Recap: Game Of Thrones S 3 E 4 And Now His Watch Is Ended
In King's Landing
, Tyrion asks Varys whether he has any evidence that his sister tried to have him killed during the Battle of Blackwater. Varys has none. He does, however, give Tyrion a nice lecture on how revenge is a dish Best Served Cold
. He tells of how as a boy, he was castrated by a sorcerer as part of a dark magical ritual (hence his distrust of all magic), then cast aside. Varys worked his way up from petty thief in Myr to Master of Whispers in King's Landing, always expanding his influence. He opens a large box to reveal the sorcerer, bound and gagged, finally in Varys' clutches after all these years. Later, Varys is informed by Ros that Littlefinger likely plans to take Sansa with him to the Vale, as he has ordered two feather beds for his ship. Varys intends to stop him from doing so, as he discusses with Lady Olenna. Lady Olenna comments that Sansa is a naive and uninteresting girl, but as Robb Stark's heir (since Arya, Bran, and Rickon are presumed dead), to control her opens the way for control of the North.
Joffrey takes Lady Margaery on a tour of the Great Sept of Baelor. She pretends to share his macabre interest in the Targaryen tombs. She leads Joffrey to greet the crowd of common people outside the Sept, who give them, or at least Margaery, their adoration. Cersei is increasingly concerned with the Tyrells' influence in the city and on Joffrey, as she points out to Lord Tywin. Her father points out that the Tyrells saved the city from Stannis' army, and that someone
needs to rein Joffrey in if Cersei is incapable of doing so. Furthermore, he chews her out for not being as intelligent as she thinks she is, saying that his reason for not giving her more influence is his lack of faith in her political abilities rather than her sex.
Sansa and Margaery meet in the Godswood outside the city, and seem to hit it off rather well. Margaery suggests that once she becomes Queen, Sansa could marry Ser Loras and live in Highgarden. Sansa is thrilled at the idea.
In the North
, Bran has another dream where Jojen tells him he has to catch the Three-eyed Raven. When he tries to climb a tree to reach it, his mother Catelyn appears and reminds him that he promised to stop climbing. Psychotically, she screams, "Promise Me!" over and over again and then shoves him out of the tree. He wakes up shaken, with Jojen staring at him.
Elsewhere, Theon is led by his apparent savior to Deepwood Motte, where his sister Yara is allegedly waiting for him. They sneak into the castle through the sewers, where Theon expresses his regret at his past actions. He admits that Ned Stark was his true father all along and that Balon Greyjoy never cared about him. Unfortunately, his actions during the Sack of Winterfell have ruined any chance of reconciling with Robb and the others, so he feels he has no choice but to return to the Iron Islands with Yara. The Boy leads Theon to a room which turns out to be the very torture chamber that he thought he'd escaped from. A band of men step out of the shadows, and the Boy claims that Theon was the one who killed their comrades during his escape attempt (when it was really himself), telling them to, "put him back where he belongs." The men beat Theon up and bind him kicking and screaming to the cross once more.
In the Riverlands
, Arya, Gendry and the Hound are led to the hidden base of the Brotherhood without Banners. Sandor Clegane is brought before the Brotherhood's leader, Beric Dondarrion, and told he will stand trial for his crimes. When they accuse him of the Mountain's crimes, he retorts that he hates his brother and has nothing to do with Gregor's actions. As the men of the Brotherhood cannot name any specific crimes that the Hound has committed, Arya mentions his killing of her friend Mycah
. Lord Beric, a convert to the faith of the Lord of Light, sentences Clegane to a trial by combat to determine his guilt. He will fight the Hound himself.
Elsewhere, Jaime is suffering further torments by Lord Bolton's men. Left to ride with his severed hand dangling around his neck, he loses consciousness and slips onto the muddy ground. When he begs for water, Locke gives him horse piss to drink. Jaime manages to grab a sword off one of the soldiers, but is hopeless at fighting with his left hand. He is handily defeated, beaten and told that he will lose his other hand if he makes such an attempt again. While sitting by the fire that night, Brienne criticizes Jaime for slipping into despondency, telling him he cannot hope to get revenge if he dies. She asks him why he lied about her father's wealth in order to save her the night before. Jaime cannot answer.Beyond the Wall
, the surviving men of the Night's Watch are still recovering their strength in Craster's Keep. Some of them are dying of their wounds, and the rest are starved for food. Many suspect that Craster is secretly hoarding supplies and keeping it from them. One night, tensions boil over, and a fight breaks out between Craster and some of the men. Craster is killed by Karl. When Lord Commander Mormont tries to intervene, Rast stabs and kills him. In the ensuing chaos, Sam runs to fetch Gilly and her son. They escape into the night, with Rast promising to slit Sam's throat.
, Daenerys is making the final transaction to buy all the Unsullied in the city. She hands Drogon, her largest dragon, over to Master Kraznys on a chained leash. Kraznys hands her a ceremonial whip, a symbol of command over the Unsullied. Upon establishing that the deal is finalized and after testing the discipline of her new army, Dany reveals to Kraznys that she does indeed speak Valyrian, and could therefore understand all his insults. Furthermore, she points out that a dragon is not a slave and not his to control. She orders the Unsullied to kill all the Good Masters of Astapor, spare the children, and to free any slaves they find. To Drogon she simply says "Dracarys", whereupon he burns Kraznys mo Nakloz to a crisp and rains fire over the city. After the sack of Astapor is complete, Dany tells the Unsullied that they are no longer slaves, and may go their own way if they so please. They all declare their willingness to stay with her as free men. Eight thousand soldiers march out of the gates of the city under Daenerys' banner, her three dragons flying overhead.