Grey Worm notices Missandei as they bathe in different sections of the same river. In telling the story to Daenerys Targaryen, Missandei reveals the Unsullied captain was clearly interested in her body. Grey Worm apologies to Missandei later that day, and they both admit that their feelings for one another run deeper than those of teacher and pupil.
The Molestown brothel is attacked by wildlings. Ygritte spares Gilly and her baby but the rest of the inhabitants are exterminated. When the Night's Watch learns of the raid, Samwell Tarly blames himself for putting Gilly in harm's way. His brothers encourage him to hold out hope, but the crows' spirits fall when they realize an attack is imminent - and Mance's army outnumbers them a 1000 to 1.
Ramsay Snow coaches Reek to play the part of Theon Greyjoy and treat with the Ironborn at Moat Cailin. Reek shakily accepts his mission and introduces himself to the ailing soldiers as the heir to the Iron Islands. "Theon" beseeches the men to surrender: If they bend a knee to the Boltons, they will receive safe passage to the Stony Shore. The garrison commander spits at the idea, but his troops turn on their leader and accept the offer, anxious to escape with their lives. Unfortunately, Ramsay Snow has other ideas and flays the Ironborn men.
When Roose Bolton arrives at Moat Cailin with his army, Ramsay Snow informs his father that they've taken the Ironborn stronghold. Pleased, Roose informs his bastard that from this day forward, he will be known as Ramsay Bolton.
Nobility of the Vale, including Lord Yohn Royce and Lady Anya Waynwood, question Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish about Lysa Arryn's death. The highborn panel does little to hide its disdain for Lord Baelish - a foreigner who has collected titles through Machiavellian means. They are skeptical of Littlefinger's claim that Lysa committed suicide, and call in "Alayne," to testify. Sansa enters and shocks her audience by revealing her true identity. The Stark girl explains that Lord Baelish saved her from the Lannisters. She also corroborates his story that Lysa threw herself through the Moon Door after she misread an innocent moment between Sansa and her "uncle" Petyr. Sansa's emotional account sells her audience completely. Later, Littlefinger asks Sansa why she lied for him. If he had been executed, Sansa explains, who knows what would happen to her?
Littlefinger debriefs with Lord Royce and Lady Anya; the group agrees that it's time for Robin to leave the nest. Petyr, Robin and Sansa - her hair dyed dark in disguise - set out to tour the Vale.
Barristan Selmy confronts Jorah Mormont about a document he received - a royal pardon from Robert Baratheon. Daenerys Targaryen summons Jorah to explain himself. He confesses that he spied on her and Viserys when they first met in Pentos. Dany realizes that the attempt on her life was a direct result of Jorah's reporting and is horrified that he put her unborn child in danger. She banishes Jorah from her service. "Go back to your masters in King's Landing," she spits. Devastated, Jorah leaves Meereen.
Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane arrive at the Bloody Gate, only to learn that after all they've endured to get there, Lysa Arryn died three days ago. Arya bursts out laughing at the horrible irony.
The morning of Tyrion's trial by combat, Jaime Lannister visits his brother's cell with a full wineskin. The two reminisce about their cousin Orson, who was dropped on his head as an infant and spent his days squishing bugs. In his youth, Tyrion was obsessed with understanding why the insects were killed. Tyrion poses the question back at Jaime: "What was it all about?" Jaime has no answer.
Guards escort Tyrion out to the field of combat. He is disturbed to find that his champion, Oberyn Martell, has opted to don extremely light armor and is helping himself to some wine. Despite Tyrion's skepticism, Oberyn is confident.
The fight begins as a large crowd looks on, including Oberyn's paramour, Ellaria Sand. Gregor Clegane is an imposing figure in a full suit of armor and a large sword, while Oberyn is light on his feet with a spear in hand. The Red Viper repeatedly dodges blows while questioning the Mountain about his sister's murder. Oberyn lands a blow that plants Gregor flat on his back. Instead of finishing off his opponent, Oberyn stands over him, demanding to know who gave him the order to kill his sister. Gregor kicks Oberyn's legs out from under him. The Mountain admits to the crimes against Elia Martell - just before he smashes in Oberyn's skull. "The gods have made their will known," Tywin Lannister decrees, and sentences his son to death.
The wildlings arrive in Mole's Town and massacre the entire village. Gilly is discovered by Ygritte, who spares her once she notices the infant she is holding. Sam laments his decision to leave Gilly there, as he believes her dead. Ramsay forces Reek to masquerade as his former self, Theon Greyjoy, and orders him to get the Ironborn to surrender Moat Cailin. The Ironborn surrender in hopes of returning home but are flayed and slaughtered by Ramsay and his army. As a reward for securing the Moat, Roose legitimizes Ramsay as they arrive at Winterfell. Across the Narrow Sea, Missandei and Grey Worm deal with the sexual tension between the two of them. Ser Barristan receives a letter intended for Ser Jorah, which pardons Jorah as a reward for spying on Daenerys. After Barristan confronts Jorah, he gives the letter to Daenerys, who orders Jorah to leave Meereen and never return. In the Vale, Sansa reveals to a council investigating Lysa's death her true identity and convinces the council of Littlefinger's innocence. Outside the gate of the Vale, the Hound and Arya arrive and are informed of Lysa's death. Meanwhile in King's Landing, Jaime and Tyrion have a philosophical conversation as the trial by combat approaches. During the trial, Prince Oberyn gains the upper hand, but allows his hubris to get the better of him while trying to force Gregor Clegane to confess to his sister's rape and murder. The severely wounded Mountain catches him off-guard, kills Oberyn by crushing his skull, and confesses. Tywin sentences Tyrion to death for regicide.
The wildlings attack Mole's Town. Gilly is discovered by Ygritte, who spares her. Ramsay forces Theon to get the Ironborn to surrender Moat Cailin. The Ironborn surrender in hopes of returning home but are flayed and slaughtered by Ramsay. As a reward for securing Moat Cailin, Roose legitimizes Ramsay as a Bolton. In the Vale, Sansa reveals to a council investigating Lysa's death her true identity and convinces the council of Littlefinger's innocence. While Littlefinger starts grooming Robin Arryn, Lysa's son, as the Lord of the Vale, the Hound and Arya arrive and are informed of Lysa's death. In King's Landing, the trial by combat starts. Oberyn gains the upper hand, but his desire to force the Mountain to confess his crimes gives the latter the chance to grab the former. He kills Oberyn by crushing his skull while confessing to the rape and murder of Elia. Tywin sentences Tyrion to death. In Essos, Barristan Selmy receives a letter intended for Jorah that pardons him as a reward for spying on Daenerys, who exiles him from Meereen as a result.
We open in Mole's Town. Two members of the Night's Watch enter a tavern. A whore is belching tunes or the guests to guess. Everyone seems to be having a grand old time. She goes to see Gilly to complain about the baby crying and waking her up. Gilly apologizes. The whore says to keep the baby quiet and says she should've stayed with her own kind the Wildlings. Suddenly Gilly hears a noise. The whore thinks it's an owl. Gilly knows better. The Wildling's have arrived and they proceed to murder everyone in their path, including everyone in the tavern. Ygritte kills the whore. She hears the baby cry and finds Gilly. She puts her fingers to her mouth and shushes her. Blood is pouring through the ceiling. The next morning Sam is tortured that they killed Gilly, he thinks. The others are mad they killed Crows, who were not supposed to be there. There all mad there's nothing they can do. They tell Sam how much Gilly survived and say she might have got out. He grabs on to this hope. Jon figures they must be next and now they know they're not ready for Mance and his army with just 102 men. They all have a much needed drink. We cut to the Unsullied bathing themselves in a river. Grey Worm sees a naked Missandei bathing. She catches him and gives him a full view and then covers herself. She tells Dany who is braiding her hair. Dany points out that none of the Unsulled care what's under their clothes. Missandei thinks he was interested. Dany wonders about his castration, if it is ....complete. Missandei doesn't know. Dany asks if she's ever wondered. Missandei says she has. Missandei goes to the throne room and Grey Worm finds her and apologizes. She says he doesn't need to and she was not frightened. He thanks her for helping him learn the common tongue. (Jorah is also haleping.) She asks if he remembers his name. He says he doesn't. She asks if he remembers being cut. He doesn't. She says she is sorry they did that to him. He wonders why. She says it is terrible. She says if he was never cut he wouldn't be Unsullied and have met Dany or her. She is touched by his confession. He apologizes again and leaves. She calls to him and tells him that she is glad she saw him. He says he is too. We cut to Ramsay who is prepping a cleaned up Theon to once again be himself but still knowing that he is still Reek and always will be. He says Theon looks royal again, but really he doesn't. They stand and see a castle in the distance and Ramsay asks him to bring him the lord from the castle. Theon rides to the structure with a white flag and announces himself. He is let in. He approaches Lord Canning the commander of the castle and asks him to prove himself. He asks him why he is marching with the Lord Bolton army. He says Bolton took him captive at Winterfell and wants Canning-- decimated from war and illness, miles from the sea-- to abandon this fortress they can no longer hold and if they do Bolton will give them safe passage to the stony shore. Theon says his own father bent the knee to Robert Baratheon and there is no shame in it. Canning, who is very ill, spits blood at Theon and says only a whipped dog or a woman would speak this way and the Iron Born will not surrender and to tell Bolton that. Suddenly a man behind Canning clocks him in the head with an axe. The killer asks if the paper says that if they surrender they will be free. Theon says yes. But Ramsay says no, and we cut to the aftermath of the slaughter of the men at the structure. They have been flayed for good measure, the sign of the Boltons. Theon asks to go home. Ramsay says they will, to their new home. We cut to Littlefinger who is being questioned by some kind of committee of Lords from the Vale about Lady Arryn's death and the fact that she died shortly after his arrival and their marriage. They think he is a "grubby" man who has been licking Tywin Lannister's boots and don't think Lysa would've killed herself considering how much she loved Robin. He says she was prone to melancholy and wasn't meant for such a brutal world. They ask about a witness, his niece. They want to talk to her. She is brought out. They ask that her name is Elaine and that he is her uncle. She says yes. They ask her to tell them what she saw. She apologizes to Littlefinger that she has to tell the truth. She tells her real identity. They accuse her of lying. She says Littlefinger has been lying to protect her. She tells of her terrible time in King's Landing, Littlefinger smuggling her out, of staying with Lysa. They say glowing things about Ned Stark and say her secret is safe. They ask what happened to Lysa. She tells the almost truth saying Lysa caught Littlefinger kissing her --on the cheek-- and says Lysa turned on her and tried to throw her through the moon door and then Littlefinger tried to reason with her and Lysa killed herself. Sansa cries. The female member of the committee comforts her. She looks at Littlefinger who gives her the approving eye. They apologize for treating Littlefinger harshly. Littlefinger begins talking political strategy with two of the committee people. They say they don't back Lannister but Robb Stark is dead so who should they back? Littlefinger says they should back Robin. That Lysa babied him and it's time for him to learn to ride a horse and swing a sword and visit the various villages of the Vale and meet his people. It's time for Robin to leave the nest. Lord Barristan gets a note from a young boy with a seal on it. He reads it and is shocked by its contents. Jorah regards a map of Westeros. Barristan arrives with the note. It's a royal pardon signed by Robert Baratheon. It is Jorah's pardon. Barristan knows Jorah spied on Dany. He asks if he told Dany. Barristan says he told him first. Jorah wants to speak with her in private. Barristan says he will never be alone with her again. Jorah goes to the throne room to speak to Dany flanked by Barristan, Missandei, Grey Worm and some Unsullied. She asks for an explanation. He asks her to think of who benefits from her knowing about that pardon? Tywin Lannister. He wants them to fight each other instead of him. He finally, tearfully, explains that he did spy for Baratheon via Varys. He begs for her forgiveness. She says he betrayed her to the man who killed her father and stole her brother's throne. And as she lays out his other crimes he continues to beg for her forgiveness and list the things he's done to help her and that his loyalty is to her and that he has loved her. She tells him to go back to his masters in King's Landing and collect his pardon if he can. She says he has until dusk to collect his things and leave or else he'll have his head thrown in Slaver's Bay. He tries t reach out to her but she tells him to never presume to touch her or speak her name again. They are both heartbroken and hers has a side of shaking rage. We see him ride his horse away from Mereen. Ramsay goes to Lord Bolton and tells him he got the Canning structure. Bolton walks with him and tells him Bran and Rickon have not been found and most of the Iron Born have fled and now thanks to Ramsay more will follow. They go on a hill and Bolton asks Ramsay what he sees. Ramsay says fields, hills, nothing. Bolton points in three directions and says 700 miles one way, 400 another, and 300 miles in another is the North, which is six times bigger than all of the rest of Westeros kingdoms and he is the Warden of the North. He asks Ramsay what his name is. He says Ramsay Snow. He hands him a piece of paper and says from this day forward he is Ramsay Bolton, son of the Warden of the North. Ramsay goes to his knees and promises to be worthy of this honor. Littlefinger goes to visit Sansa, who is sewing. He asks why she helped him. She says they would've killed him if they found him guilty. He says that's not an answer. She says she figured if they'd kill him what would they do with her? He notes, "Better to gamble on the man you know then the strangers you don't." He asks if she thinks she knows him. She says she knows what he wants. "Do you?" he asks. She looks at him. The Hound and Arya are approaching the bloody gates of the Vale. She is saying she thought hearing of Joffrey's death would make her happy but it doesn't. The Hound notes nothing makes her happy. She says she was happy after killing some of the men on her revenge list. She says she just wishes she could've been there to see Joffrey die and since the Hound guarded him wonders what he thinks of his death. He says poison is a woman's way and that men kill each other with steel. They are stopped at the gates. They announce themselves and the guards offer their condolences that Lady Arryn died three days ago. Arya busts out laughing. Robin is telling Littlefinger he's afraid to leave the nest and his mother told him the world was very dangerous and the Lord of the Vale belongs in the Eeryie. He tells him to not worry about his death but to worry about his life and to take charge of his life for as long as it lasts since that is what it means to be Lord of the Vale. Sansa enters, all dressed up like a grown woman, kinda sexy and asks "shall we go.' Tyrion drinks in his cell and chats with Jaime about the trial by combat. He asks how much longer and Jaime simply says soon. Tyrion asks if Oberyn has a chance. Jaime says he's never seen him fight. Tyrion panics that they are both going to die and starts worrying about his beheading. They reminisce about their "simple" cousin Orson who used to smash beetles with a rock. He talks about being obsessed with why he was smashing beetles since Orson couldn't explain for himself. So he observed him frequently because he had to know why he was doing it. He tried to stop him once unsuccessfully. Until a mule kicked him in the chest and killed him. He asks Jaime what he thinks, why he did it? Jaime says he doesn't know. Suddenly a bell begins clanging. Jaime gets up to leave and says "good luck today.' Tyrion is brought out to stand by Oberyn. He does not approve that Oberyn is wearing very light armor, no helmet and is drinking. Ilaria's eyes go wide when she sees the Mountain. She kisses him and asks him not to leave her alone in this world. He says it's not his day to die. Maester Pycelle stands before the crowd, including Cersei, Jaime, Tywin and Varys and announces the trial by combat. The Mountain is huge but Oberyn is athletically nimble. He's also very chatty. He keeps repeating that he is going to make the Mountain confess that he raped and murdered his sister and killed his children before he kills him. They fight, Oberyn finally gets the upperhand and stabs the Mountain several times and has him down on the ground but he hasn't struck the mortal blow. He keeps demanding that he confess and asks who gave the order, pointing at Tywin, and saying the Mountain must say her name. The Mountain suddenly gets a second wind and flips Oberyn over and confesses that he did indeed rape her, kill her and murder her children and says her name for good measure. Unfortunately for Oberyn while he's doing this confessing he is pressing Oberyn's eyeballs back into his skull and brains until-- Oberyn's head explodes. Ilaria screams. Tyrion swoon. The Mountain collapses. Tywin stands and says the gods have spoken and that Tyrion will be put to death.