“Everyone who isn’t us is an enemy.”
– Cersei Lannister
Episode 3 Lord Snow bring us into the intrigue of King’s Landing. We are introduced to some new characters on the Small Council and we see alliances being built both in the capital and across the Narrow Sea. Ned Stark maintains his lead, but again Daenerys is only a few points below him. However, her brother Viserys has fallen behind, competing with six other characters for 4th place.
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|Characters||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Total|
|Eddard “Ned” Stark||7||1||3||11|
|Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish||3||3|
|Sandor “The Hound” Clegane||1||1|
The King and court finally arrive at the capital city of King’s Landing. Ned is immediately called to a session of the small council as Robert has demanded a Tourney in honor of his new Hand of the King. After some posturing with Ser Jaime he is greeted by his fellow members of the Small Council: Grand Maester Pycelle, Varys Master of Whispers, Lord Renly the King’s brother, and Petyr Baelish, also known as Littlefinger, the Master of Coin. Littlefinger has a sordid past with Ned’s wife Catelyn. He professed to love her in their youth and challenged Ned’s older brother, Brandon to a duel when her engagement to him was announced. A duel he did not prevail in as evident by the scar he claims to carry with him from neck to navel.
Prince Joffrey still broods over injury by Arya’s direwolf. Cersei explains that while they cannot trust the Starks, he must still marry Sansa. She advises he do something nice for his betrothed as “the occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road.” Meanwhile, Ned tries to make peace between his daughters after the Kingsroad incident to no avail. Though he does succeed in getting Arya to open up to him. Upon his discovering her sword Needle she admits that she had asked Mycah to help her practice. Ned assures her she is not responsible for what happened to her friend and allows her to keep her blade.
In Winterfell, Bran remains bedridden as Old Nan tells him stories of The Long Night when White Walkers roamed the land riding on giant Ice Spiders. It is revealed that he is paralyzed now and his dreams of knighthood at an end. At the wall his half-brother Jon is also having a hard time adjusting to his new reality. At first dismissive of his fellow recruits, Tyrion points out Jon’s privileged position as the son of a Lord and his access to a Master at Arms who trained him how to fight. Later his Uncle Benjen hammers the point home that here he is “better than no one.” Brothers of the Night’s Watch must earn their place.
Catelyn and Ser Rodrik arrive at King’s Landing intending to tell Ned her suspicions about the Lannisters being involved in Bran’s “fall.” However upon entering the city she is greeted by guards who escort her straight to Petyr Baelish. At first she is appalled that he has taken to her to one of his brothels, but he insists it’s for her protection. He keeps her presence secret and brings Ned to meet her. Littlefinger tells them the dagger that was used to attack Cat and Bran had once belonged to him before losing it in a bet to Tyrion Lannister. He promises to help them find the truth.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish receives 3 Alliance points for his alliance with the Starks
Catelyn Stark receives 3 Alliance points for her alliance with Littlefinger
Eddard “Ned” Stark receives 3 Alliance points for his alliance with Littlefinger
As news of Bran’s recovery spreads Cersei grows anxious, fearful of what the boy may remember. Her brother Jaime is unconcerned. If Bran remembers Jaime will kill him, Ned, or even Robert, “the whole bloody lot of them, until you and I are the only people left in this world.” Meanwhile on the Wall their brother Tyrion prepares to take his leave of the Night’s Watch. Lord Commander Jeor Mormont asks him to speak to Queen Cersei on their behalf. Winter is coming, the Wall is not well manned and there have been disturbing reports to the north. Tyrion agrees, but seems unconvinced of their dire predicament.
Across the Narrow Sea Daenerys’ deepening relationship with Drogo seems to be giving her more confidence. Growing uncomfortable surrounded by slaves she commands the Dothraki Horde to stop. While enjoying the scenery of the grasslands Viserys suddenly bursts through the brush striking her down. He is her King, not a subject to be commanded. Then a whip cracks through the air wrapping Viserys around the throat. Rakharo, a Dothraki warrior appears with Daenerys’ handmaiden Irri and Ser Jorah. Daenerys insists her brother be released to the Dothraki’s confusion. Upon being freed he demands Jorah “kill these Dothraki dogs!” But Jorah ignores the command instead asking Daenerys, “Are you ready to return to the Khalasar Khaleesi?” Later that night Daenerys’ handmaiden, Irri, notices changes in the Khaleesi’s body and informs Daenerys that she is pregnant. When Jorah hears the news he announces he must ride for the nearby city of Qohor and will rejoin the column soon.
Daenerys Targaryen earns 3 Alliance points for Jorah’s allegiance
Jorah Mormont earns 3 Alliance points for switching his allegiance to Daenerys
Viserys Targaryen earns -3 Betrayal points for Jorah shifting his allegiance to Daenerys
Ned is later visited by Queen Cersei. She apologizes for perhaps being too harsh on the Kingsroad, but she is defensive of her children. The two exchange subtle threats, but it doesn’t result in much. The episode ends with Arya attending her first “dancing” lesson. She is greeted by Syrio Forell a braavosi Ned has acquired to teach Arya swordplay. As he watches Arya thrust and parry his face falls perhaps remembering battles past or fearing the battles to come.