Things are getting dangerous in the Seven Kingdoms. Well, more dangerous than usual. Just ask Theon Greyjoy. Or maybe not, since he’s been captured by Roose Bolton’s men who seem to be very creative in their methods of torture. When Theon turned traitor and invaded Winterfell in Season 2, he became one of my least favorite characters. But I know what’s coming for Theon this season and I feel for him (sort of). For those who don’t know, Roose Bolton makes Joffrey look like a Cub Scout. And that’s saying something.
On the road to King’s Landing, Brienne of Tarth and Jamie Lannister are trying to stay alive while trying not to kill each other. The road is long and treacherous, and Jamie is doing his best to goad Brienne into a fight. The pair come across an old man who chats them up a bit, telling them to be careful on the road. But Jamie, suspicious of any and everyone, smells a rat and suggests Brienne dispose of him quickly. But Brienne is a true knight and has no desire to slay an innocent. Her decision will come back to haunt them both.
Back in King’s Landing, Joffrey is moving farther away from Cersei. She can feel her son slipping away and is doing her best to stay relevant. But Joffrey is the King and will listen to no one, not even the woman who gave birth to him. When Cersei tries to gauge Joffrey’s thoughts on Margeary Tyrell, he tells her that the soon-to-be-Queen is good because “intelligent women do what they are told.” But Ms. Tyrell is no fool. She has heard some unsettling things about the Boy King and enlists the help of her Grandmother, Lady Olenna Redwyne (played by Diana Rigg), also known as the Queen of Thorns, and the recently cast aside Sansa Stark.
Lady Olenna and Margeary want the truth from Sansa: what is Joffrey truly like? Sansa, terrified and unsure if the Tyrells are friends or foes, does one of the bravest things she has done since she has been in King’s Landing; she tells them the truth about the King. Only time will tell if Sansa’s confession will be the end of her.
Confession must be the theme of this episode, because Lady Catelyn Stark confessed something that truly surprised me. While on the road to Riverrun for her father’s funeral, Lady Catelyn told Robb’s new wife that she blamed herself for everything that has happened to her family so far.
Why? Because when Jon Snow was a wee babe, she prayed for his death. When her prayers seemed like they were going to be answered, and Jon came down with the pox, Lady Catelyn had a change of heart and prayed for Jon’s recovery, even telling the gods that she would love him like a son if he lived. We all know that didn’t happen, as the sight of Jon still fills her with anger. Catelyn admits to her daughter-in-law that had she kept her promise, the Starks would not have suffered as much as they have.
Bran and Rickon Stark are still on the run and making their way to The Wall. But Bran is having strange dreams about a strange boy, who turns out to be Jojen Reed, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually).
Jojen and his sister Meera have traveled a long way to find Bran in order to help him. Both Bran and Jojen have the greensight, which is a prophetic dream, like the one they had of Ned Stark’s death. But Bran is also a skinchanger, or warg, meaning he can enter the mind of an animal and control it. What will this mean for Bran and how will Jojen and Meera help him find the answers to his many questions? Stay tuned.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.