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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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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.3 “What is Dead May Never Die”

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Synopsis: Craster returns to Mormont with Snow. Mormont chastises Snow for spying on Craster, and when Jon admits what he saw he realizes that Mormont knew. In the morning, the men of the Night’s Watch take their leave. Samwell gives Gilly a trinket that his mother had given him. At Winterfell, Bran confesses to Maester Luwin that in his dreams, he is seeing the world through his direwolf’s eyes, tasting the blood of his kills, howling. Renly has taken up residence in Stormlands and declared himself King. At a swordfight bout, Brienne of Tarth bests Loras and requests to be a member of Renly’s kingsguard, which he grants. Catelyn visits Renly to broker a deal, and he introduces his new wife, Margaery Tyrell, Loras’ sister. Theon chastises Yara for concealing her identity. Balon wants to attack the north while Robb and his men are focused on the Lannisters and King’s Landing. Balon entrusts the fleet to Yara, despite Theon’s objections. Theon dumps all his daddy issues out on Balon for giving him away to the Starks.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.2 “The Night Lands”

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Synopsis: Arya’s on the road to the night’s watch and meets one of their prisoners, Jaqen, who has an annoying way of talking about himself. When a couple men of the kingsguard catches up to the group, Arya is worried they are there for her, but turns out they are looking for Gendry. Yoren gets the men to leave, but everyone gives Gendry a side eye. Cersei receives word of Robb’s refusal to recognize Joffrey’s reign. The small council also get raven about potential trouble on the wall. Beyond the wall at Craster’s keep, Sam has a meetcute with Gilly after Ghost gives her a fright. The mixture of the men of the Night’s Watch and the Craster’s daughters may not be the best mixture. Gilly and Sam tell Jon that she is pregnant and she asks for their help in escaping from Craster. The Dothraki horde suffers from dehydration, starvation and an overall lack of direction in the Red Waste. A horse returns but without Rakaro, well, save for his head in a bag. This leadership thing is starting to be an issue for Dany.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 2.1 “The North Remembers”

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Synopsis: The hound and another knight are having a battle to entertain King Joffrey on his name day. The hound discards with his opponent quickly, and when another competitor arrives, drunk, Joffrey punishes him, but Sansa, now a full sycophant, gets Joffrey to relent. Tyrion returns to King’s Landing crashing a small council meeting led by Cersei to announce his new role as Hand of the King. Cersei isn’t thrilled. Bran sits at the head of the table at Winterfell, with Maester Luwin listening to the needs of his people. Later, Bran sleeps yet sees through the eyes of Summer, his direwolf. Hodor and Osha take him to the spot he saw in his dream, while they look at a comet in the sky. Bran says it means Robb will win the war, but Osha says it means that Dragons are back. Speaking of dragons, that totally don’t exist anymore that anyone knows, Dany and her dragon babies and Jorah lead the Dothraki through a desert where the heat and starvation are taking a toll on her mission. Dany sends three of her men off to find salvation. The Nightswatch scouting team happens upon Craster’s Keep in the Haunted Forest. They note all of Craster’s daughters, but Jon asks, rhetorically apparently, what Craster does with all his sons.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 1.10 “Fire and Blood”

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Synopsis: Yoren hides out with Arya, cutting her hair and reinforcing that she’s now a “boy.” Bran saw the three-eyed raven again in his dream, this time sending him to the crypt. He has Osha take him down there where Bran shares the history of his family. News of Ned’s demise hits Winterfell and Robb and Catelyn, who are both distraught. Joffrey forces Sansa to look at Ned’s head on a spike, thus destroying any last shred of interest she may have had in him. Robb’s team argues over who deserves to be on the throne and avow support for Robb as King. Catelyn takes on Jaime, who confesses to pushing Bran out the window. With Jaime away, Cersei has taken up with Lancel, another relative. Tywin sends Tyrion to King’s Landing to be the Hand of the King for Joffrey. Jorah tells Dany that her baby was stillborn, and that the baby was monstrous, scaled like a lizard. Dany finds her husband is healed, but lacks his faculties. She confronts the witch who admits she did this on purpose, to save the world from the Dothraki threat.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 1.9 “Baelor”

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Synopsis: Varys visits Ned in the dungeon, recounting how Sansa pleaded for his life and Robb going to war. He pleads with Ned to bend the knee to Joffrey to save the kingdom from war. Catelyn meets with Walder Frey to bargain with him to let Robb’s men through Frey’s gates. The elder Mormont gives Jon his family sword, made with Valyrian steel, as thanks for saving his life. Mormont says he sent Thorne to King’s Landing to share the news of the white walkers and the show him the hand they found. Catelyn rejoins Robb and tells him Frey’s demands to support them, which include Robb marrying one of Frey’s many daughters. Robb agrees. Maester Aemon reveals he is a Targaryen to Jon. Drogo’s injuries worsen. The other Dothraki blame the witch and want to kill her but Dany won’t hear of it. A very pregnant Dany promises the witch freedom if she can save Drogo. The witch says only life can save a life and calls for Drogo’s horse. Tywin tells Tyrion that he is to fight alongside the Stone Crows on the front line. Tyrion is less than enthused. In his tent, Tyrion meets Shae, a whore. Tyrion, Bronn and Shae bond over a game of I Never and later, Shae and Tyrion spend the night together.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 1.8 “The Pointy End”

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Synopsis: Chaos erupts in the Red Keep as Arya trains with Syrio. When Meryn Trant and his men come for her Syrio holds them off as Arya escapes. The Hound comes for Sansa. Arya grabs needle but accidentally kills a stable boy as she runs. In the dungeon, Varys visits Ned. At Castle Black, the Nightswatch learn of the death of King Robert, as the threat of the white walkers becomes more ominous. Cersei forces Sansa to write a letter to Robb and Catelyn to swear fealty to King Joffrey. The letter reaches Robb, but rather than fealty, he decides to mobilize his troops against the new king. Catelyn asks her sister to support them in the coming war but Lysa will not send her knights.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 1.7 “You Win or You Die”

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Synopsis: Our first introduction to the great Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), and as befitting the character, his first scene is him skinning a stag (foreshadowing the episode’s big death?) while he shames Jaime. We then go back to King’s Landing where Ned confronts Cersei. He pulls a Maury and says he knows Jaime is the father of her children and not the King. She doesn’t deny it. Clear sexposition scene as Baelish coaches a couple of his naked whores on how to please men, while also explaining how deep his affection for Catelyn is. Theon taunts Osha before Luwin interrupts. Osha talks of the White Walkers, creatures that Luwin is sure have been dead for hundreds of years (but being dead and being a threat aren’t mutually exclusive, are they?). On the wall, Jon Snow bromances with Samwell, talking about girls until they see Benjen’s horse, sans Benjen. Renley finds Ned to tell him about Robert, he’s had a hunting accident. Robert, grumbling in bed, says goodbye to Joffrey as Ned arrives, Cersei and the others standing by. Robert sends everyone out, and has Ned take a letter, naming him the Lord Regent ruling in his stead until Joffrey comes of age, but sneaky Ned changes the language to read “rightful heir” instead, knowing that Joffrey is not legitimate.

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