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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Bronn comments that "two knights off to rescue a princess" makes a good song, while Jaime snarks back that he's heard it before. The episode is full of references to Rhaeger and Lyanna, whose tale ended with knights (one of whom was a loved family member) going to rescue a princess "trapped" in a tower [[spoiler: except Ned never managed to save her. Not the greatest tale for Jaime to allude to as he's going to save his daughter...]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Bronn comments that "two knights off to rescue a princess" makes a good song, while Jaime snarks back that he's heard it before. The episode is full of references to Rhaeger and Lyanna, whose tale ended with knights (one of whom was a loved family member) going to rescue a princess "trapped" in a tower [[spoiler: except Ned never managed to save her. Not the greatest tale for Jaime to allude to as he's going to save his daughter...]]


* DemotedToExtra: Missandei barely appears in this episode.


* LongingLook: Jaime catches sight of a beautiful island on the way to Dorne. When he's told that it's Tarth -- Brienne's home -- he gazes at it for quite some time with a look that's almost lovestruck.

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* LongingLook: Jaime catches sight of a beautiful island on the way to Dorne. When he's told that it's Tarth -- Brienne's home homeland -- he gazes at it for quite some time with a look that's almost lovestruck.

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* LongingLook: Jaime catches sight of a beautiful island on the way to Dorne. When he's told that it's Tarth -- Brienne's home -- he gazes at it for quite some time with a look that's almost lovestruck.

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** For Queen Margaery, putting a good-natured but indecisive king on the throne isn't such a good idea now that a certain amount of ruthlessness and political acumen is called for.


* RedOniBlueOni: Both King's Landing and Meereen have newly escalated trouble with brutal cult-like organizations, one mainly religious, the other one political. The Faith Militant [[LeeroyJenkins operates out in the open]], making examples of everybody whose lifestyle doesn't agree with their radical ideology, but apparently they don't scheme much. They don't make secrets about their identities or their hierarchy, so it's really obvious who they are and what they want. The Sons of the Harpy on the other hand are a much more mysterious group that operates anonymously and takes advantage of Meereen's narrow, crooked alleys for their assassination sprees.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left because, as far as they and most of Westeros knows, nearly her whole Stark family has been killed -- except for her known surviving sibling Jon Snow -- but he is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch now and does not officially have the Stark name. However, few people know that most of her other siblings (except for Robb) who believed to be dead [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} are actually alive]]: Arya has been missing since the end of Season 1, where she was last publicly seen as Arya Stark, but she is now hiding across the narrow sea. Meanwhile, Bran and Rickon are thought to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in Season 2, but they were able to flee Winterfell alive, and Bran is now beyond the Wall while Rickon has been PutOnABus with Osha.

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* RedOniBlueOni: Both King's Landing and Meereen have experience newly escalated trouble with brutal cult-like organizations, organizations: one is mainly religious, religious while the other one is political. The Faith Militant [[LeeroyJenkins operates out in the open]], making examples of everybody whose lifestyle doesn't agree with their radical ideology, but apparently they don't scheme much. They don't make secrets about their identities or their hierarchy, so it's really obvious who they are and what they want. The Sons of the Harpy on the other hand are a much more mysterious group that operates anonymously and takes advantage of Meereen's narrow, crooked alleys for their assassination sprees.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left because, as far as they and most of Westeros knows, know, nearly her whole Stark family has been killed -- except for her known surviving sibling Jon Snow -- Snow, but he is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch now and does not officially have the Stark name. However, few people know are aware that most of her other siblings (except for Robb) who are believed to be dead [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} are actually alive]]: alive]] (except for Robb): Arya has been missing since the end of Season 1, where she was last publicly seen as Arya Stark, but she is now hiding across the narrow sea. Meanwhile, Bran and Rickon are thought to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in Season 2, but they were able to flee Winterfell alive, and alive. Bran is now beyond the Wall while Rickon has been PutOnABus with Osha.



* SherlockScan: With just a few visual clues, Tyrion is able to deduce he's been kidnapped by Jorah Mormont[[labelnote:from the books]]It's a subtle reference to the opening sections of ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' where Tyrion manages to unearth an entire conspiracy and backstory with even fewer cue cards[[/labelnote]]

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* SherlockScan: With just a few visual clues, Tyrion is able to deduce he's been kidnapped by Jorah Mormont[[labelnote:from Mormont.[[labelnote:From the books]]It's books...]]This is a subtle reference to the opening sections of ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' where Tyrion manages to unearth an entire conspiracy and backstory with even fewer cue cards[[/labelnote]]cards.[[/labelnote]]


* ReassignedToAntarctica: Cersei sends Mace Tyrell on a mission to Braavos in order to settle things with the Iron Bank. His escort for the long, dangerous trip? Her trusted brute Ser Meryn. At best, this is simply to get him out of the way. At worst, it could see him murdered by Meryn.

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Cersei sends Mace Tyrell on a mission to Braavos in order to settle things with the Iron Bank. His escort for the long, long and dangerous trip? Her trusted brute Ser Meryn. At best, this is simply to get him Mace out of the way. At worst, it could see him Mace murdered by Meryn.



* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left. However, neither of them (nor do most of Westeros) know that most of her siblings, except for Robb, [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} have survived]] because at this point, few people know where Arya is, since the last time she was seen was at the end of Season 1; Bran and Rickon are believed to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in Season 2; and her only known surviving sibling Jon Snow does not have the Stark name and is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. In addition, their uncle Benjen Stark went missing on a ranging beyond the Wall early in Season 1 and, like Jon, is sworn to the Night's Watch.

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left. left because, as far as they and most of Westeros knows, nearly her whole Stark family has been killed -- except for her known surviving sibling Jon Snow -- but he is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch now and does not officially have the Stark name. However, neither of them (nor do most of Westeros) few people know that most of her siblings, except other siblings (except for Robb, Robb) who believed to be dead [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} have survived]] because at this point, few people know where are actually alive]]: Arya is, has been missing since the last time she was seen was at the end of Season 1; 1, where she was last publicly seen as Arya Stark, but she is now hiding across the narrow sea. Meanwhile, Bran and Rickon are believed thought to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in Season 2; 2, but they were able to flee Winterfell alive, and her only known surviving sibling Jon Snow does not have the Stark name and Bran is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. In addition, their uncle Benjen Stark went missing on a ranging now beyond the Wall early in Season 1 and, like Jon, is sworn to the Night's Watch. while Rickon has been PutOnABus with Osha.



* SiblingTeam: The Sand Snakes are all Oberyn Martell's bastard daughters. Granted, they're only half-sisters, but they still qualify.

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* SiblingTeam: The Sand Snakes Snakes, as they are all Oberyn Martell's bastard daughters. Granted, they're only half-sisters, but they still qualify.daughters and appear to work together.


** A more psychological example than those listed before: Shireen has spent most of her life scarred by the greyscale, away from other people and with an unstable mother. Despite her kindhearted nature, such a life hasn't been good for her self-esteem, and she feels that also Stannis is ashamed of her.

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** A more psychological example than those listed before: Shireen is Shireen, who has spent most of her life scarred by the greyscale, away from other people and with an unstable mother. Despite her kindhearted nature, such a life hasn't been good for her self-esteem, and she feels that her father Stannis, who loves her, is also Stannis is ashamed of her.



* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left. However, neither of them (nor do most of Westeros) know that most of her siblings, except for Robb, [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} have survived]] because at this point, few people know where Arya is, since the last time she was seen was at the end of Season 1; Bran and Rickon are believed to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in Season 2; and her only known surviving sibling Jon Snow does not have the Stark name. In addition, their uncle Benjen Stark went missing on a ranging beyond the Wall early in Season 1.

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left. However, neither of them (nor do most of Westeros) know that most of her siblings, except for Robb, [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} have survived]] because at this point, few people know where Arya is, since the last time she was seen was at the end of Season 1; Bran and Rickon are believed to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in Season 2; and her only known surviving sibling Jon Snow does not have the Stark name. name and is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. In addition, their uncle Benjen Stark went missing on a ranging beyond the Wall early in Season 1.1 and, like Jon, is sworn to the Night's Watch.



* SherlockScan: With just a few visual clues, Tyrion is able to deduce he's been kidnapped by Jorah Mormont[[labelnote:from the books]]It's a subtle reference to the opening sections of ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' where Tyrion manages to unearth an entire conspiracy and backstory with even fewer cuecards[[/labelnote]]

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* SherlockScan: With just a few visual clues, Tyrion is able to deduce he's been kidnapped by Jorah Mormont[[labelnote:from the books]]It's a subtle reference to the opening sections of ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' where Tyrion manages to unearth an entire conspiracy and backstory with even fewer cuecards[[/labelnote]]cue cards[[/labelnote]]


* AmbiguousSituation: In-universe regarding Rheager and Lyanna. Sansa -- who has only heard stories -- believes Rhaegar Targaryen was a villain who took Lyanna unwillingly. Littlefinger -- who was present at the infamous tourney -- frames it as a more romantic case of him ''choosing'' Lyanna, and noticeably avoids agreeing with the comment that he kidnapped and raped her, indicating things were more complicated than Sansa believes. Ser Barristan -- who knew Rheager personally -- describes him as a compassionate prince who wanted to sing not fight, and loved walking among the small folk.


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** In-universe regarding Rheager and Lyanna. Sansa -- who has only heard stories -- believes Rhaegar Targaryen was a villain who took Lyanna unwillingly. Littlefinger -- who was present at the infamous tourney -- frames it as a more romantic case of him ''choosing'' Lyanna, and noticeably avoids agreeing with the comment that he kidnapped and raped her, indicating things were more complicated than Sansa believes. Ser Barristan -- who knew Rheager personally -- describes him as a compassionate prince who wanted to sing not fight, and loved walking among the small folk.


* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Tyrion figures out Jorah's identity, history with Daenery's, why he was exiled by her and and why he's taking him to her within a three minute conversation.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Tyrion figures out Jorah's identity, his history with Daenery's, Daenery, why he was Daenerys exiled by her and Jorah, and why he's Jorah is taking him to her -- all within a three minute conversation.



* MeaningfulEcho: Melisandre stuns Jon Snow when she uses Ygritte's CatchPhrase, "You know nothing, Jon Snow." Given her powers as a {{seer}}, she may well have done this deliberately.

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* MeaningfulEcho: Melisandre stuns Jon Snow when she uses Ygritte's [[TheLostLenore Ygritte's]] CatchPhrase, "You know nothing, Jon Snow." Given her powers as a {{seer}}, she may well have done this deliberately.



* PenPushingPresident: Downplayed. Jon Snow finds out that the position of Lord Commander of the Night's Watch involves a fair amount of desk-work and signing letters, much to his exasperation. This is probably furthered by the fact that he and Sam Tarly are probably among the few Night's Watch brothers who can actually read and write, so he can't just delegate the task to Maester Aemon. And to cap it all, he has to kiss up to the Boltons, whom he despises for killing Robb, since without the support of the North the Night's Watch simply won't be able to get the men and supplies they need to man the Wall.

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* PenPushingPresident: Downplayed. Jon Snow finds out that the position of Lord Commander of the Night's Watch involves a fair amount of desk-work and signing letters, much to his exasperation. This is probably furthered by the fact that he and Sam Tarly are probably among the few Night's Watch brothers who can actually read and write, so he can't just delegate the task to Maester Aemon. And to cap it all, he has to kiss up to the Boltons, whom he despises for killing his brother Robb, since without the support of the North North, the Night's Watch simply won't be able to get the men and supplies they need to man the Wall.



* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left. However, neither of them (nor do most of Westeros) know that most of her siblings, except for Robb, [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} have survived]] because at this point, few people know where Arya is since the last time she was seen was at the end of Season 1; Bran and Rickon are believed to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in season 2; and her only known surviving sibling Jon Snow does not have the Stark name. In addition, their uncle Benjen Stark went missing on a ranging beyond the Wall early in Season 1.

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the only one with the Stark name left. However, neither of them (nor do most of Westeros) know that most of her siblings, except for Robb, [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} have survived]] because at this point, few people know where Arya is is, since the last time she was seen was at the end of Season 1; Bran and Rickon are believed to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in season Season 2; and her only known surviving sibling Jon Snow does not have the Stark name. In addition, their uncle Benjen Stark went missing on a ranging beyond the Wall early in Season 1.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation / AmbiguousSituation / UnreliableNarrator: In-universe regarding Rheager and Lyanna. Sansa - who has only heard stories - believes Rhaegar Targaryen was a villain who took Lyanna unwillingly. Littlefinger - who was present at the infamous tourney - frames it as a more romantic case of him ''choosing'' Lyanna, and noticeably avoids agreeing with the comment that he kidnapped and raped her, indicating things were more complicated than Sansa believes. Ser Barristan - who knew Rheager personally - describes him as a compassionate prince who wanted to sing not fight, and loved walking among the small folk.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation / AmbiguousSituation / UnreliableNarrator: AmbiguousSituation: In-universe regarding Rheager and Lyanna. Sansa - -- who has only heard stories - -- believes Rhaegar Targaryen was a villain who took Lyanna unwillingly. Littlefinger - -- who was present at the infamous tourney - -- frames it as a more romantic case of him ''choosing'' Lyanna, and noticeably avoids agreeing with the comment that he kidnapped and raped her, indicating things were more complicated than Sansa believes. Ser Barristan - -- who knew Rheager personally - -- describes him as a compassionate prince who wanted to sing not fight, and loved walking among the small folk.



* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the last Stark left, neither of them knowing that all her younger siblings have survived, despite everyone in Westeros believing otherwise. (At this point, the last time any nobles saw Arya was the end of Season 1, and Bran and Rickon's deaths were faked back in Season 2 so it's not surprising [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} no one has any idea they're still out there]]).

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the last only one with the Stark left, name left. However, neither of them knowing (nor do most of Westeros) know that all most of her younger siblings have survived, despite everyone in Westeros believing otherwise. (At this point, the last time any nobles saw Arya was the end of Season 1, and Bran and Rickon's deaths were faked back in Season 2 so it's not surprising siblings, except for Robb, [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} no one has any idea they're still out there]]).have survived]] because at this point, few people know where Arya is since the last time she was seen was at the end of Season 1; Bran and Rickon are believed to be dead because Theon faked their deaths in season 2; and her only known surviving sibling Jon Snow does not have the Stark name. In addition, their uncle Benjen Stark went missing on a ranging beyond the Wall early in Season 1.


* AsYouKnow: One of the Sand Snakes tells the story of how she first met her father Oberyn and decided to go with him...an anecdote you'd really think ''her sisters'' would already have heard.

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* AsYouKnow: One of the Sand Snakes tells the story of how she first met her father Oberyn and decided to go with him...an anecdote you'd really think ''her sisters'' sisters and mother'' would already have heard.



* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the last Stark left, neither of them knowing that ''all'' of her younger siblings have survived, despite everyone in Westeros believing otherwise. (At this point, the last time any nobles saw Arya was the end of Season 1, and Bran and Rickon's deaths were faked back in Season 2 so it's not surprising [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} no one has any idea they're still out there]]).

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the last Stark left, neither of them knowing that ''all'' of all her younger siblings have survived, despite everyone in Westeros believing otherwise. (At this point, the last time any nobles saw Arya was the end of Season 1, and Bran and Rickon's deaths were faked back in Season 2 so it's not surprising [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} no one has any idea they're still out there]]).


* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the last Stark left, neither of them knowing that ''all'' of her younger siblings have survived, despite reports to the contrary. (At this point, the last time any nobles saw Arya was the end of Season 1, and Bran and Rickon's deaths were faked back in Season 2 so it's not surprising [[{{NotToDeadTooSaveTheDay}} no one has any idea they're still out there]]).

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the last Stark left, neither of them knowing that ''all'' of her younger siblings have survived, despite reports to the contrary. everyone in Westeros believing otherwise. (At this point, the last time any nobles saw Arya was the end of Season 1, and Bran and Rickon's deaths were faked back in Season 2 so it's not surprising [[{{NotToDeadTooSaveTheDay}} [[{{NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay}} no one has any idea they're still out there]]).

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Littlefinger comments to Sansa that she's the last Stark left, neither of them knowing that ''all'' of her younger siblings have survived, despite reports to the contrary. (At this point, the last time any nobles saw Arya was the end of Season 1, and Bran and Rickon's deaths were faked back in Season 2 so it's not surprising [[{{NotToDeadTooSaveTheDay}} no one has any idea they're still out there]]).

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