Theon Greyjoy wakes and discovers the wildling Osha has escaped Winterfell with Hodor and the Stark boys. Enraged, Theon savagely beats one of his men and orders the rest to gather the horses and hounds to hunt down the prisoners. They track the boys to a nearby farm.
Deep in the Frostfangs, Jon Snow sleeps huddled behind Ygritte, who wakes and coyly asks him, "Did you pull a knife on me in the night?" Jon, humiliated, forces her to continue their march back toward the men of the Night's Watch, but as they walk, she pokes holes in his allegiances. "You're a boy who's never been with a girl," she says. "Why are you fighting us?"
The Mountain, thinking that the poisoned dart that killed Amory Lorch was meant for Lord Tywin Lannister, has spent the intervening time hanging and torturing suspects. Arya Stark - who is actually responsible for Lorch's death - serves Tywin his dinner, but the commander gives it to her to eat. It's clear to him that she's smart and of noble birth, but he doesn't press her for details. Instead, he tells her about his legacy... while she grips a knife and glares at his throat.
In King's Landing, Sansa Stark timidly approaches the Hound to thank him for saving her from the mob. Equally amused and annoyed by her, the Hound explains that it was nothing - he enjoys killing. Later, Sansa dream of being attacked again and wakes to find she's flowered. Frantically, she tries to hide the stain on her bed, but it's too late - the queen's spies have seen it. Cersei is almost sympathetic about Sansa's future with Joffrey, advising the girl: "Love no one but your children."
Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen is lost without her dragons. Xaro Xhoan Daxos promises to convene the Thirteen to help find the magical creatures. She returns to her chambers, where Jorah Mormont apologizes for failing to protect her from these foreigners. "Is it you I should trust?" she asks, frustrated by the many betrayers who surround her.
At King Robb Stark's camp, the messenger Alton Lannister returns with Queen Cersei Baratheon's response to Robb's terms. Robb recognizes his service by saving him from a cramped cell and instead places him with his cousin, Jaime Lannister. As the meeting ends, the healer Talisa comes to Robb to ask for supplies; he invites her to join him on his journey to the Crag to find what she needs.
Jon pulls Ygritte along behind him on a rope, as she continues to push his buttons. "We're free," she tells him. "We chose Mance Rayder to lead us." She tells him to join her and live beyond the Wall - with a woman. Ygritte, playfully offers herself to him, but he reaches for his sword to drive her off. Knowing she has Jon off-balance, Ygritte breaks loose, pulling the rope from his hands. By the time he catches up to her, she's surrounded by wildling fighters.
Alton and Jaime Lannister sit in their pen at Robb Stark's camp, trading stories of their younger years, when Alton once squired for Jaime. The Kingslayer tells his own story of serving the famous knight Barristan Selmy. As Alton draws closer, Jaime whispers that he may have found a way to escape. When his cousin moves even closer to hear what the famous swordsman has planned, Jaime beats him to death with his bare hands. The jailer, Torrhen Karstark, comes over to investigate and Jaime kills him as well, taking his keys to escape.
Jorah visits the mysterious woman Qaithe in search of Dany's dragons. Qaithe knows that Jorah loves his queen - and that he betrayed her. She tells him that the thief who took the dragons is with Dany now. As the young queen meets with the Thirteen, the warlock Pyat Pree tells her he has stolen the beasts and secured them in the House of the Undying. Using his magic, Pree kills the other members of the Thirteen, elevating Xaro to king.
In Cersei's chambers, Tyrion tells her that their enemies will soon be at their gates, and Joffrey is not helping. "He needs to start acting like a king," Tyrion says, and Cersei's answer is chilling: The boy doesn't listen to her. She wonders whether her sins with Jaime are to blame for the boy's nasty temperament. When she begins to weep, Tyrion takes a step toward her but is unable to offer his sister comfort.A mob of Stark men drags Jaime back into camp, where Lord Karstark demands his head. Lady Catelyn steps in to stop the men from killing Jaime on the spot, but it's clear the man has no intention of letting this go. That night, as the men drink and rage, Catelyn and Brienne realize Jaime will not make it to the morning. Catelyn visits him in his cell, where Jaime says everything he can to get under her skin. Catelyn orders Brienne to hand her a sword.
In the courtyard at Winterfell, Theon addresses the castle's residents, offering a grotesque message of what happens to those who defy him: the charred remains of the Stark boys. Maester Luwin lets out a bereaved howl, as even Theon is disgusted by what he's done.
Theon tries to track Bran and Rickon with hounds. After an assassination attempt, Tywin Lannister begins searching Harrenhal for his potential murderer. Ygritte continues her attempts to seduce Jon and, after a momentary lapse in Jon's concentration, she escapes and leads him into a trap. Still shaken from the riot, Sansa is horrified when she awakens to find that she has had her first period, and can thus bear Joffrey's children. In Robb's camp, a failed escape attempt by Jaime leaves a guard dead, and Catelyn worries about the camp's desire for retribution. In Qarth, the warlock Pyat Pree reveals to Daenerys that he stole her dragons, but gives her the opportunity to reunite with them before slaughtering the Council of Thirteen and establishing Xaro Xhoan Daxos as king of Qarth. Theon presents to Maester Luwin and his subjects the charred corpses of two boys, informing them that he has tracked down and killed Bran and Rickon Stark.
Theon begins tracking Brandon and Rickon. Tywin begins searching Harrenhal for the murderer. Ygritte continues her attempts to seduce Snow and, after a momentary lapse in Jon's concentration, she escapes and leads him into a trap. Still shaken from the riot, Sansa is horrified when she awakens to find that she has had her first menstruation and can thus bear Joffrey's children. Cersei warns her to love no one but her children, not even Joffrey. In Robb's camp, a failed escape attempt by Jaime leaves a guard dead, with some soldiers seeking retribution. In Qarth, the warlock Pree reveals to Daenerys that he stole her dragons, but gives her the opportunity to reunite with them before slaughtering the Council of Thirteen and establishing Daxos as the king. Theon presents to Luwin and his subjects the charred corpses of two boys, claiming that he has tracked down and killed Brandon and Rickon.
Theon wakes up alone in bed. He chews out his men for letting Hodor, Bran, Rickon and Osha escape. One of his men points out Theon was busy having sex with Osha, so he beats and stomps on him. They head out after the Stark boys, bringing Maester Luwin with them. Theon tells Luwin he won't kill the boys if he finds them soon. He's counting on his sister and her men to beat Robb's men back to Winterfell. The dogs start barking. But way ahead, the Stark boys are clear. They didn't bring enough food, but Bran doesn't want to risk stopping at a nearby farm and putting the family there at risk if Theon catches up to them. The Stark boys remember two young orphan boys that live there. Jon wakes up pressed against Ygritte, his wildling captive out on the mountains. "Did you pull a knife on me in the night?" she asks as he cuddles close to her. By his uncomfortable reaction, she realizes he's a virgin. He partially unties her and leads her away. She taunts him, wondering what happens to him if he doesn't get sex. Jon explains there are no women of the Night's Watch. She questions his vow and they get into an argument over whose people have claim to the land since both have been there forever. Lord Tywin hangs guards one by one, trying to figure out who poisoned Amory Lorch with a wolf's bane dart. They've already hanged 20 men. Tywin thinks they were trying to kill him. Arya brings him food and listens as Gregor Cligane tells Tywin they think it was an infiltrator from the Brotherhood without Banners. Tywin sees that Arya brought mutton, which he doesn't like. She offers to bring something else, but he tells her to sit and eat. He tells her it'll be his last war, win or lose. She holds her cutting knife and contemplates the back of Lord Tywin's neck as he goes on about his legacy. She knows Harrenhal was attacked by dragons; they never planned against that. Aegon Targaryen led the attack, Arya knows the names of the dragons and the sisters who rode with him. He asks how she learned all that, but then doesn't believe her stone mason father taught her. He corrects her to say "m'lord" to pass as a commoner, but she keeps up her ruse. Sansa passes Sandor Clegane in the hall and thanks him for saving her, but he says he enjoys killing. "You'll be glad of the hateful things I do someday when you're queen, and I'm all that stands between you and your beloved king," he says. Xaro promises to help Dany get her dragons back, because he cannot let this thing happen to her while she is under his roof. She's not hearing it. Ygritte keeps ranting about the wildling way being better than Jon's. She tells him he doesn't have to spend his whole life taking orders from some old man. He tries to ignore her. Robb listens to a report from Ser Alton about Cersei's reaction to Robb's offer. He orders his men to keep Alton with Jaime for now. Talisa drops by to ask for supplies to treat the wounded. He lets her speak frankly to him. She wants to send a list of what she needs with him when he negotiates the surrender of the Crag. He invites her to come with him to look at the supplies, he wants all prisoners treated well. Theon beats up on the man of a farm house when he says he hasn't seen the Stark boys. One of his men finds Rickon's cracked walnuts. They send Luwin back to Winterfell. Theon gets a crafty look on his face. Jorah returns to Danerys after looking for a ship. She is depressed, and feeling alone and betrayed. He assures her people in Westeros will welcome her. He asks for her trust, and places a kind hand on her shoulder, but she snaps at him for being too familiar. He asks how he can help. "Find my dragons," she says. Ygritte threatens to tell Jon's men they had sex, then suggests they might as well since it's his word against hers. She keeps flirting with him but he resists so she takes off running. She disappears from view. Jon follows but then quickly sees he's surrounded by Wildlings. Sansa has a nightmare about nearly getting gang raped. She wakes up and discovers with horror that she has gotten her first period. She tries to cut the blood out of the sheet, because if Cersei knows she can have Joffrey's children now he'll try. Shae helps, but another hand maiden comes in, sees, and runs off to tell Cersei. Shae pulls a knife on her, telling her to say nothing. Shae returns and finds Sandor in Sansa's room. Sansa meets with Cersei, who tells her having the King's children is the greatest honor for a queen. Cersei says Joffrey has always been difficult. Cersei remembers how Robert used to always go hunting when she was due. "You may never love the King, but you will love his children," Cersei says. Sansa assures her she loves Joffrey. Cersei tells her the more people she loves, the weaker you are. "Love no one but your children," Cersei says, saying she can try to love Joffrey as well. Alton shares a pen with Jaime, who doesn't remember him at all. Finally, Jaime remembers that Alton squired for him at a wedding and did a good job. Alton has a bit of hero worship, remembering Jaime jousting as the best day of his life. Jaime remembers squiring for someone on a battlefield. "It's a good thing I am who I am, I would have been useless at anything else," Jaime says. He says he's not suited to be a prisoner, but he imagines Ned Stark was a very good prisoner. Alton asks Jaime if he's thought about escaping and inches closer. "It's quite simple, you only have to do one thing," Jaime whispers in his ear. "You'll have to die." Jaime pounds on him until the jailer comes in to check on him. Jaimie throttles the jailer around the neck with his chains, gets his keys, and makes his escape. Jorah pays a visit to the woman with the covered face, who can tell that he loves Danerys. She asks if he'll betray Danerys "again" and he says never. She tells him the one who took Daenerys' dragons is with her now. The Spice King and the Thirteen are listening to Danerys plead for their return. She says the dragons will die without her. Listening to her plea, Pyat Pree says they should be returned -- and so he'll give them to her. He made an arrangement with the King of Qarth. Daenerys is confused, there is no King."There is now," Xaro says. Daenerys can only watch as Pyat's projections walk up behind all the Thirteen, except Xaro, and slit their throats. She runs. Pyat follows, saying a mother should be with her children. Pyat -- or a projection of him -- stops her. Jorah stabs it, but it crumples to only a pile of clothes. Pyat appears again, telling her to go see her dragons in the House of the Undying. A soldier tells Catelyn that Jaime Lannister has been caught. He's dragged back into camp with chains around his neck as people shout for him to be hanged. Catelyn has to stop Lord Karstark, whose son Jaime killed in the escape, from killing Jaime with Robb away negotiating the surrender at the Crag. Tyrion reads a raven scroll: "Stannis Baratheon's fleet has been spotted sailing north, past Tarth. Two Hundred ships." That's more than they have and he'll be there in four or five days. Cersei is counting on raining fire on them from above. Tyrion realizes she's quoting their father. Tyrion says it's time Joffrey start acting like a King. Cersei says he doesn't listen. "It's hard to put a leash on a dog once you've put a crown on his head," Tyrion says. "I always hoped he'd be like Jaime. He looks like him," Cersei says. Then she adds, "in a certain light." Cersei wonders if Joffrey's sadism is the price she has to pay for having children with her brother. Tyrion sympathetically reminds her that the Targaryens wed brothers and sisters for hundreds of years. But she remembers half of them went mad. He tells her she's beaten the odds with Tommen and Myrcella. They wonder what to do. Tyrian almost reaches out to comfort Cersei as she cries. They both feel uncomfortable with the intimacy. Catelyn and Brienne realize they're about to have a problem on their hands with people wanting Jaime's head and Robb still gone. Catelyn visits Jaime in his pen and demands to speak with him alone. Catelyn tells Jaime he's a man with no honor. Jaime taunts her, saying that the only woman he's ever been with is Cersei, which makes him better than Ned. He winds her up by talking about "honorable Ned Stark" bringing home the bastard Jon Snow and how much she must have hated him. Catelyn calls for Brienne's sword. Theon addresses the people, telling them he warned them what would happen. Men bring Maester Luwin in in chains. He looks on in horror as Theon reveals two small charred bodies in nooses. Even Theon looks a little shaken at the sight.