With just two episodes left to Season three, tensions raise as more characters are placed where they need to be for the finale. But of course, we will have to wait since next week there is no new episode. In this episode we witnessed the first of three weddings set for Game of Thrones, the other two being Edmure Tully to a Frey girl, and Joffrey to Margaery. If this wedding was uncomfortable, then be prepared for it get a lot more uncomfortable. While this episode didn’t have any epic events, it was full of small triumphs: the little man proving once more that he is the bigger man (pun definitely intended), a lost child’s hopes to reach her family, a coward crow finding some glimmer of bravery, etc.
Margaery attempts to have a nice conversation with soon to be sister-in-law/mother-in-law Cersei. But Cersei’s no longer holding back her feelings or tongue. In an intimidating tone, she tells Margaery the story behind the song ‘The Rains of Castamere’, which is about House Reyne of Castamere and how her father Tywin destroyed the Reynes when they rebelled against House Lannister.
While weddings are often a joyous occasion, the wedding of Sansa & Tyrion was anything but. King Joffrey escorts Sansa down the aisle while making comments about her father being dead, then Joffrey proceeds to embarrass Tyrion by taking away the stepping stool he’d need to cloak Sansa. At the reception, Tyrion gets very drunk, much to the dismay and irritation of both Sansa and Lord Tywin. In private Joffrey threatens to rape Sansa once Tyrion passes out drunk and give her the Lannister child she‘s always wanted. After all the public humiliation upon him & his wife Sansa, Tyrion lashes out at Joffrey and threatens to castrate him. Later in the evening, as Sansa prepares for the consummation of their marriage, Tyrion refuses, telling her that they will share a bed together when she wants to. A fact that makes Shae very pleased as she inspects the bed sheets the next morning.
Melisandre and Gendry make it to Dragonstone, where Stannis immediately recognizes him as a bastard son to Robert. Stannis visits Ser Davos in the dungeons and discusses Melisandre’s plans to sacrifice Gendry. Davos disagrees with it but see that Stannis wouldn’t come to him with the plot if he didn’t want to be slightly swayed by doing so. Stannis frees Davos under the orders to not attempt murdering Melisandre again. Meanwhile, Melisandre has a “friendly” discussion with Gendry that leads into what we think is going to be kinky intercourse. As Gendry is bound by hands and feet, Melisandre places leeches on him for his blood. Stannis and Davos enter the chamber where Stannis burns the leeches filled with king’s blood, throwing them into a fire as he names the usurpers of his throne (Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy & Joffrey).
Arya tries to kill the Hound while sleeping, but turns out he’s awake. She loses the nerve to kill him after he dares her to do so, but if the blow is less than fatal he will cut off her hands. She believes he’s taking her to Kings Landing, and it surprises her when he reveals that, with the intent to ransom her, she’s being taken to the Twins for Edmure’s wedding where her mother and brother will be.
Sam and Gilly continue to make their way to the Wall, baby in tow. While at a hut for the night, a murderer of crows (the actual bird, not the Nights Watch) perch upon a tree outside the hut, all noisily cawing…until simultaneously they stop and a White Walker appears. Sam’s sword proves worthless against the White Walker, who shatters it by a simple touch and makes way towards Gilly to take the baby that her father/the baby‘s father Crastor would typically sacrifice to the White Walkers. As a last resort, Sam stabs the White Walker in the back with his dragon glass dagger and kills it. Sam drops & leaves the dagger in the snow as he and Gilly run into the night and all the crows follow.
Ser Jorah informs Daenerys that the town of Yunkai has hired a mercenary group called the Second Sons. She meets with the leader, the vulgar Mero, and his two lieutenants, the charming Daario & indifferent Prendahl. She gives them two days to accept her bribe of having the Second Sons fight alongside her. At their own camp, the three plot to kill her that night, Daario gets randomly selected to sneak into her camp and carry out the plot. That night, disguised as an Unsullied soldier, Darrio sneaks into the camp and enters Daenerys’s tent as she bathes. He informs her that they plotted to kill her and that he “didn’t want to’, as he drops the severed heads of Mero & Prendahl from a sack onto the ground. He pledges the Second Sons, and himself, to her cause, and while pleased that her army is growing, you can see that Daenerys is somewhat smitten by Daario.