THE BAREST BARATHEON, A BEAR NO MORE: When Loras Tyrell, the Knight of the Flowers, showed up on-screen last night, I explained to Spacewoman that he's kind of the Justin Bieber of knighthood. But his scene with Renly Baratheon a little later -- was that the first major plot departure from the novel, or was I just too dense to read what GRR Martin was writing? (And please don't comment on anything that's coming later than this point in the books.)
In other Westeros news: a lot of poking, stabbing, and piercing. And there was some violence, too.