Ned arrives at King's Landing and is shocked by what he finds there. At the wall Jon Snow starts his schooling as a man of the Night's Watch and very quickly runs into trouble. Catelyn travels secretly to King's Landing being convinced to know who had tried to kill Bran.
Arya starts her dancing lessons with Syrio Forel while on the road to Vaes Dothrak Daenerys gets problems with her brother Viserys, who does not want to accept her sister becoming powerful.
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King Robert's party along with Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) finally arrive at King's Landing. While his daughters are settled in, Eddard receives the first taste of the Lannister's hostility towards him in form of Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) mocking Eddard as the new Hand of the king.
Right at the first meeting with the small council consisting of Lord Baelish (Master of Coin) (Aidan Gillen), Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Renly Baratheon (king Robert's brother) (Gethin Anthony) and Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover), Eddard (Sean Bean) also receives the bad news that the court is with 6 Million in debt with the Lannisters. Eddard also learns that Lord Baelish only tries to bring the money in which is spent by king Robert (Mark Addy) with full hands. The next big spending is already coming along in form of a tournament. Eddard ends the council by promising to talk to the king.
And even more trouble for Eddard Stark (Sean Bean). Arya (Maisie Williams) does not want to settle in. In fact she is still mad about the event with the butcher's boy and about her sister not telling the truth. The nice meant gift for Sansa (Sophie Turner) is also rejected. When Eddard wants to talk to Arya he discovers the sword Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has given to her. In an attempt to gain peace he allows Arya to keep it and even arranges training sessions for her with Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou), a Braavosi sword master par excellence. Eddard also explains to Arya why Sansa had lied, that Sansa will marry Joffrey and that she cannot betray him and has to stand by him even if he is wrong.
Meanwhile Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) receives the first lesson in scheming by his mother Queen Cersei (Lena Headey). She explains to him that once he is on the throne the truth is what he will make of it. Although Joffrey does not want to marry Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) Cersei explains furthermore that it was necessary in order to maintain the Northerner's loyalty to the crown. She also agrees with Joffrey the Starks being their enemies.
Back at Winterfell Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) still does not remember anything about the fall. Old Nan (Margret John) keeps Bran company while telling him stories he wants to hear, the scary ones about the winter, about the creatures from the dark, and when the White Walkers roamed the woods.
Robb (Richard Madden) also tries to cheer Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) up but he cannot undo what the fall has destroyed. Bran is no longer able to walk and will not ever again. For Bran wanting to being a knight it is a nightmare and he wishes rather to be dead than to be crippled.
Meanwhile Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and Ser Rodrik Cassel (Ron Donachie) have arrived at King's Landing. Catelyn hopes to enter the city unnoticed but that hope is quickly destroyed when she is received by two Gold Cloaks, the King's Landing's city watch. She is escorted to one of Lord Baelish's (Aidan Gillen) brothels, which makes Catelyn furious. Lord Baelish who grew up with her at Riverrun and who is still in love with her assures Catelyn that the accommodation was for her safety since she does not want anyone to know that she is at King's Landing.
Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) is flabbergasted and wants to know how anyone could have known she was coming. The answer is Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), the spider, whose trade it seems to be to gain knowledge no matter from where and what about. He also knows about the special dagger used in the assassination attempt against Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), although he does not know who it belongs to. But Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) does because it once was his before he lost it in a bet: to Tyrion Lannister.
Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) begs Eddard (Sean Bean) to follow Lord Baelish's (Aidan Gillen) advice not to take action against Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) because the imp would only lie and the court would believe him, which in return would put Eddard into a dangerous spot. Also Catelyn speaks for Lord Baelish trustworthiness since the both of them grew up together as children at Riverrun. She is convinced Baelish would never betray her trust. In return Lord Baelish promises to keep Eddard alive for Catelyn's sake.
Before Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) leaves King's Landing Eddard (Sean Bean) promises once he can proof the Lannisters being involved in Bran's (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) fall, he'll bring them to justice.
At the Wall Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) observes the training sessions of the new recruits. Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) is the drillmaster who does not see eye to eye with Jon Snow (Kit Harington). He mockingly calls him Lord Snow because he knows Jon will never be a lord of Winterfell of his being the bastard son of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean). Thorne takes every opportunity to harass Jon, although he also sees Jon as the least useless person at Castle Black, one of the many fortress at the Wall.
Since Jon (Kit Harington) beats the other new recruits time and time again in the training fights they group together against him. And it is Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) opening Jon Snow's eyes to their fears. Unlike Jon none of them has been trained before. Most of them have never hold a sword in the hands before. They are thieves and runaways, just like Tyrion had told Jon on their way to the Wall. And Jon sees the truth for what it really is. He realises that Tyrion was right all along and the only one telling him the truth. Everybody else knew what the Night's Watch was without telling him, his father included. They let him go to rot at the Wall.
Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) tells Jon (Kit Harington) he'll be leaving the next morning. Beyond the Wall since his job as the first ranger was out there and not on the Wall. Jon wants to accompany him but Benjen rejects him. Jon still is no ranger and has to earn it before he could go out there. Jon realises that he has to proof his worth first and instead of proofing how good he is with a sword against the other recruits he starts teaching his new comrades how to use it.
While at the Night's Watch Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is told by both Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) and Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) that winter is coming and that the reports of White Walkers are very real and no myth. Despite his denying such things as White Walkers Tyrion starts to sway in this belief. He is also told that the Night's Watch is the only thing between those things lurking beyond the Wall and the people on the other side. Maester Aemon tells Tyrion that there are only 1,000 men at the Night's Watch left, old and incapable and who would not even been able to fill all the fortress along the Wall. He stresses they need more men and asks Tyrion to put in a good word at King's Landing.
Before Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) leaves for King's Landing with Yoren (Francis Magee), the recruiter of the Night's Watch, he must promise to Jon (Kit Harington) to stop at Winterfell to tell Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) how much Jon misses him.
Cersei (Lena Headey) confronts her twin brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) with being an idiot in trying to kill Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). She fears that Bran will remember one day revealing their secret of being bed partners. But Jaime won't have any of this convincing Cersei they can always say the boy must have dreamed that and they would be believed.
King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) realises that the Lannisters are plotting against him, including his wife Cersei (Lena Headey).
Across the Narrow Sea Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) grows into her role as the Khaleesi, learning the Dothraki language and slowly putting her will through, even against her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) who still tries to use her at will so his Dothraki army, as he calls it, can move across the sea to gain back his throne. But Daenerys has made friends amongst the Dothraki and a few of Khal Drogo's blood riders stand by her side which Viserys has to learn in a hurtful way. She also is pregnant with Khal Drogo's son.