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Ned looks to a book for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert's bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Samwell from further abuse at Castle Black; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys in Vaes Dothrak; Sansa imagines her future as a queen, while Arya envisions a far different future. Catelyn rallies her husband's allies to make a point, while Tyrion finds himself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The scene opens with Bran walking up to a crow and sees that it has three eyes. He wakes up from his dream to find Theon there. He tells that Robb is Lord of Winterfell and want to talk with Bran. He says that he doesn’t want to go, but Theon tells Hoder to carry Bran down to Robb. Meanwhile, Robb tells Tyrion that he is Lord now while Ned is away and says that he has to obey him and show respect. Bran is brought in and Tyrion says that the rumors are true. Hoder kneels down to have Tyrion giving him plans to a device that will allow Bran to ride a horse still. Robb asks why Tyrion is helping Bran and Tyrion says that he has a soft spot for broken things. Robb tells Tyrion that he has done a good service and offers Winterfell to him. However, Tyrion says that he doesn’t need anything besides a brothel and a bed and both can sleep easily. Theon goes outside as Tyrion is about to ride off. He tells Tyrion to go to Rosiline at the brothel. Tyrion asks where Lady Stark is. He tells him that he doesn’t need to know. Tyrion laughs and says that Theon is being nice to his captures. Tyrion talks about that he is his enemy’s squire now and says that he will try not to wear out Rosiline before his next time with her...Read the full recap
Ratings: 2.45 Million Viewers
Episode Title: The episode title, 'Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things,' is derived from a quote from Tyrion Lannister, "I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things".
Jaime Lannister: Do you remember Thoros of Myr charging through the breach?
Jory Cassel: With his burning sword? I'll remember that 'til the day I die.
Arya Stark: Now that Bran's awake, will he come live with us?
Eddard Stark: Well, he needs to get his strength back first.
Arya Stark: He wants to be a knight of the Kingsguard. He can't be one now, can he?
Eddard Stark: No, but someday he could be lord of a holdfast, or sit on the king's council, or he might raise castles like Brandon the Builder.
Arya Stark: Can I be lord of a holdfast?
Eddard Stark: You will marry a high lord and rule his castle, and your sons shall be knights and princes and lords.
Arya Stark: No... that's not me.
Pypar: Where have you been?
Jon Snow: Watch duty with Sam.
Pypar: Ah, Prince Porkchop. Where is he?
Jon Snow: He wasn't hungry.
Jon Snow: That's enough. Sam's no different from the rest of us. There was no place for him in the world, so he's come here. We're not gonna hurt him in the training yard anymore. Never again, no matter what Thorne says. He's our brother now, and we're going to protect him.
Rast: You are in love, Lord Snow. You girls can do as you please. But if Thorne puts me up against Lady Piggy, I'm gonna slice me off a side of bacon.
Eddard Stark: Lord Baelish, perhaps I was wrong to distrust you.
Petyr Baelish: Distrusting me was the wisest thing you've done since you climbed off your horse.
Ser Jorah Mormont: The common people pray for rain, health, and a summer that never ends. They don't care what games the high lords play.
Daenerys Targaryen: What do you pray for, Ser Jorah?
Ser Jorah Mormont: Home.
Daenerys Targaryen: (to Viserys) I am a Khaleesi of the Dothraki! I am the wife of the great Khal and I carry his son inside me! The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.