Second Sons (TV)
|Second Sons |
Game of Thrones
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 8|
|Airdate||May 19, 2013|
|List of Game of Thrones episodes|
"'Second Sons" is the eighth episode of the third season of the HBO medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 28th episode of the series. Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and directed by Michelle MacLaren, it aired on May 19, 2013.
The episode is centered on the wedding of Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark in King's Landing, Gendry's arrival at Dragonstone and Daenerys' meeting with the mercenary company of the Second Sons before the walls of Yunkai.
In King's Landing
With their wedding hours away, Tyrion visits Sansa to ease her apprehension at the prospect of being his wife. In the Sept of Baelor, Queen Cersei intimidates Margaery with the story of House Reyne of Castamere, and how her father Tywin destroyed the Reynes root and stem when they rebelled against House Lannister. After arriving at the Sept, Sansa is walked down the aisle by King Joffrey Baratheon. In an effort to embarrass his uncle, Joffrey departs with the stepstool Tyrion was to use to cloak Sansa with the Lannister colors. After some snickering from the crowd, Tyrion gets Sansa to kneel, and they are soon after married.
At their wedding feast, Tyrion gets very drunk, irritating both Sansa and Tywin, who counsels his son to stop drinking and begin trying to conceive a child with his new wife. Joffrey, after threatening to rape Sansa, calls for the traditional bedding ceremony to begin, but his plan is thwarted when Tyrion threatens to castrate Joffrey. Tywin defuses the situation, and Tyrion is able to avoid punishment, using his intoxication as an excuse. Tyrion soon after departs the feast with Sansa. Though Tywin has ordered Tyrion to consummate his marriage, he tells Sansa he will not share her bed until she wants him to.
Melisandre returns to Dragonstone with Gendry. She then takes him to see King Stannis, who recognizes Gendry as one of Robert's bastards. When Gendry is taken to his chamber, Stannis and Melisandre discuss what they intend to do with him. In the dungeons, Davos continues to learn to read. Stannis visits him to discuss Melisandre's plan to sacrifice Gendry. Davos objects to the plan, seeing Gendry as a nephew to Stannis, but Stannis remains resolved. He then makes Davos swear to never try to kill Melisandre, and frees him.
Later, Melisandre visits Gendry, and after a short discussion, she disrobes him and they begin having sex. Melisandre, who has earlier stated that there is "power" in Gendry's kingly blood, then binds Gendry's hands and legs and lays three leeches on him to draw his blood. Afterward, Stannis arrives and ritually burns the leeches, speaking the names of the usurpers to his throne: Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and Joffrey Baratheon while he does.
In the Riverlands
Arya tries to kill the Hound while he is sleeping, but he is revealed to be awake, and thwarts her attempt on his life. They depart their camp and head for the Twins, where he intends to ransom Arya to her brother, Robb.
Across the Narrow Sea
Ser Jorah Mormont tells Daenerys that Yunkai has employed a mercenary group called the Second Sons, which is led by a man named Mero. Daenerys soon meets with Mero and his lieutenants Prendahl na Ghezn and Daario Naharis. She attempts to bribe Mero to renege on his deal with Yunkai and fight for her, and gives him two days to make a decision. In the Second Sons' camp, the three leaders plot to kill Daenerys that night, with one of them sneaking into her camp. By random draw, Daario is selected to carry out their plot.
After nightfall, Daario enters Daenerys' camp, disguised as an Unsullied soldier. He enters her tent and shows both her and Missandei the severed heads of Mero and Prendahl. He then kneels and pledges the Second Sons, as well as himself, to her cause.
Beyond the Wall
Sam and Gilly continue their journey to the Wall. They stop at an abandoned hut for the night and discuss a name for her son. When they hear a murder of crows cawing nearby, Sam leaves the hut to investigate. Soon after, he is attacked by a White Walker, which shatters Sam's sword with a touch and tosses him aside. The Walker moves towards Gilly, intent on taking her son, but Sam stabs the Walker with his dragonglass spear tip, killing it. Sam and Gilly then flee into the night, chased by the crows while leaving the dagger in the snow.
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