Tyrion tries to see who he can trust in the small council. Catelyn visits Renly to try and persuade him to join Robb in the war. Theon must decide if his loyalties lie with his own family or with Robb.
Jon is reprimanded for interfering with Craster and Sam has a gift for one of Craster's wives. In Winterfell, Bran continues to dream but begins to believe they are visions. Lady Catelyn approaches King Renly Baratheon to form an alliance with her son Robb. In the Iron Islands, Balon decides to attack the north while the Robb Stark's armies are in the south fighting the Lannisters. Theon is given the command of a ship while his sister Yara is put in command of a fleet of 30 ships. In King's Landing, Tyrion plays the council members against one another and learns the identity of the spy among them. He also wants to protect Shae from those who might try to find his weaknesses and she soon begins work as Sansa's new hand maiden. The King's guards return and Arya and Gendry are taken prisoner. Written by
In the novel, Renly's guard is called "Rainbow Guard". In the TV series it was changed to "King Renly's Kingsguard", due to the political connotations. See more »
[Theon talks with his father about sending him to Winterfell when he was a child]
You act as if I volunteered to go. You gave me away, if you remember. The day you bent the knee to Robert Baratheon. After he crushed you. Did he take what was yours then.
[Balon slaps Theon]
You gave me away! Your boy! Your last boy! You gave me away like I was some dog you didn't want anymore. And now you curse me because I've come home.
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While not nearly excellent, it's another great episode, though
What Is Dead May Never Die isn't an excellent episode, but it's still great as it does a fantastic job continuing the story lines left in the previous episodes. The character relationships continue to be more interesting and the performances are riveting this time around. The scenery is still gorgeous and the atmosphere is really unique. My only quibble is that while the new characters introduced in the previous episodes are nice, they weren't given a bit much to do although they also gave some fine performances. The story's still good, the writing is still great, and the pacing moves along quite nicely. So, overall, it's another great episode and maybe things will get better progressively much like Season 1. :)
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