A trembling Theon Greyjoy follows Ramsay Snow and Myranda as they savagely hunt down a young woman and leave her for the dogs. Upon returning to the Dreadfort, Ramsay greets his father, Roose Bolton, Roose's new bride, Walda, and Locke, who have just arrived. Roose is irritated with his bastard when he sees what's become of Theon Greyjoy, no longer useful as a hostage. Although Roose is now Warden of the North, the Bolton claim on the land is tenuous as long as the Ironborn hold Moat Cailin.
Eager to demonstrate that "Reek" is both docile and useful, Ramsay commands his prisoner to give him a shave. Reek delicately handles the blade and answers Ramsay's questions, informing Roose that Bran and Rickon Stark are alive. Tasked with finding the boys, Locke heads for Castle Black, based on Reek's guess that the Starks sought shelter with Jon Snow. Impressed with Reek's submissiveness, Roose makes a proposition: If Ramsay can use Theon Greyjoy to win Moat Cailin, Roose will reconsider his bastard's legitimacy.
After Jaime Lannister confides to Tyrion that he cannot fight with his left hand, his brother advises Jaime to train with a discreet swordsman, and recommends Bronn for the job. Jaime is initially insulted when the sellsword insists on fighting with dull sparring blades, but soon acknowledges that he is no better than a beginner.