Some great lines and quotes that will likely haunt us through the entire season were called out in this weeks episode.
We start out exactly where we left off with Craster hitting Jon Snow and bringing him to Lord Commander. Craster wants them all gone and Jon is ordered outside. Lord Commander wants to know what happen and Jon explains seeing him leave a baby boy in the snow to be taken by white walkers. The Lord Commander looks at Jon and says nothing, confirming he already knew it and that it was something Jon should leave be. There is far more we will see from the white walkers before the season is over, and the real question is, what do the white walkers do with the boys?
Bran awakens from yet another dream where he is the wolf. Bran tells Maester Luwin about this dream and the fact that he is running through the forest as a direwolf with the taste of blood in his mouth. Luwin tells Bran its just a dream but Bran feels differently. Luwin admits there were days where magic was around, and dragons but those days were gone. Are they? I havn’t personally read the books, so as someone who doesn’t know what to expect, I am interested in seeing how Brans story continues to progress. Given dragons are back, can being in the body of a direwolf come true also? Perhaps as a shapeshifter?
In stormlands, Catelyn pays a visit to Renly Baratheon, who is overseeing a fight between 2 of his knights. Here we get our first look at Brienne of Tarth who beats Loras Tyrell, Renlys lover and his wife-to-be’s brother. Loras gives Catelyn some slack for showing up in place of her son, to which she responds “he is fighting a war, not playing at one”. Have to love her spark!
Balon Greyjoy lays out his battle plan. He thinks the north is weak and ripe for the taking with Robb fighting a war to the south. Yara is to get 30 ships to lead and Theon gets 1 to fight fisherman. Theon suggests forming an alliance with the north. Theon in a fit of rage yells at his father explaining he is the one who gave Theon up, like a dog, his only son. Admittedly im not a fan of Theon anyways but I did feel a bit bad for him there, having been given up and than hated for it.
Over dinner, Princess Myrcella asks Sansa when she will marry Joffrey. Cersei says after the fighting is over. Prince Tommen asks if the king will kill Sansas brother Robb to which the queen says probably and “would you like that”. The young prince replies no and the queen pressures Sansa by saying even if he does, Sansa will do her duty.
Tyrion is ever the sly one. He has a ploy in place to root out the spies within the counsil, that he knows betrayed the last 2 hands. So first he brings in Maester Pycelle and tells him he will be marrying Princess Myrcella to house Martell, son Dorne. Tyrion tells him not to tell the queen to which he agrees. Next comes Lord Varys, except this time the Princess will marry Theon Greyjoy. Again he is told not to tell the queen. Lastly is Petyr Baelish and the Princess is to be married off to Robin Arryn of the Vale. Saying again the queen must not know.
Cersei confronts Tyrion in a rage over the planned marriage to Dorne (guess we know who the traitor is! Pycelle). Tyrion explains it must happen for the sake of their family and peace. This is probably the only point in season 1 or 2 that you could almost feel sorry for the queen. After all she was wed to King Robert, to which she didnt love for the sake of peace and now that same ‘hostage’ situation was going to happen to her daughter. In many ways the exact same thing going on with Sansa. Will the queen feel any sympathy for Sansa? Im going to say the queen doesnt truly understand the lion she let out when she allowed Joffrey to become king.
Theon reads a letter he wrote to Robb explaining his fathers denial of the offer he came with. Instead he burns it and undergoes a ceremony consecrating his faith to the Drowned God saying the final words “What is Dead May Never Die”. As ive said before I never did like Theon and I wonder if he is truly going to fight against the Starks or if he is playing both sides.
Tyrion confronts Pycelle, asking him how many hands he had betrayed. He knows the truth of Jamie and Cersei and did everything for the family. Tyrion has him thrown into the jails. Lord Varys compliments Tyrion on his ploy. At this little meet, Lord Varys also talks the famous lines we have been hearing through out the previews leading up to season 2. “Power is a curious thing. Who lives, who dies, power resides where man believe it resides. Its a trick, a shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow”.
A bannerman of Tywins shows up at the camp site where Arya is hiding with others being sent to the wall. Yoren goes out to tell them to bug off, while Arya and Gendry hide. Yoren is killed but not before taking down a large amount of men. All of the others are rounded up, including Arya and Gendry. A young boy, Lommy, is can’t walk due to an arrow in his leg, has his throat slit with Aryas sword. When asked where Gendry was. She pointed to Lommy saying, he loved that bulls helmet. The soliders knew Gendry had a bulls helmet and it seems Lommy picked it up when they were running. It was a good cover for Gendry.