Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 8: The Pointy End
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Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 8 Recap
In the last episode, “You Win or You Die”, we’ve seen how Ned was betrayed by Littlefinger and captured by the King’s Guard. Things have gone wrong for Ned. Nobody in King’s Landing is on his side. All of his men have been murdered, Arya is now on the run by herself, and Sansa is stuck with the Lannisters. She still wants to marry Joffrey though. Meanwhile, Ned is now a prisoner. He’s been called a traitor and it seems like he won’t survive this situation.
Up in the North, Robb receives the news regarding his father through Sansa’s letter, although it is most likely the Queen’s words. In the letter, Sansa asks Robb to come to King’s Landing and swear fealty to King Joffrey. Of course, Robb doesn’t have the intention to swear any fealty to Joffrey. Instead, he calls all of his father’s bannermen, all men who have been sworn to Ned Stark. He is preparing for a war with the Lannisters.
More to the North, on the Wall, the brothers of the Night’s Watch have another problem they have to deal with. Jon and his company find some brothers of the Night’s Watch who are already dead. Their dead bodies are found on the other side of the Wall. They are killed by the White Walkers, and just like all zombies in the world (the White Walkers is a kind of zombie too), they rise again, returning as zombies with blue eyes. They are inside Lord Commander’s room. He doesn’t know about them yet, but Jon discovers them first, thanks to Ghost, his direwolf. Unaffected by regular weapons, one of the zombies is finally killed as Jon burns him by throwing an oil lamp. So they discover the zombies’ weakness.
Tyrion is on his way with his new friend, Bronn. They meet some tribesmen who want to kill Bronn and take Tyrion as an entertainment. Just like Tyrion always does, he can convince them that his family is rich and that he can promise them riches and weaponry. So the tribesmen agree to guide him to his father, Tywin Lannister. Tywin agrees to give the tribesmen riches and weaponry, only if they want to fight for the Lannister. They agree as well, only if Tyrion joins the war too.
Across the Narrow Sea, Dany learns that the Dothraki’s way of war is not as honorable as she thinks. To buy a ship to sail the Narrow Sea, they rob and kill so that they can get money. She feels pity for the people they kill and the women they rape. She uses her position as a Khaleesi to save a woman, who turns out to be a healer and sorcerer.
Back to King’s Landing, Sansa tries to beg Joffrey to give his mercy toward her father and spare his life. Joffrey agrees to forgive Ned, only if Ned wants to take his word back, that Joffrey is not Robert’s rightful heir.