King’s Landing

South of the The Wall, Cersei and Tyrion Lannister are still at each other’s throats. (Easter is a time that brings siblings together.) And, as usual, Tyrion gets the better of their exchanges.

“You’re a clever man, but you’re not half as clever as you think you are,” Cersei says.

“Still makes me more clever than you,” Tyrion retorts. Boom!

Later, their father, Tywin, treats Tyrion with a complete disrespect. When his youngest son says he would like to inherit Casterly Rock, the family’s castle, Tywin acts like the pompous moralist he’s always been in the books. (But he was so inexplicably cool and fatherly with Arya last season?)

Tywin tells Tyrion he would rather let himself “be consumed by maggots” than grant his son the inheritance he deserves.

“Neither God nor men will ever compel me to let you turn Casterly Rock into your whorehouse,” Tywin says.

Meanwhile, the contrast between the boy-king Joffrey and his bride-to-be, Margaery Tyrell, couldn’t be more pronounced.

During a trip through town, Margaery quickly proves herself an expert politician, bonding with the common people, while Joffrey cowers in his horse-drawn carriage.

At dinner, Joffrey openly disrespects his mother, while Margaery flatters her. It won’t be long until this girl has more fans in King’s Landing than anyone in the royal family.

Dragonstone

Stannis Baratheon’s right-hand-man, Davos Seaworth, is found stranded after the battle of Blackwater and returned to Dragonstone.

But instead of Davos receiving a warm welcome, Stannis (who lost, brutally, in the epic Season 2 battle) welcomes him back with a gruff: “Heard you were dead?”

The red sorceress Melisandre then taunts Davos for his advice to leave her behind during the Blackwater battle: “I could’ve saved those men. But I wasn’t there because you convinced your king to leave me behind. Do you hear them screaming, all those burning men in the water?”

She then orders Davos locked away in a dungeon.

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