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Game of Thrones – Episode 4.6 “The Laws of Gods and Men”

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Synopsis: We’ve heard a lot of mention of Braavos before, but this is the first time we see it on screen, as Davos and Stannis sail under the giant Colossus of Braavos, or whatever it’s called. Later, they impatiently wait to be seen at the Iron Bank. Three men finally enter and offer them a seat. Stannis thinks his claim on the throne is stronger than the bastard Tommen, but the bank defers to their partnership with Tywin, and his word. The bank won’t support Stannis. He begins to march out, but Davos speaks up on his behalf. He says that Tywin is the true power in King’s Landing, but he’s old and when he’s gone the Lannisters left will not pay the bank back. Davos meets his old friend, Salladhor Saan, and tosses some coin his way to sail with them. Apparently, the bank changed their minds. On another ship, Yara makes her way North with her men, ready to take on Ramsay and get her brother back. As Ramsay is busy pounding it out with Myranda, Yara’s men take the castle. Yara puts an axe to a man’s throat to take her to Theon and he brings them to the kennels where he sleeps. Theon, broken and afraid, is frightened of Yara. He says she can’t take him, he’s Reek now, and he screams until Ramsay arrives. A melee breaks out and Theon bites Yara, and returns to his cage. When Ramsay goes to bring out his dogs, Yara and her remaining men retreat. Theon is dead, she tells them. In the morning Ramsay thanks Theon for staying loyal to him. He gives him a bath as a reward and as he cleans him up, he asks Theon to pretend to be his old self again so he can help Ramsay take the Greyjoys home.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 4.5 “First of His Name”

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Synopsis: Tommen is pronounced king as his family, the townsfolk, and a flirty Margaery look on. Long may he reign. Cersei catches Tyrell’s side smile and walks over to say “hey.” Cersei admits that Joffrey was a bit of a monster, the things he did shocked even her, but she still cared for her first born. Cersei asks if Margaery is still interested in being queen and Tyrell feigns as if she hasn’t spent every waking moment about it. Daenerys gets word of Joffrey’s demise. She also learns that Daario has taken Mereen’s navy for her. Dany and her council talk strategy, and her mission. Jorah tells her that the kingdom’s she’s freed have seen revolts, and that the ones she’s left behind have begun to mobilize against her. As the others leave, she talks more with Jorah and decides to rule in Mereen until she can get Slaver’s Bay under control. Littlefinger and Sansa make their way to the Eyrie as the Knights of the Vale watch their approach. Baelish offers advice on how to rule the Vale. When they approach the gate Littlefinger presents Sansa as his niece and they are let in. Petyr receives a warm welcome from Lysa and Robin. Lysa lets Sansa knows who she really is and cautions her to maintain her secret. When alone with Baelish, Lysa throws herself at her intended. She wants to get married as soon as possible. Turns out they’ve been conspiring for some time, including poisoning her husband, Jon Arryn, you know the guy whose death started this whole series. This means her letter to Catelyn about the Lannister threat was also a lie. So, the entire conflict, though always brewing, was set into motion by Lysa, at Baelish’s behest. A big moment, that is underplayed rather dramatically. That night, Sansa listens as her aunt is rogered roundly.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 4.4 “Oathkeeper”

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Synopsis: For a series with so much action, it’s kind of crazy there are two separate storylines dealing with illiteracy. First Shireen with Davos, now we get Missandei helping Grey Worm learn the common tongue. In doing so, they share a little bit about their histories as slaves. Daenerys and Selmy interrupt, lessons will have to wait. It’s time. Grey Worm and a group of unsullied infiltrate Mereen, and find their way into a meeting of slaves. The slaves weigh the pros and cons of revolution. Grey Worm brings them weapons to help them in their cause. He says no one can give them their freedom, they have to take it. The next morning, they do. A group of masters are chased down and killed. Later, when the rest of the masters are rounded up, Dany orders that 163 of them be crucified, in exchange for the 163 slaves that were crucified as a warning for her on the way to city. Selmy cautions against it, but Dany is firm. The men are crucified. At the pyramid-like tower of Mereen Dany stands above the city, her flag hanging behind her. In King’s Landing, Bronn and Jaime continue their training. Jaime asks Bronn if he thinks Tyrion was behind Joffrey’s murder. He doesn’t. Poison isn’t his style. Nor murder. Bronn chides Jaime for not visiting Tyrion. So, he does. Jaime apologizes for not visiting sooner, but Tyrion understands it’s complicated. He asks if Cersei asked Jaime to kill him, and he says she did. Tyrion wonders if that’s why he came, but Jaime knows he didn’t do it. He thinks Sansa was involved, why else would she disappear, but Tyrion knows his wife is not a killer, not yet, he says. On the ship, Sansa asks Littlefinger where they are headed. Baelish says they are going to her aunt Lysa’s, where is to be married to her. Sansa asks him if he killed Joffrey. He says he’s been in the Vale, but Sansa says he was obviously working with someone. He doesn’t name his accomplice, but admits that her necklace housed the poison that was used. He admits that he had other friends that wanted Joffrey gone.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 4.3 “Breaker of Chains”

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Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the end of the last episode, Cersei sits over a dead Joffrey, the fool rushes off with Sansa, and Tyrion is taken away by the kingsguard. Cersei notices Sansa’s absence and cries out. Tywin orders the city shut down. Sansa arrives at an old ship and arrives to her savior, Lord Baelish. For his troubles, Littlefinger has the fool executed, and Baelish says because he doesn’t trust the drunken fool to keep his silence. Baelish notes that Sansa’s necklace was a fake and something he gave to the fool to give to her. Margaery sits with Olenna, wondering if she still counts as a Queen. She thinks she’s cursed. Olenna says the alliance with the Lannisters is still important. Tommen and Cersei sit over Joffrey’s body. Tywin tells Tommen that he is officially going to be king. He asks Tommen what the most important quality for a king to have is. Tommen throws out a few thoughts, but Tywin counsels him against them until Tommen lands on wisdom. Tywin agrees but says it is important to surround himself with a wise committee. Tywin takes Tommen away to continue the lesson but Cersei stays behind. Jaime arrives to check on her. Cersei says it was Tyrion, that he threatened her. Cersei asks Jaime to avenge their son and to kill Tyrion but Jaime says there will be a trial. Cersei cries, and falls into Jaime’s arms. They start to kiss, but Cersei pulls away. Jaime calls her hateful and pulls her back to him. She tries to fight him off but he pulls her down and rips her clothes off. She’s not into it, but he forces himself on her anyway, raping her right next to their dead son.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 4.2 “The Lion and the Rose”

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Synopsis: Ramsay and his lady, Myranda, along with his dogs, and Theon/Reek in tow, hunt a young girl through the woods. Myranda gets a shot in, bringing the girl down and they all watch as his dogs devour her. Tyrion and Jaime have dinner, where Jaime laments his predicament with his hand, or lack thereof. Tyrion enlists Bronn’s aid to help Jaime train swordfighting with his left hand. Roose Bolton arrives at Winterfell and greets Ramsay with his new bride, another Frey daughter. Ramsay introduces his father to Theon, after his reprogramming. Bolton is upset Ramsay acted without his orders. Theon would’ve been a valuable bargaining chip. Roose says he’s placed too much trust in Ramsay. Ramsay demonstrates his power over Theon. Theon confesses that he didn’t kill the Stark boys but two orphans he passed off as them. Ramsay tells Theon that Roose killed Robb. Roose sends Locke and his men to find the Stark boys. Roose dangles the Bolton name for his bastard son if he proves himself. Varys warns Tyrion that Shae is in danger, Cersei knows who she is and Tywin has threatened to kill the next whore of Tyrion’s. Joffrey receives his wedding gifts, including a gold goblet from Mace Tyrell, Margaery’s father. Cersei points out Shae to Tywin. Tyrion gives Joffrey a book. Tywin gives Joffrey the other Valyrian steel sword he made from Ned’s blade. Joffrey uses Tyrion’s book to practice with his sword. He names his sword widow’s wail. Tyrion meets with Shae and tells her she has to go. He is mean to her so she will leave. He calls for Bronn to take Shae away, as she breaks down. The Red Woman sacrifices several men. Including Stannis’ wife Selyse’s brother. Davos continues to question Stannis’ reliance and belief in Melisandre. At dinner, Selyse says she fears for their daughter because she’s stubborn. Stannis says Shireen is not to be touched. Melisandre visits Shireen and they discuss the sacrifice. Shireen is stubborn and believes that there’s something wrong with the sacrifice. Melisandre tells the little girl that there aren’t seven gods as she was originally taught, but two: the lord of light and the lord of darkness. Bran wargs into Summer but Hodor wakes him in the middle of it. Jojen warns him against spending too much time warging. Summer happens on tree with the face in it and Bran has Hodor bring him closer. When he touches it, he has visions of the three-eyed raven, his father, the White Walkers, the Iron Throne, and more. A voice tells him “north.”

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Game of Thrones – Episode 4.1 “Two Swords”

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Synopsis: Tywin pulls Ice, Ned Stark’s sword made of Valyrian steel, from its sheath and hands it to his forgers. It is melted down and two swords are made in its stead. Jaime receives the larger of the two new swords. Tywin wants Jaime to retire from the Kingsguard and he tells him to return home to Casterly Rock to rule in Tywin’s stead. Jaime says no. Tyrion, Bronn, and Podrick await the arrival of the Prince of Dorne. Tyrion says there is bad blood between the Lannisters and the Martells of Dorne. The party from Dorne arrives, but the prince has not arrived, and has sent his brother, Oberyn instead, only he’s not with them. At the brothel, Oberyn meets with a selection of whores with his companion Ellaria Sand. They choose one of the whores and Oberyn invites the man offering the girls to stay as well. All is well until someone in another room is singing “The Rains of Castamere,” the Lannister song. Oberyn taunts the men, stabbing one in the wrist until Tyrion enters, interrupting. Tyrion welcomes them to the capital. Privately, Tyrion asks Oberyn why he came to the wedding. Oberyn recalls how Tywin killed his nephew and niece, and that The Mountain raped and murdered his sister. Oberyn swears that the Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts. Dany watches her dragons play in the air and feed on a sheep. When she touches them as they feed, one snaps back at her. Jorah cautions that dragons can never be tamed, not even by their own mother. Tyrion tries to comfort Sansa, still grieving the massacre of her brother and mother. He says even though Cat wanted him dead that he respected her. Tyrion returns to his chambers to find Shae ready to seduce him. He turns her down, and they argue. She says he tried to pay her to leave and he denies knowing what she’s talking about. As Shae leaves the room, a woman lurks in the hallway, having overheard everything.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.10 “Mhysa”

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Synopsis: The Twins is on fire. A slaughter still wages in the streets. A shell-shocked Arya looks on as her brother, Robb, decapitated with his Grey Wind’s head attached, is paraded through the streets. The Hound rushes her out of town. Sansa and her new husband, Tyrion, walk in the garden to snickers and sneers of passersby. They joke over options for revenge when Podrick interrupts: Twyin has called an urgent meeting of the small council. When Tyrion arrives, Joffrey has a full-on sadism boner when they share news of the deaths of Robb and Catelyn. Tyrion threatens Joffrey and when he lashes back, Tywin puts a stop to it. Joffrey snipes at his grandfather and is abruptly put to bed. As the others leave, Tywin and Tyrion continue to argue about Tywin’s machinations. The north will never forget this, Tyrion warns. Tywin urges Tyrion to put a baby in Sansa as soon as possible so that their son can rule the North, until then Roose Bolton is named Warden of the North. As the men argue, Tywin tells his son a happy little memory about how he wanted to drown him the day he was born, but opted to let him live, to his daily regret. When Tyrion returns to his chambers, Sansa is in tears. She’s heard the news. Probably aren’t making that baby any time soon. Meera, Hodor, Jojen, Summer and Bran take shelter in an abandoned fort. Bran tells the other a story he heard about a cook that fed the king his sons and the gods turned him into a rat. Apparently, the gods frown upon murdering a guest under your own roof. Speaking of Walder Frey, he gloats to Roose about the slaughter. Edmure is in a dungeon, but the Blackfish got away Roose reminds him. Roose tells Frey that his son has taken Winterfell and turned the Iron Born against Theon.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.9 “The Rains of Castamere”

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Synopsis:  Robb tells Catelyn of his plan to take Casterly Rock. She questions why he’s telling her and he says he’s seeking her advice. She tells them to show the Lannisters how it feels to suffer loss like they have. Walder Frey welcomes Robb, Catelyn and the others and Robb asks his forgiveness. Frey tells him to apologize to his daughters since one of them was supposed to be queen and now none of them will be. He introduces everyone to his daughters and granddaughters. Robb offers his sincerest apologies and says it was because he loved another, Talisa. Frey asks Talisa to come closer and he admires her beauty, but in a gross old man way. Frey accepts his apology and says it’s time to party. Daario shows Daenerys, Barristan, Jorah and Grey Worm the plan to sneak in and take Yunkai. Jorah is skeptical, but Grey Worm says he trusts Daario. Samwell and Gilly head for the wall, and Gilly admires Sam’s ability to gain knowledge simply by reading. Arya and The Hound continue toward the Twins and they see an old man with a flat. Clegane helps the man, but then knocks him out. Arya begs him not to kill the man, and the Hound acquiesces. He says her kindness will get her killed one day. Bran and his crew find an abandoned windmill tower and decide to take shelter from a pending storm. Nearby, Jon is with the wildling crew when they raid an old man’s farm for his horses. They chase him, but the man gets away. Arya looks upon the Twins. The Hound says he can tell she’s afraid of not making it there. And she throws back that she knows he has fear too. He’s afraid of fire. When he continues to provoke her, she says she’s going to put a sword through his eye one day.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.8 “Second Sons”

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Synopsis: Arya stirs awake and grabs a rock. She tiptoes over to where she thinks Sandor is sleeping but he isn’t. He says if she kills him, she’s free, but if she doesn’t he’ll break both of her hands. They continue on their journey. He tells her that he’s not so bad, he rescued Sansa from rape. She doesn’t believe him. She thinks he’s taking her back to King’s Landing, but he says he’s taking her to the Twins to Robb and Catelyn. Daenerys, Jorah and Selmy watch as a group of sell swords approach the Yunkai. Jorah says they are the Second Sons. Dany meets with three of the leaders of the Second Sons to try and get them to work for her. Mero isn’t very civil, in a Weinstein sort of way, but Daario is the more logical one. Prendahl is the senior leader but mostly stays quiet. She gives them two days to decide. Melisandre returns to Dragonstone where Stannis meets Gendry, taking one look at him to decide he’s Robert’s son. He asks what she plans to do with him and she speaks of making a sacrifice. Davos continues his reading lessons, but hides his book when Stannis comes for a visit. Stannis finally offers condolences for Matthos. Stannis tells him that Melisandre is back with Robert’s bastard and that he is going to be a sacrifice. Davos doesn’t approve, but Stannis speaks of destiny. Stannis says he will free Davos if he agrees never to raise a hand against the Red Woman. He agrees, but says he will continue to speak out against her if he seeks his counsel. Stannis says he saw a vision in the flames, a great battle in the snow. He says they both know Melisandre is true power.

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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.7 “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

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Synopsis: Jon Snow and the wildlings continue beyond the wall towards Castle Black. Orell chides Jon for sulking because they were cut loose. He points out Ygritte isn’t whining about it. He tells Snow he’s never going to hold on to Ygritte. Later with Ygritte, Orell tells her he doubts Jon’s loyalty and says she should be with one of her own, like him. He admits he’s got a torch for her, but he knows she prefers Snow because he’s pretty, but that she won’t like him when she learns who he really is. Robb and the Tully’s march towards Walder Frey’s for Edmure’s wedding. They are delayed by rain and Catelyn is worried Frey will be even more upset. Later, Robb and Talisa bask in post-coital bliss when she tells him that he’s already pumped a baby inside of her. He’s thrilled. Sansa cries to Margaery about having to marry Tyrion, but Margaery tries to get her to see the bright side, he’s far from the worst Lannister. Tyrion isn’t thrilled either, as he shares with Bronn. Bronn tells him just to keep Shae and wed Sansa and leave it be. Bronn thinks he wants Sansa and doesn’t want to admit it. Tywin approaches the throne where Joffrey has summoned him. Joffrey wants to know about the small council meetings and wonders why Tywin has been holding the meetings farther away in the Tower of the Hand and not nearby. He also wants to know if it’s true about Dany and her dragons. Tywin answers his grandson dryly, but agrees to make sure Joffrey always feels consulted.

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