Episode Title: "A Golden Crown"
Story: Ned's consolation prize for being attacked by the queen's brother, the so-called Kingslayer Jaime Lannister, is being reinstated as the King's Hand by Robert Baratheon, who just wants to go hunting and not deal with matters of state. But Ned knows that King's Landing is not safe for him, and tells his daughters Sansa and Arya that they must go south. It is only then that he uncovers the secret that the former King's Hand died to keep from telling...
In the Eyrie, Tyrion Lannister fights to save his life from his captors, Catelyn Stark and her sister Lysa Arryn, in a manner of speaking. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen must juggle issues with her increasingly delusional brother Viserys and the coming of her powerful son who is growing inside of her.
The King's Hand
Ned awakens to a visit from the king and queen, who reprimand him for Catelyn kidnapping Tyrion Lannister instead of acknowledging the fact that the queen's brother attacked him in King's Landing, leaving him incapacitated. He takes credit for Catelyn's actions, and begs leave to find Jaime now that he's fled the city. Instead, Robert reinstates Ned as his Hand to handle matters of the court while he goes off hunting. In doing so, Ned commands a knight named Beric Dondarrion to kill The Mountain, who has been pillaging villages around Westeros.
The Stallion Who Mounts The World
Dany really likes her dragon eggs, and there's some pretty heavy foreshadowing in a scene where she sets one in the fire but is not burned when she pulls it back out. But things bode well for her son after she passes the Dothraki custom of eating a horse's heart to ensure the strength of her child. The Dothraki elders name her son to be The Stallion Who Mounts The World, who is destined to unite all the people of the world into a single Khalasar.
Wildlings South Of The Wall
While Bran, Theon and Robb are out in the woods around Winterfell riding, they get set upon by some wildlings who have managed to get over the Wall and past the Night Watch's defenses. Robb and Theon kill them, making those the first men the eldest Stark and his Greyjoy ward have ever killed. They take one, a woman named Osha, captive.
The Imp's Trial
Tyrion finally gets his trial at the Eyrie, where Lysa Arryn finds him guilty. He demands to defend himself in a trial by combat, and the mercenary Bronn stands up to be his champion. Bronn defeats the man Lysa sends against him, meaning Tyrion and he are free to go and there is nothing Catelyn or Lysa can do to stop it.
The Queen's Secret
It turns out to be Ned's daughter Sansa who finally reveals to Ned the reason Jon Arryn had been investigating Robert's bastards. When he is telling Sansa and Arya that he is going to send them back north to Winterfell, Sansa demands that she wants to stay with Joffrey and marry him and give him sons all with "beautiful blonde hair." But blonde hair is a Lannister trademark, and all of Robert's sons have dark coloring like he does, meaning that the real reason the former Hand was investigating the king's other children is because the ones who sit below him on the throne are actually the queen's and her brother's, Jamie.
Viserys Gets His Crown
Seeing how the Dothraki love Dany, Viserys begins to lose his sanity as he struggles to cope with still not receiving the army he believes Khal Drogo promised him. He tries to steal Dany's dragon eggs from her tent, but Jorah Mormont stops him, pledging himself as loyal to Dany and not to Viserys. As a result, Viserys gets drunk and intrudes on Drogo and Dany's feast wearing a weapon, which is forbidden in this hallowed Dothraki ground. So Drogo does decide to give Viserys the crown he has so desired: by melting his gold belt into a pot and then pouring it over Viserys's head, killing him painfully.
Dark Wings, Dark Words
"He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon." -- Dany after Viserys's death
Winter Looms Closer
Next week on "Game of Thrones," Ned puts his trust into shaky hands, Catelyn must choose her next move now that Tyrion has slipped out of her grasp, and bad news comes south to the Night's Watch from north of the Wall. Dany continues her journey with Khal Drogo and her foretold son in her stomach, realizing that she must be the dragon to retake Westeros now that her brother, Viserys, is dead.
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