Tyrion welcomes a guest to King's Landing. At Castle Black, Jon stands trial. Daenerys is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya runs into an old enemy.



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Tywin Lannister gives his son Jaime a new sword and wants him to return to rule at Casterly Rock in his stead. Jaime wants to rejoin the King's guard. Cersei hasn't forgiven her brother for leaving her. Prince Oberyn Martell arrives in King's Landing for the royal wedding. He and his lover, Ellaria Sand, take their pleasure at Littlefinger's establishment. His hatred of the Lannisters becomes apparent as he blames them for the death of his sister. Daenerys' army is marching toward the slave city of Meereen. She comes to realize that her dragons can never be tamed. Sansa still grieves over the loss of her family at the Red wedding. At Castle Black, Jon Snow faces an enquiry before the commanders of the Watch. Arya and Sandor Clegane come across someone from Arya's past. Written by garykmcd

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6 April 2014 (USA)  »

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The process shown at the beginning of the episode is called casting and cannot be used to make swords - they'd be too brittle. Forging is a much more elaborate and lengthy process. And if the secret of the steel is lost, as both Tywin and Jaime mention, you can't just melt an old sword to make a new one. You'd need to cut the old sword into parts and reforge it. But you'd need to know the exact method (i.e. "secret") to do that and even then, it'd be a totally different steel. See more »


Oberyn Martell: [to Tyrion] Do you know why all the world hates a Lannister? You think your gold and your lions and your gold lions make you better than everyone. May I tell you a secret? You're not a golden lion. You're just a pink little man who is far too slow on the draw.
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Epic start to the season!
7 April 2014 | by (The UK) – See all my reviews

This episode was definitely worth having 4 hours sleep. The Dragons have grown larger, the CGI that created them is so perfectly mastered, it's outstanding! Kit Haringtons and Sophie Turners acting has improved greatly, in S2/3, I cringed when Sophie (Sansa) talked, but now, her acting is perfect! She really deserves more screen time.

I love the banter between Arya and Sandor (the hound), again, Maisie Williams acting has improved so much! The fighting scene was perfectly orchestrated, it seemed real.

A new character has arrived! Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne, played by Pedro Pascal. Even though he did only get about 10-20 minutes of screen time, his acting was superb! He played the character extremely well.

An epic start to the season! Now to watch it again at 9PM!

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