In King’s Landing
Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) calls a meeting of the Small Council. He demands knowledge of Jaime’s location, which the spymaster, Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), is unable to provide. Tywin then announces plans to have Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) wed Lysa Arryn to deprive Robb Stark of more allies in the war. To substitute Baelish as the royal treasurer, Tywin names his son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). Later, while retrieving the ledgers for his new appointment, Lord Baelish advises Tyrion on the job. Tyrion then rewards Podrick (Daniel Portman) for saving his life in the battle of the Blackwater with three whores. While later going over the books, Tyrion discovers that Lord Baelish has borrowed millions in gold from Tywin, as well as tens of millions from the Iron Bank of Braavos, which, if not paid back in due time, may result in Braavos funding the enemies of the Crown.
In the North
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is awakened by the cleaning boy (Iwan Rheon) and released from his bondage, given a horse, and told to ride east to his sister, Yara. After riding all night, Theon finds out that he is pursued by his captors, and is knocked off his horse. Moments before being raped by their leader, he is saved by the cleaning boy, who kills the soldiers and aids him once again.
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) accuses Melisandre (Carice van Houten) of trying to abandon him as she is heading to a ship bound for an unknown destination which she claims will be revealed to her by the Lord of Light. Stannis begs her to give him another son, but she says he does not have the strength. She informs him that her magic requires King’s blood and that it will be needed to acquire it from others who share Stannis’ blood.
Across the Narrow Sea
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) listens to her advisors, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney) offer different counsel over the choice of soldiers to use upon their return to Westeros. Ser Barristan would have them use free, loyal men, while Ser Jorah presses in favor of the Unsullied. Shortly afterwards, Daenerys declares to slaver Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand) that she wishes to purchase all 8,000 unsullied as well as the partly-trained boys. When Kraznys tells her she cannot afford them, Daenerys offers one of her dragons, against the counsel of both Jorah and Barristan. Kraznys insists on the largest dragon, to which Daenerys agrees. Before leaving, Daenerys adds the slave translator Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) to the deal, and she departs with her.
Beyond the Wall
The wildling army, led by Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) arrives at the Fist of the First Men to find a field of decapitated horses arranged in shape of a whirl by the White Walkers. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) notes that there are no dead Night’s Watch brothers amongst the horses, which Orell (Mackenzie Crook) claims he saw. Rayder tells Jon that the dead have become Wights, and orders Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) to take 20 men, along with Jon, and climb the Wall. Rayder then says he will light a fire to signal them to attack the Night’s Watch in their sleep. He stipulates that if Snow doesn’t prove useful, he can be thrown off the Wall.
Arriving at Craster’s Keep, the remaining Night’s Watch brothers seek refuge under his roof. Threatened by the desperate brothers, Craster (Robert Pugh) reluctantly allows them into his keep. After being ridiculed by Craster, Sam (John Bradley) leaves the keep and witnesses Gilly (Hannah Murray) giving birth to a baby boy.
In the Riverlands
At Riverrun, Lord Hoster Tully is given a ship burial attended by his family and bannermen. When his son, Edmure (Tobias Menzies), is unable to set the boat ablaze with an arrow, Hoster’s brother, Brynden the Blackfish (Clive Russell) takes over the task, shaming him in front of the group. Shortly after, while in conference with King Robb (Richard Madden), Edmure is chastised for having disobeyed orders to not engage Ser Gregor Clegane. Later, Lady Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) discusses her pain with Brynden, and Queen Talisa (Oona Chaplin) pays a visit to two captured Lannister boys in the dungeons to treat their wounds.
Arya (Maisie Williams) confronts Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) about the day he murdered Mycah, the butcher’s boy, while travelling from Winterfell. Before she can get an answer, he taken away in a cart. She, along with Gendry (Joe Dempsie), say goodbye to Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey), who tells them he has decided to stay at the inn to work in the kitchens.
Elsewhere in the Riverlands, Locke (Noah Taylor) and his men are transporting Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) to Harrenhal. Along the way, Brienne and Jaime bicker about their capture with Brienne chiding Jaime of his poor swordsplay. Jaime predicts that the men will try to rape Brienne and suggests her not to resist or they will kill her as well, although he admits that he would rather die in her stead. At camp for the night, when men attempt to rape Brienne, Jaime convinces Locke that Tarth is rich with sapphires and that she is more valuable unharmed. Jaime then tries to secure his own release, offering Locke gold and titles. Locke pretends to agree, but then cuts off Jaime’s right hand.