This week's episode was less about brute power than it was about the subtleties of influence. Some players are skilled manipulators while others remain oblivious to the way the current runs.
No fire, no dragons, no Others, no Khaleesi, no Melisandre, no gratuitous nudity. I'll say one thing for this episode: it'll be a cinch to cut it for basic cable. (By then, I doubt they'll bother to bleep out The Hound's use of the F-word.)