Episode title: Oathbreaker
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Written by: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Summary: Samwell Tarly travels by boat to Oldtown with Gilly and her baby, Little Sam. Sam explains to Gilly that women are not welcomed at the Citadel and that he intends to leave her with his family at Horn Hill.
Bran Stark and the Three-eyed Raven observe a vision of a young Eddard Stark, Lord Howland Reed and several other northern soldiers arriving at the Tower of Joy. Eddard says Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and the Mad King have been killed and asks why Ser Arthur was not present at the Battle of the Trident. Ser Arthur replies that he has been ordered to stay at the tower. As Ser Arthur is about to defeat and kill Eddard, a wounded Howland rises and plunges his dagger through the back of Ser Arthur’s neck, before Eddard delivers the fatal blow, shocking Bran. When a woman’s scream emerges from the tower, Ned and Howland begin to run inside. Bran demands to stay and calls out to Ned. Ned turns for a second, seemingly having heard Bran’s voice, but continues inside.
Daenerys Targaryen arrives with Khal Moro’s khalasar at Vaes Dothrak, and is escorted to meet with the Dosh Khaleen by Moro’s bloodriders. She explains that the various khalasar have met to discuss what to do with Daenerys. Varys summons Vala, a woman allied with the Sons of the Harpy, and offers her safe passage to Pentos with a bag of silver for information. Varys informs Tyrion that he has discovered that the slave masters of Yunkai, Astapor, and Volantis have been financing the Sons of the Harpy.
Cersei and Jaime interrupt a Small Council meeting at which Lord Kevan Lannister, Lady Olenna Tyrell, Lord Mace Tyrell, and Grand Maester Pycelle are present. Cersei and Jaime mention that Ellaria and the Sand Snakes have taken Dorne for their own, and demand to sit in on the Small Council; when they refuse to leave, Kevan instead orders the council to leave the room. Tommen Baratheon marches into the Sept of the Faith Militant with his Kingsguard, demanding to let Cersei see Myrcella’s tomb. The High Sparrow explains she will be able to once her sins have been atoned for and she has faced trial.
Arya Stark trains using sticks with the Waif in the House of Black and White. Jaqen H’ghar takes Arya into the main chamber and offers Arya her sight back if she says her name. When she replies, “a girl has no name,” Jaqen offers her a drink from the poisonous well in the temple’s entrance chamber. Arya drinks and closes her eyes, reopening them to reveal that her sight has been restored. Smalljon Umber meets with Ramsay Bolton and Harald Karstark. He demonstrates his loyalty by presenting Ramsay with “a gift”, two hooded figures who are revealed to be Rickon Stark and Osha. When Ramsay asks him how he can be sure that the boy is Rickon Stark, Smalljon presents him with the severed head of Rickon’s direwolf Shaggydog.
After awakening, Jon Snow is greeted by Davos Seaworth and Melisandre. Jon enters the courtyard to meet with the wildlings. He meets with and embraces Tormund Giantsbane and Dolorous Edd, Tormund saying the Wildlings think he is a god. Jon presides over the hanging of Ser Alliser Thorne, Olly, Othell Yarwyck, and Bowen Marsh. Jon then gives his cloak to Edd, telling him that Castle Black is now his and saying, “My watch is ended”.
My take: Did you catch that little fart from Pycelle when he realizes Ser Gregor is in the room? I remember there being criticism of Ser Arthur Dayne using two swords rather than the glowing Sword of the morning. I also feel that showing the Tower of Joy fight without showing the scene within is just teasing, delaying the revelation. I have to admit, I was glad to watch that little shit swing. Also Edd’s great and all, but they need to hold elections.
Changes from the books: In the flashback scene, there were three Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy, 1 and six men accompanying Ned. 2 The boat taking Sam and Gilly stops in Braavos. Maester Aemon dies on board. Everything else has not yet been covered by the books
Nudity: Jon Snow when he wakes
Locations on the Map: King’s Landing, Pyke, Winterfell, The Wall, Vaes Dothrak, Meereen
Death Count: Ser Alliser Thorne, Olly, Othell Yarwyck, and Bowen Marsh. Shaggydog. Ser Arthur Dayne, Ser Gerold Hightower and three of Ned’s companions in flashback
- “I know that. I saw your pecker. What kind of god would have a pecker that small?” – Tormund
- “A wise man once said the true history of the world is a history of great conversations in elegant rooms” – Tyrion
Episode title: Book of the Stranger
Director: Daniel Sackheim.
Written by: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Summary: Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth, and Podrick Payne arrive at Castle Black and Sansa is reunited with Jon. Sansa tries to convince Jon to help her retake Winterfell. Brienne confronts Davos Seaworth and Melisandre, and informs them that she killed Stannis after he admitted to using dark magic to assassinate Renly. A letter from Ramsay to Jon arrives. Ramsay boasts that he has Rickon in his custody. He demands Sansa’s return, threatening to have the Bolton army exterminate the wildlings, kill Rickon and gang-rape Sansa while forcing Jon to watch before they kill him. Angered, Sansa decides to fight to take back Winterfell from the Boltons, and Jon agrees.
Littlefinger arrives at Runestone in the Vale, and tells Robin Arryn that Sansa, his cousin, has escaped the Boltons and is taking refuge at Castle Black, but that she is still not safe. Arryn agrees to command Royce to lead the knights of the Vale to protect her.
Tyrion arranges a diplomatic meeting with the masters of Astapor, Yunkai and Volantis. He proposes a deal allowing the cities seven years to transition away from slavery, while compensating the masters for any losses. In return, the masters will cease their support of the Sons of the Harpy.
The High Sparrow takes Margaery to see Loras, who is breaking under the Sparrows’ torture, and is willing to do anything to make it stop. Margaery realises that the High Sparrow is trying to use Loras to break her, and tells him to remain strong. Tommen tells Cersei that Margaery’s walk of atonement will happen soon. Cersei relays the information to Kevan Lannister and Olenna Tyrell in the Small Council chamber. Tyrell is horrified and pledges her army to defeat the Sparrows.
Theon Greyjoy returns to the Iron Islands and reunites with his sister, Yara. He promises that he will instead support Yara’s claim at the Kingsmoot. Osha is brought before Ramsay Bolton. She attempts to seduce Ramsay while reaching for a nearby knife. However, Ramsay tells her that he is aware Osha used a similar ruse to escape Theon. Realizing this, she tries to stab him, but he quickly stabs her in the neck with another knife, killing her.
Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis infiltrate Vaes Dothrak and are forced to kill two of Khal Moro’s bloodriders when discovered. They encounter Dany who tells them she has a plan.Later that night, Daenerys accuses the khals of being unsuited to leading the Dothraki due to their lack of ambition, and says she will lead them. When Khal Moro and the other khals threaten to gang-rape her instead of serving her, she tells them they will die instead. She tips two braziers onto the straw floor, quickly setting the entire temple on fire and killing the khals, who have been barred inside by the younger Dosh Khaleen. A Dothraki crowd of thousands witnesses Daenerys emerge from the burning temple, naked but unburned. Amazed, they, along with Jorah and Daario, bow down to her.
My take: Dany burning down the Temple was pretty badass. You don’t invite the Mother of Dragons into your building made of wood and straw
Changes from the books: Theon so far has not returned to Pyke. He is a prisoner of Stannis. Loras is not a prisoner of the High Sparrow.
Nudity: Dany emerging from the fire, Dothraki orgy
Locations on the Map: King’s Landing, The Eyrie, Winterfell, The Wall, Vaes Dothrak, Meereen
Death Count: Khal Moro and the rest of the Khals incinerated by Dany. Two blood riders by Jorah and Daario. Osha stabbed by Ramsey
- “If I don’t watch over you father’s ghost will come back and murder me” – Jon Snow
- “The High Sparrow seized power knowing full well we’d bicker amongst ourselves instead of seizing it back. And here we are, well done to us. And now the future of the seven kingdoms rests in his dirty, peasant hands” – Cersei Lannister