Game of Thrones Episode 7: Death, Dishonor Rules 1Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy seems determined to rule by terror now that he’s taken Winterfell. The smell of death surrounds him in the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

No one ever said, not least of all author George R. R. Martin who wrote “A Song of Ice and Fire” on which the hit HBO series is based.

Proving that the perception of power sometimes is power, Theon finds that if he can’t assassinate his political foes, he can make it look like they’re dead. After Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Rickon (Art Parkinson) escape, he murders two children to make Westeros think they’re gone.

But you may remember, his hold on Winterfell is precarious. He took it with a skeleton force and is extremely vulnerable. How long do you think he can last in that postion? No wonder he’s trying to rule by terror. What happens when Bran and Rickon return?

Meanwhile, another boy pretender has his hands full. Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is lost in a fog after meeting fierce Ygritte, (Rose Leslie) who not only bargained to save her life.

But Ygritte’s wild tribe arrives and now she holds Snow prisoner. Jon showed how naive he was, and Ygritte seems to have little respect for him. But they had one “It don’t have teeth” night together Is love, and an alliance, in the air? Or will they have his head… or worse?

Arya (Maisie Williams) continues her delicate dance with Tywin (Charles Dance) She came within a whisker of stabbing him in the back, but couldn’t go through with it. Meanwhile, Tywin’s affection for her seems to be growing. He told her she reminds him of his own daughter.

In Qarth. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was double-crossed, but you saw that coming because of her head-strong refusal to play ball with Xaro Xhoan (Nonso Anozie). She found out it was him and Pyat (Ian Hanmore) who kidnapped her dragons and kill the rest of the Thirteen.

Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) was a nowhere to be seen after his humiliation last week. Seems strange that he hasn’t exacted retribution for the slap he received from Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). But maybe there will be more to that plot line later.

All the attention was focused on Sansa (Sophie Turner) who became a woman and thus fit for childbearing with Joffrey. Does Tyrion see a Sansa as possible way to get leverage over Joffrey? This relationship bears watching.

Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) gives Sansa some cold-blooded advice during her motherly talk. “Love no one but your children,” she advises. Is this a sign that Joffrey’s growing cruelty is finally getting to her?

Also missing in action this week is Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and his priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten), who has the blood of Renly on her hands.