Tonight on HBO, Game of Thrones comes is back with an all new episode called “Oathkeeper.” On it, Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen, Meera and Hodor seek shelter.
On last week’s episode in the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion got a visit from a loyal subject, but wondered if anyone in his family will help him out of his current predicament. Meanwhile, Tywin offered to work for the common good with a presumed enemy; Sam took stock of the personnel at Castle Black; the Hound gave another life lesson to Arya; and Daenerys made a decision outside the walls of Meereen. Did you watch last week’s episode? We did! We have a full and detailed recap right here for your enjoyment.
On tonight’s episode Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter. Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Michelle MacLaren.
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Tonight’s episode opened up Greyworm learning to speak English from Missandei. Dany came to get him and told Grey Worm it was time. He goes to Mereen to talk to the slaves about how one day of freedom is better than a lifetime of slavery. Grey Worm tells the slaves of Meereen there are 3 slaves for every master in the town and they must take the town themselves. He also informs them that Dany the mother of dragons will set them free and abolish slavery.
The slaves listen to Grey Worm and they overtake the Masters of the city. The city welcomes Dany to the city. Dany decides to nail the same number of masters to the cross that the slavers nailed children to crosses to teach her a lesson.
Meanwhile Jamie is still getting sword fighting lessons from Bronn and it is not going well. Jamie gets dumped on his butt. Bronn asks him if, “he wants to fight pretty or does he want to win.” Bronn thinks Jamie fights pretty.
Jamie asks Bronn if he thinks Tyrion killed Joffrey. Bronn assures him that Tyrion would never have killed Joffrey, although he hated Joffrey.
Jamie goes to jail to speak to Tyrion and apologizes for not coming sooner. Tyrion asks how Cersei is and Jamie asks him what does he think since Joffrey died in his arms. Jamie asks Tyrion if he killed Joffrey. Tyrion asks, “are you really asking if I killed your son?”
Jamie asks Tyrion how he can help and Tyrion replies, “You could set me loose.”
Jamie tells Tyrion there is a trial but Tyrion tells Jamie it would not matter if someone confessed. Cersei would still want his head on a pike. Jamie informs Tyrion that Cersei has offered a knighthood to anyone who finds Sansa. Joffrey assures Jamie that Sansa could never kill anyone.
Over with Sansa and Little Finger – Sansa wants to know if he killed Joffrey. Littlefinger suggest Tyrion killed Joffrey, Sansa tells him that Tyrion would never, she just knows that.
Little Finger tells her she is right, Tyrion was not involved, Sansa was. He then reminds her of a necklace that she wore to the wedding and wanted to know if she remembered a stone was missing. That was the stone that poisoned Joffrey. Sansa cannot understand how Little Finger could risk so much. Little Finger thought his relationship with the Lannisters was one of convenience but Joffrey was not cooperative. Little Finger tells her his new friends wanted Joffrey dead.
Margaery Tyrell walks with her grandmother Olenna Tyrell – Margaery wants to know if any arrangements have been made with Tommen. Olenna warns Margaery Cersei is not stupid, but she is vicious and she will turn Tommen against her. Olenna then lets Margaery know that she could not allow her to marry that beast Joffrey and more or less admitted Olenna had Joffrey killed.
Over with Jon and the Nightwatch they are practicing sword fighting. The men like Jon but they do not like the acting commander Ser Allister. Lock comes over to introduce himself to Jon Snow, he is a recruit. Jon is curious why Lock came up to join the Night Watch. He admits he was sent because he stole a partridge to feed his family. Lock does not like the acting commander anymore than anyone else.
Cersei is drinking and Jamie comes in, she wants to know how many men are guarding Tommen. Cersei is not pleased to find out there is only one man guarding him and makes a nasty comment to Jamie. Cersei wants to know why Catelyn Stark set Jamie free. Jamie tells Cersei about his vow to Catlyn to send her daughters home. Cersei is not pleased. Cersei wants to know why Jamie went to see Tyrion – Jamie tells Cersei that Tyrion did not kill Joffrey. She does not want to hear it.
She tells Jamie she wants 4 men on Tommen’s door night and day and then dismisses him.
Tommen hears a sound in his room and gets up – he sees Margaery and asks how she got there. Tommen tells Margaery his mother does not allow people to his room. Margaery tells Tommen that she is his proposed bride. Tommen is nervous that his mother will find out. Margaery tells him it will be their secret.
A cat jumps up on Tommen’s bed and Margaery pets it, Tommen tells him that Joffrey threatened to kill his cat. Margaery says Joffrey was cruel but Tommen does not seem so. Tommen agrees he is not, she kisses his head and says, “it is getting late, remember it is our little secret.”
Jamie is with Brienne of Tarth and she is reading about Jamie. The Valarian sword is in the room and Jamie gives it to Brienne and tells her it is hers to protect Sansa Stark. Jamie lets Brienne know he has something else for her and gives her a suit of boiled leather and armor. He hopes he got the right size. Brienne says, “I will find Sansa for Lady Catelyn and for you.” Jamie tells her he has one more gift and brings her to meet Podrick. Podrick was Tyrion’s squire. Podrick assures her he will serve her well. Bronn is there and he gives Podrick an Ax from Tyrion.
Jamie asks Brienne what she will call the sword and she replies, “Oathkeeper,” Jamie bids her goodbye and watches a she leaves.
Jon and Sam are speaking Jon is trying to figure out how far away Bran could have gotten. Jon thinks Bran might have gotten all the way to Craster’s Keep.
Jon asks the acting commander Ser Alliser if he can go to Craster’s Keep – Allister agrees but won’t send any men with him. Jon asks for volunteers to come with him to avenge Lord Mormont’s death. After all members of the Night Watch betrayed Lord Mormont. Slowly men start to volunteer much to Ser Allister’s surprise. Lock wants to go and Jon tells him a recruit cannot come. Lock asks to take his vows. Jon thanks everyone who volunteered.
At Crastors, Karl (member of the Night Watch) who betrayed Lord Momont is drinking wine from Lord Mormont’s skull. The men are raping Craster’s daughter. A baby cries and Karl is told it is Craster’s last son. He wants to know what Craster did with the boys and he is told Craster offered the boys as a gift to the gods. Karl tells Rast to take the baby out in the forest and leave him in the snow. The baby is howling as Rast walks into the forest and leaves him. Rast comes back and goes over to Jon’s dire wolf ghost.
Over with Bran, Hodor, Jojen and Meera they hear the baby crying. Bran tells the group he is going to see what it is. They tell him not too, but he morphs into his wolf Summer’s body. Summer leaves and all of a sudden he pops back into Bran’s body. He tells the group that he saw his brother Jon’s dire wolf, Ghost locked in a cage.
Hodor, Bran, Jojen and Meera go and spy on the people at Craster’s Keep. Meera wants to leave but Bran refuses. Meera gets up and there is a man behind her, it is the men of the nightwatch who betrayed Lord Mormont. They surround them and take them all back to Craster’s Keep.
Karl question Bran about who he is, Bran is not saying anything. Then Jojen falls down and Meera wants to help him but Karl puts a knife to his neck and threatens him. Bran screams and tells Karl he is Bran Stark of Winterfell. Karl is pleased because he has high born hostages now.
In the last scene, a White Walker riding a horse takes Craster’s baby and lays it on a pedestal of ice. A demon looking monster (the others?) comes, picks up the baby and touch his cheek and the baby’s eyes turn blue.