At the Great Sept of Baelor, Ned Stark is executed and The Hound is instructed to publicly display Ned’s decapitated head to the crowds. In the crowd, Yoren drags Arya out to safety and later he cuts her hair in an attempt to disguise her for her protection. From now on, she will masquerade as Arry, a boy who was recruited for the Night’s Watch, just like the others who have joined Yoren, until she arrives safely at Winterfell.
Joffrey has taken Sansa to a wall where her father Ned’s head is mounted on a spike. Sansa is horrified at the scene, but Joffrey sadistically makes her look at it. He warns her, it may be her brother Robb’s head next, but she angrily replies perhaps Robb might give her Joffrey’s head instead. Enraged, King Joffrey orders one of his Kingsguard, Ser Maryn Trant to hit her, saying “a king shouldn’t hit his queen”.
Yoren’s group of recruits have begun a long journey to The Wall. ‘Arry’ meets Hot Pie, Lommy Greenhands and Gendry, who unknown to all and to himself, is King Robert’s bastard son.
Bran has had another dream of the Three-Eyed Raven. He tells Osha about a bird flying into the crypts of the Winterfell, and how he thinks his father is in the tombs. They go to the crypts and are surprised by Rickon there. Rickon reveals that he had the same dream and later, Maester Luwin confirms the news about Ned’s execution.
In the Riverlands, at Robb’s camp, Catelyn receives condolences from the northern bannermen. Robb vows to kill the Lannisters for murdering his father, but first, they must rescue his sisters Sansa and Arya.
Later, Robb and his bannermen discuss whether to join Stannis or Renly Baratheon- Renly has the bigger army, but Stannis is elder and is next heir to the throne. Jon Umber questions why should they swear loyalty to any of them, reminding everyone that North was a solemn kingdom until Targaryans arrived. He bows before Robb, calling him ‘The King in the North’, and other bannermen echo his proclamation.
At the Lannister camp, Lord Tywin is holding a meeting with his generals. They are now fighting a three-front battle, with Stannis and Renly claiming the Iron Throne. They consider whether to attack, fall back or sue for peace. Tywin points out that any negotiation with Robb is now dead because Joffrey ordered Ned’s murder. They decide to retreat to Harrenhal. Tywin orders Tyrion to go to King’s Landing and serve as Hand of the King while he fights the war. He prohibits him from taking ‘his whore’, Shae, with him, but Tyrion takes her anyway.
At the Wall, Jon hears the news about his father’s death and has decided to leave the Night’s Watch and join Robb’s army. He leaves Castle Black but is pursued by Sam, Grenn, and Pypar, who persuade him not to break his oath.
In Essos Daenerys wakes up with terrible news- her son is born dead. The majority of the khalasaar have abandoned them. Drogo is alive but in a vegetative state. In the night, Daenerys is in her tent trying to revitalize Drogo. She finally comes to the realization that there is no hope for him to recover, and with great pain, she smothers him to death with a pillow.
The remaining group prepares a funeral pyre for Drogo. They place Dani’s dragon eggs on the pyre, along with Mirri Maz Duur. They set the fire and Daenerys walks into it. When the fire is out, the group are amazed to see Daenerys walks out unharmed, and the three newly hatched baby dragons with her. Her hair and her clothes are completely burnt, but the fire hasn’t touched her body. The Dothraki kneel and swear allegiance to the ‘Mother of Dragons’.
If the Gods are real, why is the world so unjust? At the end of the season, we ask ourselves the same question with Jaime Lannister