‘Game of Thrones’ recap: How do you rate ‘The House of Black and White’? (Vote now)

“The House of Black and White,” the second episode of season five of “Game of Thrones,” was dominated by the power moves of King’s Landing as well as sidetrips to Dorne and Bravos. It built on the premiere with even more intrigue and machinations. Every week, I rank the best and worst moves made by the players and assess the episode in terms of the Emmys. 

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Best moves

1. Cersei Lannister gives herself a hand
With Joffrey and Tywin’s games ending last season, a power vacuum has been created in King’s Landing and those likeliest to fill it are Margaery Tyrell and Cersei Lannister. To that end, Cersei (Emmy nominee Lena Headey) makes a move to stack the king’s council and take control before  Tommen comes of age. As a woman, she can’t be Hand of the King but is acting in that capacity behind the scenes. Will Margaery make a move in the next episode? 

2. Doran Martell waits to strike
We travelled to Dorne, the home of the Vipar, who met a tragic fate last season after getting entangled in the Lannister family drama. We meet his brother Doran, the ruling prince of Dorne, who opts not to strike back at the Lannisters. This could cost him capital with those seeking revenge but his restraint keeps him from starting a war he can’t win – yet.

3. Sansa Stark sticks with a pro gamer
Sansa had to choose between Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish and Brienne and went with ‘Littlefinger.’ While his motives are more devious, it’s hard not to agree with her choice. He’s been able to conquer some menacing players in the game. And, as is pointed out in the episode, most people who pledge their loyalty to Brienne end up dead.

Dumbest move

Daenerys Targarian takes a head
While she was right to stand for justice,having this unpopular execution take place in such a public fashion demonstrates that she lacks the tact required of a rule. 

Emmy move

With Cersei continuing to assert her power, Lena Headey gets a chance to show Emmy voters her range. Currently, she sits in fourth place on our Drama Supporting Actress chart, with odds of 8/1 to reap a repeat bid. Do you think she will win this year? Click on her picture in the carousel to the right and enter your first Emmy prediction. Or scroll down to predict the Best Drama Series winner using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

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