"Game of Thrones" The Bear and the Maiden Fair (TV Episode 2013) Poster


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Parts of this episode were filmed in Los Angeles, because they involve a live actor-bear (named Little Bart), and there are various legal restrictions on international transport of large animals such as bears.
The episode title refers to humorous ribald song popular in Westeros, about hairy bear that while going to a fair with a band of three boys and a goat, rescues a maiden who was hoping for a knight. It also refers to Brienne's fight against the bear, during which Locke and his men sing mockingly the song while watching it.
This is the third episode written by George R.R. Martin (except the scenes that include the bear), following on from Game of Thrones: The Pointy End (2011) and Game of Thrones: Blackwater (2012).
The original title of the episode was "Autumn Storms". Later it was changed to "Chains". Since scenes from another episode being moved into it, it was finally titled "The Bear and the Maiden Fair".
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The first episode directed by Michelle MacLaren.
Bert, the bear actor featured in this episode, is the same one used in Sean Penn's Into the Wild.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the novels, it is only implied that Ramsay castrated Theon. However, many fans have seen this episode as a confirmation of those hints, since George R.R. Martin wrote this episode which openly depicts Theon's castration.

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