The season finale starts at '''The Twins''', just after the end of the previous episode; Roose Bolton is watching the Stark men being slaughtered in a number of horrible ways from the ramparts. The Hound tries to navigate Arya through the chaos on his horse, using a Frey banner to blend in, but he doesn't get far before The King Of The North is shown to all. The Frey men have chopped off his head and sewn Grey Wind's onto his corpse, much to Arya's horror and the Hound's disgust. As she looks on, utterly broken, The Hound spares her any further pain by turning away from the scene, and rides off into the night.

At '''King's Landing''', Sansa and Tyrion are taking a walk. Despite the awkwardness of Shae being right behind them, the newlyweds seem to be getting along wonderfully, with Sansa beginning to see Tyrion as more than just an evil Lannister. Podrick runs up; Tywin has called for Tyrion. He finds the entire Small Council waiting for him, along with an ecstatic Joffrey. News of the Red Wedding has reached them, and Joffrey is already making plans to serve Sansa her brother's head. Tyrion and Joffrey have another confrontation, despite Cersei's attempts to defuse it, and Joffrey proclaims that he'll do whatever he wants because ''He. Is. The King.'' Tywin interjects himself into the conversation at this point, reminding Joffrey that if he has to keep telling people that, than he's no true king. The victory-drunk Joffrey sneers that Tywin is just a coward who hid under Casterly Rock while his ''real'' father (Robert) kicked ass and took names[[note]]This means Joffrey STILL doesn't know he's Jaime's son, in spite of it being general knowledge by now. Is he ever going to learn the truth?[[/note]] Tywin's DeathGlare brings him back to Earth fast. Tywin coldly informs the King that he must be tired, ''sends Joffrey to bed and [[RefugeInAudacity orders Pycelle to give him a sedative]].''

The Council is dismissed after that, but Tywin tells Tyrion to stay. They discuss the Red Wedding, and Tywin freely admits to setting it up. Sure, the Starks had [[SacredHospitality the guest right]], but this [[IDidWhatIHadToDo minimized bloodshed]], and [[LetsYouAndHimFight let the Freys take the blame]]. He's decided that Roose Bolton will be Warden of the North until Sansa's child comes of age. This starts a ''She's a child!''/''You're a Lannister!'' argument between the two, and Tywin tells his son that good people are the ones who do right by the family name. Tyrion calls bullshit, as Tywin makes others sacrifice, but never does so himself. Tywin, in all sincerity, tells him he's wrong, he has made a great sacrifice; it was on the day Tyrion was born; Tywin held him in his arms, remembered that he was a Lannister, ''and didn't throw him into the sea''.

Tyrion rushes back to Sansa's chambers to tell her the horrible news... Only to find her standing by the evening window with tears running down her cheeks...

We shift to '''The Nightfort''', where Bran ''et al.'' are sleeping overnight in the abandoned Nightfort. Bran nervously tells a ghost story he'd heard about the castle. It's about the Rat Cook, who had baked the King's son into a pie and fed it to him. The gods cursed him into the form of a rat, forever roaming the castle, forever having to eat his own young. It wasn't for killing a noble, or making his father eat him, but for violating SacredHospitality, an unpardonable sin. Which, of course, makes for a wonderful transition to...

...'''The Twins''', where Walder Frey is speaking with Roose Bolton. Walder enjoys breakfast [[WhosLaughingNow and gloats about his vengeance]], but Roose is fretting about the Blackfish, who escaped. Dismissing the Blackfish as one man on the run, Frey asks Bolton about what happened at Winterfell. Roose tells him how he had sent his son, Ramsay, to deliver Robb's terms. The Ironmen had complied, giving up Theon, but Ramsay... [[AxCrazy has his own way of doing things]].

Speak of the devil and he shall appear, at '''The Dreadfort''': the boy (finally revealed to be Ramsay) trolls Theon by asking him about what it's like to be a eunuch and whether he suffers a phantom itch where his junk used to be. Theon, weeping, begs Ramsay to kill him, but is told that he's of no use dead. Ramsay, on a whim, decides Theon's name is too noble for him, and renames him "Reek". Theon tries to resist, but Ramsay beats him savagely until he concedes, leaving him a sobbing wreck of his former self.

Back at '''The Nightfort''', Team Bran wakes up to the sound of someone else being in the castle. Meera rushes a form she sees rising from a hole in the floor. Luckily for all, it's only Samwell, who quickly realizes that he's talking to Bran Stark after identifying Summer as a direwolf. Samwell offers to take Jon's brother to the last safe place, Castle Black, but Bran, knowing that there are no safe places left, asks him to show the party how to get beyond The Wall.

A messenger rides to '''Pyke''' and delivers to Balon Greyjoy an ultimatum from Ramsay Snow. Either the Ironborn give up the lands they've taken, or Ramsay starts flaying people, like he flayed the Ironborn at Winterfell. To show his sincerity, he's also sent Theon's "favorite toy" to Balon in a box, and promises to send "more Theon" if he doesn't comply. Balon, although somewhat disturbed, won't give up the lands he's taken. Yara, who's been present while Balon read the letter (and opened the box) angrily tells him that Theon is his son, but Balon points out that Theon was a foolish, disobedient heir who can no longer even contribute children to his cause, and that he has made his decision. In defiance, Yara retorts that she's made ''her'' decision: she's taking the fastest long-ship they have, along with her best men, and vows that she will rescue her baby brother from the Dreadfort or die trying.

Meanwhile, back at '''the Nightfort''', Bran is inspecting a dragonglass knife. Samwell tells everyone how he killed the White Walker, and gives dragonglass arrowheads to Meera. He tries once more to get Bran to come to Castle Black, but he feels he has to go, and refuses. They head through the sally port into the snow...

At '''Dragonstone''', Gendry is being held in a dungeon, and Davos visits him and tries to strike up a rapport between them. Saying that they're both common born. Gendry doesn't believe him at first, but comes around when Davos proves it by knowing a lot about King's Landing's slums in Flea Bottom and how he used to live in a shit-filled street called Gin Alley. Among other things, they discuss the disparity of the social classes and the Red Woman's ability to seduce unwary men. Somberly, Davos recalls how his path in life led to the death of his eldest son Mathos. And leaves knowing that soon Gendry himself will suffer a similar fate...

In '''King's Landing''', Shae is looking at the ocean; Varys stops by to bond with her on the grounds that they're both foreigners in a strange land. Well, it's not so much ''bonding'' as it is ''establishing a rapport before trying to bribe her to leave for the Free Cities.'' The Spymaster tells her that he understands how she truly loves Tyrion, but the fact remains that she'll ''never truly'' be a part of his prejudiced world that is Westeros. All she'll do is provide a weakness for others to get to him. Shae refuses, saying that if Tyrion wants her to leave, he can ask her himself.

Elsewhere, Podrick is having a forced drinking contest with Tyrion, who is winning despite a certain disadvantage in weight. In comes Cersei, who sends the squire away and takes his place. They talk a bit, and Cersei advises Tyrion that the best thing he can do for Sansa is to give her a baby. Tyrion thinks that her motives are selfish, but she's being sincere: her children are her world. Even Joffrey.

In '''The Riverlands''', The Hound and Arya pass by four Frey soldiers around a campfire. They ridicule Catelyn Stark's drawn-out scream of horror before her demise and one of them describes in gruesome detail how hard it was to get Grey Wind's head on Robb's severed body. Arya jumps off Stranger and approaches the piece of shit from behind. She asks him if she can warm herself by the fire. The soldiers tell her [[SarcasmMode politely]] to fuck off. Adopting the guise of a cherubic little girl, she continues to try to win them over, and offers money for food; she produces the coin Jaqen gave her, and lets it fall to the forest floor as the soldier reaches out for it. When he bends over to pick it up, [[TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior she yanks him down and viciously stabs a dirk into the back of his neck in a frenzy]]. Frey's banner-men panic and grab up swords and axes as Arya [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge continuously knifes her first man to death.]] Sandor intervenes, knocking Arya away and dealing with the three weasels in as many seconds. The Hound asks her where she got the knife from. She replies that she pick-pocketed it from him. Flustered, he takes it back, telling her not to do something like that again [[DoWrongRight without warning him next time!]] Arya picks up the fallen coin with blood-stained hands, and whispers, ''"[[ArcWords Valar Morghulis]]."''

'''Somewhere In The Gift''', Jon Snow is washing his wounds when he hears a bow being notched and drawn. He turns to see Ygritte aiming at him. He tells her that although he loves her, he had no choice in the matter: it's time he went home. Ygritte shoots him as he turns away, and twice more as he mounts and rides off. She cries as he disappears from view.

At '''Castle Black''', Samwell is telling his unlikely story to Maester Aemon. Aemon believes him, and lets Gilly stay as a guest after Sam reminds him of the true meaning of the Night Watch oath and of the looming threat beyond the wall. He also asks Samwell to grab a quill, as there are forty-four ravens in the castle, and thus forty-four letters to write. The realm must be warned of the oncoming threat.

We then go to '''Dragonstone''', where Davos is ''slowly'' reading Stannis' mail while chatting with Shireen. He comes across the Castle Black letter just as the bells start ringing. Knowing that this can mean nothing good, he rushes to Stannis and Melisandre, who plan to burn Gendry and use all of his king's blood, since Robb Stark's death has been taken as proof of Melisandre's power. Davos pleads for Gendry's life, but Stannis can't put [[TheNeedsOfTheMany Gendry's life over the lives of everyone in Westeros]]. In the night, Davos frees Gendry and gives him a row-boat and directions to King's Landing. He'll be able to blend in there, as the City Watch doesn't know what he looks like. When Gendry asks him ''why'' he's doing this, Davos says because ''it's right.''

Jon Snow, pumped full of arrows, barely makes it to '''Castle Black'''. He's carried inside, where he tearfully reunites with Sam and Pyp in the courtyard. Samwell welcomes him back home, and has the Brother's of the Watch take Jon into the castle for medical treatment.

Jaime and Brienne arrive at '''King's Landing'''. None of the peasants recognize him, much to the detriment of his nearly crumbled ego, but Brienne gives him courage, bolstering his resolve. He goes to meet Cersei in her chambers; after nearly ''two years'' of civil war and imprisonment separating them. Her happiness at the sound of his voice turns to horror as she takes in his disheveled and maimed appearance. Jamie seems shamefaced and afraid of how she will greet him...

Meanwhile, at '''Dragonstone''', Stannis is in a rage over Davos's betrayal, and sentences him to die. Davos's new-found literacy postpones his date with an execution pyre when he produces Aemon's letter. Davos says that evil is coming, and that Westeros needs Stannis to face it. And if Stannis is going North to battle the White Walkers, he's going to need someone like Davos Seaworth at his side. Stannis, however, doesn't back down from executing Davos until Mellisandre chimes in. Davos is right, she says, the War of Five Kings is as nothing next to the Death marching on the Wall (of all the times for her to gain a little perspective...) The realm needs Stannis to prevent a second War against the Great Other, and Stannis needs Davos in the army of The Lord of Light - stating that Davos still has a role to play. Stannis, chuckling at the irony of it all, tells Davos to thank the Red God that he hates so much, as He has just saved his life.

Finally, at '''Yunkai''', Team Dany is waiting for the vast majority of citizens (those in bondage) to receive her. Daenerys is concerned, saying that maybe the slaves didn't want to be conquered. Jorah denies this, saying that she never conquered them, she liberated them. The gates open, and the sea of freed slaves congregate outside the city walls, gathering before Dany's personal guard in very large numbers (probably all 200,000 of them). Missandei addresses the crowd, saying that they owe their freedom to the true Queen of Westeros, but Daenerys interrupts. She tells the slaves that they owe her nothing, and that their freedom belongs to them ''alone.'' After a protracted moment of silence, one of the ex-slaves with a child on his shoulder cries out a single word: ''Mhysa!'' He is immediately joined by his daughter and others present, until ''all'' of them are chanting the phrase. Dany asks Missandei for its meaning, who explains that it is the Ghiscari word for ''mother''. Endeared by this, Dany begins to descend from the dais. The Unsullied, Grey Worm, Jorah, Barristan and Daario ready their weapons in protest as the assemblage surges and swells.

-->'''Daenerys:''' It's alright. These people won't hurt me.

Mormont takes her hand chivalrously and leads her down. She kneels by her first children and whispers to Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion in Valyrian.

-->'''Daenerys:''' Sovetes. ''{Fly}''

The magical beasts take to the air. Dany steps beside her trusted general and his men, who had leveled spears at the excited masses.

-->'''Daenerys:''' Ynot rebagon. ''{Let me pass.}''

Daenerys walks among the freed men and women. Jorah and the others become concerned as she is enveloped by the adoring crowd and they lose sight of her... The tide of people suddenly raises Daenerys up above them, transforming their fear to awe. As her joyous people keep trying to reach and touch her reverently, all the while chanting [[TitleDrop Mhysa]], over and over again. Dany, [[WhenSheSmiles glowing]] with happiness lays her palm on the upturned hands of all those around her in return. Drogon soars past his mother, who looks to the sky while the camera pans out, giving us the sky's eye view of Daenerys. In this moment, she is no longer a queen, not even a ''khaleesi.'' She has become a legend.

Well, until next season!

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!!Tropes:
* AdaptedOut: Maester Pylos has disappeared (in the books he was sent to Dragonstone by the Citadel when Cressen started getting too old to handle the job by himself), which is why Shireen is the one teaching Davos to read, and why Davos is the one sifting through a stack of scrolls when that's normally a Maester's job.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Arya's habit of hiding sheep-shit in Sansa's bed [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry whenever she was angry with her]].
* ArmourPiercingQuestion:
** Tyrion asks his father "When have you ever done something that wasn't in your interest, but solely for the benefit of the family?" Tywin's response can be seen under ShutUpKirk.
** Tyrion gets his own later when Cersei tells him that the best way to make Sansa happy is to get her pregnant.
--->'''Tyrion''': (to Cersei) You have children. How happy would you say you are?
* BadassAndChildDuo: The Hound and Arya seem to have become this, though Arya is far from harmless.
* BadassBoast:
** Courtesy of Tywin; "Any man who must say ''I am the king'' is no true king. I'll make sure you understand that when I've won your war for you."
** Stannis gets in on the fun, too, highlighting his status as TheUnfettered;
-->'''Stannis:''' My enemies have made my kingdom ''bleed''. I will not forget that. I will not forgive that. I will punish them with any arms at my disposal.
* BiggerBad: Jojen and Melisandre realise that the White Walkers ''are this.''
* BigSisterInstinct:
** Yara proves that for all her contempt for her brother, she has this in spades.
** Though not blood-related, Shae makes it clear that she feels the same way about Sansa.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Varys tries to buy Shae off because he believes that she's a [[ToxicFriendInfluence dangerous liability]] to Tyrion, one of the few men who could make the country a better place. She takes it as Tyrion trying to bribe her and break off by proxy.
* BrosBeforeHoes: Or Crows Before Hoes With Bows.
* TheBusCameBack: Several characters from seasons 1 and 2 return, including Pypar, Maester Aemon, Yara Greyjoy and Balon Greyjoy.
* CallBack:
** There are a handful of call backs to the season one finale: Joffrey promised to make a gift of Robb's head to Sansa, and now intends to make good on it; Tywin dismisses everyone around a council table except for Tyrion with the same flat "Not you.", and answers one of Tyrion's questions with an uncharacteristically emotional "Because you're my son."
** Tywin's reveal to Tyrion evokes a conversation between Jon and Tyrion in [[Recap/GameOfThronesS1E2TheKingsroad the second episode]] in which Tyrion remarks that had he been born a peasant, they might have left him out in the woods to die.
** After Gendry begins rowing toward freedom, Ser Davos tells him to have a bowl of ''brown'' for him when he reaches King's Landing.
* CallingTheOldManOut: After Balon callously writes off Theon after he becomes dynastically useless, Yara calls him out and storms off to try and rescue Theon. Seems she's finally fed up with "enduring" her father.
* CatchPhrase: Ygritte's "You know nothing, Jon Snow!" makes a return (and she's right, Jon was convinced she wouldn't shoot him); Joffrey's tendency to proclaim [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I. Am. The KING!"]] is called out by Tywin.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Alluded to very briefly; Tyrion points out how easy it is for Tywin to preach about putting family first when he's the one making the decisions. Tywin responds "Easy for me, is it?" The conversation takes a different direction, so nothing comes of it, but it seems likely that Tywin was referring to this trope.
* ChekhovsSkill: It's quite a good thing that Shireen taught Ser Davos how to read.
* CoDragons: Roose and Walder have become this to Tywin and House Lannister. Roose enforcing Tywin's will in the North and Walder in the Riverlands.
* ContrivedClumsiness:
** Maester Pycelle drops the piece of paper when he hands a missive to Tyrion, forcing him to bend down to pick it up from the floor.
** Arya drops the coin in order to catch the Frey soldier offguard.
* CycleOfRevenge: When Cersei says that the Lannisters will keep dealing with their enemies for as long as it takes, Tyrion retorts with gloom that every time they deal with an enemy, they create two more.
* DarkReprise: This is the second series finale where everyone chants for the King in the North. It's just that last time he wasn't a desecrated corpse.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Robb gets a particularly nasty bit of abuse to his corpse, just in case someone didn't quite get how evil the Freys and Boltons are supposed to be. In addition, sticking his own Direwolf's head on his body is intended in-universe as a mockery of those rumors about his supernatural abilities that we heard several episodes ago.
* DeathGlare:
** Tywin fixes Joffrey with one after he mouths off. Unsurprisingly, Joffrey can't keep eye contact for very long.
** Yara levels one brimmed with cold fury on her father when he refuses to save Theon from the Boltons.
** After convincing King Stannis not to execute Ser Davos, Melisandre still gives one to him.
* DemotedToExtra: Brienne, Qyburn and Daario Naharis all show up in this episode, but have no lines.
* DescriptionCut: Tyrion warns that every time they kill an enemy, two more will turn up in their place. Cut to the Hound and Arya just before they butcher some Freys.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Joffrey insists Tywin is a coward in not so many words. See MassOhCrap below for the council's reaction.
* DoWrongRight: The Hound objects to Arya's killing of the Frey bannerman (and forcing The Hound to kill the rest to save her) only because she didn't warn him first.
* DragonInChief: Joffrey gets reminded of this when his technical underling sends him to his room.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: In a way. The Hound uses a Twin Tower flag to make the Frey men think he's one of them.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Joffrey, during the small council meeting.
* DueToTheDead: Horrifically inverted; Robb's body is paraded around with his head cut off and Grey Wind's staked onto it. Catelyn's death is also cruelly mocked by the Freys.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** When Joffrey starts babbling about sending for Robb's head so he can [[KickTheDog serve it to Sansa at his wedding feast]], Varys is very quick to point out that Sansa is his aunt now, and deserves at least that much respect. Heck, even Cersei wants to believe that he's just joking.
** Played for very dark and nasty laughs with Ramsay Snow, who after castrating Theon a few episodes ago decides to taunt Theon by happily eating a large pork sausage in front of him, and then reacting with mock indignation and horror when he realizes just what Theon thinks he is eating.
-->'''Ramsay:''' [[BlatantLies "I'm not a savage."]]
** The Hound is visibly disturbed by the sight of the desecration of Robb's corpse, especially since the Freys decapitate him and replace the head with Grey Wind's. Messily.
* EroticEating: Ramsay Bolton eating the sausage deliberately invokes the classic image and turns it into the FanDisservice that seems to be the trademark of his scenes.
* EvilIsPetty: Maester Pycelle "accidentally" drops the scroll Tyrion wanted to read just to pester him.
* ExactWords: Arya tells the Hound that yes, this was the first ''man'' she killed - leaving out the boy she killed in season 1. She also slightly emphasizes the word "first", suggesting that she fully expects more to follow.
** Also, when Maester Aemon asks Sam if he remembers the oath he took, Sam invokes this trope to justify him bringing Gilly and her son to Castle Black.
* FamedInStory: A couple of highborn ladies look at Pod and giggle. Word of his 'prowess' has apparently gotten around.
* FeeFiFauxPas: Sam tells Maester Aemon "I know how this must look." Then he remembers that Aemon is ''blind''.
* FingerInTheMail: Ramsay sends Balon and Yara Theon's "Favorite Toy" (IE: his severed penis), with the promise that more of him will follow if they don't leave the North. The box appears to be made of Theon's armor, the medieval equivalent of [[AuthenticationByNewspaper sending a photo of him holding a recent newspaper]].
* FishOutOfWater: When Davos puts Gendry on a boat, the good boy doesn't know which side to sit on to row because he's never been in one before.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** After Arya and the Hound finish off four Frey soldiers, the latter calmly sits down by their campfire and starts finishing off their remaining lunch.
** Varys' facial expressions during the Small Council scene also count.
* GaussianGirl: If but for a second, (through Jorah's eyes) Dany's outline blurs ethereally as she walks into the crowd of liberated Yunkish.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: This is how Joffrey substantiates his pathetic boasts during the Small Council meeting.
* GondorCallsForAid: Maester Aemon, senior member of the Night's Watch, implores the realm for help to stand against the White Walker's march on the Wall. Stannis answers.
* {{Gorn}}: The sight of the Stark camp at the Twins in flames during the Red Wedding, with men being massacred brutally everywhere and Robb's body being paraded around with his noggin chopped off and Grey Wind's head impaled on the stump.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We're spared the sight of Theon's dick-in-a-box, just his father and sister's reactions to it.
* GoToYourRoom: Essentially what Tywin does when Joffrey mouths off.
* IAmTheNoun
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Theon begs his torturer to kill him. Ramsay only makes him repeat it, before refusing.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Bran tells the story of a Night's Watch cook who tricked his king into eating his own son. The king asked for seconds afterward.
** Subverted when Ramsay tricks Theon into thinking [[{{Squick}} he's eating Theon's penis]], but it's actually sausage (maybe).
*** It is. [[BaitAndSwitch Unless]] [[FridgeHorror he sent the Greyjoys a pork sausage.]]
* ImpliedDeathThreat: "Monsters are dangerous and right now kings are dying like flies."
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Gendry explaining why he let Melisandre have her way with him.
* InfoDump: The story Bran tells about the Rat Cook in the Night's Watch and how he was cursed for his breach of SacredHospitality is used to explain exactly why The Red Wedding was so bad by Westerosi standards.
* IronicEcho: "The King in the North!" was shouted as an AwesomeMomentOfCrowning in the season 1 finale, now its used to mock poor Robb.
* {{Irony}}[=/=]RightForTheWrongReasons: During his supremely stupid mouthing off at Tywin, Joffrey says: "My father won the real war", referring to Robert killing Rhaegar. Joffrey's actually right, of course (as Jaime explained several episodes ago), he was just talking about the wrong father.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Gilly is corrected by Sam when she mispronounces Aemon's title as "Master" ('ma-ster') rather than "Maester" ('may-ster').
* JerkassHasAPoint: When Tyrion seems disapproving of the Red Wedding, Tywin asks him to explain why it is more noble to kill a thousand on the battlefield than a dozen at dinner. Tyrion doesn't think for a moment that Tywin did it to save lives, but neither does he dispute the point Tywin makes. However, almost all of Robb's 3,500 loyal bannermen were killed over dinner as well.
* JerkassVictim:
** The Frey soldiers killed by Arya and the Hound.
** The Ironborn who betrayed Theon and mortally wounded Maester Luwin in season 2. We find out that Ramsay Snow had them flayed alive.
* JustJokingJustification: Cersei tries to use this on Joffrey's behalf. [[GenreBlind He doesn't take the escape route.]]
* KickTheDog:
** Balon's refusal to abandon all his gains for a chance at saving Theon is ruthless and cold-hearted, but pragmatic. His mockingly pointing out that Theon isn't his son because [[GroinAttack he isn't a man any more]] is not.
** Joffrey's plan to serve Robb Stark's head to Sansa at his wedding. Fortunately, nobody else seems willing to let him do it.
** Tyrion manages to turn a greeting into a [[LampshadeHanging summation of Joffrey's rule]]: "Killed a few puppies today?"
** Tyrion sees the Red Wedding as this.
* LameComeback: When Tywin basically sends Joffrey to bed without any supper, and then tells Pycelle to give him a sedative, all Joffrey can do is shriek [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I'm. Not. TIRED!"]] before being led away.
* LampshadeHanging: The potential {{Narm}} of Catelyn's wail of grief is horribly derided by the Freys, and compared to "a cow in heat".
* {{Leitmotif}}: Jaqen H'ghar's theme plays when Arya picks up the iron coin he gave her at the end of Season 2 and repeats the ArcWords, "Valar morghulis."
* LoveIsAWeakness: Varys claims Shae is Tyrion's weakness. See YokoOhNo.
* MeaningfulLook: After an entire season of SnarkToSnarkCombat; the look between [[FireForgedFriends Brienne and Jaime]] speaks volumes.
* MaritalRapeLicense: Tyrion explicitly calls it "rape" when his father tells him to hurry up and impregnate Sansa. Tywin doesn't actually dispute his terminology (though in a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Medieval European-equivalent culture]] he would have had grounds to do so), and instead does his usual "put family first" routine.
* MaskOfSanity: Roose Bolton has discarded his, and now shows much more expression than he did before. However, there's something distinctly ''[[UncannyValley off]]'' about his smiles and other displays of feeling, revealing his true nature as TheSociopath.
* MassOhCrap: After Joffrey mouths off to Tywin. Everyone gets their own separate reaction shot. Even Joffrey realizes he's made a mistake.
* {{Moe}}: Mercilessly exploited InUniverse; Arya's been being tough for so long, we'd almost forgotten how cute she can be when she wants to be, and she turns the PuppyDogEyes UpToEleven to deal with the Freys. They fell for it hook, line and sinker.
* MoodWhiplash:
** After Maester Aemon orders Sam to get the Ravens ready to warn everyone about the White Walkers , we see Davos... sorting Stannis's mail. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny This quickly turns hilarious when Davos questions why]] there is a "g" in night. His suspicious tone really sells it.
-->'''Davos''': "To His Grace... King Stannis... Baratheon... inv--aded--invi... ''invited''! To the name-day celebration, for Rylene ''Florent''... on the first niggit-
-->'''Shireen''': "''Night''".
-->'''Davos''': "First night of the full moon - ''why is there a g in night?"''
** After Davos finishes that message, he reads Maester Aemon's message, and the mood whiplashes back to serious again.
** Also, the absolutely brutal scene of the northerners getting butchered is immediately followed by... Sansa and Tyrion taking a stroll and joking a bit with each other.
* MoralEventHorizon (InUniverse): In Westeros, particularly among the Northmen, violating SacredHospitality is treated as such.
* MoralityPet: Arya for the Hound. When he kills three men to save her from a fight she started, he doesn't even condemn her for it, he just tells her to give him some warning next time. Given that Sandor was around Arya's age when he made his first kill, he probably relates.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: More of an OhCrap than the guilt-ridden usual examples of this trope, but the first time Joffrey seems to realize WhatAnIdiot he's been is when he just realizes he's mouthed off at Tywin in the heat of the moment.
* MythologyGag:
** The name "Reek", which made a lot more sense in the books but here is apparently chosen on a whim, as the original Reek was AdaptedOut.
** The method by which Arya kills the Frey soldier (turning on the puppy dog eyes, offering the man a coin, dropping it, perforating the now-exposed backside) is recycled from the books, where Arya used the same method during her escape from Harrenhal.
** Arya's imploring "But I'm hungry" to the Frey soldier before she kills him may be a reference to the books where Arya (and the Red Viper) say that they're hungry "but not for food" in reference to their hunger for revenge.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Uttered by Sam to Maester Aemon, [[DontExplainTheJoke who is blind]], when he arrives back at Castle Black with Gilly and her baby in tow, and quickly explains that the baby isn't his.
* ParentalBetrayal: Balon Greyjoy has been taking lessons from fellow cantankerous grey-haired patriarch Walder Frey on how to throw their loved ones under a bus when their safety is held at ransom. Even Tywin is a better father to Tyrion.
* PetTheDog: Cersei tells Tyrion that if he wants to make things better for Sansa, he should get her pregnant - so that she can have some happiness in her life.
* PragmaticAdaptation: All over the place:
** Stannis decides to sacrifice Gendry much earlier in the story than he decided to sacrifice [[CompositeCharacter Gendry's book counterpart Edric]]. Moving up the schedule for this chain of events has the effect of giving Team Stannis something to do besides sit at Dragonstone and wait to see what happens while burning infidels.
** Davos sends Gendry back to King's Landing alone and in a flimsy rowboat, putting him in a much more suspenseful situation than Edric, who heads off for Lys (well out of reach of everyone who might be looking for him) with a escort of four men (two of them knights) and an actual ship.
** Jaime's reunion with Cersei (which also occurs much earlier) is reduced to an exchange of meaningful gazes, and the show simultaneously [[AdaptationalModesty passes up an opportunity]] for both sex and blood. For [[{{Squick}} obvious reasons]].
** Sam and Gilly reach the Nightfort all by themselves, which saves the introduction of another character for next season as well as allowing Bran to demonstrate his determination by convincing Sam that he has to go north.
** Ygritte's confrontation with Jon allows her to demonstrate that she really isn't willing to switch sides for him, which makes for a little more drama than the book's slightly more ambiguous treatment of the situation.
** Yara is back at Pyke after taking Deepwood Motte offscreen last season, just in time for when Ramsay's message arrives, which might [[AdaptationExpansion add a whole new arc for her]] before the events of ''A Feast For Crows''. In the books, [[AdaptationNameChange Asha]] is still at Deepwood Motte at this point in the story and believes Theon dead.
** Walder Frey declares that he's now Lord of Riverrun, although this might just be triumphant licence on his part. In the books the lordship of Riverrun is granted quite a bit later to his second son Emmon Frey. (Stevron, his firstborn, was AdaptedOut, but would've been one of the casualties of the battle where Robb and Talisa met.)
** Roose Bolton is explicitly named Warden of the North until Tyrion's child by Sansa comes of age. This actually eliminates a small plot hole in the books where the Boltons were raised to supremacy in the North while Tyrion was still planned to claim Winterfell in his child's name, with nothing to deconflict the two mutually exclusive outcomes.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** Stannis realizes just how serious the events described in Aemon's letter must be when Melisandre does a complete 180 from wanting to burn Davos alive for helping Gendry escape to stating that they need him to fight what's coming.
** Tywin also shows true vulnerability for the first time, as he struggles to maintain his composure during his ShutUpKirk.
** Although Davos could be surprised by Melisandre convincing Stannis to spare his life, many book readers prefer the interpretation that Davos is shocked by Stannis ''smiling.''
* RestrainedRevenge: Tyrion notes the names of two people laughing at him, but objects when Sansa asks if he intends to kill them. He suggests asking Varys to dig up some dirt, and has an all-to-brief moment of bonding with Sansa when she suggests a prank of her own.
* TheReveal: The identity of "the boy" who has been torturing Theon is finally made clear. Its Ramsay Snow, Roose Bolton's bastard son.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Despite planning the actual killing unnervingly well, Arya seemed not to have given any thought to how she would survive the reprisals. It's possible she expected the Hound to step in, but it's equally likely she just didn't care if she died, which would make this overlap with MurderSuicide.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Turns out Dagmer, Black Lorren, and the others aren't {{Karma Houdini}}s after all; Ramsay flayed them all alive after they turned Theon over to him.
* RightUnderTheirNoses: Roose Bolton comments about the Blackfish's OffscreenMomentOfAwesome wherein he escaped the Twins.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Yara's plan.
* ShareTheMalePain: Theon's story is now dripping with this. Also good luck with ever eating sausages again.
* ShoutOut: [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "Pyp.... Sam..."]]
* ShutUpKirk: Tyrion calls Tywin out on his constant preaching about family by pointing out that it's easy for Tywin to say as much when he's making all the decisions, and asks him when he ''ever'' did something that was purely for family and not for his own benefit. Tywin responds "The day that you were born. I wanted to carry you into the sea and let the waves wash you away. Instead I let you live, and I've brought you up as my son... because you're a Lannister."
* SlaveLiberation: Of the civilian variant this time, tying up Daenerys' story arc for this Season. Time will tell whether this will work out for good or ill...
* StealthPun: Why is Joffrey so happy at the small council meeting? Tyrion thinks it's because he's killed a few puppies. Well, the Young Wolf (and his army) was just slaughtered.
* StepfordSmiler: Cersei does it a lot in the Small Council meeting while trying to cover for Joffrey's StupidEvil spiraling even further out of control.
* StunnedSilence: A variation; after Tyrion threatens Joffrey again, Joffrey silently looks around a bit, clearly shocked and expecting/hoping for someone to speak in his support, but nobody does. However, it's unlikely that the Council's silence is because they're stunned, and it seems more likely that they either want to see Joffrey brought down a peg, or at least want to gauge how Joffrey will respond.
* StupidEvil: Joffrey insulting Tywin is so stupid even ''he'' realizes what a bad idea it was.
* TheSociopath: Roose Bolton's general demeanour and his distinctly ''[[UncannyValley off]]'' facial expressions support him being this.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Tywin reveals himself as the mastermind behind the Red Wedding.
* ThickerThanWater: Tywin talks about this trope some more, but proves that he really does practice what he preaches with regards to it. See ShutUpKirk for details.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: After the events of last episode, Walder Frey and Roose Bolton get their own little scene detailing their contempt for their ex-ally while discussing their somewhat sordid family lives.
* TooHappyToLive: Tyrion and Sansa appear to be getting along--a ''serious'' improvement from the books, where they never do due to the different circumstances of the wedding. [[note]]In the book, the wedding is sprung as an ambush on Sansa five minutes before the ceremony and, after some charming threats from Joffrey, she is lead crying to the altar.[[/note]] Then she gets the news of the Red Wedding.
* TranquilFury: Tywin's reaction to Joffrey mouthing off at him.
* TravellingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: It takes longer for Jon to reach the Wall than it does for Aemon's letter to reach Dragonstone.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Arya has now committed pre-meditated, cold-blooded murder with her own hands. Granted, the guy was an AssholeVictim of the highest order, but still, this can't be a good sign.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: According to Cersei, Joffrey was a delightful baby. She also completely shoots down the idea that there must have been early signs of his psychopathy; even with hindsight she can't remember any indications that the baby would become a monster.
* VisualPun:
** A somewhat subtle one; Varys offers Shae his pouch with jewels.
** As Davos is reading missives with Shireen helping with pronunciation, Davos says "As his Hand..." right as the camera momentarily has his de-fingered left hand in full view.
* WhosLaughingNow: Walder Frey rants to Roose about how he was tired of always being looked down upon by the Starks and Tullys and how they thought they were better than him (and condemned in him the same behaviors they were guilty of)
* WomanScorned[=/=]FieryRedhead: Ygritte responds to Jon choosing duty over love by shooting three arrows into him.
* YokoOhNo: Shae for Tyrion, at least regarding Varys' plans for him. She doesn't seem to care. [[invoked]]
* YouMonster: Joffrey has the gall to label Tyrion "a little monster". Tyrion [[ShameIfSomethingHappened snarks back]] nonchalantly.
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