'Game of Thrones' Recap: A Helping Hand
The Episode "Walk of Punishment" in a Nutshell:
- Daenerys strikes a surprising deal with the Astapor slaver
- Tyrion is appointed to a new position at King's Landing
- Jaime is dealt a harsh punishment when he tries to bribe his captors
Body count: 1
Nudity count: About 10
Dragon sightings: 0
New people and places:
- Riverrun, Catelyn Stark's childhood home
- Edmure Tully, Catelyn's brother
- Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully, Catelyn's uncle
"We're going to need details. Copious details." -- Tyrion Lannister Tweet this
What's the deal with… Melisandre's secret journey? Where is she going, and what will she be doing there?
After two episodes of catching up on where all the characters are and what they've been doing since the end of Season 2, "Game of Thrones" is finally making moves with the various chess pieces. Daenerys returns this week to make a bargain with rude slaver Kraznys -- giving up something priceless to get her Unsullied army. Other characters similarly find themselves in seemingly better positions -- but at what cost?
Riverrun: Robb, Catelyn, the Tullys
We meet Catelyn's family -- her impulsive brother Edmure and gruff uncle Brynden (aka "The Blackfish"). Robb is furious that Edmure lost more than 200 men in a battle to win control of a worthless mill from the Lannister army.
Meanwhile, Catelyn is still struggling emotionally over losing Bran and Rickon. OK, Catelyn, you're never going to win Westeros Mother of the Year, but we agree with the Blackfish: Crying about it all the time isn't going to help anybody.
Somewhere near Riverrun: Arya and the Brotherhood
The Brotherhood is packing up to head back to their headquarters, but Arya is pouting about being kept prisoner. Thoros assures her that she's not, that they're just protecting her. As they're about to leave, Hot Pie informs her and Gendry that he's staying to help the tavern owner bake bread. The Three Musketeers are breaking up!
King's Landing: Tywin, Tyrion, Baelish
The first onscreen council meeting of the season begins in hilarious fashion. After Tywin, Varys, Baelish, and Pycelle take their seats, Cersei sweeps in and carries a chair from the very end of the table to the front, at Tywin's right. Then Tyrion slowly drags over another chair so that he can face his father.
During the meeting, Tywin notes that they'll need a new Master of the Coin since Baelish will soon be leaving for the Eyrie to propose to Lady Lysa Arryn. When he appoints Tyrion to the position, his son sputters, "I'm quite good at spending money, but a lifetime of outrageous wealth hasn't taught me much about managing it."