The Stark children really had to grow up fast in "The Pointy End," the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Arya (Maisie Williams) was practicing dueling with her fencing master Syrio (Miltos Yeromelou) while a real sword slaughter was going on elsewhere in the castle. Sansa's (Sophie Turner) nurse told her to run as she stood her ground against oncoming soldiers with blood-tinged swords. Syrio faced down Lannister soldiers who wanted to capture Arya with a wooden practice sword. He told her to run, but not before imparting one last bit of advice, "What do we say to the god of death?" Arya resonded like a good student, "Not today." Its unclear what happened to both the nurse and Syrio, but both girls are spared, for now.
Ned Stark (Sean Bean) is imprisoned in a dank dungeon somewhere below the castle. After a talking-to by the political-plotting eunuch Varys he still doesn't get it. Honor is not the word of the day in King's Landing. While he is being proud and stubborn, the Hound comes for Sansa and Arya does her first kill and escapes.
Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and her advisors grill the bewildered Sansa, debating whether the daughter of a traitor should still be allowed to marry Joffrey. She is ordered to write to her brother Robb at Winterfell, ordering him to King's Landing. she is desperate to hold onto to her position as Joffrey's intended, but she also wants to save her father, and Cersei is happy to dangle that possibility.
At the Wall dead bodies of soldiers are discovered, and one is missing a hand - the match of what Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) direwolf found last week. But there is still no sign of Jon's uncle, Benjen. Bad news travels fast - news of the King's death has reached the Wall, as well as Ned's being charged with treason. Jon wants to leave and help his father. No one gets to leave the Wall. As punsihment he is confined to quarters. As he stares at the four walls of his room his direwolf Ghost is spooked by something outside. He leads Jon to to the Commander's rooms where they are attacked by a zombie - one of the "dead" bodies from that afternoon. Jon's friend Samwell (John Bradley-West) has been reading about the White Walkers and is convinced they are waking up - and that they also woke up the zombie.