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Game of Thrones: Joffrey Mad? Stannis Spellbound?

Game of Thrones: Joffrey Mad? Stannis Spellbound?  1Hot little Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), is in a very big jam, but she has an ace up her sleeve… dragons. The same can’t be said for all of the Kingdoms in “Game of Thrones.” Winter is definitely coming.

The season premiere of HBO’s drama has so many plot lines it’s hard to keep track of who’s stabbing whom in the back. Or who’s going mad.

It seems young King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is showing signs of a megalomania. He not only amuses himself by watching men fight to the death on his Name Day, he’s ordering the slaughter of children. Well, not just any children.

He wants all of departed King Robert’s bastard children slain, least they challenge him someday. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is like a lioness lying in wait. Will she forgive Joffrey for executing her father? She denounces dad as a traitor but seems to have vengeance in her heart.

Meanwhile, Daenerys is caught between a rock and a hard place in the Red Waste. She must find a way out for her people, but her dragons would almost surly mean death for her and her clan if they head in the wrong direction, which is just about everywhere.

Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) isn’t much help, but there are hints that their chemistry could be going nuclear in the near future.

The “red priestess,” Melisandre (Carice van Houten) has Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) under her thumb. She wants war even though his closest advisers believe he cannot win.

Through her sorcery, she eliminates one of her rivals, Master Cressen, tricking him into poisoning himself while everyone watches on. Yet she drinks from the same cup and is unscathed!

Baratheon, who believes he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, refused to ally with Robb Stark. Instead he demands that he be recognized as king and threatens to crush anyone who stands in his way.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) draws the evil eye of Craster, who doesn’t like the way he looks at his daughters, all of whom he’s married. Jon is still impetuous. Commander Mormont (James Cosmo) gives him some sage advice. If he wants to lead, he needs to learn how to follow.

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) seems to be the most balanced of the major players and he’s holding some important cards. He’s won in battle three times and has Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) under lock and key.

He’s a big threat to King Joffrey, who has been told that peace will only come if he returns the bodies of his father, his father’s men and his two sisters. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) warns that Joffrey may be biting off more than he can chew with the Starks.

“We had three Starks to trade. You chopped one’s head off and let another escape!” he scolds. Tyrion is the king’s hand and the king of manipulation. But what are his aims?

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