Synopsis: Ned wakes in his bed to find Cersei and Robert hovering over him. Cersei demands the return of her brother. Robert gives Ned his post back and says Ned has to sit on the throne while he is away on a hunt. Daenerys shows she’s impervious to heat. Bran has another dream of the three-eyed raven. Theon tries to get Robb to rally an army against the Lannisters. While off on his horse, Bran is found by some wildlings. Robb and Theon kill the wildlings except for Osha, whom they take prisoner. Arya and Syrio contine their lessons.
Dany does a Dothraki ritual that has her eat a heart. Jorah stops Viserys from stealing the dragon eggs. Tyrion faces Lysa for his crimes, and demands a trial by combat. Bronn agrees to fight for Tyrion. While on the throne, Ned brands Tywin Lannister a traitor and challenges him to come to King’s Landing. Bronn wins his fight and Tyrion’s freedom. Ned decides to send the girls back to Winterfell, but when Sansa objects because she still wants to marry Joffrey and have lots of blonde babies, it’s the final piece of the puzzle for Ned who finally puts together that Joffrey and the others aren’t Robert’s true heirs. A drunk Viserys crashes Dany and Khal Drogo’s party demanding his crown but he is surprised when Drogo gives it to him, via a cauldron of hot gold to his head.
Comments: Tyrion’s trial by combat by proxy sets up the process for its later use in the series. Sansa’s quite the brat, and it’s surprising how interesting her character becomes once she grows up, because at first she’s almost as insufferable as Joffrey and Viserys. It helps that we get to see Viserys done away with so abruptly. It’s shocking, but makes the viewer comfortable with big changes, and surprises.
Memorable Moments: Tyrion’s list of masturbatory terms is quite extensive. Death by golden crown is one of the more memorable in the series’ history. Dany’s movement into being the queen of the tribe is nearly complete.
Tyrion: I flogged the one-eyed snake, I skinned my sausage. I made the bald man cry.
Joffrey: I’ll never be cruel to you again. (to Sansa, though he won’t keep this promise even for an episode)
Syrio: There is only one thing we say to death: not today.
Dany: He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.
Foreshadowing: A lot of attention is paid to the moon door. While Vardis goes through it, he won’t be the last. Dany’s comment that Viserys wasn’t the dragon as he wasn’t impervious to fire hints at the finale.
Title: In reference to Viserys’ death, said by both Dany and Viserys.
Deaths: Bronn kills Vardis Egen in the trial by combat. Viserys by golden crown.