As the wildlings continue their trek south, Jon Snow confronts Orell about cutting him loose on the Wall. The wildling explains that his actions epitomize their way of life: People " love each other when it suits them and they kill each other when it suits them."
Because Jon does not understand their ways, Orell insists, he will lose Ygritte. Orell voices concerns to her as well-she should be with one of her own, specifically, him. When his declaration is met with silence, he warns, "You won't love him so much when you find out what he really is."
King Joffrey, ensconced on his throne, calls a meeting with his Hand, Lord Tywin Lannister. Joffrey takes issue with the location of his Small Council meetings and inquires about rumors of dragons. Tywin's pointed responses make it clear to Joffrey that his grandfather is the one in charge.
Sansa Stark cries to Lady Margaery about her dashed hopes of a happy marriage. Margaery counsels the girl to make the best of her situation-Tyrion is far from the worst Lannister. He has never mistreated her and their son will be Lord of Casterly Rock and the North. The thought of producing an heir scares Sansa, but Margaery asserts she might be pleasantly surprised.
In his chamber, Tyrion Lannister drinks to numb the discomfort he feels at the thought of bedding his future wife. Bronn doesn't see the problem; Tyrion can wed Sansa and keep Shae on the side. Tyrion dreads this will only lead both women to hate him. He presents Shae with expensive golden chains and she rejects the gift. She believes that Tyrion wants to marry Sansa. When he denies this, Shae again proposes they flee across the Narrow Sea. Tyrion refuses-he cannot abandon his family duties. They both realize they'll have no life together once he marries.
Jorah Mormont, Barristan Selmy and Daenerys Targaryen look onto Yunkai. Jorah advises that taking the Yellow City may sacrifice men unnecessarily, but Dany says the 200,000 people enslaved within the walls are reason enough.
The Yunkish envoy, Razdal mo Eraz, offers Dany gold and ships if she and her Unsullied agree to leave in peace. Dany rejects this pact and offers new terms: The city's slaves must be freed and paid for their servitude or she will show no mercy. Razdal, enraged at her gall, warns that Yunkai has powerful friends protecting the city and tries to reclaim the gold, only to be stopped by the dragons. Dany keeps the gold and offers Razdal a gift-his life. He scampers away and the queen asks Jorah to identify Razdal's powerful friends.
Two attractive women untie Theon from his X-shaped cross. He's scared and paranoid, but they provide water and nurse his wounds. Eventually, they strip naked and climb on top of him. Theon's enjoying himself when his captor enters. The boy smashes his prisoner to the ground and Theon cries for mercy, realizing he's about to be castrated.
Ygritte teases Jon about his highborn upbringing and mocks the customs of those South of the Wall. Jon remarks that although the wildlings are brave, they cannot win. He warns, "If you attack the Wall you'll die. All of you." Ygritte reminds him that they've agreed to live or die together.
Melisandre and Gendry sail past King's Landing, discussing their humble backgrounds. When Gendry says he's lowborn, she corrects him, "Your blood is noble." As they gaze at the Red Keep, the priestess shares the truth-he is the bastard of King Robert Baratheon.
Heavy rain suspends the Starks' journey to the Twins. Catelyn Stark worries that Lord Frey will take the delay as further insult, but Robb assures her that Lord Walder will be satisfied Edmure Tully is marrying into the family. Later that evening, Talisa reveals to Robb that she is carrying their child. The couple plans to visit Volantis once the war is over.
At their camp, Osha is worried that Jojen Reed's talk of "black magic" is a bad influence on Bran Stark. She's even more upset when she learns the boys have changed their course from Castle Black; they're headed Beyond the Wall to find the three-eyed raven in Bran's dreams. Osha reveals why she won't go back- when her husband disappeared, she had to kill him when he returned as a blue-eyed "dead man."
Arya Stark remains furious that Lord Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr gave up Gendry. The men maintain they were following the orders of the Lord of Light and Arya replies that her true god is death. When Anguy arrives with news that they've found a Lannister raiding party, Arya realizes they aren't taking her to Riverrun. She absconds into the dark forest where the Hound snatches her.
Jaime Lannister enters Brienne's chamber in Harrenhal to say goodbye. He tells her that Lord Bolton will travel to Edmure Tully's wedding-leaving Brienne with Locke. Aware of what this means, Brienne tells Jaime his debt to her will be paid if he keeps his promise. He swears to return the Stark girls to their mother. When Brienne says goodbye, she calls Jaime by name. As Jaime departs, he asks Bolton to deliver Lannister regards to Robb Stark. Locke assures Jaime he'll take good care of his "friend."
On the road, Qyburn tends to Jaime's bandages, confessing he lost his chain for conducting human experiments. Jaime asks the old man of news from Brienne's father and learns that Lord Tarth's reward for his daughter's safe return was rejected-Locke believes that Tarth, rich with sapphires, is cheating him. Realizing his lie is keeping Brienne captive, Jaime bribes Bolton's man Steelshanks to turn back.
Arriving at the castle, Jaime finds a crowd watching Brienne fighting a huge bear with a wooden sword. Jaime futilely tries to pay off Locke and then jumps into the pit to get between the bear and Brienne. Steelshanks, charged with Jaime's safe return, fires off several quarrels and wounds the animal. Jaime hoists Brienne out of the pit and is pulled out just as the bear charges. "The bitch stays," Locke tells Jaime, but the Kingslayer replies it will mean killing him first. Helpless, Locke backs down and Jaime escorts Brienne out of Harrenhal.
In the North, Jojen tells Bran they must go beyond the Wall to find the three-eyed raven, to Osha's horror. Jon and Ygritte's relationship deepens, much to Orell's displeasure. Theon is emasculated by his torturer. Talisa reveals to Robb that she is pregnant. Arya runs away from the Brotherhood, only to be captured by the Hound. Melisandre reveals to Gendry that his father was Robert Baratheon. Margaery comforts Sansa about her upcoming marriage, while Tyrion and Bronn discuss the match. Later, Shae tells Tyrion that she will not continue their relationship once he marries Sansa. Tywin counsels Joffrey and discusses Daenerys, with Tywin dismissing the danger she might pose. Daenerys reaches the city of Yunkai and receives an emissary. Roose Bolton departs Harrenhall for the Twins, a heavily fortified pair of castles that serve as the seat of House Frey, while Jaime says farewell to Brienne and departs for King's Landing. On the road, Qyburn reveals why he lost his Maester's chain and informs Jaime that Locke refused Brienne's father's ransom. Jaime returns to Harrenhall to find Brienne in a pit fighting a bear. He leaps in and saves Brienne and departs once more, this time with her.
In the North, Jojen tells Bran they must go beyond the Wall to find the raven, to Osha's horror. Snow and Ygritte's relationship deepens, making fellow Wildling Orell angry. Theon is emasculated by his torturer. Talisa reveals to Robb that she is pregnant. Arya runs away from the Brotherhood, only to be captured by Sandor. Melisandre reveals to Gendry that his father was Robert. Shae tells Tyrion that she will not continue their relationship once he marries Sansa. Tywin counsels Joffrey and discusses Daenerys, with the former dismissing the danger she might pose. Daenerys reaches the city of Yunkai and declares war on them. Bolton departs Harrenhall for Edmure's wedding while Jaime says farewell to Brienne and departs for King's Landing. On the road, he finds out that Locke refused Brienne's father's ransom. Jaime returns to Harrenhall to find Brienne in a pit fighting a bear. He leaps in and saves Brienne and departs once more, this time with her.
The Wildlings have scaled the wall and are now on their way to Castle Black. Robb Stark is going to be a daddy! This is headline from the front lines as rain delays their march to marry Edmure off to one of Walder Frey's daughters, he and Talisa make like bunnies. When they are done she begins writing a letter to her mum in Valyrian. Robb promises one day he will go with her to meet her mother, who will likely be surprised she's a queen. Talisa says there are many surprises in store and drops the bomb that she's pregnant. Robb is thrilled and professes his love for her and they get it on again. Although Orell is skeptical of Jon Snow's allegiances and perhaps even lineage, it seems he also carries a torch for Ygritte. When he professes his love for her and points out that Jon Snow's beauty won't matter when she knows what he is, she doesn't budge. Sansa complains to Margaery about having to marry Tyrion. Margarey notes that he's not the worst Lannister, reminding Sansa that she herself have to marry Joffrey. Touché. She points out all the possible political advantages to Sansa as well, bearing a Lannister child. Which makes Sansa finally realize she's going to have to mate with Tyrion. Margaery says not to worry about it, especially since she's heard that Tyrion is quite experienced. Sansa is confused by how Margaery learned all about how it can be difficult to please women in bed and how some men are better than others. She asks if her mother taught her. Margaery suppresses a laugh at her innocent friend and agrees that yes, her mother taught her. Tyrion drinks with Bronn and worries about how angry Shae is going to be about his marriage to Sansa. Bronn suggests Tyrion weds Sansa and keep Shae as well. Bronn gives him a hard time saying he wants Sansa he just doesn't want to admit it. Tywin is summoned to the throne room by Joffrey. Apparently, the king is mad that no one has been counseling him on what's happening in the small council meetings... which he hasn't attended. He's worried about Dany's dragons. Tywin points out that he could attend these meetings if he wanted to and that Dany's dragons are curiosities on the far side of the world that need not be worried about according to their experts. He promise to keep Joffrey in the loop and departs with a smirk. Khaleesi and the gang reach Yunkai, a large, prosperous city. Jorah notes there is a no need to engage them in battle. When Dany asks how many slaves are in the city and he replies 200,000, she retorts that there are 200,000 reasons to defeat Yunkai then. She summons one of the slave masters. He offers her gold and ships to leave them alone. She offers him his life. He is confused. She says if the masters of Yunkai don't release every man, woman, and child slave and give them enough clothing and property, she, the Unsullied, and her dragons will make sure they regret it, just like the people of Astapor did. He calls her mad and says they have powerful friends and when they defeat her they will just re-enslave the people and maybe make her a slave too. At this the dragons squawk menacingly. The man departs with Khaleesi's message and without his gold. Jorah says they won't bend, and she says they will break then and asks Jorah to find out who these powerful friends are. Tyrion attempts to bribe Shae with a large gold necklace to distract her from his wedding to Sansa. When Shae shows her anger, He promises her a house, money, and guards and professes his love. But she says she is just his whore and when Tyrion tires of her he will discard her. Melisandre and Gendry sail towards King's Landing through the wreckage of Stannis' ships in Blackwater Bay. She asks Gendry if he didn't wonder where he came from? She confesses she was a slave, branded and bound but saved by The Lord of Light. She finally tells him Robert was his father. He gulps. Arya stews with the Brotherhood Without Banners whom she calls traitors. When they hear a Lannister party is a day's ride away they decide to "lion-hunting." When Arya realizes this will take them off the path of delivering her to Robb she is incensed and takes off running through the woods...only to be intercepted by the Hound. Brienne stews in her cell. Jaime arrives to inform her that he is leaving the next day to continue the push to King's Landing.. He also knows that Bolton is riding the next day as well, to go the Edmure/Frey wedding. He tells her, sadly, that she will stay there with Locke, the sadistic handslayer. He says he owes her a debt and the Lannister's always pay their debts. She tells him to keep his word to Catelyn Stark and get Sansa and Arya free and he can consider the debt paid. He swears he will return the Stark girls to Catelyn. She says goodbye. He turns, choked up, and leaves. As they mount up to ride in their different directions, Bolton reminds Jaime to smooth things over with Tywin. Jaime sends regards to Edmure's wedding. Locke taunts him and says they'll take good care of Brienne. Theon is taunted by two comely young women, who pretend to salve his wounds and offer him sexual release only for the sadistic boy to return and cut off his penis. Jon Snow and Ygritte are flirting and playing around until Ygritte mentions taking back their rightful land from Winterfell. Jon melts down pointing out that every time the Wildlings have attacked through the centuries they have failed, she doesn't care saying this time will be different because Mance Rayder is different. He says that the better equipped and trained armies of the cities will kill "all of you." She corrects him saying "all of us," now that they have pledged themselves to each other. She says they may all die, but for now they need to get busy living. He agrees and they make out. Osha, Bran and the gang continue to bicker with one another as Osha doesn't like it that she and Hodor do all the work whiel JoJen fills Bran's head with visionary talk. She especially doesn't care for it when JoJen informs her they are no longer going to Castle Black but north towards the wall. She says she swore to Bran's maester that she'd get him to Castle Black and Robb and no further and that they really shouldn't change course. She admits that when she was younger she had a man. He left her and returned as a White Walker and she was forced to kill him. Bran thinks maybe he was pushed off the tower for a reason and that the gods have plans for him and that if JoJen and his raven visions say he should reunite with Jon Snow, maybe that's what they should do. A little ways into their ride on a break the maester looks at Jaime's stump, salves and bandages it. Jaime learns that he was stripped of his maester chain because he's a curious doctor. He said that the only way to figure out illnesses is to look at them and Jaime deduces correctly that he performed experiments on living men, dying paupers. The maester points out that Jaime has killed a countless number of people and wonders how many he's saved. Jaime says half a million: the population of King's Landing. The maester tells him that Bolton turned down an offer of gold from Brienne's father. Because of Jaime's lie that Brienne's father presided over untold sapphire mines, Locke thought that he was cheaping out and will likely not value her enough to leave her unspoiled. Alarmed by what this means Jaime insists that they go back. When they return Brienne is in a pit, fighting off a bear with a wooden sword for the amusement of Locke and the rest of Bolton's men. Jaime jumps in the pit with her knowing it wlll force them to save her since they swore to Bolton they would get him back to Tywin Lannister. They are both pulled up and out of the pit in the nick of time and Jaime informs Locke he will be taking Brienne with him.