In the capitol city, Tywin Lannister has returned to take his place as Hand of the King. He names Littlefinger Lord of Harrenhal and plans to marry him off to Lysa Tully, forming what he believes will be an alliance against Robb Stark. Tywin then appoints Tyrion to replace Littlefinger as the “Master of Coin,” a job for which Tyrion is likely ill equipped.
“They’re only numbers, numbers on paper,” Littlefinger advises. “Once you understand that, it’s easy to make them behave.”
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Tyrion finally rewards Pod for saving his life at Blackwater Bay, and buys him three whores.
“We’re going to need details, copious details,” the imp jokes afterwards.
As he is researching King’s Landing’s finances, Tyrion sees the kingdom owes millions to the Iron Bank of Braavos, home to some of the world’s best assassins.
“One way or another, they always get their gold back,” Tyrion says.
Road to Harrenhal
Men pledged to the northern forces have taken Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth captive.
When the men begin to beat and attempt to rape Brienne, Jaime speaks up and tells a clever lie.
He says Brienne comes from a island rich in sapphires (which isn’t true) and that her father will give a handsome amount of sapphires (also not true) to whoever returns his daughter alive with her honor “unbesmirched.”
Jaime also tells his captors he could make them rich “until the end of your days.”
The captors don’t take kindly to Jaime’s statements, however, and cruelly cut his hand off, fundamentally changing his character for the rest of the series.
Camp of the Lightning Lord
Hot Pie parts ways with Arya Stark and Gendry. There’s a touching moment of restrained emotion during their goodbye.
North of the Wall
The White Walkers (The Others) have killed a bunch of horses and left their remains in a design. (They really love geometry, don’t they?)
The wildling army comes across the gruesome sight and realizes it’s past time head south.
Mance Rayder orders Tormund Giantsbane to climb The Wall, which will inevitably mean a violent confrontation between his army and the Knight’s Watch.
“We’re finally going to war, old friend,” Tormund says.