Winter is Coming

Games of Thrones : Valar Morghulis

Tyrion awakes to find Grand Maester Pycelle standing over him with a rather smug look on his face who tells him that Stannis Baratheon suffered a great defeat at the hand of his father. He also discovers that he is no longer hand of the king. Joffrey announces Tywin as the new Hand, gifts Harrenthal to Littlefinger for brokering a treaty between the house Tyrrell and Lannister.

He calls Ser Loras Tyrrell who asks that Joffrey unite their houses by marrying his sister, Margaery, the widow of Renly. Joffrey asks the girl if she wants to marry him and she says that she does but he says that he is promised to another and that he must keep his word. However Cersei proclaims that it wouldn’t be proper for Joffrey to marry the daughter of a traitor but Joffrey is insistent that he pledged a solemn vow but Pycelle tells him that this was done by Robert before Eddard was found to be traitorous, and is therefore void and that he is free to marry who he wants. He decides that he will marry Margaery instead. Sansa is pleased that she is now free of Joffrey but Littlefinger reminds her that Joffrey will not give her up so easily, especially now she is a woman. He offers to help Sansa return home for the sake of Catelyn but Sansa insists that Kings Landing is her home.

Jaime tries to provoke Brienne all the time that she was taking him back to Kings Landing but she doesn’t bite back. She notices the bodies of three women hung from a line with a sign saying they lay with lions. She ties Jaime to a tree whilst she plans to bury the women’s bodies. Three Stark soldiers turn up and interrogate Brienne and Jaime. Jaime is shocked when Brienne makes short work of killing the three men.

Robb tells Catelyn about his plan not to marry Walder Frey’s daughter and marry Talisa instead. Catelyn tells him that Walder Frey is a dangerous man to cross but Robb said that he doesn’t care. She tells him that she didn’t love his father when they were first married and he didn’t love her but that love eventually came and that it what is important.

Stannis accuses Melisandre of lying about seeing his victory in her flames, but she tells him that she can still see it happening despite his defeat to the Tyrell’s and the Lannisters. He tries to choke her and asks her where her god is now. She tells him that it is inside him. He then admits that it was he who murdered his brother. Melisandre says that they did it together. She tells him that the battle will last years and thousands will die but that he will be triumphant. She asks him to look into the flames asking if he can see it within. After a little while he says that he can.

Theon is trapped in the Lords Chamber in Winterfell where he is surrounded by 500 men. Luwin asks Theon to listen to him and tells him to run. Theon says that if he did that he would be a coward and could never go home. Luwin says that he should join the Night’s Watch. Theon tries to give the men a rising speech about how they will be remembered for what they are about to do for forever and women will scream their names, and name their sons after them etc, etc. When he is in full flow one of them smacks him in the head with the butt of a spear knocking him out cold. They stab Luwin and take Theon with them with a bag over his head.

Varys visits Tyrion and tells him that Cersei was responsible for ordering Mandon Moore to try and kill him. He also tells him that his father has sent the hill tribes loyal to him home and history will not be kind to him and Joffrey won’t give him any credit or honours. Shae tries to persuade Tyrion to leave King’s Landing with her but he insists that he belongs there. Robb weds Talis despite Catelyn’s warnings.

Dany goes to the house of the undying with Jorah and some of her Dothraki troops. Dany finds her way into the building where there appears to be no entrance to the others. She can hear the others calling her, and she can hear her dragons so she goes to where she can hear her dragons.

Ohsa, Hodor, Bran and Rickon find WInterfell in a right state and also the dying Maester Luwin who tells him to heard north. Osha thinks they should go south to meet up with Robb and Catelyn but Luwin tells him that they do not know where they are and that the safest place would to be go to the wall to Jon, who will look after them. When the children have gone Luwin asks Osha to end his torment.

Dany follows a staircase and finds herself in the throne room of Kings Landing but a deserted throne room with the floor covered by a layer of snow. She goes through a door which seems to take her to Castle Black instead. She then spots a tent like the one she shared with Kal Drogo. Inside the tent she finds Drogo with a baby boy, the baby that she lost in the first series. Moving on she finds herself in a round room where she finds her dragons chained to a pedestal. Pyat Pree appears and then two other copies of him also appear. Dany realises that she is also chained and they are pulled taut trapping her. The real Pyat Pree appears and taunts her. She turns to the dragons and commands the dragons. One of them coughs and only smoke appears. It tries again and projects a flame on Pyat’s arms. The other dragons follow suit and Pree is reduced to a husk and the chains holding them crumble to dust also.

Jon, and Qhorin are on their way to Mance Ryders camp. Qhorin starts a fit and attacks Jon calling him a traitor. He and Jon are allowed to fight and Qhorin starts calling Jon’s father and mother which angers him and he ends up running his sword through Qhorin. Ygritte then tells him that it is time for him to meet the King beyond the wall.

Dany returns to confront Xaro, who is now sleeping with, Dany’s former handmaiden Doreah. Xaros vaults are found to be empty and he and Doreah are locked in it. They then decide to ransack Xaros place for all of the jewels and gold and find a ship.

Sam, Edd and Grenn are foraging when they hear first one blast of a horn and then a second soon followed by a third which meant that white walkers are coming. They run away but Sam isn’t fast enough and he is soon left along and tries to hide behind a rock and hundreds of white walkers appear and march onwards towards the wall. One of them sees Sam, but appears to ignore him.

Lots of interesting new twists are set up in the episode, such as what will happen to Tyrion and Sansa as Kings Landing is not going to the safest place for either of them at the moment; where will Bran, Rickon, Hodor and Osha end up; what about Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie? It looks like Margaery will get her wish and become a proper Queen, but you do have to feel for poor Sansa who now thinks that she is safe, when we all know that she isn’t. The White Walkers are back and heading towards the Wall once again and look like they are greater in number than before.

It is certainly going to be an interesting third season.

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