Episode 27: The Bear and the Maiden Fair

“There is power in a king’s blood.”
– Melisandre

While light on action season 3 episode 7, The Bear and the Maiden Fair, seems to be setting the stage for some big shakeups. Jaime continues his steady climb out of his negative pit while Theon slips further into his own. The mysterious Boy maintains his steady pace up the leaderboard at Theon’s expense.

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Summary
Now on the southern side of the wall Ygritte takes a moment to mock the customs of Jon’s people such as roads and the concept that troops need drum beat to walk. Jon tries to explain it keeps them organized and at the same pace, but she still finds it foolish. Later he confronts Orell for almost cutting them loose on The Wall. He does not trouble to deny it saying people love when it suits them and kill when it suits them. He warns Jon that Ygritte understands that and that’s why Jon will not be able to hold on to her.

In the Riverlands Robb and his men make their way slowly to The Twins, the seat of House Frey, for Edmure’s wedding. Delayed by the rain, Cat is concerned that the prickly Walder Frey will take this as further insult. She pointedly reminds Robb that Lord Frey may be getting a wedding, but not the one he wanted. Later Robb and Talisa spend a few precious moments alone in their tent. While writing to her mother Talisa tells Robb she is pregnant to his delight.

To the North Tormund regales Jon with his sex tips. While he is occupied Orell steals a moment with Ygritte. He admits he is jealous of her relationship with Jon. Orell tells her she belongs with one of her own promising he would be good to her. When she rebuffs him he warns that Jon is still loyal to the Night’s Watch.

In King’s Landing Margaery takes a moment to comfort Sansa who is still distressed to be marrying a Lannister rather than her crush Ser Loras. Margaery notes that Tyrion is not the worst of the Lannisters and that his known proclivity for prostitutes may serve her well on their wedding night. Sansa is shocked, but Margaery explains that his experience might make for a more enjoyable wedding night. Sansa asks if she learned so much about sex from her mother, Margaery smiles coyly and says yes, suggesting she may not be a virgin.

Meanwhile Tyrion is not thrilled by the prospect of the marriage either to Bronn’s surprise. He believes Sansa is too young and knows Shae will not be happy. Bronn points out that Shae is a whore and Sansa is a beauty who offers him a chance to rule the entire North. Tyrion sees it as a poisoned prize surrounded by houses that will no doubt loathe him with 2 women by his side that also despise him.

Joffrey calls his grandfather into the Throne Room and demands an update of the small council meetings. Tywin offers that the King is free to attend the meetings, but Joffrey claims he is too busy. Tywin strides up the Throne staring down at the boy King and makes it clear just who holds the power. Unnerved Joffrey then asks a pointed question on the news of a Targaryen with 3 dragons. Tywin is surprised Joffrey has heard and confirms the rumors are true, but is unconcerned as Daenerys is on the other side of the world and her dragons newborn. Joffrey is unconvinced and demands to be counseled on such things. “From now on, I will see to it that you are appropriately consulted on important matters whenever necessary.”

Daenerys surveys the gates of Yunkai, a city known for training bed slaves. Barristan believes they could take the city, but Jorah warns they will not meet her in the field, but instead chip away at her army from behind their walls. He advises the Daenerys pass the city by rather than suffer needless casualties. Daenerys can’t bring herself to abandon the plight of the city’s many slaves. She takes a meeting with Razdal mo Eraz, a slaver and “Wise Master” of Yunkai. He offers gold and ships if she leave the city in peace, but when it becomes clear that she has no intention of taking the deal he digresses into threats promising he has powerful allies. After the dragons prevent him from reclaiming the gold he brought with him, Razdal storms out of the pavilion and Daenerys turns to Jorah asking him to discover who these allies might be.

Back in King’s Landing Tyrion offers Shae jewelry as way of apology, but she is uninterested. She asks that they flee across the Narrow Sea beyond his father’s grasp, but Tyrion declines noting he is a Lannister and has an obligation to his House. He claims things do not have to change promising to provide a house, guards to protect her, and any children they have would be taken care of. Shae declares she would never want to have children that could not see their father and would be killed if their Grandfather ever learned they existed. She bluntly reminds him that she is not his Lady, she is his whore.

Meanwhile on Blackwater Bay Melisandre makes her way back to Dragonstone with Gendry. She informs him of his parentage, being the bastard son of the late Robert Baratheon. She claims a great destiny awaits him because he has King’s blood. In the Riverlands Arya still broods on the Brotherhood’s decision to surrender Gendry. She tells Beric that the Lord of Light is not her god, when he question who is, she responds “Death.” The Brotherhood prepares to attack a Lannister raiding party. Arya begins to question if they will ever take her home, they lied to Gendry and could be lying to her just as easily. She sees an opportunity and makes a run for it. Unfortunately she runs right into Sandor “The Hound” Clegane.
Arya Stark earns 1 Survival for escaping the Brotherhood only to receive -1 Capture points for beings taken prisoner by The Hound.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane earns 1 Capture point for taking Arya prisoner.

Jaime speaks one last time to Brienne at Harrenhal. He tells Brienne that Bolton is leaving to attend Edmure Tully’s wedding and she will be left with Locke. He says he owes her a debt for both keeping him alive on their journey and for helping him maintaining his will to survive after his injury. Brienne tells him he can repay it by keeping his pledge to bring Cat her daughters. He takes his leave with Qyburn helping ready his horse. Bolton confides that Qyburn hopes Tywin might convince the Maesters to restore his chain. Jaime says his farewells telling Bolton to tell Robb Stark, “The Lannisters send their regards.”

Theon is surprised by the appearance of two serving girls who release him from his bonds. He wants to flee, but the girls dissuade him with seduction. Of course they are soon interrupted by the Boy revealing it had been a rouse. Theon begs for mercy as the Boy has him held down and brandishes a knife, the Boy merely replies this is mercy as he is not killing him.
Theon Greyjoy receives -3 Betrayal points for the women’s deception and -1 Wound points for his continued torture.
The Boy earns 3 Alliance points for the loyalty of Myranda and Tansy as well as 1 Wound point for his torture of Theon.
Myranda earns 3 Alliance points for her loyalty to the Boy.
Tansy earns 3 Alliance points for her loyalty to the Boy.

In the North Jon is amused when Ygritte mistakes a windmill for a castle having never seen a building so grand. But the conversation soon devolves to the impending battle. Jon warns the wildlings have no chance as the seven kingdoms are better disciplined with better weapons and greater numbers. Ygritte retorts that he will die too then because he is one of them now.

Elsewhere Osha becomes disturbed by the things Bran and Jojen are discussing believing the boy is filling Bran’s head with nonsense. She is further horrified when Jojen reveals his intentions to take Bran Beyond the Wall to the three eyed raven. She refuses to go back telling them it is no place for the living. She explains the reason she came south, her lover had been turned into a wight and she had been forced to burn their hut to save herself from his attack. She will take them to The Wall, but no further.

Jaime begins the journey back to King’s Landing. He questions Qyburn as to why the Maesters removed his chain and Qyburn admits he conducted some unorthodox experiments. Jaime deduces he experimented on living men, but Qyburn argues that what he learned has helped him save many lives. Jaime asks if Qyburn was able to send a raven to Brienne’s father. Qyburn replies that he did, but Locke refused the ransom believing the Lord of Tarth to be far richer than the offer suggests. Jaime realizes that his lie has put Brienne in danger and forces Bolton’s men to return to Harrenhal.

When Jaime arrives he find Brienne fighting a bear to the amusement of Lock and his men. Jaime is horrified to see they’ve only given her a blunted tourney sword to defend herself. He offers to pay Brienne’s ransom himself, but Locke only laughs saying Jaime has not learned his lesson that money can’t always help you. Not knowing what else to do Jaime vaults into the pit with Brienne. The two are able to escape with some help from Jaime’s escort and Jaime declares he is taking Brienne with him much to Locke’s disapproval.
Jaime Lannister earns 1 Survival point for escaping the bear pit and 3 Alliance points for his loyalty to Brienne.
Brienne of Tarth earns 1 Survival point for escaping the bear pit and 3 Alliance points for Jaime’s loyalty.

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