Story: Big moves are afoot in Westeros and across the Narrow Sea. Robb Stark and his mother Catelyn have to barter with Walder Frey to cross the Trident and continue their march towards the Lannisters, but the cost is more than they bargained for. Khal Drogo’s wound suffered in last week’s “The Pointy End” begins to fester, and Dany seeks out blood magic to save his life.
Ned Stark, meanwhile, opens up to the idea of declaring himself a traitor against Robert Baratheon to spare his family, but getting off the hook easy isn’t what the new King Joffrey has in mind. And as we warned you last night — SPOILERS ahead!
The Young Wolf
Robb Stark continues to fight with Jon Snow over who has the best curls in Westeros, and also heads south down to King’s Landing to avenge his father’s capture. But in order to do so, he must barter with the Freys to cross their hold, the Twins, and gain access to the other side of the river. His mother, Catelyn, does the bargaining for him, and he ends up promising Arya to one of Walder Frey’s sons and getting himself a fiancé in the meantime. But it means that he is able to cross the Trident, and after splitting his 20,000 strong army into two, captures Jaime Lannister in the process.
Where Do Whores Go
In preparation of his first battle, Tyrion Lannister has his soldier Bronn find him a whore for some sweet pre-fighting loving, and thus we meet Shae. She might be a prostitute, but she certainly is a match for our favorite Imp, and proves that she is more than meets the eye. Even better, Tyrion reveals that the reason he has such a soft spot for whores is because his first wife was one, the result of a cruel trick played by his father Tywin to try to teach him a lesson at age 16.
The Last Targaryen(s)
North at the Wall, Jon Snow is having a hard time handling the fact that Robb is marching to war and he has to stay behind and watch from the Wall. To try to ease his suffering, Maester Aemon reveals that he once had to deal with the same thing when Robert Baratheon and his men killed his entire family. That’s right, blind and wise Aemon is actually Aemon Targaryen, the only surviving Targaryen other than Dany.
Speaking of Dany, things are not going so well across the Narrow Sea. Khal Drogo’s wound has festered and is close to death, but his Khaleesi is not letting him go without a fight. She demands Meeri Maaz Duur use blood magic to keep the Khal alive, despite the fact it requires a blood price, but we have a strong inkling she doesn’t quite realize the repercussions of her decision. Jorah Mormont definitely doesn’t, because he brings Dany into the tent where the dark magic is being performed right as she goes into labor. Tune in next week.
Farewell, Oh Honorable Ned Stark
But the one person who won’t be tuning in next week is Ned Stark, who met his sad, sad end in this week’s episode. Even after being convinced to name himself a traitor and become Queen Cersei’s lapdog for the sake of protecting his daughters, Ned finds himself put to death because, for lack of a better phrase, King Joffrey is a little s—. At least he made sure Arya was in Brother Yoren’s capable hands before he was beheaded by Ser Ilyn Payne, but we still take a moment of silence to honor Westeros’s most good-hearted Hand of the King.
Dark Wings, Dark Words
“If we do it your way, Kingslayer, you’d win. We’re not doing it your way.” — Robb Stark’s response after Jaime Lannister tries to get out of his capture by challenging Robb to a duel
Winter Looms Closer
The aftermath of Ned Stark’s death has a ripple effect, Arya’s rescue by Yoren isn’t quite what Ned had in mind, and Robb Stark vows vengeance for his father. Dany’s blood debt causes her more grief than had she just let Drogo die, and “Game of Thrones” nears its fiery conclusion. King of the North!
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