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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.3 “Walk of Punishment”

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Synopsis: At Riverrun and the funeral for Hoster Tully, we are introduced, somewhat, to his son and Catelyn’s brother, Edmure, as he tries to light the coffin boat aflame with a bow and arrow. He fails three times before his uncle Brynden takes over and nails it in one shot. Without words, we’ve already got a pretty clear idea of who these guys are. Later, Robb berates Edmure for failing him in the battle against Tywin. Tywin sits at the head of the small council meeting as Varys, Baelish, Pycelle and Tyron join him. Cersei arrives and symbolically and literally moves her chair to Tywin’s right side. Tyrion drags his to the other end of the table. Tywin asks about Jaime, but no one has heard word. He orders Baelish to go to the Vale and marry Lysa Aryn, thus turning Robb’s aunt against him. Tyrion questions Littlefinger’s absence being a challenge for the royal wedding and Tywin counters by naming Tyrion Baelish’s replacement as Master of Coin. Bolton’s men ride with their captives, Brienne and Jaime, who continue to bicker like an old married couple. Gendry makes new armor for Thoros, while Arya questions his helping their captors. Thoros says they aren’t his captives, but his guests. Hot Pie makes a bread for Arya and Gendry and bids them adieu. He’s staying behind.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.2 “Dark Wings, Dark Words”

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Synopsis: The episode opens with Bran running, so obviously a dream. There’s that three-eyed raven again. Bran chases the bird through the woods, and points his bow and arrow at it, with his brothers Jon and Robb talking him through it. Then they are gone, the bird flies and we see a strange boy tell Bran that he can’t kill the raven, that he is the raven. Dun dun dun. Robb and Talisa bask in their wedded bliss as Roose Bolton brings them news. Robb gives Catelyn a double dose of bad news. Her father has died, and that by the time Bolton’s men got to Winterfell, the castle was burned, the ironborn men had left and there was no sign of the boys. Theon wakes up tied a post, as a man begins to torture him. Cersei questions Joffrey about his feelings for Margaery. As she questions Margaery’s motives, her interest in the poor, and her questionable fashion choices, Joffrey kings himself right out of the conversation. Shae questions Sansa about Littlefinger. Shae offers support should Baelish do or try anything. Loras interrupts and Sansa has a new prince to fawn over. He brings her to the garden to see Margaery as she introduces her to her grandmother Lady Olenna Tyrell, an old woman with thoughts on everyone. Olenna asks Sansa for the truth about Joffrey, and she eventually gets Sansa to admit “he’s a monster.” Robb and his men march to Riverrun to attend Catelyn’s father’s funeral. Karstark tells Robb that he lost the war when he decided to marry Talisa. Talisa gets a chilly reception from her new mother-in-law but Catelyn tells her a story about caring for an ill Jon when he was a young boy, and how she blames herself for everything that’s happened because she could never care for Jon.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.1 “Valar Dohaeris”

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Synopsis: For the first time since the first episode we get a scene before the credits. And this one also involves the White Walkers, as Sam runs away from them, picking up right where the second season ended. While a Walker attacks Sam, Ghost helps fend it offer before Jeor Mormont shows up with fire and the rest of the Night’s Watch men. They have to go back to the wall, he commands, or everyone they’ve ever known will be dead. Cue credits. Still in the snow, Jon Snow with Ygritte and the wildlings, is brought to their camp, which also includes giants. Snow is brought to Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall. Snow says he wants to join the wildlings because of what he saw at Craster’s keep, the White Walker taking Craster’s son. Cersei visits a recovering Tyrion and taunts him. Davos wakes up on a rock and waves down a ship. He’s down a few fingers, but meets up with his pirate buddy Salladhor Saan. Saan updates Davos on Stannis, and that he’s still under the influence of the Red Woman. Davos vows to kill her. Robb’s camp moves along to a destroyed castle, fresh from a Lannister defeat. They set up shop, but he still requests Catelyn remain behind bars. Someone is still alive-Robb and Talisa tend to Qyburn.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.10 “Valar Morghulis”

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Synopsis: Tyrion awakens to Pycelle, but screams for Podrick. He tells Pod to find Varys or Bronn to tell them he’s alive. Pycelle updates him on Tywin’s victory and that he has retaken his title as Hand of the King. In a ceremony in the throne room, Joffrey makes it official. Joffrey also celebrates Baelish (for bring the Tyrells to the Lannisters) and offers him the Castle of Harrenhal as a gift. Joffrey promises Loras anything he wants and he offers Margaery to unite their houses in marriage. Margaery proffeses her love for Joffrey, but he says he’s promised to another. Cersei says that the small council would support his marriage to Tyrell as it would be better than his marrying the daughter of a traitor and the sister of someone in open rebellion. Joffrey agrees to marry Margaery, as Sansa sneaks out (suppressing a victorious laugh). Baelish catches up to her and warns her that Joffrey won’t let her go so easily. He offers to help get Sansa home. Varys visits Ros, and questions her loyalty to Baelish. He warns her against Littlefinger and suggests she might be better off partnering up with him.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.9 “Blackwater”

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Synopsis: Stannis’ ships near King’s Landing. Davos and his son, Matthos prepare for the coming battle, but argue over their different opinions on religion. In bed with Shae, Tyrion can’t sleep. He fears the threat of Stannis. Cersei awaits the battle as a newly freed Pycelle visits her. He gives her a vial of poison, in case the battle doesn’t go the way she intends. She takes the bottle but sends Pycelle on his way. Bronn leads a group of men in the brothel in singing “The Rains of Castamere,” the Lannisters’ song. The Hound stops in bringing the merriment to a quick end. As the two men stare each other down, and size each other up, they share a drink before the war. Varys brings Tyrion a map of the secret tunnels in the city, to provide an escape plan if necessary. Varys lets Tyrion know that Stannis has joined forces with Melissandre, the Red Woman, and is using the dark arts to support his cause. Bronn and Tyrion see each other off as they prepare to man their respective fronts. Tyrion sees Sansa and Shae before he leaves and they wish each other well. Joffrey shows Sansa his new sword, Hearteater. Sansa passive aggressively taunts Joffrey by suggesting he should fighting on the front with his men like her brother Robb. Joffrey joins Tyrion at the wall and is surprised that their fleet is gone as Stannis’ fleet approaches. Tyrion indicates he has a plan. Cersei holds court with the other women and children in a safe chamber guarded by Ser Ilyn. Cersei invites Sansa to drink with her.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.8 “The Prince of Winterfell”

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Synopsis: Yara joins Theon in Winterfell but she is still not impressed by him. She calls him weak and stupid and says that she has come to take him back to Balon. Ygritte brings her captor, Jon Snow, to her people and when they want to kill him, she convinces them otherwise. Snow is surprised to see that Qhorin has also been captured. Robb tells Talisa about his deal to be married to a daughter of Walder Frey. Before they can finish, they are given word that Jaime Lannister has escaped. Robb confronts his mother and she admits she let Jaime go in exchange for the girls. Robb has his men guard Catelyn, essentially placing her on tent arrest. Jaime and Brienne continue on their journey, leaving their horses behind and instead taking a small boat. Jaime taunts her but she doesn’t fall for it. As Arya listens, Kevan gives Tywin an update on Stannis’ approach on King’s Landing. Tywin thinks they should attack Robb while he’s distracted with Winterfell, and has his team prepare to leave at nightfall. He leaves Harrenhal to the Mountain and Arya in his service. Arya searches for Jaqen, but can’t find him before Tywin leaves. Qhorin and Jon are marched along with the Wildlings to their leader, Mance Rayder.  Qhorin hints that Jon can get intel from Mance if he does what needs to be done. Then he knocks Jon down. Tyrion and Bronn work on King’s Landing’s defense by studying prior battles with Varys.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.7 “A Man Without Honor”

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Synopsis: Theon wakes up to Osha’s absence and realizes she escaped with Hodor, Bran, Rickon and their direwolves. Theon sets out with Maester Luwin in tow in search of the boys. Bran’s squad manages to keep ahead of them. In the morning, Ygritte wakes up with Jon’s morningwood saying hey and in their conversation realizes Snow is a virgin. He’s not amused by her banter and they argue as they continue their trek. At Harrenhal, Tywin tries to figure out who killed Amory and begins hanging his men one by one. In his chambers, he invites Arya to eat with him and he talks about his legacy. Arya contemplates stabbing him in the back, but she doesn’t have the courage just yet. Tywin puts together that Arya isn’t the commoner she purports to be. Sansa thanks the Hound for saving her. Xaro vows to help Dany get her dragons back but she’s too upset to care about his help. Alton Lannister returns to Robb’s camp with Cersei’s response to Robb’s message. Talisa asks Robb for more medical supplies. He agrees to bring her along to their next stop to get exactly what she needs. She gets some googly eyes for the king in the north. Jorah returns to Dany after he hears of the slaughter. He asks how he can help and Dany only wants to find her dragons. Ygritte breaks free and escapes Jon, but when he catches up to her, she’s surrounded by Wildlings. Sansa has a nightmare about her attempted rape and wakes up to discover she’s gotten her first period. If the queen finds out, she will be expected to bear children for Joffrey. Shae begins to help her hide it but they are discovered by another handmaiden. Shae chases her down and threatens her not to tell, but when she returns to Sansa, the Hound has discovered the mess. Cersei and Sansa discuss her new status as a woman, and Cersei recounts her history with Robert. She cautions the young woman to love no one but her children.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.6 “The Old Gods and the New”

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Synopsis: Maester Luwin faces a siege on Winterfell but gets a raven out before. Theon wakes Bran up to say that he’s taken the castle. Theon tells Bran he’s going to call the city to where Bran can yield the castle but Bran says he’s not going to. “Did you hate us the whole time?” Bran asks. With the townsfolk gathered, Bran reluctantly concedes but the support for Theon is less than enthusiastic. Rodrik is captured and spits in Theon’s face, and Theon wants to throw him in a cell, but Dagmer says he has to put him death for the slight. Theon takes Rodrik’s head. Arya continues serving Tywin, but is nervous when Baelish arrives and she must work in his presence. Baelish reveals that Margaery could be married into Lannisters to bring Tyrells to their side. Baelish does get wind of Arya’s presence but does not blow her cover. Jon joins Qhorin on his quest to infiltrate the Wildlings. Their first camp Jon hesitates to kill a Wildling woman, Ygritte and convinces the others to question her. When they leave Jon to kill her, he hesitates and she runs off. He catches up to her, but he’s lost his friends and the sun is going down. Myrcella is shipped off to Dorne as Cersei and Tyrion look on. Cersei vows to find someone Tyrion loves and destroy her. Walking through town, Joffrey is pelted and a riot soon erupts. The king’s supporters are attacked, some dismembered before the Hound and the kingsguard fight them off. Sansa is chased down as a group of men try to rape her, but the Hound is able to rescue her and kill off the men before it happens. Tyrion yells at Joffrey for being a weak king.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.5 “The Ghost of Harrenhal”

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Synopsis: Renly and Catelyn broker a deal between his camp and Robb’s where Renly will take the throne and leave the north to Robb. It all sounds great, but before they can party, Melissandres smoke monster son blows into the tent and stabs Renly through the heart. Horrified, Brienne and Catelyn take off before being blamed for his murder. Loras, Margaery and Baelish mourn Renly, and vow vengeance against Stannis whom they know was responsible. Loras leaves and Margaery tells Baelish she doesn’t merely want to be A queen she wants to be THE queen. Tyrion shares the news of Renly’s demise to Cersei. Later, Tyrion meets with Lancel who reveals that Cersei has commissioned her men to make wildfire to take on Stannis’ army. Stannis and Davos regroup. Renly’s camp has now flocked to Stannis’ side save for the Tyrell’s. Davos tells Stannis he’s uncomfortable with Melissandre. Tyrion and Bronn take a walk through King’s Landing where Tyrion fears the pending threat of Stannis. Theon meets his crew who aren’t super jazzed about following him. Yara taunts her brother.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.4 “Garden of Bones”

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Synopsis: A couple of Lannister soldiers are on watch, revealing that rumors of Renly and Loras’ bone down has made it to their ranks. They also show that farts are still funny to soldiers. Not funny – getting eating by Grey Wind, who is the first soldier to attack. In the morning, entrails abound as another battle takes place off screen. We get introduced to Roose Bolton as he and Robb survey their damage. In the field, Talisa tends to the wounded and she and Robb have their own meetcute while cutting off a man’s foot (to save his life). Joffrey, evil pig that he is, shames Sansa in court for Robb’s successes and has Meryn beat and disrobe her before Tyrion comes in and saves the day. Tyrion offers a kind word to Sansa as he escorts her back to her chambers but she continues to pledge her allegiance to Joffrey. Bronn and Tyrion think Joffrey’s ire might be because he needs to get laid. In his chambers, Joffrey finds whores Ros and Daisy, ready to please him, but they find that pleasing him means beating each other under threat of harm from the King.

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