“I’m going to light the biggest fire the north has ever seen,” Mance says.
Meanwhile, the men of the Knight’s Watch take refuge at Craster’s Keep, where Sam sees a baby boy being born. Knowing that Craster will kill the boy, Sam is forced to think about what he should do.
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Theon Greyjoy is still being tortured, but his sister, Yara (Asha), has sent a rescuer for him.
After he escapes, Theon is caught and almost raped (that’s two near-rapings in one episode for those keeping track at home) but rescued again by the same boy who helped him escape in the first place.
Melisandre is departing from Dragonstone, leaving Stannis Baratheon stern and humorless. (Wait, he’s always like that.)
“I want Joffrey dead. I want Robb Stark dead,” Stannis says, then romantically: “Make me another son. … I want you.”
Melisandre informs him he’s, um, not so virile right now, and suggests they drain the blood of a relative to help fuel her dark magic.
“Your fires burn low my king,” she says. “There are others with your blood in their veins.”
In an episode with a lot of great quotes, most of them are said in Astapor.
Jorah Mormont and Barristan the Bold argue over whether Dany should purchase The Unsullied, slaves who are purported to be some of the world’s best fighters.
“There’s a beast in every man and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand,” Mormont says, arguing that The Unsullied would be more disciplined in battle and less likely to rape and pillage.
When Barristan says that he prefers free men who fight for a cause, such as those who fought for Dany’s older brother, Rhaegar Targaryen, Mormont counters:
“Rhaegar fought valiantly. Rhaegar fought nobly. And Rhaegar died,” he says.
“He was not the last dragon,” Daenerys tells them.
Upon approaching Kraznys, the slave-trader, Dany tells him, “I want to buy them all,” and offers her largest dragon as payment for more than 8,000 slave warriors.
Both Mormont and Barristan object, but Dany disciplines them.
“If you ever question me in front of strangers again, you’ll be advising someone else,” she says.
Dany also gets the slaver to throw his translator, Missandei, into the deal.
In what might turn out to be a telling moment, Daenerys tells Missandei: “All men must die, but we are not men. “