Episode 20: Valar Morghulis

“We are the watchers on the wall.”
― Qhorin Halfhand

Another season has come to a close with Season 2’s finale Valar Morghulis. An unpredictable season at that. Season One’s big scorers Robb and Daenerys barely squeaked by this go around, hopefully they’ll regain their footing in season 3. Meanwhile new comer Brienne of Tarth dominates the Leaderboard claiming first place while Tyrion and Stannis tie for second place.

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Summary

Tyrion awakes in a haze from his injuries. Pycelle delights in explaining the battle was won by the appearance of Lord Tywin, who will now be acting as hand himself. Joffrey holds court making great ceremony of confirming his Grandfather as “Savior of the City” and the Hand of the King. Littlefinger is bestowed honors as well, in thanks for engineering the alliance between the Lannisters and Tyrells. He is granted the powerful seat of Harrenhal. He calls forth Ser Loras and thanks him for their aide and offers to grant him anything he might request. Loras explains that his sister Margaery was widowed before the union could be consummated. He offers that the two houses join another in marriage. Joffrey points out he is already betrothed to Sansa Stark, but Cersei speaks up offering that is neither wise nor proper to marry the daughter of a traitor whose House is still in open rebellion. Joffrey agrees with his mother setting aside his engagement with Sansa agreeing to marry Lady Margaery Tyrell.
Tyrion Lannister receives -3 Fall From Power points for losing the title Hand of the King
Tywin Lannister earns 3 Honors points for taking the position of Hand.
Petyr Baelish earns 3 Honors points for becoming Lord of Harrenhal
Margaery Tyrell earns 3 Alliance points for allying with House Lannister.
Joffrey Lannister earns 3 Alliance points for allying with House Tyrell.
Cersei Lannister earns 3 Alliance points for allying with House Tyrell.

Sansa leaves the court relieved to be free of Joffrey, but Littlefinger warns her that she is not free and Joffrey will continue to torment her. He offers to help her return to her family. But Sansa does not trust him, claiming King’s Landing is her home. Littlefinger warns her that everyone in King’s Landing is a liar and all of them are better at it than she is.

Ros is approached by a hooded man revealed to be Lord Varys. He asks her if she is happy working for Littlefinger. He tells her Littlefinger underestimates her abilities. He suggests the two form a partnership, but she is hesitant. Littlefinger frightens her she admits. Varys replies the he should, but even Littlefinger has his weaknesses.

Brienne and Jaime come across three women hanging from a tree. Jaime notes that they were prostitutes killed by Northmen for servicing Lannister soldiers. Brienne stops to bury them though Jaime protests, but before she can the Northern soldiers happen on them. The three soldiers mock Brienne for being a female knight and proudly take credit for killing the prostitutes. Brienne claims Jaime is a prisoner she is transporting for the Starks, but one of the men recognize him. Brienne makes short work of all three men to Jaime’s astonishment.
Brienne of Tarth earns 3 Victory points for the fight with the Northmen and 1 Morghulis point for killing in battle.

At the Stark camp Catelyn warns Robb that Lord Frey is not an enemy he should make. She understands that he is in love with Talisa, but he gave his word to marry a woman of House Frey. Robb responds coldly that she has no right to judge him given her recent actions and takes his leave.

Stannis broods at Dragonstone attended by only the Red Priestess Melisandre. He rails at her for her false predictions of his victory even attacking her and admitting aloud he killed his brother based on her words. She warns that before the war is done he will do far worse and that is the price of the Iron Throne. She has him look into the flames as she has done to see the great victory that awaits him.
Melisandre earns 1 Magic point for showing Stannis the future in the flames.
Stannis Baratheon earns 1 Magic point for seeing the future in Melisandre’s flames.

Theon is similarly depressed far to the north in Winterfell. Bolton’s forces have surrounded the castle and Theon knows he has too few men to hold it. Maester Luwin tries to council him suggesting he take the black of the Night’s Watch, but Theon refuses believing Jon Snow will kill him in his sleep. He believes he’s gone too far to turn back now. He gathers his small force in the yard giving a rallying speech. His men react in cheers, but then Dagmar knocks him out to deliver him to the Northmen outside the gates. Maester Luwin rushes over, but Dagmar stabs him with his spear
Theon Greyjoy receives -3 Betrayal points for the deceit of Dagmar and his men and -1 Wound point for being knocked out.
Dagmar Cleftjaw earns 1 Wound points for knocking out Theon and stabbing the Maester.
Maester Luwin receives -1 Wound point for being attacked by Dagmar.

Varys calls on Tyrion. Tyrion wants proof Cersei order the Kingsguard Ser Mandon Moore to kill him. Varys replies he has none only whispers. He explains the extent to which Tyrion’s power has been neutralized. Bronn has lost his position as Commander of the Gold Cloaks and the Hill tribesmen have been sent home. He does one last favor for Tyrion bringing Shae to his bedside then commending his actions in the battle noting he very likely saved the city though none will ever thank him for it. Shae tries to persuade him to flee the city with her, but he won’t. He’s not done playing the game.
Bronn receives -3 Fall From Power points for losing his position as Commander of the City Watch.

In the woods outside the Stark Camp, with only a single Septon performing the ceremony Robb Stark takes Talisa for his bride. Thus breaking his alliance will Lord Walder Frey.
Robb Stark earns 3 Alliance points for pledging loyalty to Talisa.
Talisa Maegyr earns 3 Alliance points for pledging loyalty to Robb.

Daenerys reaches the House of the Undying flanked by Jorah and her Bloodrider, Kovarro. However it is only Daenerys that is allowed inside the magical stronghold. She follows the call of her dragons descending a winding staircase.

In the Riverlands Jaqen catches up with Arya and her friends. She wants to learn how to kill as he does, but he says to become a Faceless Man she must travel across the Narrow Sea to Braavos. She declines saying she must find her family. He gives his a coin and says it will pay her way to Braavos should she ever change her mind. All she has to do is present to coin to any man from Braavos and repeat the phrase “Valar Morghulis.”

Osha, Hodor, Bran, and Rickon make their way out of the crypts and find Winterfell burned and ruined. They find Maester Luwin in the Godswood dying from his wounds. He tells Osha to get the boys to the Wall, where Jon Snow can protect them. He sends the boys away and asks Osha for the mercy of a quick death which she grants.
Bran Stark earns 1 Survival point for escaping the Sack of Winterfell.
Rickon Stark earns 1 Survival point for escaping the Sack of Winterfell.
Hodor earns 1 Survival point for escaping the Sack of Winterfell.
Osha earns 3 Morghulis points for putting Maester Luwin out of his misery and 1 Survival point for escaping the Sack of Winterfell.

Across the Narrow Sea Daenerys follows her dragons cries and come to a strange room. It looks to be the Throne Room in the Red Keep, but destroyed and covered in snow. Before she can sit the Iron Throne she hears her dragons again. Next she walks out to what seems to be the other side of the Wall. In the frozen tundra she spots a small Dothraki hut. Inside are Khal Drogo and their son. He begs her to stay, but she hears the dragons again and knows she cannot.

Finally she finds her dragons chained by the warlocks. Pyat Pree explains the dragons are strongest in her presence and the Warlock’s magic is stronger closer to the dragons. He proceeds to chain Daenerys not knowing that she has already taught her dragons to breath fire on command. She gives the command “Dracarys,” and the melt their chains and burn Pyat Pree alive.
Daenerys Targaryen earns 3 Victory points for defeating the Warlocks, 2 Morghulis points for ordering the death of Pyat Pree, and 1 Magic point for commanding the dragons.
Pyat Pree receives -3 Defeat points for being overcome by the dragons and -5 Death points for being killed.

In the deep north Jon Snow and the Halfhand continue their trek as wildling prisoners. Sensing an opportunity the Halfhand starts a fight with Jon, putting him in the position to be killed. By killing a fellow Ranger, Jon may prove himself to be trusted by Mance Rayder. As they approach the camp Jon is surprised to see that reports of their numbers were no exaggeration.
Jon Snow earns 3 Morghulis points for killing the Halfhand.
Qorin Halfhand receives -5 Death points for sacrificing himself so Jon may infiltrate Mance’s army.

Xaro wakes to the key for his vault being removed from around his neck. It is Daenerys who discovers she was betrayed by Doreah who sleeps beside him. She opens his impenetrable vault to find it empty. She shuts the two inside the taking the key with her. She and her remaining Khalasar plunder Xaro’s palace as Daenerys shares a moment with her reunited dragons.
Xaro Xhoan Daxos earns 3 Alliance points for allying with Doreah and -5 Death points for being locked in his vault.
Doreah earns 3 Alliance points and -5 Death points for being sealed in Xaro’s vault.
Daenerys receives -3 Betrayal points for Doreah’s deceit, 3 Revenge points for avenging her Dothraki against those who betrayed them, and 6 Morghulis points for sealing Doreah and Xaro in the vault.

Sam, Grenn, and Edd are digging again in the frozen north. They hear the call of the horn, at first Sam thinks it’s Jon returned, then a second call comes. Grenn and Edd grab for their sword knowing that means wildlings. Then comes a third blast, nt heard in thousands of years, it marks the approach of White Walkers. The three run, but Sam falls behind, cowering behind a rock he gets a first hand look at their mysterious enemy and their army of the dead.

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