Meanwhile, the capitol is still buzzing about Pod’s performance in bed with the whores, and Varys is gossiping with Ros and the Queen of Thorns about Litterfinger’s plans to leave for the Eyire with Sansa Stark.
“Littlefinger is one of the most dangerous men in Westeros.,” Varys says. “He would see this country burn if he could be king of the ashes.”
The boy-king Joffrey Baratheon (really Lannister) shows his bride-to-be Margaery Tyrell the tombs of the Targaryen kings. (I’ll give the little weasel this: He does know his history.)
“Sometimes severity is the price we pay for greatness,” Margaery says.
The queen-to-be is great at manipulating Joffrey, Sansa and, well, everyone.
She suggests Sansa should marry her brother, Loras. “We would be sisters,” Margaery says, completely winning over the Stark girl.
Margaery takes Joff to the castle’s window to wave to the crowd assembled outside, and the same people who recently tried to assault the royal family actually cheer for him (!).
Cersei Baratheon (Lannister) sees what’s happening and complains to her father, Tywin, saying: “The Tyrells are a problem.”
Tywin, sternly, tells Cersei she’s let her son walk all over her.
“Perhaps you should try stopping him from doing what he likes,” Cersei says.
Tywin pauses. “I will,” he responds.
As the plotting got intense in the south, things got wild up north. Starving and tired, the men of the Night’s Watch turned on Craster and each other.
All hell breaks loose during a melee inside of Craster’s keep and the nasty wildling Craster ends up with his throat cut.
During the brawl, one of the Night’s Watch turns on Commander Mormont, killing him. (This was the most significant death thus far this season.) And, Samwell Tarly fled into the snow with one of Craster’s daughters/lovers and her newborn son.
“Run fast piggy and sleep well. I’ll be cutting your throat one of these nights,” one of the men shouts after him.
On the road with Theon Greyjoy
Theon, who last episode escaped from his captors, shows remorse for killing two young boys back at Winterfell. He also admits that he should never have turned on the Starks.