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We start the episode with a close up of the Stark war map and the pieces at play, all of the Young Wolf's remaining banners have gathered at the red fork for Edmure Tully's wedding. Particular emphasis rests on the miniature flayed man of house Bolton... Robb discusses his upcoming attack on Casterly Rock with his mother and Catelyn inquires why he is deferring to her. He reminds her that when she tried to dissuade him from sending Theon to parley with his father, Balon Greyjoy, he didn't listen and the fallout cost him dearly with the Ironborn ravaging the Northern freeholds, sacking Winterfell and murdering his younger brothers. He freely asks for her advice. At first glance Catelyn can see that they are on the losing side and that so much depends on "if Walder Frey cooperates" in lending them his military forces. The risks have never been higher... But she tells Robb to "show them (the Lannisters) how it feels to lose what they love."The Stark army, with Grey Wind ahead, arrives in force at The Twins, where Robb immediately meets with the Late Lord Walder Frey in order to make a formal apology to him. Walder initiates the sacred laws of hospitality by offering his guests bread and salt - symbolically and literally putting himself and those he houses under the inviolable law of guest right. Frey tells the King in the North that he's not the one that Robb needs to direct his apologies to, bringing out his array of daughters and granddaughters to face the King. They... avert Hollywood Homely; the prospective groom has a look of absolute mortification on his face. Robb promptly apologizes to them all for breaking his vow and leaving them to rot with their unsavory old man. After presenting Talisa and making a bunch of lewd note comments about her (much to Robb's displeasure, who has to be restrained from hitting Frey by Cat), Lord Walder pulls his crotchety old ass up from his throne - pitches Stark's men in tents outside the castle and formally initiates the wedding. "The wine will flow red and the music will play loud!" Finally, a respite for our beleaguered freedom fighters.Now we go to outside Yunkai where Daenerys is holding a war council. She asks her newest man-servant, Daario, about the location of one of Yunkai's smaller back gates on the map, and he points it out, then walks behind her, and steers her hand to the exact spot with a bit of intimate contact; to long-suffering Jorah's chagrin. He says that it is poorly defended and since the guards know him he will be able to get Jorah and Grey Worm in through there, after which they will make their way through the back-streets, open the main city gates and let the Unsullied pour in. Mormont is understandably suspicious of the double dealing pretty-boy, but Daario refutes him, saying that "in my experience, only dishonest people think this way." To settle the matter, Dany asks Grey Worm what he thinks of their newest addition to the team. The Captain of her army remains quiet for a moment, then replies that he trusts Daario. Thus, Dany puts the plan into motion. Barristan says that he should go too, being the best swordsman of the four but Jorah tells him that he is the Queen's Guard, and that he must stay by her side "no matter our pride." Selmy is grudgingly forced to agree.Within The Haunted Forest, Sam is leading Gilly to one of the abandoned castles along the Wall, specifically, the Night Fort. Spouting exposition as he goes. When Gilly asks him how he can possibly know all this he replies that he read it in a very old book. Gilly marvels at this, and says that Sam is just like a wizard. Sam grins into his chest, he has always wanted to be one.In The Riverlands, Arya and The Hound come upon a farmer and his broken cart. The Hound dismounts Stranger, tells Arya to wait, helps the man fix his cart, and cleans his clock with a chain-mailed fist. He then moves to kill him, but Arya tries to convinces him otherwise, much to his annoyance. He lectures her on the folly of kindness in a Crap Sack World until the unlucky pork trader stirs, so Arya grabs a slab of wood and knocks him cold again, leaving the Hound flabbergasted.Somewhere in The North, Bran and his party arrive at the same windmill that Ygritte had mistaken for a castle two episodes before. They have a small group discourse, Jojen remarks that a storm is coming. Cue thunder, and all of them agree to stay at the windmill until it passes.Nearby, Jon and the wildlings arrive near a small farm owned by an old man who breeds horses for the Watch. The wildlings are in favor of killing the septuagenarian but Jon objects, saying that he's no threat. They disagree and run towards the farm hoping to draw the Watch from Castle Black and take the eight good mounts for themselves. Jon strikes a rock with Longclaw as he is running, alerting the horses, who in turn forewarn the old man with their panicked nickers and neighs. He gets on a horse and rides off, Ygritte tries to shoot him with her bow but Jon distracts his lover with a shout, sending her shot into a tree-trunk instead. The wildlings set off in pursuit.Back in The Riverlands, Arya and the Hound finally have the Frey's castle crossing in sight, and she is staring at it periodically, seemingly in disbelief. Within a mile of her family for the first time since all the horror began. He taunts her about this, saying that she is afraid of being so close, fearing that it can be taken away from her at any moment. Angered, she in turn, tells him that she knows about his fear of fire and how he got it. Cruelly, he tells her to try and run off to her mother and brother then, as it's the closest she's been to her kin since "Ilyn Payne snipped your Daddy's neck." Upon his utterance, she promises the Hound that one day... She will drive a sword through his eye and out the back of his skull. Sandor doesn't know whether to be amused or intimidated.In The North, at the windmill, Bran and company have settled in for the night as a storm rages outside. They suddenly hear something from the parapet, which turns out to be the old man on his horse. He is cornered by the wildlings and captured. Hodor grows increasingly agitated by the thunder, and starts drawing attention. The party desperately try to calm him down, to no effect. Bran's eyes suddenly go white, and Hodor settles down, much to everybody's relief and amazement.Outside, the wildlings bring the old man to Tormund and the rest who have just arrived. They tell Jon to execute him, to prove beyond a doubt that he is one of them. Jon draws his sword, but hesitates during the swing, causing Ygritte to shoot the horse rearer herself. Orell uses this to rile up the wildlings who surround Jon and Ygritte. Before she can shoot them, Jon knocks her down with a shoulder barge, and starts fighting them himself. Tormund restrains Ygritte to stop her from getting killed at Jon's side. In the mill, Jojen convinces Bran to possess his direwolf to help Jon. Bran assumes control of Summer, and proceeds to down two wildlings with Shaggydog's help. Jon slays two more of his enemies in quick succession then clashes blades with Orell. After a quick exchange of strikes he slips past the warg's guard and manages to drive Valyrian steel through his heart, but Orell in turn throws the last vestiges of his consciousness into his eagle, which attacks Jon in manic fury, clawing deep gashes into his face with its talons. He drives it off, then jumps on one of the horses and gallops down the highway, leaving Ygritte and Tormund behind. The rage boiling over the red-head's roots tells us that Jon will be in big trouble if his fiery spear-wife catches up with him!Back at Yunkai, Daario gets Jorah and Grey Worm inside the city with a bit of espionage tactics and slays the imminent men on watch.
"The Lannisters send their regards."