The Bear and the Maiden Fair (TV)

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The Bear and the Maiden Fair
Game of Thrones
Episode # Season 3, Episode 7
Airdate May 12, 2013
Director Michelle MacLaren
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"The Bear and the Maiden Fair", formerly known as "Chains" and "Autumn Storms" is the seventh episode of the third season of the HBO medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones. It aired on May 12, 2013. The episode is significant in that it was written by George R. R. Martin, the author of the book series the television show is based on. It was directed by Michelle MacLaren.

The plot of the episode advances the storylines of Daenerys' arrival to the city of Yunkai, the repercussions of the upcoming marriage of Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark, and Brienne's fate at the ruined castle of Harrenhal.


In King's Landing

Sansa is comforted by Lady Margaery, who has heard of Sansa's betrothal to Tyrion. Elsewhere, Tyrion and Bronn are also discussing the match, and how it will affect Shae. Tywin meets his grandson, King Joffrey, and teaches him a lesson in ruling; Joffrey asks what they should do about the rumors of Daenerys and her dragons, but Tywin claims there is no threat. When they meet later, Shae tells Tyrion that she will not continue their relationship when he marries Sansa.

On Blackwater Bay, Melisandre reveals to Gendry that his father was King Robert Baratheon.

In the North

Jon Snow and the wildling party led by Tormund Giantsbane continue their journey south. Ygritte stops with Jon to discuss their next move. Soon after, Orell offers some harsh wisdom to Jon, and later speaks to Ygritte, confessing his love for her and trying to convince her that Jon is still loyal to the Night's Watch. Later, Jon tells Ygritte that the wildling cause is hopeless, but she remains undaunted.

Theon is freed from his constraints by two young women, who give him water and clean his wounds. Theon is apprehensive about their aid, until they disrobe and begin pleasuring him. The three are soon interrupted by his knife-wielding tormenter, who orders his men to restrain Theon as he appears to remove Theon's genitals.

Heading for the Wall, Bran speaks to Jojen Reed while Osha and Hodor set up camp. Osha continues to grow suspicious of the Reeds, calling Jojen's visions "black magic". When she says they have to continue to the Wall, Jojen reveals that the three-eyed crow is north of the Wall, and that is their destination. Osha refuses to allow them to go north of the Wall, relating to them the story of her husband's death and resurrection as a wight.

In the Riverlands

King Robb, his advisors, and his army are delayed by rain in their march toward the Twins for Edmure's wedding to Roslin Frey. Catelyn and her uncle Brynden discuss their distaste for Walder Frey, who will see their delay, as well as Robb's oath-breaking, as a slight against his family. When the Tullys depart, Queen Talisa reveals to Robb that she is pregnant.

At the Brotherhood's hideout, Arya expresses her anger at Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr for selling Gendry to Melisandre. When Anguy tells Beric of a Lannister raiding party near them, Beric orders the men to move out in pursuit. Arya calls Beric a liar, as he promised to take her to Riverrun. She runs away, and is pursued by several of the Brotherhood soldiers, but before they can locate her, she is taken captive by The Hound.

Across the Narrow Sea

Daenerys, her knights Ser Jorah and Ser Barristan, and her army of Unsullied reach the yellow city of Yunkai. Though she is advised that Yunkai holds no strategic value, Daenerys tells Jorah she will take the city to free its 200,000 slaves. She orders Grey Worm to send a messenger to the city demanding their surrender, or she will sack the city. Razdal mo Eraz is sent by Yunkai to offer terms of peace, which include chests filled with gold bars and as many ships as Daenerys wants. Daenerys refuses his offer, demanding the slaves of the city be freed and paid for their service, which Grazdan angrily refuses, and departs the tent.

At Harrenhal

Brienne of Tarth is visited in her cell by Jaime, who tells her that he will be departing for King's Landing the next day, and that she will be left at Harrenhal, under the care of Locke, as Roose Bolton is departing for the Twins. Before leaving her, she makes Jaime swear to uphold his oath to Catelyn Stark, and return the Stark girls to their mother. Before leaving, Jaime tells Roose Bolton that the Lannisters send their regards to the Starks and Tullys on Edmure's impending marriage. While on the road, Qyburn checks on the condition of Jaime's right arm, and reveals that he lost his maester's chain for experimenting on living humans. When Qyburn informs Jaime that Brienne will not be ransomed by Locke, Jaime manipulates Steelshanks, the party leader, to order their return to Harrenhal. Upon their arrival, Jaime finds that Brienne has been forced by Locke and his men to fight a bear with a wooden sword. Jaime tries to ransom Brienne, but is unsuccessful, and instead leaps into the pit to protect Brienne. The bear is shot with a crossbow by Steelshanks but continues to attack, before Jaime boosts Brienne out of the pit, and is then lifted to safety. Confronted by Steelshanks and his men, who are ordered to ensure Jaime's safety, Locke relents and lets Jaime and Brienne depart for Kings Landing.

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