when push comes to shove?
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.