Recap: Game Of Thrones S 3 E 5 Kissed By Fire
In King's Landing
, Tyrion consults Lady Olenna regarding the expense of the royal wedding and convinces her to have the Tyrells pay for half of it. Meanwhile, Littlefinger finds out about the Tyrells' plan to marry Sansa Stark to Loras Tyrell. Tywin plans a counter by arranging her to marry Tyrion. Cersei gloats at his discomfort...until Tywin turns to her and informs her she's going to marry Loras, giving the Lannisters control over both the North and the Reach.
, a vengeful Lord Karstark kills the two Lannister hostages. Despite the advice of his wife and mother, Robb chooses to execute him, losing him half of his army who were loyal to Karstark. He realizes the only way he can effectively attack the Lannisters is to seize their home city Casterly Rock, but the catch is he'll need to get more men from Walder Frey to do it, after already breaking his oath to marry one of Walder's daughters.
Someplace else in the Riverlands
, Sandor Clegane is sentenced to trial by combat against Beric Dondarrion. Despite Dondarrion wielding a Flaming Sword
, triggering Clegane's fear of fire, Clegane wins by slashing Dondarrion through the chest. But Dondarrion is brought back to life by Thoros of Myr. Clegane is given back his freedom... but not his gold. Arya is disgusted that Sandor gets to live. Beric informs Arya they will transport her to Riverrun to be reunited with Robb and Catelyn, while Gendry decides to stay with the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Meanwhile Jaime and Brienne are brought to Roose Bolton at Harrenhal
and granted hospitality. Jaime's stump is treated by Qyburn; later, during a bath, Jaime tells Brienne why he killed the Mad King. Jaime eventually faints and Brienne stops him from drowning.Beyond the Wall
, Jon Snow is interrogated about the Wall's security. The Wildlings promise to kill him if they find out he is lying. Later, he is led into a cave with a hot spring in it and seduced by Ygritte. As they cuddle, Ygritte says she wishes they could just stay in this cave forever.
In Slaver's Bay
, while Daenerys and her Unsullied march towards their next conquest, Ser Jorah and Ser Barristan discuss plans for her eventual conquest of Westeros and reminisce about their part in the fall of the Mad King. The Unsullied elect a member called Grey Worm to be their leader and spokesperson. Daenerys tells the Unsullied they are free to discard their slave names and chose better names, but Grey Worm says he wants to keep his name, because it was the name he had when Daenerys freed him and his brothers.
, Stannis Baratheon meets with his wife Selyse. He confesses that he slept with Melissandre and begs her forgiveness, but she is perfectly fine with it, because she is a fanatical devotee to the Lord of Light. He then visits his daughter Shireen, who is hidden away from the world because she is disfigured. When Shireen finds out that Ser Davos has been imprisoned as a traitor, she decides to visit her friend in his cell. She tries to loan him a book, but Ser Davos tells her that he doesn't know how to read. She resolves to teach him.
- Adaptation Distillation: It's confirmed in this episode that Willas and Garlan Tyrell do not exist in the TV series, or at least have been downgraded to younger brothers, as Loras is heir to Highgarden.
- Robb's plan to attack Casterly Rock is entirely original, with the commentary explaining that it was added because without his having some concrete goal while going to the Twins, it became obvious for several episodes on end that he was marching to his death.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Stannis' wife and daughter are more attractive than they're described in the books, even with the daughter's scarring.
- Adaptational Villainy: Selyse Baratheon in the books seems to care more for her daughter, and didn't do the whole creepy People Jars thing.
- Adapted Out: A rather bizarre mass occurrence. In the books, Karstark forces are never depicted as a particularly large portion of the army, while in the series they apparently comprise "half" of Robb's forces. Since houses Umber, Bolton, Reed, and Mormont have important roles in the series, and Manderly and Glover have at least been mentioned, that means that either Karstark has been made vastly more powerful, all of the above have suffered from inexplicably disappearing armies or that Robb is simply exaggerating for effect.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Cersei, normally very proud and smug, is reduced to tearfully begging her father not to marry her off to Loras.
Cersei: Father, don't make me do it again, please.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe. Jamie and Beric both relate their feelings and experiences with Ned Stark. Suffice to say, they have wildly differing opinions of the man.
- Appropriated Appellation: Grey Worm keeps his derogatory name, given to Unsullied to remind them that they are vermin, because his birth name was cursed (when he was taken as a slave) whereas Grey Worm is the name he had when Daenerys set him free. This is even more so in the books when the Unsullied are given such names at random every day, to remind them that they own nothing, not even names.
- Inverted with Jaime after he collapses in Brienne's arms.
Brienne: GUARDS! THE KINGSLAYER!
Jaime: Jaime...my name is Jaime...
- Armor-Piercing Question: Jaime asks Brienne if she would have obeyed an order from Renly to kill her own family, like how the Mad King had ordered him to kill his, and stood around while watching hundreds of thousands of innocents murdered. Brienne doesn't know how to respond to that.
- Arranged Marriage:
- Arranged by Tywin for Sansa and Tyrion, and Cersei and Loras. This secures for House Lannister and the Iron Throne both Highgarden and the North. Cersei is adamant that she won't go through that again.
- Robb realizes he'll need to seek the help of the Freys, and recalls the bargain he didn't keep.
- Badass Boast: Jaime gives several in quick succession; when Qyburn suggests he cut off Jaime's entire right arm, Jaime threatens him against it, telling him "I don't need my right hand to kill you." When Qyburn tells him there will be "pain" when he cleanses Jaime's stump, Jaime simply says "I'll scream". When Qyburn rephrases it to "quite a bit of pain", Jaime replies "I'll scream loudly".
- Back from the Dead: Lord Beric is resurrected by Thoros within seconds from Sandor killing him, and mentions that it's the sixth time this has happened.
- Band of Brothers: When Gendry decides to stay with the Brotherhood, as he's never had a family. When Arya offers to make him part of her family, he sadly points out that her social station means she'll always be above him.
- Bathtub Bonding: Despite at first looking like a simple Bathtub Scene in a series notorious for its naked people quotient, it quickly becomes obvious that its principal purpose is not Fanservice and is a crucial moment in Brienne and Jaime's Character Development.
- Berserk Button:
- For Tywin, it seems open defiance from his own children is the one thing that can push him into open anger in an instant.
- Robb shouts in anger for the first time over the murdered Lannister brothers.
- Arya seems to have crossed it after the Hound's victory over Dondarrion. Like Robb, this episode shows her raising her voice in anger for the first time.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Robb explodes at Karstark.
- Bait the Dog: Lord Bolton stops Locke from taunting Jaime with his own severed hand, before delivering his own epic trolling.
- Blood Magic: Lord Beric lights his sword on fire by running a bleeding hand across it.
- Brutal Honesty: Stannis tells his daughter that the Onion Knight has been thrown in the dungeon for treason. He also confesses to his wife that he's cheated on her with the Red Woman, and is dumbfounded to discover that she knows and approves.
- Call Back:
- Thoros' use of a Flaming Sword at Pyke is brought up, last mentioned in a conversation between Jaime and Jory in Season 1.
- Tyrion asks Tywin if he has forgotten that Tyrion was married once (to a prostitute who was later pimped to the guard by Tywin when he found out). Tywin remembers it "only too well."
- Gendry refers to Arya as "milady", as he did when he first found out who she was.
- Robb's execution of Lord Karstark is extremely similar to Theon's execution of Ser Rodrik, up to the scenes both taking place in the middle of a heavy rain, with the dead man leaning over a bench rather than a proper block, and the execution performed with a normal sword rather than an executioner's axe or greatsword. Robb does a much neater job of it, however, taking Karstark's head completely cleanly.
- Jaime's refusal to kill his father is explained as another of 'the things he does for love'.
- Jaime says that the Mad King's Famous Last Words were "Burn them all", as he told King Robert and Ser Barristan in S1.
- Cersei says Sansa is no longer a child as she's had her first period. "She and I have discussed it at length."
- Canon Foreigner: Olyvar, Littlefinger's spy and presumably one of his prostitutes, doesn't exist in the novels.
- The Cast Showoff: Musical theater star Kerry Ingram is first heard singing.
- Cool Old Lady: Lady Olenna explains exactly how well she understands a wartime economy to Tyrion.
- Coup de Grâce: Jaime says that the Mad King believed that instead of burning with the rest of Kings Landing he'd turn into a dragon and smite his enemies. "I slit his throat to make sure that didn't happen."
- Damaged Soul: The resurrection process causes Beric to lose some of his memories
- Death Glare
- Brienne shoots daggers from her eyes when Jaime insults her for being unable to protect Renly.
- Tyrion and Tywin exchange several towards the end of the episode.
- Death Is Cheap: Lord Beric gets to his feet moments after Sandor runs him through with a sword. Averted afterwards when he reveals that each time he's brought back from the dead, he remembers less of himself.
- Defiant to the End: Lord Karstark, though this is not the triumphant moment this trope usually is, and instead cements how far past the Moral Event Horizon he's gone and how badly he has damaged the Northern cause by his actions.
- Dirty Coward: The Karstark man who pleads his innocence, and says he only watched, does not help his case with the furious Robb.
"This man was only the watcher. Hang him last, so that he may watch the others die."
- Distracted by the Sexy: Jaime's eyes flicker to Brienne's chest and legs when she stands before him naked.
- Dying Curse: "Kill me and be cursed, you are no king of mine." Lord Karstark's last words.
- Eureka Moment: Robb figures out the one way remaining to effectively strike at the Lannisters... then can only smile at the absurdity that in order to pull it off, he'll need to go groveling to the man he broke his oath to.
- Every Scar Has A Story: Beric explains how his scars are related to a series of deadly incidents.
- Expecting Someone Taller: The Queen of Thorns telling Tyrion her disappointment in finding a "browbeaten bookkeeper" instead of the Depraved Dwarf and Deadpan Snarker of his reputation. Tyrion can't even think of a good comeback line.
- Face-Revealing Turn: Stannis' daughter is introduced lying on her side in bed singing to herself. It's only after she runs up and hugs her father that the audience sees that the other side of her face is disfigured by greyscale.
- Fainting: Jaime due to his weakness coupled with a moment of high emotion, first when Bolton reveals that his sister is alive, then due to his fury over Stark's judgement of him.
- Famous Last Words: See Dying Curse above.
- Fanservice: An episode with a particularly high amount of nakedness. However Jaime and Brienne's scene was not fanservice-y at all, instead being an important dramatic scene.
- Fate Worse than Death: Rejected by Arya, when she asks if her father could be brought back like Beric, and he replies that he wouldn't wish his fate on Ned.
- Flaming Sword: Beric's, fuelled by Thoros' magic. There's also a reference by Jorah and Barristan to Thoros' past use of one at Pyke.
- Genre Savvy: Ser Jorah nonchalantly chats with Barristan about the latter's role in Robert's government the first time they're alone together, to find out just how much he knows about Jorah's spying on the Targaryans.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Talisa, Catelyn and Edmure are as disgusted as Robb by the Lannister boys' murder, but they all advise him against what he does, and Talisa, despite having more reason to be upset than any of them, wants Robb to do whatever he can to end the war quickly.
- Honor Before Reason: Robb follows his father in this, executing Lord Karstark and losing half his army to make sure he does justice. There is a practical side of this, oddly enough brought up by Karstark himself; Robb's kind treatment of his mother after her treason has made him look weak in the eyes of his bannermen. He's ended up in a no-win scenario; spare Lord Karstark, and his men will think they can defy him with impunity, kill him, and lose half his army.
- Ill Girl: ShireenFrom the books...
- Improbable Age: Grey Worm in comparison to Ser Jorah and Ser Barristan; justified as all the Unsullied were enslaved at a very young age.
- Instant Seduction: Loras gets talked into bed pretty easily. Justified by Olyvar presumably being one of Littlefinger's prostitutes, and therefore quite experienced at this, as well as Loras not having a sexual partner since Renly's death.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Between Stannis Baratheon's daughter Shireen and Ser Davos Seaworth.
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Olyvar tells Loras, "I should like to see you spar with a proper partner, ser." They end up "sparring" in Loras' bed shortly afterwards.
- It's All About Me: Tywin clearly thinks this way; his choice of words during the discussion about the Tyrell's plot makes it very clear that he's taking it as a personal insult. His plans for his children further emphasise it.
- Kick the Dog:
- Tywin and Cersei reach a new record in this with the plan to wed Sansa to Tyrion. Tywin at least is doing it with his usual emotionless pragmatism, but Cersei is clearly relishing Tyrion's fury with no thought at all for Sansa.
- Roose Bolton deliberately draws out telling Jaime about the Battle of the Blackwater as long as humanly possible, leaving him to agonize over the idea of Cersei being dead meaninglessly. However, he does eventually tell him the truth, when he could easily have lied or refused to answer at all, making it a bit ambiguous how we're supposed to read that scene.
- The Hound telling a furious and screaming Arya that apparently God likes him more than the butcher's boy. While he was barely coherent himself at that point (just coming down from an adrenaline high and trying to put out his flaming shield,) it was still pretty cruel.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Cersei's joy over Tyrion being forced into an Arranged Marriage, only to be dealt the same fate herself.
- Like Father, Like Son: Robb acts the most like Ned so far, taking the honorable decision of executing Karstark instead of the reasonable decision of sparing him and keep him hostage to keep his army, and wielding the executioner's sword himself.
- Mad Doctor: Qyburn looks a bit too happy to be cutting into Jaime's stump without anaesthetic.
- Male Frontal Nudity: Courtesy of Olyvar.
- Mandatory Motherhood: Two examples by two different queens — Cersei protests "I am not a brood mare!" but her father relentlessly rides over her protests, determined to put an end to the rumors about her incest with Jaime. Selyse however approves of her husband's infidelity with the Red Woman, as she's promised him a son and all her offspring have been stillborn or (in the case of her daughter) diseased.
- Man on Fire: Beric's flaming sword ignites Sandor's shield, and the fire spreads to his arm before he manages to put it out.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Among his many fatal incidents, Beric Dondarrion was caught and executed by the Lannister forces. Like all his other deaths, it didn't take.
- Manly Tears: Jaime is weeping when he relates how the Mad King ordered him to kill his own father.
- Mata Hari: Despite being a male character, Olyvar arguably fits this trope, at least when it comes to Loras.
- Mr. Fanservice: Let's just say that Olyvar's Adonis-like physique leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination.
- Murder-Suicide/ Suicide by Cop: One way to interpret Karstark's actions; he deliberately provokes Robb further after murdering the boys, and doesn't seem surprised or regretful when Robb sentences him to death. Assuming there was any degree of rationality left to him at that point, his actions might suggest that he intended to die in this fashion, (or, at the very least, didn't care in the slightest if he did).
- Mythology Gag:
- Selyse mentiones Edric as one of her stillborn sons. In the books, Edric is one of Robert's bastards, who has been Adapted Out.
- Barristan talks about how he didn't participate in Small Council meetings because he killed some of Robert's friends during the rebellion. This is a reference to the fact that he was a member of the council in the first book, but not in the series.
- Shireen sings a song about the world under the ocean, which in the books is sung incessantly by her Adapted Out jester Patchface.
- Jon Snow asking Orell what would happen to his eagle if he killed him. In the books, at this point Jon has already killed Orell while he was in the body of his eagle, causing the bird to hate him, and it was eventually taken over by another, Adapted Out warg, Varamyr Sixskins.
- "Aegon - it sounds like Egg" is a reference to the Tales of Dunk and Egg.
- For those who've already read the novel Olenna Tyrell saying that "Royal weddings are much safer."
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- Choosing justice over realpolitik looses Robb half of his army.
- Loras jumping into bed with the first attractive man he meets and letting it slip that he's secretly betrothed means that Littlefinger learns about the Tyrells' plans for Sansa... which he's quick to undermine.
- Nice Girl: Despite her disfigurement and spending her days hidden in her chambers, Shireen is a massive sweetheart and loves her father and Ser Davos dearly.
- Nice To The Onion Knight: Even though her mother despises Ser Davos, Shireen considers him her friend, and resolves to teach him to read.
- No Medication for Me: Jaime refuses milk of the poppy as a painkiller while being treated by Qyburn.
- The Oathbreaker:
- Jaime lets his angst pour out by noting how impossible it was for him to keep them given the sheer murderous extent of Aerys's madness by the end.
- Jon Snow breaks his vows to remain celibate, pushing him further into the wildling camp.
- Off with His Head!: Robb removes Lord Karstark's even more cleanly than his father killed the deserter in the first episode, and with an inferior weapon to boot. The music playing over this scene is "Pay the Iron Price," the same Psycho Strings we heard last season when Theon Greyjoy killed Rodrik Cassel after the capture of Winterfell.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- Tywin actually shouts with anger in this episode, and its enough to completely cow both his stubborn and rebellious children. Cersei (who is the Queen Regent and technically outranks him,) is immediately reduced to pleading.
- Robb also shouts in anger for the first time.
- Jaime actually fully opens up to Brienne in his feverish state, telling her things that he's told no one, probably not even Cersei. He also shows flickers of sexual attraction to a woman other than his sister.
- Sandor Clegane again shows fear, when confronted with Beric's flaming sword, and almost screams when he tries to get his burning shield off.
- An In-Universe lampshading when Tyrion tells her sister to stop smiling at him as it's making him uncomfortable.
- Parental Neglect: Selyse Baratheon obviously doesn't love Shireen, considering her practically a curse. Stannis does care for his daughter, but is a bit awkward around her.
- The Patriarch: Tywin's position as this is clearer in this episode than ever before. His argument for why he can order Cersei around and choose who she marries is "YOU'RE MY DAUGHTER!" As far as he's concerned, that overrides her position as Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms.
- People Jars: Stannis' wife Selyse is shown to keep in her bedchamber the bodies of her stillborn children in large jars.
- Pet the Dog: Stannis tries to connect with both his wife and his daughter properly, showing real remorse, vulnerability, and the closest thing to tenderness that such a frosty man can. Unfortunately, his wife is so deranged that it doesn't work all that well, and Shireen's questions about Davos make him so uncomfortable that he leaves after a moment rather than stay with her.
- Pride: Tragically, Jaime's pride of being a Lannister and thus considering himself above anyone else's judgment prevented him from explaining the truth of Aerys's assassination to Ned Stark. If he did, the honorable soldier might have vouched for his actions of killing the omnicidal despot despite otherwise condemning Jaime for breaking his oath.
- Pretty Boy: Loras and Olyvar.
- Revenge by Proxy: Karstark jumps over the Moral Event Horizon with his murder of two Lannister children who had absolutely nothing to do with his sons' deaths.
- Right Through His Pants:
- Subverted for once, as Ygritte is just confused at why Jon isn't also getting undressed. We then cut to after the deed, where they're both nude.
- Also played straight: Loras oddly keeps his pants on while he is having sex with Olyvar.
- Rule of Symbolism
- Robb Stark kills Karstark to the tune of "Pay the Iron Price", the same Psycho Strings that played as Theon Greyjoy killed Rodrik Cassel after the capture of Winterfell in Season 2.
- As Shireen tells Davos the title of the book is A History of Aegon the Conqueror and His Conquest of Westeros, the scene cuts to Daenerys' new Unsullied army marching and chanting.
- Sarcasm Mode: Evident in Littlefinger's response when Sansa claims it's her concern for him that's preventing her escaping back to the North. "I can't tell you how touched I am. By your concern for my welfare."
- Saying Too Much: Loras is guilty of this when he informs Olyvar of his betrothal to Sansa. Littlefinger decides to check this information with Sansa who doesn't reveal this secret, but her sudden reluctance to leave King's Landing tells Littlefinger all he needs to know.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: The show skips over Jon undressing and his sex with Ygritte. See also Scenery Censor, below.
- Scenery Censor: Brienne stands up in the bathtub, so furious is she over Jaime's taunt over her failure to protect Renly. Either Jaime's head is in the way or we just see Toplessness from the Back.
- A Shared Suffering: Both Tyrion and Cersei get bullied by their father into Arranged Marriages. Tywin caps this off with a Kick the Dog moment when he makes his contempt for his children clear before storming off.
- Ship Tease: Maisie said in an interview that they did several takes of the "I can be your family" scene, and used the one that sounds most like Arya is making a declaration of love.
- Shirtless Scene: Loras has one, but Olyvar is completely naked.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: 17 years after the event and long after Ned Stark is dead, Jaime is still infuriated by his unspoken contempt.
"By what right does the WOLF judge the LION? BY WHAT RIGHT?"
- Smug Smiler: Cersei has a particularly grating one when Tywin outlines his new plan. It disappears as soon as he outlines the second part of it.
- Storming the Castle: Robb Stark sets a new strategy: an attack on Casterly Rock.
- Subverted Catch Phrase: Jon Snow does know something after all.
Ygritte: Are you still dressed? (Jon starts giving her oral sex) You know nothing, Jon Sno-oh-oh-ohhhhh!
- Sympathetic Adulterer: Stannis' wife Selyse completely forgives him for cheating on her with Melisandre. Of course that's because she's The Fundamentalist.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Jaime is cast as this in light of his betrayal of King Aerys II, as it was to save the city as well as his father. On being asked why he didn't tell anyone, he notes that it would be useless to try to convince Ned Stark about a Shoot the Dog.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: After two and a half seasons, we finally get Jaime Lannister's side of the story. And what a story it is.
- Talk to the Fist: The Blackfish slugs Lord Karstark after he calls King Robb "boy". Celebrated in this gif◊.
- Tautological Templar: When Stannis confesses his infidelity, Selyse doesn't regard it as such.
Selyse: No act done in the service of the Lord of Light can ever be a sin.
- Testosterone Poisoning: A subtle version, because Ser Jorah and Ser Barristan are older than usual for this trope, but the two engage in a verbal pissing contest when Barristan hints that Jorah's lousy reputation means he should step aside for him as Dany's advisor, and Jorah responds by pointing out that Barristan only joined them a few days ago, compared to the long relationship he and Dany share.
- Their First Time: Jon and Ygritte.
- Title Drop: Ygritte explains to Jon that the Wildlings refer to redheads like her as "kissed by fire". The Wildlings consider having red hair to be lucky.
- Too Much Information: According to Jon, Ygritte's talk of previous lovers.
- Trial by Combat: Sandor Clegane is judged for his murder of Mycah by him having a duel with Beric Dondarrion. Sandor's victory leads the Brotherhood Without Banners to declare him innocent and release him, despite Arya's protests that he did do it.
- Troll: Roose Bolton of all people has a moment when he builds up to how close King's Landing came to destruction before suddenly revealing that Jaime's family is alive and well. It's obvious where Ramsay gets it.
- Two-Faced: Shireen Baratheon, due to a nasty case of greyscale. Subverted otherwise, however, as she is one of the nicest people in the entire series.
- Two-Person Pool Party: After Jon Snow and Ygritte have sex the first time, they do it again in the hot spring.
- The Unfavourites: Tywin makes his contempt for both Tyrion and Cersei clear.
Tywin: My children! You've disgraced the Lannister name for far too long.
- Uptown Girl: Gendry points out to Arya that their friendship can only go so far thanks to the social divide.
Gendry: These men are brothers, they’re family. I’ve never had a family.
Arya: I can be your family.
Gendry: You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be m'lady.
- Why Did It Have to Be Fire?: Similar to Blackwater, Sandor is obviously terrified when Beric sets his sword on fire. This time, he has to face it as there is no way out.
- Would Hurt a Child: Karstark does, and Robb's fury is in no small part because they were children.
- Written-In Infirmity: Sorry ladies, but that's not actually Kit Harrington jumping into the hot spring nude. He'd broken his ankle, which forced all his scenes to be filmed near the end of the shooting schedule, and wasn't yet up for something so physical.