Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
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Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 4 Recap
Here is the episode four. Just as the title, “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things”, let’s start with the cripple first, Bran. Bran is now living his life as a cripple, but in his dreams, he can walk just like before he fell. He has some strange dreams of him walking around Winterfell and seeing a three-eyed crow. That might be a sign of something. Meanwhile, in the real world, Tyrion visits Winterfell on his way back to King’s Landing. He gives Bran a kind of saddle that will make Bran able to ride a horse. He says that he has soft heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things.
Now, move on to the Wall. We meet the bastard, Jon Snow. He meets Samwell Tarly, a fat coward who is also a Night’s Watch recruit. Sam is definitely not a kind of man who can defend himself and Jon can’t bear to see him beaten up. So he defends Sam. Finally, Sam is entrusted to Jon. He has to supervise Sam and he knows that this might be more than he can handle.
Still in the bastards theme, now we move to King’s Landing where Ned is looking for some bastards. Why would he look for some bastards? It is related to his investigation on Jon Arryn’s death. He finds that Jon Arryn is looking for Robert’s bastard children. However, he still can’t figure out why Jon Arryn was looking for the bastards. On his way of searching the bastards, he meets a young boy, named Gendry. He is also King Robert’s bastard, and he is working as a blacksmith. He has the image of Robert in him.
Let’s visit the Targaryens and the Dothraki. Dany is now pregnant and Khal Drogo has loved her more. However, Viserys doesn’t really love her like the Khal. He hasn’t learned the Dothraki way and when Dany invites him to come for a dinner, he misunderstands it as an order. He gets mad and attacks Dany, but Dany finally stands up to her brother and confirms her position over her brother. She even threatens her brother and scares him off. Dany then realizes that Viserys is not the one who will retake the Iron Throne from the Usurper.
At King’s Landing, a tourney is arranged in Ned’s honor. However, violence occurs when Ser Gregor Clegane, or “The Mountain”, kills Jon Arry’s former squire cruelly during jousting. Sansa is affected badly by the scene and so it tests her bravery. It leads Petyr Baelish to tell her a story about The Mountain’s brother, The Hound; about how he was burned when he was a child. Ned sees this incident as a way of the Lannisters to hide the fact behind Jon Arry’s death.
Finally, Tyrion continues his journey to the South and he meets Catelyn at an inn on his way. Catelyn is on her way north. She has learned from Littlefinger before that the dagger used for killing Bran is Tyrion’s. So she immediately captures Tyrion. As the inn is still in her father’s land, she calls upon Tully’s bannermen and commands them to capture Tyrion for her.