I was right! The men Bran sees are the Wildlings with Jon Snow! But before they arrive at Queenstower, Jon and Ygritte have many interesting conversations that really highlight the differences between those beyond the Wall and those of the Realm – also the similarities. Jon is growing increasingly bothered by his betrayal, but also, as his feelings deepen for Ygritte and the men he’s coming to know, he worries about them as well.
Once at Queenstower, they come across the one man Bran first saw with his fire. He’s old and not bothering anyone, but the Wildlings demand that Jon slay him – mostly as an act of loyalty. Jon refuses and Ygritte gets pissed so she slits his throat herself (the old man, not Jon). Jon knows he’s in deep shit, but Summer comes to the rescue slaughtering many Wildlings and Jon sees his only chance of escape. He begins to slaughter as well, eventually hopping on a horse and riding for hours. When he dismounts he discovers that the has a nasty arrow wound in his leg.
This scene should be spectacular on the show, don’t you think? I wonder what will happen with Ygritte? Will they ever find each other again? Was she the one who shot him? Exciting times!
Speaking of exciting, Dany has discovered a taste for war, victory, and ultimately, blood. Along with her new army (who she’s freed, essentially) and many of the citizens of Ghris (who are weighing her down, but she won’t abandon them), she arrives at Yunkai and hopes to overtake this city as well – mostly to free the slaves and give her men some practice in actual battle. A little good with the bad.
The three different peoples of the city are invited (well, their leaders are invited) to join her cause peacefully. She gives them until the next morning, or in one case, three days, to acquiesce or she will attack. Despite these promises, she sneak attacks in the middle of the night and wins. One of the leaders actually pledges his allegiance to her before the attack and helps sack the other tribes. When Dany marches into the city three days later, the freed slaves come out, shouting at her lovingly, touching her, and devotedly calling her ‘Mother’. Dany is pleased with herself. She only lost 12 men.
Dany is GANGSTA.
Poor Arya – AGAIN. Will this child never get a break? Seriously. I almost dread her chapters now. There’s more red priest stuff. She discovers that Jon Snow’s mother, Wylla, was wetnurse to fellow outlaw child Ned, also a high born lad. He also informs her that her Lord Father also was in love with Lady Ashara a high born Dornish woman before he was married to Catelyn. Arya gets mad at Ned for these stories because she believes they cheapen her father’s honor.
They also find out from the crazy old lady who always wants a song in payment for her information that Riverrun is to be attacked and taken by the Lannisters. Apparently, Catelyn and Robb and many others will have moved on to The Twin’s for Edmure’s wedding, so they’ll be safe. Still, a crippling defeat. Arya gets upset and runs away when they suggest not taking her back to her mother if it’s not possible. Guess who catches her? Sandor Clegane, the Hound himself. DAMMIT. But he was so nice to Sansa – so maybe there’s hope.
Happily making his way back to Kings Landing, Jaime finds himself reminiscing of past journeys in these same woods. Happier times, at least for him. He’s still quite feverish and they give him dreamwine to help him sleep. He has a nightmare that’s he’s been abandoned in the dark belly of Casterly Rock to await some sort of DOOM! Who should arrive to help him? That’s right, Brienne. Feeling guilty much, Jaime?
When he awakes, Jaime bribes his guardsmen to take him back to Harrenhal, saying he forgot something. Of course, he’s speaking of Brienne! When they get back, Jaime finds Brienne in the fighting pit with a huge ass bear of the non-teddy variety. They’ve also given her only a fake sword and no armor. Vargo is a sicko. Jaime jumps in to save her valiantly and Bolton’s other men take the bear out with some arrows. When asked why he came back for her, Jaime says “I dreamed of you.” Love their relationship so freakin’ much.
The Stark/Tully party is making their way down to The Twins for Edmure’s party. The weather is dismal and all the rivers are flooded. Edmure hopes his new bride will be attractive. Catelyn chastises everyone. Her mother hen routine gets annoying at times. She keeps reminding Robb about how kiss-ass he needs to be. Robb knows – he doesn’t need her hounding.
Robb knows he needs to name an heir in his place until Queen Jeyne provides one. He can’t have Tyrion taking Winterfell and the North. He informs his mother that Jon Snow is who he intends to name. Catelyn is livid. King Robb doesn’t care.
Balon Greyjoy is dead. Oh no. That Melisandre bitch’s spell is starting to come true. I smell bad things for Robb.
Robb’s new battle plan involves hopping on some boats and taking the Iron Islands and the North. He’s sending his mother to another friendly castle as prisoner…err…I mean, guest.
He has all his men sign his ‘this is who will be my heir’ document at the end of the chapter, but we never see who is named. This is just some scary ass foreshadowing.