Jaime Lannister rides with his severed hand hanging from his neck as the Bolton men heckle him. Weak and dehydrated, he falls from his horse onto the muddy ground. His pleas for water are answered with horse urine. Infuriated, he seizes one of the men's swords, but is further humiliated when he tries to fight with his left hand. Although restrained, Brienne attempts to aid Jaime but her efforts prove futile and Jaime is quickly beaten. Locke threatens to take his other hand if he acts up again.
Tyrion Lannister visits Varys, hoping to prove that his sister was behind the attempt on his life at Blackwater. Varys, who has no evidence of the Queen's intentions, changes the subject to the story of how he was cut as a boy. He tells of the sorcerer who castrated him, then burned his parts. A voice in the flames answered the sorcerer, a voice that still haunts Varys and catalyzed his hatred of magic. It was this hate that motived him to join the fight against Stannis Baratheon and his red priestess. As he speaks, Varys excitedly pries open a large crate, revealing the sorcerer inside. Varys advises Tyrion to be patient; revenge and influence are a matter of time.
Bran Stark sees the three-eyed-raven in a dream. Jojen Reed encourages him to climb a tree in pursuit of the bird. High in the branches, Bran sees his mother, who begs him not to climb. She shakes him pleadingly, causing him to fall. He awakes and shares a knowing look with Jojen.
Brienne of Tarth rides with Jaime Lannister in the custody of Locke's men. She tells the Kingslayer his sword skills didn't live up to his legend. Jaime parries, telling her she will be raped that night. He advises her not to fight, but Brienne says Jaime would resist if he were in her shoes.
For their first meeting, the members of the Small Council rush to maneuver their seats around the new Hand. Waiting everyone out, Tyrion Lannister pulls a seat to the far end of the table and faces his father. Tywin is furious that there has been no news about Jaime. When Littlefinger is dispatched to the Eyrie to court Lysa Arryn, Tyrion is named Master of Coin—to his horror.
Queen Cersei and Lady Olenna Tyrell tour the Sept of the Baelor, where Joffrey and Margaery will marry. Olenna speaks of her son's recklessness, which resonates with the Queen. King Joffrey shows his bride-to-be the Targaryen remains and the two discuss the significance of the legacy. Aware of the crowd outside, Margaery encourages Joffrey to greet his people; he has nothing to fear. Cersei looks on as the crowd roars for the couple, at once relieved for Joffrey's safety and jealous of Margaery's influence.
Theon Greyjoy travels with the boy he believes his sister sent to free him. He questions if his father knows he's been tortured, and the boy doesn't deny it. As the duo trudges through a tunnel, Theon discloses his jealousy of Yara and Robb Stark, both of whom possess a clear sense of identity. Theon admits his decision to take Winterfell was the wrong one - his real father lost his head in King's Landing. As he laments, the boy lights a torch and reveals they've returned to the torture chamber. The boy tells two waiting men that Theon killed the others and smiles as he's dragged back onto his cross.
In conference with her father, Cersei makes a case for herself: Has it ever occurred to Tywin that his daughter might have the most to contribute to his precious family legacy? Cersei then points out they need to be concerned about the Tyrells: Margaery is manipulating Joffrey. Tywin tells Cersei he discounted her because she's not as smart as she thinks she is. As for Joffrey, Tywin plans to rein him in as well.
Ros reports to Varys about Podrick's impressive reputation around the brothel. Their talk turns to Littlefinger, who is preparing to journey to the Eyrie to pursue Lady Arryn. Ros indicates he hasn't lost interest in Sansa Stark; he's planning to take her with him.
Aware of her interest in Sansa, Varys visits Lady Olenna and shares Littlefinger's plans with her. They agree that Littlefinger doesn't deserve so lovely a bride, particularly one who will be "the key to the North" should Robb Stark fail. Later, Margaery approaches Sansa and suggests she marry Loras Tyrell. Sansa finds the idea so wonderful it brings her to tears.
Because Jaime refuses to eat, Brienne calls him a coward for giving up after "one taste of the real world where people have important things taken all the time." To spite her, he starts eating. Brienne tells him she knows he protected her from being raped and asks why. Jaime gives no answer.
At a funeral for one of their own, the men of the Night's Watch are angry that Craster feasts while they starve. Craster lets Lord Commander Mormont know he's anxious for them to leave - they'll get no stronger. When one ranger, Karl, pushes Craster too far by calling him a "daughter f***ing wildling bastard," Craster attacks him, only to be knifed by Karl. Mormont sees the body and realizes his men have broken a sacred oath, but Rast drives a dagger into him, killing him too. An all-out brawl ensues and Sam grabs Gilly and her baby. They flee into the night as Rast yells threats after them.
The Brotherhood escorts a hooded Arya, Gendry and the Hound to their secret cave hideout. There, the Hound recognizes Lord Beric Dondarrion and dismisses his group as deserters. Beric explains the Brotherhood Without Banners fights against those - like the Hound - who prey on the weak. When the Hound says it's his murderous brother they want, Arya brings up Mycah, the butcher's son, killed for nothing on Joffrey's order. Beric tells the Hound he'll be judged by the Lord of Light and challenges him to trial by combat.
In Astapor, Daenerys Targaryen surrenders a dragon in exchange for her new army. Slaver's whip in hand, she orders the Unsullied to march forward and startles Kraznys by speaking Valyrian. In her mother tongue, Daenerys commands her army to slaughter all the slavers and for Drogon to unleash dragonfire. Kraznys is engulfed in flame. Once the smoke clears, Dany tells the Unsullied they are free to go or fight for her as free men. She leads them all out of Astapor.
Theon Greyjoy is betrayed by the cleaning boy, who returns him to the prison for torture. After a failed escape attempt, Jaime realizes that without his sword hand, he is lost, but Brienne, knowing what he did for her, urges him to not give up hope. Varys tells Tyrion how he became a eunuch, and that he now has in his power the magician who castrated him. Bran, with the aid of Jojen Reed, continues to chase the three-eyed raven. At Craster's keep, the surviving Night's Watch, starving, comes into conflict with their host. Craster and Lord Commander Mormont are slain in the struggle and Sam flees with Gilly and her son. Arya and Gendry are taken to the secret cave of the Brotherhood without Banners where they meet their leader, Beric Dondarrion, who later sentences the Hound to trial by combat with him. Daenerys meets with Kraznys to complete the trade of a dragon for the Unsullied army. She tests the Unsullied, then orders them to kill their former masters, reclaims her dragon and frees the Unsullied, who all decide freely to follow her as her new army.
Theon is betrayed by the rescuer, who returns him to the prison for torture. After a failed escape attempt, Jaime believes that he is lost without his sword hand; but Brienne, knowing what he did for her, urges him not to give up hope. Varys tells Tyrion how he became a eunuch, and that he now has in his power the magician who castrated him, advising Tyrion to be patient for vengeance. At Craster's keep, the surviving Night's Watchmen, starving, come into conflict with their host. Craster and Jeor are slain in the struggle and Tarly flees with Gilly and her son. Arya and Gendry are taken to the secret cave of the Brotherhood, meeting their leader, Dondarrion, who later sentences Sandor to trial by combat with him. Margaery proposes marriage between Sansa and Loras. Targaryen meets with Kraznys to complete the trade of a dragon for the Unsullied army. She tests the Unsullied, then orders them to kill their former masters, reclaims her dragon and frees the Unsullied, who all decide to follow her freely.
Jaime rides his horse, ragged, with his hand attached to his neck as his captors taunt him. He falls off his horse into the mud face first. His captors trick him into drinking horse urine when he begs for water. Suddenly, he leaps up, seizes a sword with his remaining hand and tries to fight. He cannot fight with his left (remaining) hand and it shows. It is heartbreaking. They get him down and kick and abuse him. Brienne is incensed and tries to help but is helpless to do so. Later, Brienne tries to convince Jaime to eat so he can live to seek revenge. He, understandably is distraught, saying I WAS that hand. She tells him not to whine and cry and quit like a woman. She also points out that she knows that he told them Tarth was full of sapphires when it's really called that because of the sapphire blue of the sea. She asks why he helped her when their captors attacked her. He doesn't respond. Tyrion goes to see Varys to ask for help in proving that Cersei tried to kill him. Varys says he has no proof, only whispers. As they talk Varys is opening a large box and explaining to Tyrion how he came to be a eunuch. He tells him a sorcerer abducted him, cut him from "root to stem," burned his parts and when the flame turned blue the sorcerer called out and in the flame a voice answered call. He then discarded him. This is why Varys has always hated magic and those who practice it. He says his rise from from orphan in the slums to being a man of power in the small council chamber was a kind of symbolic revenge. Tyrion wants actual revenge and says he needs influence to do that. Varys responds that patience is the key to influence. Varys finally gets the box open and inside is the sorcerer, old, traumatized, and rightfully fearful of what Varys is about to do him. He tells Tyrion his actual revenge will indeed come, if he has stomach for it. Meanwhile, the members of the Nights Watch are literally shoveling shit at Crasters, out of his pig pens. They are cold, defeated, starving and on the verge of mutiny. Now that the confrontation of the Fist of the First Men went so badly they are starting to feel they need to start looking out for themselves. Sam goes to girl who recently had a son and she wants him to save babys life and says there's very little time. The men burn a body of a fellow Crow who died from hunger and rot. Back inside by the fire, after Craster, eating a healthy portion of meat, berates and taunts them and says he wants them gone, the mutiny is on. Lord Commander Mormont tries to stop them but they attack and kill Craster and Lord Commander himself. Sam goes for girl and her baby and they take off for the woods amidst the melee. Bran runs in his dream. Jojen Reed is there. In his dream, crawls up a high tree to the three-eyed raven. Suddenly, Catelyn is there on the branch yelling at him "No more climbing." He wakes up in a sweat by the fire with Jojen watching him. Ros and Varys gossip about how Podrick was extraordinary with the whores and that they wouldn't take his money. They couldn't explain what he did but that it was great. They chat about Littlefinger leaving for the Eyrie. Varys wonders if he's still interested in Sansa. Ros says he is and notes that he ordered two feathered beds for the boat for his journey, and we know he has told her he wanted to take her. Joffrey,Margaery, Cersei, and Lady Olenna take a stroll around the Great Sept of Baelor where the wedding will be held with Joffrey gleefully pointing out the various tombs of Targaryens to Margaery. She notes that severity is the price we pay for greatness. He agrees. Olenna and Cersei discuss how inane it is that men rule the world when women are often smarter. Cersei isn't taking the bait on this even though we know she agrees. Margaery softens up Joffrey. They hear the noise of a crowd outside and he looks nervous. She says if he gives them love they will return it a thousand fold. She points out that he led the defense of Kings Landing and that the people adore him. She leads him outside. Many of the people are calling Margaery's name, she waves she waves sweetly to them and encourages him to do the same and when he does they begin to call his name as well. Theon and his savior ride to meet his sister. He grumbles about how people like his father worried that he would become a Stark but that would never happen, not only because he was Iron born but because Robb Stark would never allow such a thing, just by being who he was. He expresses remorse of what he did at Winterfell, killing orphan boys and pretending they were Bran and Rickon to make his father proud. He realizes he chose wrong and burned everything down. His "savior" says "not everything." He claims he brought him to a place to meet his sister but instead he is brought him to back to the dungeon he freed him from before. The man then says that Theon escaped and killed the men chasing him down in the woods. Theon is strapped up again and tortured. Cersei sits in front of her always impatient father and asks Tywin what he's doing for Jaime. He points out that he's doing everything he can. She asks him if he ever considered that it was she who deserved his confidence and his trust, not Tyrion and Jaime, but her. She says that he should consider her while he prepares the Legacy he will leave. So he asks her to contribute. She points out that the Tyrells are a problem and that Margaery is manipulating Joffrey. Tywin thinks this is positive since she clearly doesn't know how to do it and that he rides roughshod over everyone in city. He tells her he doesn't consider he because she's a woman but because she's not as smart as she thinks. She tells him he needs to stop Joffrey from doing what he likes. He says he will. Varys goes to the garden to speak to Lady Olenna about Sansa since he believes they both have her best interests at heart. He talks about Littlefinger's ambitions and how he would see this country burn if he could be king of the ashes. He says Littlefinger needs money and lands and army. Right now he has the first two and if he has Sansa in his pocket he could have an army, because if Robb Stark falls, Sansa is the key to the north. She sees they do need a solution to this Littlefinger problem. Margaery goes to see Sansa and talks sweetly about how much she'd like them to be friends. In fact, she'd like more than that. She'd like Sansa to marry Loras, and then theyd be sisters and Sansa would rule over the Tyrell's beautiful home Highgarden. She asks if Sansa would like that? She sure would. The Brotherhood Without Banners take Arya, Gendry, and The Hound to a cave where Beric Dondarrion, their leader, is. The Hound calls them deserters. They essentially say they are men who have found God and they will mete out justice to the evil and those who prey on the weak like The Hound. They accuse him of murder. He says he never killed anyone that wasn't in the pursuit of protecting Joffrey. Arya says he is a murderer since The Hound killed his friend Mycah who didn't do anything to hurt Joffrey, it was her that had hurt him. The leader says he will have a trial by combat against the leader himself-- who has a patch over one eye-- and the Lord of Light will decide their fates. Danaerys goes to collect her army of the Unsullied. She pulls out one of her dragons and hands the leash to the evil slave trader, Kraznys. Instead of trading the dragon, she begins speaking in High Valyrian-- a more refined form of the same language Kraznys has been speaking (known as Low Valyrian), and insulting her in. He is aghast -- she has known all along what he was saying. She points out that she is "Danaerys Stormborn" and of the "Blood of Old Valyria" and High Valyrian is her mother tongue. She takes control of the Unsullied, and tells them to strike down all slave masters and soldiers, but to hurt no children. She says "drakharys" and the dragon sets fire to the slave trader. After they take their freedom, Dany asks if they will fight for her as free men. They will! And they're off!