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The wind knifes through the tent at Renly's camp in the Stormlands where Renly Baratheon treats with Catelyn Stark, Brienne of Tarth stolid and silent behind him. The two seem to have found common cause against the Lannisters, at least, though Renly has no interest in sparing his brother on the field of battle. As Brienne comes over to help him change clothes, the wind kicks up again, this time bearing a slithering trail of smoke. It forms itself into a man and stabs Renly through the back. Brienne lets out a Big "NO!", and Cat scarcely looks calmer. Guards rush in and immediately pin the blame on Brienne—who in fairness is now kneeling over the body—but she makes short work of them. She seems determined to stay there and cling to Renly's corpse, even if it means dying alongside him, until Cat points out the obvious: "You can't avenge him if you are dead." The two dart out the back.The next morning, Loras and Margaery stand the vigil over Renly's body; of the two, Loras seems more distraught. Littlefinger bursts in and urges them to flee, as most of the Baratheon bannermen will stay with their sigil and go over to Stannis. While Brienne is quite obviously the most convenient perpetrator, Loras (to his credit) doesn't believe she did it; the three of them agree that Stannis had the motive, if not (to their knowledge) the means or opportunity, and is the most likely culprit. Loras is all for charging off and doing something nasty to Stannis involving a sword (and not the nasty things he did to Renly with his sword either), but Littlefinger and Margaery repeat what seems to be the theme of today's episode: "You can't avenge him from the grave." Once Loras has been convinced to flee, Margaery and Littlefinger have some time for private conversation, and Margaery makes it clear that she is diving into the game of thrones headfirst: "Do you want to be a queen?" "No. I want to be the queen." Littlefinger keeps his poker face on, but it's clear he's paying attention.At King's Landing, reports are even more garbled: Tyrion reports to Cersei that Catelyn Stark has joined the list of suspects. Regardless, Stannis is now left the main threat to the Lannisters, as he outnumbers them in ships and men both. Cersei seems rather casual about preparations, claiming that she has things well in hand; and, to her credit, Lancel confirms that she is making preparations: she has commissioned thousands of pots of wildfire, which will be launched from the city walls at Stannis's ships and armies.Back at Renly's camp, Stannis strides through Renly's army—his own army, now—pleased with the day's work. He plans to move on Blackwater Bay as soon as he can get his troops reorganized. Davos begs him not to bring Melisandre with them, claiming that the men will herald the victory as her's, not Stannis's, whom they are starting to perceive as a puppet. "You won those bannermen from Renly. Don't lose them to her." (He's also rather squicked out by what he saw crawling out of the red priestess' vajayjay, which simply marks Davos as eminently sane.) Ultimately, Stannis agrees to win his next victory without her help.Tyrion and Bronn take a jaunt through the streets of King's Landing to assess the citizenry. They come across a preacher yelling loudly about a "demon monkey" that uses Joffrey as a Puppet King, an Evil Chancellor who is to blame for all that is ill in the city. Tyrion is understandably aghast to be informed that he himself is that creature.At the Iron Islands, Theon is pleased at the sight of his longship, the Sea Bitch, but is unable to assert any dominance over his crew; in fact, they threaten mutiny to his face. (He is striding around about as cocksure as Lancel was last episode, but that's still pretty harsh.) He's saved by the advent of his Number Two, a man named Dagmer who clearly commands the men's respect and is willing to bow to Theon. Neither of them are satisfied with this mission of trolling fishermen, and Dagmer suggests seizing Torrhen's Square, but Theon rejects it, as a huge party of men would sally forth to take it once word reached Winterfell that... The two of them trade knowing smiles.Arya serves the table whilst Lord Tywin Lannister and his advisors hold a council of war in Harrenhal, trying to decide what to do about Robb Stark; pride, swiftly stifled, is visible on her face as Lord Tywin admits that he is too skilled at warfare to make errors, that House Lannister must stop waiting for a mistake that will never come and goad him into a poor position. He then turns to Arya and asks her about her origins. She tries to claim she's from Maidenpool, in fief to House Mooton, but stumbles when asked about their sigil (a red salmon). She reverts to being from Barrowton (House Dustin; two axes crossed beneath a black crown), but is forced to admit she's actually from the North. When asked if she thinks the Young Wolf is invincible, Arya fixes Lord Tywin with a calm gaze and says, "Anyone can be killed." Lord Tywin does not punish her, but after she's left he does remove the plate of food she has just put before him.Whilst below fetching water, Arya is astonished to find Rorge, Biter and Jaqen H'ghar marching through the castle, now in Lannister crimson and evidently serving beneath the lion banner. Jaqen corners her, but with thanks instead of threats: he promises her three deaths for the ones she stole from the Red God in saving them during the battle. "Only death can pay for life," he tells her; a girl need only say the names. Arya, perhaps impulsively, demands the death of the Tickler.Somewhere Beyond the Wall, the Night's Watch arrives at the Fist of the First Men, a natural fortification where they have arranged to meet with Qhorin Halfhand and a contingent from the Shadow Tower. Samwell takes a break from prattling about Gilly to prattle about the history of the location (Dolorous Edd: "Before I die, please, stop talking."), but Jon isn't as pleased: the spot has the feel of a Last Stand to him, as he's convinced that when the First Men came here, they were running from something horrible. Their ruminations are interrupted by the sound of a horn, and Sam takes the opportunity to Info Dump: one hoot means rangers returning, two means wildlings. Three means the White Walkers. "It's been a thousand years, but... That's the only time they blow the horn three times." It's only one blast: Qhorin has arrived.