Fans of George R. R. Martin's book series probably have no trouble following along with the lavishGame of Thrones series, but those new to the material might have had a hard time telling Westeros from Winterfell. If you're a longtime fan,you'll definitely want to check out Greg Tito's commentary on the series, but if you're a confused newbie, fear not! We'll be here with your weekly recap to help you keep it all straight. Or at least as straight as we can keep anything involving the Lannisters, anyway. We'll be doing these recaps each week. Let's go!
The DOTHRAKI are riding through the grasslands, and it's hard to tell which DAENERYS hates more, the horse jerky or her jerky husband. In camp, her handmaidens help her as she walks stiffly to her tent. Days on a horse and nights on the KHAL are leaving her a bit sore, it would seem. SER JORAH MORMONT is doing his best to look after her, clearly concerned for her wellbeing. In camp, VISERYS remarks to Jorah that as hard as life with the Dothraki is, it's at least better than being beheaded, which is apparently what NED STARK has in mind for Ser Jorah should he ever return to WESTEROS. Ned took issue with the fact that Jorah tried to sell some poachers to slavers, something Viserys assures wouldn't be a big whoop when he's king. So, let's review: Viserys has no problem selling his sister in exchange for an army and is down with slavery. Great guy!
Meanwhile, TYRION reminds JOFFREY that he should express his condolences to Lord and Lady Stark for BRAN. Joffrey protests, saying he couldn't care less about Bran and that his words wouldn't mean anything, so why should be bother? Tyrion, who only moments before was sleeping next to dogs in a barn yet is still more regal than Joffrey could ever dream, explains that it's the proper thing to do. Joffrey whines a bit more, so Tyrion bitch slaps him. As Joffrey stomps off, SANDOR CLEGANE (referred to throughout the episode as DOG) cautions Tyrion that Joffrey won't soon forget the affront. Tyrion shrugs off the warning and heads into the castle to join JAIME and CERSEI for breakfast where he informs them that Bran is expected to live after all. There is a distinct lack of rejoicing at that news. Jamie says he'd rather be dead than crippled like Bran undoubtedly will be, and Tyrion remarks that he hopes Bran does eventually recover consciousness, because he'd be very curious to hear what the boy has to say. Jaime is curious as to why Tyrion would be curious. It becomes pretty obvious that Tyrion knows the truth about Bran's fall and equally obvious that he's not going to do anything about it. Not for the moment anyway, because he's heading off to The Wall, just to see what it's like.
Cersei visits Bran, which is obviously the smart thing to do, and finds CATELYN fretting by his bedside. We learn that Cersei lost her first child, a son, an event that KING ROBERT took especially hard, perhaps because the boy looked just like him. Jaime, meanwhile, wanders outside to find JON SNOW waiting for the blacksmith to finish working on a new sword. Jaime taunts Jon a bit, then thanks him just a bit too profusely for joining the Night's Watch. This may or may not be our first indication that Jaime is kind of a dick.