King Robert Baratheon is beside himself when he learns about the alliance between the Targaryens and the Dothraki ordering an assassination on Daenerys which is not endorsed by Ned Stark.
Catelyn brings her Lannister prisoner to the Eyrie where her sister resides, the widow of the former Hand Jon Arryn. Arya secretly listens to a conversation threatening the life of her father.
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Below is the recap of this episode, which may contain spoilers if you have not seen it yet!
At King's Landing Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) visits the tent of the dead Hugh of the Vale who was killed during the tournament by Ser Gregor Clegane and meets Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney). Wondering how quickly the former squire became a knight he asks Ser Barrister about it who suspects Jon Arryn having left the Hugh some money. Meanwhile king Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) wants to take part in the joust and tortures his squire Lancel Lannister. Eddard convinces him not to take part. He would win anyhow since nobody would dare to hurt the king in a joust.
At the tournament Ser Gregor Clegane (Conan Stevens) fights against Ser Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) and loses. The poor horse has to bear the consequences. Then Gregor Clegane attacks the winner. His brother Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) intervenes, fighting his brother until Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) stops it all. Ser Loras Tyrell declares The Hound as the winner.
Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), Ser Rodrik Cassel (Ron Donachie) and her party have left the Kingsroad with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) as their hostage to follow the Eastern Road which leads to the Vale where Catelyn's sister resides. Tyrion tries to convince Catelyn that Lysa (Kate Dickie), her sister, had changed a lot and he also tries to convince her that he had nothing to do with the murder attempt of Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) arguing that it would not make sense to arm an assassin with a recognizable dagger. Suddenly they are attacked by hill tribes and Catelyn has a nagging doubt of her accusing the Lannister of the murder attempt when he saves her life.
At Winterfell Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) sits with Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter) over his daily lessons and struggles with life in general. There is his mother who had left him for which he does not know the reason. Then there is his not being able to shoot an arrow ever again. Maester Luwin tries his best to cheer the boy up and points out that if the saddle Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) brought the manufacturing drawing for worked, Bran could learn to shoot a bow from a horse just like the Dothraki boys learn to do it when they are four years old.
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) visits the whore Ros (Esmé Bianco) for some amusement but once more gets reminded of his father's failed rebellion against king Robert and his paying the price and becoming the ward of Lord Eddard Stark when he was eight years old. Ros also praises Tyrion Lannister as not too shabby.
At King's Landing Lord Varys(Conleth Hill) pays a visit to Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) to tell him something important, something that might cost his head. He believes Eddard to be a honest man after he has watched him for a month after he had arrived at the city. He explains that he is not the only one watching him but also queen Cersei (Lena Headey) has her spies on Eddard. Lord Varys warns Eddard that the king will face the same fate as Jon Arryn unless Eddard saves him. Lord Varys knows the poison that killed Jon Arryn. The Tears of Lys it is called, a rare and costly thing and it is clear and tasteless as water and leaves no trace. Lord Varys does not know who gave Jon Arryn the poison but surely it must have been a close friend of his. He knows that the Hugh of Vale was very dear to Jon and he had seen him almost like a son. That leaves the question if the Hugh had poisoned Jon who had been paying the Hugh. Certainly someone with money. Eddard does not understand why though. Jon Arryn had been the Hand of the king for seventeen years. So why kill him now? Lord Varys tells Eddard that Jon Arryn started asking questions - a clear warning to Eddard that he must be careful.
Meanwhile Arya (Maisie Williams) fulfils one of sword master Syrio Forel's lessons. She follows a cat down to the dungeons of the Red Keep in order to study its movements. Down in the dungeons she stumbles over some left dragon heads where she hides when two men come her way. She overhears a conversation she is not supposed to hear. They talk about Eddard (Sean Bean) having found already one of King Baratheon's (Mark Addy) bastards and that he is reading the book and they wonder what Eddard would do when he finds the truth. The wolf and the lion will soon be at each other throats and there will be a war coming soon. What good is war now, they muse further. If one Hand can die why not the second they plot and realize that this Hand is not like the other. They need time and fear that Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) won't do a move until his son is born. The two men talking are Magister Illyrio Mopatis (Roger Allam) and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill).
Later at the throne room Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) and Varys (Conleth Hill) exchange pleasantries and threaten each other with knowing something about the other which could lead to beheading if the queen would know. Lord Baelish also knows about Lord Varys' meeting with a stranger from across the Narrow Sea and of course Lord Varys would know someone from there since he himself comes from the free cities. We are friends, aren't we. They have each other under control. Their brief meeting is disrupted by Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) announcing that the king will attend the small council meeting and urges them to hurry. Disturbing news, says Lord Varys to Lord Baelish, haven't you heard?
Having been locked in Arya (Maisie Williams) needs to go deep down in the dungeons and appears outside the city. Dirty and torn the guards do not recognize her and won't let her into the castle. But Arya is capable of defending herself shocking the guards with her brisk words and boyish look and the statement she was the Hand's daughter. Eddard (Sean Bean) is mad. Arya had promised that such things would not happen again. She tells him that they wanted to kill him which he does not believe. He knows that her daughter is a dreamer, dreaming about adventures. She also tells him that he overheard something about a savage. Their talk is disrupted by Yoren (Francis Magee) who not only came to disturb Eddard with the request for new recruits for the Wall but also to tell him before anyone else hears the news that Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) has taken Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) as a prisoner.
At the Eastern Road Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and her party are intercepted by guards of the Vale who tell her that lady Arryn (Kate Dickie) does not know anything about visitors. They also question the imp's presence as they escort them to the Eyrie, the seat, of the house Arryn which is said about to being impregnable.
Back at King's Landing Eddard Stark's (Sean Bean) presence at the small council is requested when the king has summoned for a meeting to let them know that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is pregnant. Robert (Mark Addy) wants Daenerys along with her child and Viserys (Harry Lloyd) dead. Eddard thinks it would not be honourable and Robert tells him that it is not honour that holds Seven Kingdoms together but fear. Eddard does not believe in a rumour Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) has heard from Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), a traitor in Eddard's eyes. Not a traitor, a slaver Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) throws in. The king fears if the rumour is true that a boy at the head of a Dothraki army could mean downfall for the Seven Kingdoms. Eddard is convinced the Dothraki won't cross the sea with their horses but king Robert does not want to do nothing and wait until an army appears on his shores. Eddard finds no hearing. The rest of the small council, Lord Varys, Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), Lord Baelish and even Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) are all for an assassination of the Targaryens. Eddard does not budge though and returns the Hand of the king to which he is thrown out of the room.
Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) interrupts Eddard's (Sean Bean) packing and promises to take him to the last person Jon Arryn had spoken with before he fell ill if Eddard stayed come nightfall. Wanting to know the truth Eddard follows Pytr Baelish and orders Jory Cassel (Jamie Sives) to post guards outside the girls' rooms.
At the Eyrie Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) realizes that her sister Lysa (Kate Dickie) has gone mad. She, too says the last phrase her dead husband Jon Arryn had said: The seed is strong and projects it to her son. Lysa does not want to have Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) at her castle. She had written the letter not for Catelyn to interfere but to warn her to stay away from the Lannisters. And Lysa believes that Tyrion killed her husband. Catelyn knows that she will not receive help from her sister and stands up for Tyrion not to be harmed since he was her prisoner. Lysa lets Tyrion throw into her prison. The prison cells are special at the Eyrie, built into the Wall of a mountain with one side open leading straight down to the Vale.
At king's landing Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) complains about being treated like a child by his king brother because he has not fought in a war. His lover Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) knows about the assassination attempt against the Targaryens since Renly had told him. Loras also suggests that Renly should be the king rather than Robert and that his father could be his bank. People would love Renly because he is kind to them unlike his king brother Robert and his older brother Stannis. Loras telly Renly that he would be a wonderful king.
Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) meanwhile pays Robert (Mark Addy) a visit asking him whether it was wise to have Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) leave like that. The king muses about the Dothraki army that might come his way and he knows that meeting them in open field would be their downfall. So they would retreat to their castles, but then what. They would be save but the Dothraki would move from town to town looting and burning and killing every man who cannot hide behind a stone Wall. They would steal their life stock and crops and how long would the people stand behind an absent king, a coward king hiding behind high Walls. When would be the time for them to see Viserys (Harry Lloyd) as their rightful king. The Seven Kingdoms haven't had a fight for nine years. There is only backstabbing and scheming, ass licking and money grubbing. Cersei uses the for once peaceful atmosphere to ask about Robert's love of life, Lyanna Stark. Robert wonders why she does though since she never has asked about her. At first it was in hopes that he would forget her if Cersei would not speak of her, then it became spite. Now it does not matter anymore since the ghost of Winterfell could do not any more harm than what the both of them had already done to each other. Robert confess that the Seven Kingdoms could not fill the hole in his heart when Lyanna was taken from him.
Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) has brought Eddard (Sean Bean) to his brothel where he meets Mhaegen (Antonia Christopher) holding a baby in her arms. The bastard son of king Robert with the beautiful black hair of the Baratheons. Eddard wants to know from Lord Baelish why Jon Arryn had visited all of Robert's bastard sons and how many there were. Petyr does not know why.
When Eddard (Sean Bean) leaves the brothel he and Jory Cassel (Jamie Sives) are surrounded by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and the king's guard. Jaime is angry, very angry. He just has learnt about his younger brother's imprisonment. Eddard lies to protect Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) and claims that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was taken upon his orders. Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) wants to mediate but sees no other choice than to call for the city watch. Jaime wants to kill Eddard but cannot since he knows that if Eddard got killed his brother would be as well. So he orders his men to kill Eddard's people and take him alive. When Jory Cassel dies Eddard starts fighting Jaime in earnest and would have probably won if not for one of the Lannister's guards unfairly intervening and stabbing him into the leg with a spear. Jaime Lannister is not pleased. He had wanted a fight men against men.