The Lion and the Rose

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The Lion and the Rose
Game of Thrones
Episode # Season 4, Episode 2
Airdate April 13, 2014
Director Alex Graves
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"The Lion and the Rose" is the second episode of the HBO medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 32nd overall. The episode was written by George R. R. Martin, the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels of which the series is an adaptation, and directed by Alex Graves. It aired on April 13, 2014.

The title is a reference to the sigils of House Lannister and House Tyrell, respectively, and focuses principally on the long-awaited Royal Wedding at King's Landing: the marriage of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell.


At the Dreadfort

Ramsay Snow sadistically hunts a young girl in the woods, with the assistance of his servant, Reek (formerly known as Theon Greyjoy), and Myranda. When Ramsay's father Roose Bolton arrives at the Dreadfort, he asks to see Reek, and chastises Ramsay for having flayed and tortured him. Roose intended to trade Reek to the Ironborn in exchange for Moat Cailin, a fortification that is preventing the Bolton army from returning to the north. Ramsay, in an effort to prove how well he has broken him, has Reek shave his face. While doing so, Ramsay tells Reek that Robb Stark is dead, and had Reek tell Roose that both Bran and Rickon Stark are alive, as he could not find them, and burned two farm boys in their place while holding Winterfell. Roose dispatches Locke to find and kill Bran and Rickon, as while they are alive they pose a threat to his new position as Warden of the North. Roose also sends Ramsay, along with Reek, to Moat Cailin with instructions to capture it. As a reward, Roose will consider legitimizing Ramsay, making him a true Bolton.

Beyond the Wall

North of the Wall, Bran, using his abilities as a warg, sees through the eyes of his wolf and kills a doe. Awoken by Hodor, he is reminded to use the warg abilities sparingly by Jojen and Meera, as spending too much time as Summer will cut him off from his human body. After stopping at a Heart tree, Bran has a vision of the three-eyed raven, which urges him to continue his journey north. Bran tells his companions that he now knows where they must go.

At Dragonstone

At night, Melisandre orders several of Stannis Baratheon's subjects burned at the stake, including Lady Selyse's brother, as a tribute to the Lord of Light. After dinner, Melisandre speaks to Shireen Baratheon, Stannis and Selyse's daughter, about the Lord of Light, and how the Seven Gods are a lie.

In King's Landing

Tyrion and Jaime have an early breakfast, where Jaime expresses his embarrassment at the loss of his sword hand. Tyrion encourages him to train his left hand and arranges lessons with Bronn, as, provided he is paid, he will keep Jaime's ineptitude a secret. On the way to the wedding breakfast, Lord Varys informs Tyrion that the Queen knows about Shae, and will soon tell their father, Tywin. Lord Mace Tyrell presents King Joffrey with a large gold goblet, and Tyrion gives him a rare book, the "Lives of Four Kings", before being presented with the second Valyrian steel sword that Tywin had forged. Joffrey uses the sword to easily slice through the large book, before naming it "Widow's Wail". In his chambers, Tyrion tries in vain to get Shae to leave, offering her an estate in Pentos with servants and gold which she refuses, leaving in tears.

After the wedding, Tywin and Lady Olenna trade barbs at one-another, and Olenna reminds Tywin of the debt the Crown now owes to the Iron Bank of Braavos. On their way to the feast, Bronn assures Tyrion that Shae was on the ship bound for Pentos. Ser Loras Tyrell is threatened by Jaime, who tells him that should he wed Cersei, she would likely kill him in his sleep. After giving her congratulations on the marriage, Brienne of Tarth is confronted by Cersei, who accuses her of being in love with Jaime. Tywin and Cersei are later confronted by Prince Oberyn and his paramour, Ellaria Sand. The four share a tense conversation filled with veiled insults, where Oberyn reminds them that Myrcella is currently being protected in Dorne. The events are then interrupted by Joffrey, who presents a play depicting the War of the Five Kings. The roles of each king are filled by dwarfs, which angers and upsets many of the guests, most of all Tyrion. When Joffrey tries to get Tyrion involved in the play, he refuses, instead telling Joffrey to display his own talent with a sword. Joffrey pours a cup of wine over Tyrion's head, and orders him to be his cupbearer, toying with him by intentionally dropping and kicking the goblet.

Joffrey continues to embarrass his uncle by commanding him to kneel, before Lady Margaery diffuses the situation by drawing attention to a large pie. As Joffrey eats, and continues to order Tyrion to serve his wine, he begins to cough and indicate that he is choking. While the emergency draws the crowd's attention, Dontos implores Sansa to flee with him. As Lady Olenna yells for everyone to assist the King, he falls to the ground and it becomes evident that he has most likely been poisoned. In his last moments he points an accusing finger at Tyrion. Furious with grief, Cersei orders Tyrion arrested on charges of murdering the king.

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