Episode: “Dark Wings, Dark Words” (Season 3, Episode 2)
Original Air Date: April 7, 2013
Director: Daniel Minahan
Plot (via HBO)
Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners; Jaime finds a way to pass the time.
Best Moment: Jaime is re-captured
The entire final scene of “Dark Wings, Dark Woods” is the best of the episode, with Jaime nettling Brienne yet again before sitting down on the bridge and swiping one of her swords. The two engaged in a sword fight—with Jaime having to fight in cuffs and Brienne having to fight without killing Catelyn’s prisoner—and the lady got the better of a weakened Kingslayer. But then a group of bannerman for House Bolton—led by Locke, who Jaime will regret meeting—re-capture the Lannister knight for the King in the North. Locke rejected Jaime’s offer to get paid in exchange for letting him go, stating, “If the King in the North hears I had the Kingslayer and let him go, he’d be taking it right off. I’d rather he take yours.”
“And I couldn’t keep my promise… And everything that’s happened since then—all this horror that’s come to my family…it’s all because I couldn’t love a motherless child.” – Catelyn Stark to Talisa Maegyr about Jon Snow
Trivia (via IMDb)
On their journey north, Bran and his companions pass Hadrian’s Wall, the real-life inspiration for the Wall.
MVP: Olenna Tyrell
This episode was the first we see of The Queen of Thorns, who had a smart and experienced take on everything—including her belief that Renly was committing treason and thought he was a king because he “knew how to dress and smile.” Lady Olenna and her granddaughter Margaery get information from Sansa and learned that Joffrey is indeed a “monster,” and this sets the stage for the Purple Wedding and her eventually boss-move admission about it to Jaime years later.
#ForTheThrone Moment: Cersei tries to turn Joffrey against Margaery
Cersei never really had much control over Joffrey after he became King, and she was losing more control to Margaery, which meant losing both her son and at least some control of the Iron Throne. Joffrey dismissed his mother’s attempts to turn him against his wife-to-be, making it clear that he doesn’t have to listen to her. Meanwhile, Margaery herself tried to turn Joffrey in her favor, using the information from Sansa, who admitted Joffrey is a “monster”, to play to the young king’s emotions.
Inside The Episode