This week on Game of Thrones, Jon Snow knows Nothing!
Your favorite angsty Night’s Watchmen survived the night with Ygritte, who distracts him during their trek with sex talk and arguments about the Wildlings’ claim to the northern lands. It seems her free-spirited ways tempt Snow, but his honor wins out in the end. Ygritte manages to unbind her hands and get away, leaving Snow trapped out in the cold, surrounded by Wildlings.
In King’s Landing, Sansa gets her first period and panics, knowing that it means she can now carry Joffrey’s children. She and Shae attempt to hide the blood, only to be caught by another handmaid. Shae threatens her and tells her not to tell anyone what she’s seen. The girl agrees and runs away, but Cersei finds out anyway. She appears sympathetic to Sansa, and advises her to love no one but her children as queen. These scenes with Sansa and Cersei are proving to be some of the best of the season, in terms of acting. Later, while discussing how unprepared Joffrey is to rule, let alone go to war with Stannis, Cersei confides to Tyrion that she worries her son’s cruelty is her punishment for her incestuous relationship with Jaime. When Tyrion reassures her, the two seem uncomfortable to find themselves not at odds for once.
There is yet another tense scene with Arya and Tywin in Harrenhal, when the young Stark seems to seriously contemplate murdering Tywin when the two are alone together. Tywin drops a hint that he knows Arya is hiding something from him about who she is, but once again it seems she has escaped detection. The two also continue to develop a rapport, with Tywin becoming more and more fond of his cupbearer, even if he knows she may be lying to him.
While Cat Stark is in charge of the Stark camp, Jaime Lannister uses his cousin, Cersei’s messenger from King’s Landing, to escape his imprisonment. He kills a guard and when he is recaptured, the guard’s father calls for his head and tensions are high. Cat attempts to calm the men down, but Brienne worries that Jaime will be dead before morning. Cat goes to visit Jaime and when he ruffles her feathers by bringing up Ned’s infidelity and Jon “The Bastard” Snow, she asks Brienne for her sword, leaving us to wonder what will happen next.
Back in Winterfell, the hunt is on for Bran and Rickon, and Theon’s frustration with himself and the ridicule he is suffering from his men seems to be causing him to crack. The boys, Osha, and Hodor come across a friendly farm and it’s unclear whether or not they decide to hide there. Bran knows if they are tracked there, Theon will torture the innocent inhabitants until they tell what they know, but Osha knows their head start won’t last forever. Theon’s hounds track the boys to the farm before losing the scent. However, Theon finds the shells of Rickon’s walnuts, and sends Maester Luwin back to Winterfell. Upon returning, he hoists two small, charred bodies up as a warning to the people who would betray him, implying they are the bodies of Bran and Rickon. However, Theon’s face betrays a look of uncertainty, and things don’t quite add up. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Stark boys are alive and well, hidden somewhere in the North.
And finally, in Qarth, Dany is scrambling to find what happened to her dragons and alienating herself from a bunch of people in the process. Clearly shaken up, she doesn’t believe she can trust anyone, which is probably one of the wisest assumptions she’s made since arriving in the city. The Thirteen are called together to address the missing dragons and the warlock, Pyat Pree, admits to taking them in exchange for Xaro becoming King of Qarth. He invites Dany to come see the dragons at the House of Undying, where she will be welcomed. Pyat’s clones kill the other members of the Thirteen. Dany flees, as he calls creepily after her, saying that a mother should be with her children. Things are coming to a head all over the Seven Kingdoms, and with only a few episodes left, an explosion is sure to come sooner rather than later.