One wonders how he will fit in with his fellow Lannisters now that he has a conscience.
At The Gift, Bran and his crew meet up with Samwell and Gilly. They inform Sam that they have to go north of The Wall, so Bran can act upon his (unknown) destiny in the coming war against the White Walkers.
Sam tells them he killed a White Walker, which Meera says hasn’t been done “in thousands of years.” He tells them the secret to killing the frozen zombies is to stab them (or shoot them in Meera's case) with dragonglass.
Sam shows Bran the secret pass under The Wall, and then he and Gilly arrive at Castle Black, where he’s greeted by Aemon Targaryen. Aemon tells him to send out 44 ravens bearing news of the pending war north of The Wall.
Meanwhile, Ygritte and Jon meet back up – and Jon tells her he loves her (they do make a good couple). But she’s hurt and emotionally wounded and views him as a traitor. She shoots him three times with arrows, nearly killing him.
Snow rides to Castle Black, and falls off his horse, wounded badly. As the episode ends, he’s clinging to life but it appears that he will recover.
Not to self: Don't get involved with wildling women.
Bolton’s torture chamber
After Ramsay Bolton permanently maimed Theon – cutting off his, ahem, manhood – Theon is begging to be killed.
Bolton decides he’s going to alter Theon’s identity and begins to beat him until he changes his name to “Reek.
Eventually, Theon gives in. “My name is Reek,” he whimpers.
Ramsay sends Theon’s severed member to his father, Balon Greyjoy, who we learn had cut a deal to betray Theon. But the act angers Theon’s sister Yara (Asha), and she sets sail for the Dreadfort to rescue Theon.
Now, I hate Theon, but this Ramsay guy is downright detestable. Let's hope Asha gets there pronto.
At Dragonstone, Gendry and Davos bond over their humble beginnings in an impoverished part of King’s Landing called “Flea Bottom.”
Stannis is debating whether to throw Gendry into the fire, as advised by Melisandre, as part of some dark magic designed to place Stannis in power.
“The boy must die,” Stannis concludes.
Davos, however, can’t stand by idly while an innocent boy is slaughtered and breaks him out of jail.
Angered over the betrayal, Stannis orders Davos to be put to death. But a letter comes from the Night’s Watch, warning of White Walkers.
Melisandre advises Stannis to keep Davos alive while Stannis’ forces head north to help in the war at The Wall.
Stannis may not be a great leader, like Daenerys, but in agreeing to head to the battle at The Wall, he’s making a decision that could well save the human race.