(WARNING: Spoilers for this episode follow) Wow, that Joffery. What a charmer, eh? Tyrion goes to the effort of helping the kid get laid, and what does the boy do with his staff of office? Sheesh. What a little twerp. Yes, its another lets traumatize the audience episode of Game of Thrones. We being by unlocking Harrenhall and Qarth in the opening credits, and from there jump to a pair of soldiers talking about stuff before getting horribly killed by Robb Starks (Richard Madden) dire wolf. Yes, it seems that the young lad has been quite busy lately, and has won a very sound victory against the Lannister forces. Not against the Lannisters themselves, as a nurse (Oona Chaplin, and yes, shes his granddaughter), points out. But, hey, a victory is a victory, right? Then we have Kings Landing. Wow, that was a heck of a thing. First off, Joffery (Jack Gleeson, proving yet again that hes a hell of an actorat least I hope he is), threatens to kill Sansa (Sophie Turner) as punishment for her brothers victories. Then decides instead to have one of his men strip and beat her. Just as he gets started with that, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) shows up and puts a stop to the young boys fun. He then intimates that Joffery had best watch out, because mad kings tend to come to a bad end. Then Tyrion comes to the conclusion that what Joffery, a boy of about thirteen or fourteen, really needs is to get laid. Well, I could have told him that. He then arranges for this to happen (with two women yet!), and Jofferywell, Joffery has one of them savagely beat the other one with the aforementioned staff. I have to say, Gleeson really is impressing me more and more this season. Hes turning in a performance that is at least as good as that of the adults in the cast (though he may be an adult himself for all I know, as his age doesnt appear to be anywhere online). He does an excellent job of showing Jofferys sadism and cruelty, and making him an almost completely unlikable character. Then we have Renlys (Gethin Anthony) little camp, where hes been, as it were, camping it up with Loras (Finn Jones). Baelish (Aiden Gillen) shows up to fish for information and to court Lady Catelyn (Michelle Fairley). This seems like an unwise idea to me, and it doesnt get him anywhere, though he does at least return her husbands body to her and makes an offer to trade Jaime for Arya and Sansa; an offer which Catelyn declines. While there was plot in this segment, eh, it didnt really do much for me, other than to highlight Baelishs flexible morality and to show that the word is pretty much out with regards to Renlys association with Loras. Speaking of Renly, we also got to see a meeting between him and Stannis (Stephen Dillane). Stannis makes Renly an offer he should take, but doesnt, which is a mistake that Renly likely wont have long to regret, judging by the final scene in the episode. The other notable event this week was Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) showing up outside Qarth, the greatest city that ever was or will ever be, according to the Qarth Chamber of Commerce. There she tries to bluff while not even holding any cards, and eventually gets into the city with the help of a member of the Thirteen, the citys ruling council. I was very pleased overall to see Dany and friends making some progress in their story. Weve really had precious little time with her this season, and its nice to see her and hers getting to a place where some action can happen, since the deep dark desert really wasnt doing it for me. Overall I feel this was one of the stronger episodes of the season so far. Everyones story, for the most part, moved forward at least a bit, and I strongly suspect (from what I recall of the books), that someones story will come to an end next week. Id also like to take some time to note the incredible look to the area of Qarth, as well as the glimpse we had of the city itself. It promises an Arabian Nights feel for upcoming episodes. And for the last line, let me say that I really look forward to a certain wedding that takes place next season in Kings Landing. You readers of the books know the one. Yeah.