“I don’t think he expected to die. He … he meant to… burn with the rest of us and rise again, reborn as a dragon to turn his enemies to ash. I slit his throat to make sure that didn’t happen.”
– Jaime Lannister
Episode 5 of season 3, Kissed by Fire, may open with a fight, but it’s all about the alliances, betrayal, and revenge. Daenerys continues to add to her impressive lead maintaining her first place status. Sadly, Jaime’s status is also unchanged as he continues to sit in last place. Cersei and Tyrion both find themselves subject to their father’s whims and wish forcing them down the board while Littlefinger makes a series of moves redeeming the betrayals he’s suffered.
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In the Riverlands Sandor’s trial by combat begins. He is upset when Beric lights his sword on fire, as fire is his only true fear, but ultimately defeats Beric, killing him. Thoros rushes to Beric allowing Arya an opportunity. She grabs a knife and rushes at the Hound only to be stopped by Gendry. Suddenly Beric rises and declares the gods have judged Clegane innocent. The Brotherhood allows Sandor to leave unmolested much to Arya’s anger. He demands his gold back, but they give him only notes promising repayment.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane earns 3 Victory points and 3 Morghulis points for defeating Beric.
Beric Dondarrion receives -3 Defeat points and -5 Death points for losing his fight against Sandor. He then earns 1 Magic point for being revived by Thoros.
Thoros of Myr earns 1 Magic point for reviving Beric.
Orell and Tormund question Jon on the manpower of the Watch and their habits. Jon is reluctantly honest about how few castles are manned, but inflates the numbers of brothers inhabiting them. Orell makes it clear he does not trust Jon, but Ygritte speaks in his defense. Later she teases Jon by stealing his sword and making him chase her into a hidden hot spring cave. She begins removing her furs explaining she knows he took an oath to the Night’s Watch, but now she wants him to break it. Jon tries to resist, but in the end passion overcomes him and the two have sex.
Jon Snow earns 3 Alliance points for proving his loyalty to Ygritte.
Ygritte earns 3 Alliance points for Jon’s loyalty.
Locke and his men arrive at Harrenhal to present Roose Bolton with the Kingslayer. Bolton is not pleased by Jaime’s condition. He demands his wound be treated and that both Jaime and Brienne be given proper quarters. Jaime asks for news of King’s Landing, after needlessly drawing it out he reveals that Tywin saved the city and Cersei is safe. Jaime collapses as much from weakness as relief and is taken to Qyburn. Qyburn once trained as a Maester in the citadel, but his chain was removed for his experiments. He examines Jaime’s wound and eventually agrees under Jaime’s threats of violence not to remove his arm.
In King’s Landing Cersei approaches Littlefinger and expresses her concern about the Tyrells. Her father does not take her concern seriously, and so she must find proof. She asks him to look into it, considering he has a good relationship with them. She pointedly reminds him of his failure to produce Arya Stark as incentive.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish earns 3 Alliance points for agreeing to aide Cersei.
Cersei Lannister earns 3 Alliance points for gaining Littlefinger’s aide in her attempts to expose the Tyrells to Tywin.
Elsewhere in the Red Keep Tyrion meets with Olenna Tyrell regarding the royal wedding. He is successful in convincing her to carry half of the financial burden, but she only agrees after reminding him of all the Tyrell’s provide to the war effort. Olenna admits she is disappointed, having heard he was a drunken lecher but finds he is merely a “brow-beaten bookkeeper.”
Back in the Riverlands Arya is still sulking about the Hound and demands to know why Gendry is helping repair Beric’s armor. He reveals he is going to join the Brotherhood and smith for them. Arya is aghast reminding him of the torture at Harrenhal, but he notes that the Lannisters already want him dead. He likes what the Brotherhood stands for and they act as a family. Arya says she could be his family, but Gendry stoically reminds her that their class differences would make that impossible.
Gendry earns 3 Alliance points for joining the Brotherhood without Banners.
In Riverrun Rickard Karstark finally gets some semblance of revenge for his dead sons as he breaks into the cell of the two young Lannister squires and kills them. Robb is horrified by this betrayal and the slaughter of innocent children. When Karstark is brought to answer for his crimes he remains defiant blaming Cat for her release of Jaime. Robb orders all the Karstark men who participated to be hanged. Cat, Talisa, and Edmure council Robb to keep Rickard a prisoner so as not to lose the loyalty of the remaining Karstark men, but Robb cannot allow this to go unpunished. He beheads Rickard in the castle’s yard. Rickard’s last words to him remind him that the Starks and Karstarks are kin and kin-slayers are cursed, but Robb beheads him regardless.
Rickard Karstark earns 6 Morghulis points for killing the Lannister boys, 3 Revenge points for avenging the deaths of his sons at the hands of the Lannisters, and -5 Death points for being beheaded by Robb Stark.
Martyn Lannister receive -5 Death points for being killed by Rickard Karstark.
Willem Lannister receive -5 Death points for being killed by Rickard Karstark.
Robb Stark receives -3 Betrayal points and 5 Morghulis points for ordering the deaths of the Karstark men and beheading Rickard Karstark.
Arya recites her list as she looks into the flames. She asks Thoros what they will do with her and he explains that they will ransom her to her brother at Riverrun. She speaks with Beric who reveal this is the 6th time Thoros has revived him. Each time Beric says he feels as though he comes back a little less. Arya asks if Thoros could revive someone without a head, obviously referring to her father, but he does not believe it would work.
On Dragonstone Stannis goes to see his fanatically devout wife, Selyse. She believes fiercely in Melisandre’s prediction of his rise to the throne, though he himself is having doubts. He tries to confess his adultery with Melisandre to her, but she is already aware. She claims to be pleased because Melisandre could give him a son and she gives him nothing. He angrily tells her that’s not true and Selyse grows cold asking if he’s come to see “her,” referring to their daughter.
Shireen Baratheon is Stannis’ only child and scared by a childhood illness. She is thrilled to see her father. She asks after Ser Davos whom she considers a friend showing her father the toy ship her carved her. Stannis tells her that Davos is a traitor and rotting in a dungeon. Shireen does not understand, but Stannis states it’s not open for discussion.
Brienne washes herself in the immense bath house of Harrenhal when Jaime appears and chooses to share her tub rather than the numerous empty ones. He begins to chide her for failing in her duty, but is instantly regretful when she takes offense admitting she protected better than most. He asks if they might declare a truce, to which she replies that would require trust. He says he does trust her, but then grows angry at the face she gives him, “There’s the look. I’ve seen it for 17 years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor.” He then explains for perhaps the first time what truly caused him to put a sword through the back of King Aerys Targaryen. Aerys had become obsessed with wildfire and places caches of it all over King’s Landing. When Tywin Lannister began his sack of king’s Landing he order Jaime to kill his father and the pyromancers to set off the wildfire reducing the city to ashes. “Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, would you have done it? Would you have kept your oath then?” He could not, he killed Aerys and the pyromancers saving the city, but saw the look on Ned Stark’s face when he arrived and knew he had already be judged guilty. Jaime tries to rise from the tub but stumbles, Brienne catches him calling for help.
That night Shireen sneaks down to visit Davos’ cell. He confesses to her that what her father said was true and he acted wrongly. She still wants to be his friend though and offers him a book to read of Aegon’s Targaryen’s conquest. When he admits he cannot read she offers to teach him.
Davos Seaworth earns 3 Alliance points for Shireen’s loyalty.
Shireen Baratheon earns 3 Alliance points for her loyalty to Davos.
To the east Jorah and Barristan bond over war stories and the talk leads to Robert Baratheon. Barristan confesses that Robert was a good man, but a terrible King. After a lifetime of serving madmen and drunks he wants to fight for a ruler her respects. He asks Jorah if he believes in Daenerys, Jorah responds “With all my heart.” Daenerys assembles a group of the Unsullied, she has asked them to pick a leader from their ranks to act as commander, but she is disturbed when the man they choose gives his name as Grey Worm. Missandei explains all the Unsullied are given such names to remind them of their worthlessness. Daenerys declares that they may all chose new names that give them pride. Grey Worm decides to keep his name explaining that the name he was born with was unlucky as it was with that name that he became a slave, but as Grey Worm he was freed by Daenerys.
Grey Worm earns 3 Alliance points for his loyalty to Daenerys and 3 Honors points for his position as Commander of the Unsullied.
Daenerys Targaryen earns 3 Alliance points for Grey Worm’s loyalty.
Jorah tries to discover if Barristan is aware that he once informed on Daenerys to Robert when she was pregnant with Drogo’s child, but Barristan says he did not sit on the small council. However he warns Jorah that his poor reputation could hurt Daenerys should he be at her side when they take Westeros. Jorah reminds him he is not Lord Commander here and Jorah takes his orders from Daenerys.
In the Riverlands the Karstark men have abandoned Robb’s cause leaving him with only half the men. He laments that when the war started they had a purpose but as it dragged on they’ve begun bickering among themselves. Talisa suggests giving them a new purpose. Robb comes up with a bold plan to attack Casterly Rock, the ancestral seat of House Lannister. Though they would need more men, meaning he would have to beg the forgiveness of Lord Frey, the man whose daughter he was supposed to marry.
Margaery and Sansa watch Loras train in the yard while Loras watches a squire. Sansa is eager to wed Loras, her longtime crush, but is skeptical that Joffrey will allow it. Margaery assures her that she can handle the King. Later Loras spends some quality time with the squire Olyvar. Loras confides that he’s supposed to be married soon and his wife to be does not know he is gay. Of course Olyvar is quickly revealed to be in the employ of Littlefinger.
Sansa Stark earns 3 Alliance points for her engagement to Loras.
Loras Tyrell earns 6 Alliance points for his engagement to Sansa and his trust in Olyvar, but receives -3 Betrayal points for Olyvar informing on him.
Olyvar earns 6 Alliance points for seducing Loras and informing on him to Littlefinger.
Littlefinger approaches Sansa about their escape plan, but she is suddenly reluctant. He drops some hints that he knows of her plans noting that once we get what we want, “then we want something else.” Even remarking on her hair being done in a similar style to Lady Margaery, but she remains oblivious claiming it is because she fears the risk to him. Littlefinger allows her to believe she has duped him, thanking her for the concern and saying he will honor her wishes. Before taking his leave he promises that he is her true friend
Littlefinger receives -3 Betrayal points for Sansa’s deceit.
Tyrion meets with his father to tell him the good news about the Tyrell’s contribution to the wedding, but is dismayed to find Cersei waiting as well and further unnerved as she continues to smirk at him. Tywin explains Cersei has uncovered a plot by the Tyrells to wed Sansa Stark to Loras. Tywin believes Robb’s days are numbered and sees Sansa as the key to the North, he does not intend to lose her to the Tyrells. He announces to Cersei’s glee that he intends Sansa to marry Tyrion. Tyrion is horrified as she is significantly younger than him and would likely see marriage to him as a form of torture. Tywin is unconcerned with either of their happiness. Cersei begins to gloat, but is halted when Tywin goes on to say that she will marry Loras. Cersei angrily refuses, but Tywin makes it clear his mind has been made up.
Cersei Lannister receives -3 Betrayal points for Tywin’s decision to marry her to Loras against her wishes.
Tyrion Lannister receives -3 Betrayal points for Tywin’s decision to marry him to Sansa against his wishes.
Tywin Lannister earns 3 Alliance points for brokering the marriage between Sansa and Tyrion.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish earns 3 Revenge points for unraveling Sansa’s plan.
Sansa Stark earns -3 Betrayal points for Littlefinger’s revenge on her.