Jaime Lannister rages in Tyrion's jail cell: The deal that Jaime brokered with Tywin assured Tyrion's survival. Tyrion lost that guarantee when he demanded a trial by combat. Tyrion tries to defend himself - he couldn't stand to hear any more of Shae's testimony; for the second time in his life he fell in love with a whore and his father has punished him for it. Choosing a trial by combat was a way to ruin Tywin's plans, even if it meant sacrificing himself. Jaime can do little to help; with one hand, he's no longer a viable champion, especially against Cersei's choice - Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane.
Days later, Bronn visits Tyrion. The sellsword reports that thanks to Cersei's match-making, he's betrothed to Lollys Stokeworth and poised to receive a sizeable inheritance (once he gets rid of her older sister.) Although Bronn considers Tyrion a friend, he's not willing to risk his life fighting the Mountain. Tyrion grudgingly understands.
Sandor "The Hound" Clegane and Arya Stark approach a deserted village. Spotting a man leaning against the rubble bleeding to death, the Hound puts an end to his suffering by driving a sword into his heart. With Arya and the Hound distracted, Biter attacks the Hound and sinks his teeth into him. Sandor throws the man off, breaking his neck. Biter's accomplice, Rorge, informs Clegane that the Lannisters have put a bounty on his head. Arya recognizes Rorge as one of the prisoners she freed when Lannister troops attacked Yoren's northbound party. She asks his name and then stabs him in the chest.
Later that day, the Hound tends to the bite wound. He refuses to burn away the festering, despite Arya's counsel. He recalls his brother holding his face into the flame as a child. Arya's family may be gone, the Hound notes, but he's always been on his own.
Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne enjoy a hot meal at the Inn at the Crossroads, where they encounter Hot Pie and mention they are looking for Sansa Stark. Trusting them, Hot Pie approaches as they are leaving. Arya is alive, he reveals, and likely traveling with the Hound. Podrick hypothesizes that Arya's captives will be taking her to the Eyrie, as Lysa Arryn is the girl's last living relative.
Jon Snow and his band of brothers return to Castle Black, where Alliser Thorne demands that Ghost be locked up. Jon reports to the leadership council and advocates sealing off the tunnel, a suggestion that Thorne immediately rebuffs.
Daenerys Targaryen finds Daario Naharis waiting inside her chambers with flowers. He lives for women and war, he explains, and in Meereen he is no better than a patrolman. He requests to be reassigned so he can pursue his interests. Dany consents and Daario spends the night.
The next morning, Jorah Mormont witnesses the sellsword leaving Dany's chamber. Jorah cautions against putting faith in Daario, but Dany is one step ahead of him. She's sent Daario to execute all the masters in Yunkai. Jorah objects - slaughtering the slavers is no better than the barbaric practices she's fighting against. Swayed, Dany opts to send Hizdahr zo Loraq with Daario as her ambassador to Yunkai. He can explain what happened in Meereen and give them their choices: "They can live in my new world or they can die in their old one."
Selyse Baratheon visits Melisandre. The Red priestess assures Selyse that Stannis' infidelity has nothing to do with his marriage: "It's only flesh," she soothes. Accepting this, Selyse makes a plea: Her daughter Shireen should not join them on the upcoming journey. Staring into the fire, Melisandre counters: She must come, "The Lord needs her."
Tyrion receives an unexpected visit from Oberyn Martell. The Red Viper details Cersei's attempts to manipulate him and, having witnessed her cruelty when Tyrion was just a newborn, recalls that Cersei wanted Tyrion dead even then. But Cersei's hatred for her brother pales compared to his own love for his sister, says Oberyn. He promises to avenge Elia's death by killing Gregor Clegane. Tyrion exhales in relief -he has a champion.
In the courtyard of the Eyrie, Sansa builds a model Winterfell out of snow. Robin Arryn interrupts her private moment and ruins the castle. Sansa scolds the boy, and he erupts into a tantrum. He's quieted when Sansa surprises both of them by slapping him. As Robin runs off, Littlefinger comforts Sansa. Discipline is good for the boy, Littlefinger assures her, but it's time Sansa forgets Winterfell and begins a new life.
Taking advantage of the moment, Sansa asks why he killed Joffrey. Littlefinger admits it was vengeance for Catelyn, and quietly recalls the woman he loved. In another life, Sansa could have been his daughter. "We don't live in that world," he adds as he kisses her. Unbeknownst to the couple, Lysa looks on from above.
Later that day, Lysa confronts her niece in the Eyrie's High Hall. Hysterical, Lysa accuses Sansa of being a whore and holds her over the open Moon Door. Littlefinger enters and calms his wife until Lysa releases Sansa. Petyr takes Lysa into his arms and assures her that he has only ever loved one woman - "your sister" - and pushes Lysa to her death.
After learning that Cersei has appointed Gregor Clegane as her champion in the upcoming trial by combat, Tyrion is desperate to search for someone to be his champion. When both Jaime and Bronn refuse to fight for his cause (Jamie because he cannot fight anymore, and Bronn because he will not risk it, despite his friendship with Tyrion) Oberyn Martell steps up, seeking a chance to avenge his sister by killing Clegane. Daenerys has sex with Daario, before sending him off on a mission to deal with the resurgent slavers at Yunkai. Melisandre and Selyse prepare for their departure of Dragonstone, and Jon Snow faces off against Alliser Thorne over the incoming wildling threat. Arya and the Hound come across some people from her past: Rorge and Biter. The Hound is wounded but refuses to cauterize his injury. Brienne and Podrick meet another of Arya's former companions, Hot Pie, and learn of her survival and her time with the Brotherhood. They then resolve to travel to the Vale, reasoning she would go there in search of living relatives. In the Vale, Aunt Lysa is enraged when she witnesses Petyr Baelish kissing Sansa, for which she later threatens to push Sansa through the Moon Door. However, Baelish intervenes in time and instead pushes Lysa to her death.
Cersei appoints the Mountain as her champion in the upcoming trial by combat, while both Jaime and Bronn refuse to fight for Tyrion. Oberyn steps up, seeking a chance to avenge Elia by killing the Mountain, who raped and killed her during the rebellion. Daenerys has sex with Daario before sending him off on a mission to deal with the resurgent slavers at Yunkai. Melisandre and Selyse prepare for their departure from Dragonstone, intending to take Shireen as well. Alliser Thorne rejects Jon's offer to seal the tunnel. Brienne and Podrick meet Hot Pie and learn of Arya's adventures. They then resolve to travel to the Vale, deducing she would go there in search of living relatives. In the Vale, Lysa is enraged when she witnesses Littlefinger kissing Sansa. Later, she threatens to push Sansa through the Moon Door, but Littlefinger intervenes and pushes Lysa to her death.
We open in Tyrion's cell where Jaime is giving him hell for flipping out at the trial and screwing up the deal Jaime had made. He says this is not a joke. Tyrion's notes that it is one, just not a very funny one. He says he couldn't listen to Shae standing there telling lies and was stupid enough to think she'd fallen in love with him. He points out that "the deal" was everything Tywin wanted: Jaime back at Casterley Rock and Tyrion shipped off to Castle Black and he says it felt good to take that away from him since Tywin knows he's innocent. When Jaime says that Tywin doesn't care about any of his kids, Tyrion disagrees and notes that Jaime was able to kill a king, lose a hand, and sleep with his own sister and still be a golden son. Jaime tells him to be careful since he's the only ally Tyrion has. Tyrion says he's just glad he got to stick it to Tywin. Jaime says he can't save him because his training has proven he's just not good enough. Tyrion half jokes he should fight anyway because if he died that would really piss their father off. They laugh but the gravity of the situation is sinking in. Tyrion figures Bronn will fight for him again and he will be in his debt for the rest of his life and asks Jaime to find him. He asks who Cersei is picking to fight for her. We cut to the Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane-- brother to Arya's captor Sandor "the Hound" Clegane-- currently in the process of disemboweling several people as some kind of perverse warm-up. Cersei approaches and thanks him for coming so quickly. He asks who he is fighting. She asks if it matters. He shakes his head no. Bronn comes to see Tyrion. He has fancy new clothes.He has sold out to Cersei who has him betrothed to a dim-witted woman who is not an heiress, her sister is. Bronn says sisters die all the time, then his wife will inherit. He came because Tyrion once told him he would double the price of what anyone else was offering. Tyrion says he can't offer him a castle but he can offer him gold, gratitude, the potential to rule with him at Winterfell if Tyrion comes out of this and gets back with Sansa to Winterfell. Bronn notes that's a lot of "if and may and could" and notes it's bloody cold up north and the place Cersei has promised him is close and warm. He also admits the Mountain frightens him because he's big, strong, and freakishly fast and he'd basically have to tire him out and get him off his feet. But with one misstep, he'd be dead. He asks Tyrion why he should risk it. Tyrion says "Because you're my friend." Bronn agrees but wonders exactly when Tyrion ever risked his life for Bronn. "I like you but I like myself more," he says with apologies. Tyrion says he shouldn't apologize for being an evil bastard with no conscience or heart because that's what he liked about Bronn in the first place. They shake hands. Bronn says they had some good days. Tyrion agrees. Bronn asks what he'll do. Tyrion says he'll just have to kill the Mountain himself and says it will make for a great folk song. Bronn says he hopes to hear it sung one day. Oberyn comes to visit Tyrion in his cell. He tells him that many years ago he actually met Tyrion as an infant. He says all the way from Dorne they heard stories of the "monster" that had been born to Tywin Lannister-- a huge head, a claw, a tail, a red eye, both boy and girl parts. He admits he was disappointed when he saw him. He said to Cersei: "That's not a monster, that's a baby." Cersei, he notes, hated him with a white hot passion and pinched his little penis very hard --until Jaime made her stop-- and wished him dead. Tyrion notes that sooner or later Cersei always gets what she wants. Oberyn asks what about what he wants: justice for his sister. Tyrion says he's come to the wrong place for justice. Oberyn disagrees and says he will right both their wrongs-- Tyrion's imprisonment and the rape and murder of his sister by 'the Mountain" ordered the Lannisters. He says he will be Tyrion's champion. The Hound and Arya come upon a structure and approach hoping for food but prepared for soldiers. They find a dying man. The man tells them that marauders burned his hut down. The Hound says the man's wound clearly isn't going to get better and wants to know if he wants out of his misery. The guy agrees and says it has occurred to him to take matters into his own hands. Arya asks why he goes on, sitting there, bleeding out. The man says habit. He asks who she is and because he's dying they both tell the truth. That Arya is the Hound's captive whom he is exchanging for ransom. The dying man thinks it's a fair exchange, a concept he believes in. He asks for drink, saying dying is thirsty work. The Hound gives him some. The man wishes it was wine. "So do I," says the Hound who then stabs the guy dead to put him out of his misery. He says to Arya, "That's where the heart is, that's how you kill a man." Suddenly, someone attacks him from behind and bites his neck. The Hound quickly kills him. The guy's cohort explains to them about Joffrey and the poison and how there is a bounty on the Hound's head. She recognizes him as a prisoner who threatened her back in the day when she was posing as a boy. The Hound wonders if this guy is on her vengeance list that she recites. She says he isn't because she doesn't know his name. He gives it and she thanks him and neatly stabs him in the heart. The Hound says she's learning. Later, as they sit by a fire he's frustrated trying to sew up the bite mark on his neck. She says for it to properly heal and avoid infection they need to burn away the rotten part and grabs a stick from the fire. He is understandably skittish about the fire. He's very grumpy about everything that's happened since he took her captive and says no reward is worth this much trouble and wishes he'd never laid eyes on her. He notes that her brother gave her her sword. He points at the half of his face disfigured by burns and says "My brother gave me this." He says the Mountain thought he'd stolen his toy but the Hound was just playing with it. He says the pain was bad but the smell was worse but the truly worst thing was that their father protected the Mountain and told everyone that the Hound's bedding caught fire. Arya offers to wash out his wound and sew it up. He lets her. The Rangers who successfully attacked Craster's Keep return to Castle Black but although many cheer their work, Thorne is not impressed and continues to mock Jon Snow. He says this is no place for wild beasts and says to lock Jon's direwolf Ghost up or he will have him added to the stew for the night. Later in front of the rest of the Night's Watch and the commanders Jon explains what happened and that Mance's army is on the way and will reach the Wall by the next full moon. He thinks they should seal the tunnel to the North, fill it with rocks and water and let it freeze. Thorne says they have never been cowards and have defended Castle Black for 1000s of years and never sealed the tunnel. Jon says the gate won't stop the giants. Thorne mocks him because he's a steward. He asks the main builder if he agrees with Jon Snow about the tunnel and the gate. The builder hesitates but says no. Thorne tells Jon Snow that he and Sam will take night duty on top of the \Wall until the next full moon. Back in Meereen, Dany meets with Daario, who climbed in through the window. He offers her wildflowers but Dany is annoyed he came into her private quarters. He says he needs a favor. He is only good at war and women and since she's decided to hole up in Meereen, there hasn't been much war for him to partake in. She says but there are thousands of women in Meereen. He smoothly says he only has eyes for one and she does not want me. He reiterates that his sword is sworn to her no matter what, but wants her to "allow him to do what he does best." Send him to kill her enemies, any enemy, anywhere. She relents, "Do what you do best, take off your clothes." He does. Slowly. She checks out what he's working with. Ser Jorah catches Daario on his way out the following morning. Daario mentions the queen is in a good mood. Jorah is upset. He goes to see her. She notes he's early, and he quips that he's later than some. She asks why he doesn't approve of her fling. He wonders how she can trust a sellsword. She says she probably can't, but has sent the second sons to Yunkai to execute every master. Jorah argues that if brutality is all you've ever known, like the masters, Dany must show them something new if she wants things to be different. "Let priests argue good and evil. Slavery is real and I can end it and those behind it," she says. Jorah reminds her that he sold men into slavery once. She reminds him that he is now helping her show them to freedom. He wins the argument by pointing out he never would've been able to if Ned Stark had done to him what she intends to do to the masters in Yunkai. After contemplating this, Dany decides to send the Meereen citizen from earlier (who begged to bury his father) as her ambassador. He will deliver the message to Yunkai, live in her new world or die in their old one. She then sends Jorah after Daario to tell him she has changed her mind about executing all the masters. She ends with "No, tell him you changed my mind." The queen comes in on Melisandre while she's bathing. Melisandre mentions that she uses both lies and the truth to do the lord of light's work. She uses lies-- potions, powders, magic tricks, her body-- to make men believe until they discover the truth for themselves. The queen regards her naked body. The queen thanks god for bringing Melisandre to them and Stannis to her. Stannis wants to bring their daughter with them when they leave Dragonstone, but the queen thinks she should stay behind because she has heretical tendencies. Melisandre says she understands how she feels, but that's not possible. She then points the queen towards the prophecy fire and tells her to see the truth for herself. When they set sail the Lord of the Light will need their daughter. Brienne and Pod stop for a hot meal and a bed for the night. Hot Pie, the boy that once traveled with Arya & Gendry is their waiter and asks if they need anything else. Brienne compliments his pie, which proves to be a mistake as he sits down with them and won't shut up. He talks about his kidney pie, then about gravy, then asks if she's a knight, then asks what they're doing. Brienne says they're looking for Sansa Stark. He stops at the name, which Brienne catches and she speaks about her pledge to Catelyn to bring the girls home. He denies any knowledge and walks away from them quickly. They saddle up the next morning and Pod thinks they shouldn't be telling people they're searching for Sansa because the Lannisters want to kill them.Hot Pie comes out and tells them about Arya and how she posed as a boy and was headed to the Night's Watch and how she was captured by the Hound. He then asks them to give Arya a gift when they find her, he has baked her another direwolf cookie. Brienne smirks at Pod. "You were saying?" Pod says the Hound will take Arya to Lysa at the Eyrie for money. And Brienne surmises if she is their only relative Sansa might head there too. When the road forks and it's time for them to make a decision, Brienne asks if he's sure. He says no, and they continue on their way. Sansa walks out into the snow at the Eyrie. She seems pleased by it. She builds a castle in the snow that looks how she remembers Winterfell. Robin comes out to see her. Robin babbles about being the Lord of the Vail. He asks when she'll go back to Winterfell. She says probably never since her family is dead and it's been burned. Robin babbles about how much of a brat he is and how Winterfell doesn't even have a moon door. He messes up her castle trying to add one and when she says he ruined it, he throws a tantrum and stomps her castle. She slaps him and he runs off. Littlefinger arrives. She says she shouldn't have done that, to which he agrees, but because his mother should've done it a long time ago. He tells her to let him worry about Lysa. She's sad about never seeing Winterfell again. Petyr says never say never. Sansa again seriously inquires about why he killed Joffrey. "I loved your mother more than you will ever know. Given the opportunity, what do we do to those who hurt the ones we love?" He then creepily explains that in a world where love trumps honor, she might have been his child. He touches her face and says she's more beautiful than her mother ever was, then kisses her. Sansa is all weirded out. Lysa has witnessed all of this. Sansa goes to see Lysa who brings her to the edge of the moon door and explains what happens to bodies when they fall through and hit the rocks. Lysa says she knows what she did, and Sansa apologizes for hitting Robin. Lysa calls her a whore for kissing Littlefinger. Sansa points out that he kissed her. Lysa calls her a liar and holds her over the moon door. Petyr arrives just in time and tells her to let her go. Lysa screams, "I lied for you, I killed for you, why did you bring her here?" Petyr swears he will send her away. Lysa lets her go and cries. He calls Lysa his sweet silly wife and consoles her. He looks into her eyes and lovingly says he has only loved one woman his entire life. She smiles at this. He then gets serious and tells Lysa it was her sister, and pushes her out the moon door.