Things get complicated for all the Starks as Winterfell is taken and riots break out in King's Landing. Across the sea, Dany begins putting up posters: "Have you seen my missing dragons?"
Theon (Alfie Allen) finally embraces his Greyjoy roots when he takes his former home in Winterfell. Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is shocked, especially when Theon kills a loyal servant. Former wildling Osha (Natalia Tena) looks to be switching to Theon's side to win her freedom. Instead she seduces him in order to help Bran and his brother escape from Winterfell. Was there a way to do that without nudity? Probably, but this is Game of Thrones.
Far Beyond the Wall
Out beyond the wall, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finally gets to prove his mettle as a ranger of the night's watch. Only problem? The wildling he captures is a woman and he's unable to kill her, no matter how much he understands he should. While the rest of the ranger party moves on without him, he finally takes Ygritte (Rose Leslie) hostage. Out in the cold they huddle together for warmth and Ygritte seems to be hoping for a more intimate cuddle. Between Osha and Ygritte, this episode is pretty much an all wildling lady appreciation fest.
A Vicious Idiot King
Unlike Jon, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson ) has no problem with killing. Unfortunately this lack of morality gets him into trouble. When an angry villager throws a cow pat in the petulant king's face, he brings down death and destruction on all the villagers, turning a moment of anger into a full-out riot. People are killed and poor Sansa (Sophie Turner) is nearly raped. Inside the castle, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) embodies the audience fantasy by slapping Joffrey silly.
Missing Fire Breathers
Across the sea in Qarth, Dany (Emilia Clarke) is still trying to get her ships to return and retake the iron throne. Having turned down the proposal of Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie) the richest man in Qarth, Dany still needs a plan to get back to Westeros. As she talks to the different kings, it looks like none are very interested in helping. But she has bigger problems on the horizon. As the episode ends, she returns to find her people killed and her dragons stolen. Missing: baby dragons. Really cute, breathe fire, answer to "Dany's dragons."
Will Dany get her dragons back? Will Winterfell be retaken? Will Jon Snow wander in the cold forever? What do you think?
"Theon, did you hate us the whole time?"
-- Bran to Theon after he takes Winterfell.
"One day I pray you love someone, and I pray you love her so much that when you close your eyes you see her face. I want that for you. I want you to know what's it's like to love someone, to truly love her, before I take her from you."
-- Cersei (Lena Headey) to Tyrion, watching her daughter leave.
"We've had vicious kings and we've had idiot kings but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot before."
-- Tyrion to Joffrey after the riot.
"I dreamt that if I carried those eggs into a great fire they could hatch. When I stepped into the fire my own people thought I was mad but when the fire burned out I was unhurt, the mother of dragons."
-- Dany trying to get ships for her cause.
"You have inherited your father's responsibilities. I'm afraid they come at a cost."