The Bear and the Maiden Fair
As the wildlings continue their trek south, Jon Snow confronts Orell about cutting him loose on the Wall. The wildling explains that his actions epitomize their way of life: People " love each other when it suits them and they kill each other when it suits them."
Because Jon does not understand their ways, Orell insists, he will lose Ygritte. Orell voices concerns to her as well-she should be with one of her own, specifically, him. When his declaration is met with silence, he warns, "You won't love him so much when you find out what he really is."
King Joffrey, ensconced on his throne, calls a meeting with his Hand, Lord Tywin Lannister. Joffrey takes issue with the location of his Small Council meetings and inquires about rumors of dragons. Tywin's pointed responses make it clear to Joffrey that his grandfather is the one in charge.
Sansa Stark cries to Lady Margaery about her dashed hopes of a happy marriage. Margaery counsels the girl to make the best of her situation-Tyrion is far from the worst Lannister. He has never mistreated her and their son will be Lord of Casterly Rock and the North. The thought of producing an heir scares Sansa, but Margaery asserts she might be pleasantly surprised.
In his chamber, Tyrion Lannister drinks to numb the discomfort he feels at the thought of bedding his future wife. Bronn doesn't see the problem; Tyrion can wed Sansa and keep Shae on the side. Tyrion dreads this will only lead both women to hate him. He presents Shae with expensive golden chains and she rejects the gift. She believes that Tyrion wants to marry Sansa. When he denies this, Shae again proposes they flee across the Narrow Sea. Tyrion refuses-he cannot abandon his family duties. They both realize they'll have no life together once he marries.
Jorah Mormont, Barristan Selmy and Daenerys Targaryen look onto Yunkai. Jorah advises that taking the Yellow City may sacrifice men unnecessarily, but Dany says the 200,000 people enslaved within the walls are reason enough.
The Yunkish envoy, Razdal mo Eraz, offers Dany gold and ships if she and her Unsullied agree to leave in peace. Dany rejects this pact and offers new terms: The city's slaves must be freed and paid for their servitude or she will show no mercy. Razdal, enraged at her gall, warns that Yunkai has powerful friends protecting the city and tries to reclaim the gold, only to be stopped by the dragons. Dany keeps the gold and offers Razdal a gift-his life. He scampers away and the queen asks Jorah to identify Razdal's powerful friends.
Two attractive women untie Theon from his X-shaped cross. He's scared and paranoid, but they provide water and nurse his wounds. Eventually, they strip naked and climb on top of him. Theon's enjoying himself when his captor enters. The boy smashes his prisoner to the ground and Theon cries for mercy, realizing he's about to be castrated.
Ygritte teases Jon about his highborn upbringing and mocks the customs of those South of the Wall. Jon remarks that although the wildlings are brave, they cannot win. He warns, "If you attack the Wall you'll die. All of you." Ygritte reminds him that they've agreed to live or die together.
Melisandre and Gendry sail past King's Landing, discussing their humble backgrounds. When Gendry says he's lowborn, she corrects him, "Your blood is noble." As they gaze at the Red Keep, the priestess shares the truth-he is the bastard of King Robert Baratheon.
Heavy rain suspends the Starks' journey to the Twins. Catelyn Stark worries that Lord Frey will take the delay as further insult, but Robb assures her that Lord Walder will be satisfied Edmure Tully is marrying into the family. Later that evening, Talisa reveals to Robb that she is carrying their child. The couple plans to visit Volantis once the war is over.
At their camp, Osha is worried that Jojen Reed's talk of "black magic" is a bad influence on Bran Stark. She's even more upset when she learns the boys have changed their course from Castle Black; they're headed Beyond the Wall to find the three-eyed raven in Bran's dreams. Osha reveals why she won't go back- when her husband disappeared, she had to kill him when he returned as a blue-eyed "dead man."
Arya Stark remains furious that Lord Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr gave up Gendry. The men maintain they were following the orders of the Lord of Light and Arya replies that her true god is death. When Anguy arrives with news that they've found a Lannister raiding party, Arya realizes they aren't taking her to Riverrun. She absconds into the dark forest where the Hound snatches her.
Jaime Lannister enters Brienne's chamber in Harrenhal to say goodbye. He tells her that Lord Bolton will travel to Edmure Tully's wedding-leaving Brienne with Locke. Aware of what this means, Brienne tells Jaime his debt to her will be paid if he keeps his promise. He swears to return the Stark girls to their mother. When Brienne says goodbye, she calls Jaime by name. As Jaime departs, he asks Bolton to deliver Lannister regards to Robb Stark. Locke assures Jaime he'll take good care of his "friend."
On the road, Qyburn tends to Jaime's bandages, confessing he lost his chain for conducting human experiments. Jaime asks the old man of news from Brienne's father and learns that Lord Tarth's reward for his daughter's safe return was rejected-Locke believes that Tarth, rich with sapphires, is cheating him. Realizing his lie is keeping Brienne captive, Jaime bribes Bolton's man Steelshanks to turn back.
Arriving at the castle, Jaime finds a crowd watching Brienne fighting a huge bear with a wooden sword. Jaime futilely tries to pay off Locke and then jumps into the pit to get between the bear and Brienne. Steelshanks, charged with Jaime's safe return, fires off several quarrels and wounds the animal. Jaime hoists Brienne out of the pit and is pulled out just as the bear charges. "The bitch stays," Locke tells Jaime, but the Kingslayer replies it will mean killing him first. Helpless, Locke backs down and Jaime escorts Brienne out of Harrenhal.