The scene opens with Lord Stark visiting Lannister, and he learns about his wishes. Lannister will not allow Jamie to rot in jail. Every day Jamie stays in prison, their family becomes less feared. Besides, Lord Stark should not be bothered about what other people think. If he keeps thinking that way, their entire family will go one by one, and then be rotting in the ground. The only thing that lives on is the family’s name. A lion is never worried about the opinion of sheep. Besides, he should consider living up for the Lannister family’s glory. He can have 30,000 men – half the forces – and become the man he is destined to be – not next year, not tomorrow, but now. When Lord Stark looks is in pain, Queen Cersei attends to him. Is his pain the reason why he wanted to see her in the yard? Lord Stark says he’s had worse. He knows the reason for which Joan Arren died. Is that the reason he called her – to pose her riddles? When Stark points at a light bruise under the Queen’s eye, she tells him Jamie would have killed him. ..Read the full recap
Ratings: 2.40 Million Viewers
Casting: Starring cast members Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) do not appear in this episode.
Episode Title: 'You Win or You Die' refers to a direct quote from Cersei Lannister in this episode: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
Symbolism: Tywin Lannister skinning the stag is an act of symbolism, representing the desire of the Lannister house to overthrow the House of Baratheon, whose sigil is the stag.
Trivia: This episode marks the last appearance of .
Casting: Many believed Brian Fortune, who played an unnamed Night's Watch Officer, was Bowen Marsh. However, in 'Mockingbird' (Season 4, Episode 7), he is revealed to be Othell Yarwyck when Alliser Thorne addresses him as "First Builder Yarwyck".
Dennis McKeever, who also played an unnamed Night's Watch Officer, was originally thought to be Othell Yarwyck. His character's identity is still unknown.
Petyr Baelish: You know what I learnt losing that duel? I learnt that I'll never win. Not that way. That's their game, their rules. I'm not going to fight them: I'm going to f--k them. That's what I know, that's what I am, and only by admitting what we are can we get what we want.
Ros: And what do you want?
Petyr Baelish: Everything, my dear. Everything there is.
Jon Snow: Hear my words, and bear witness to my vow: Night gathers and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realm of men. I pledge my life and honour to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
Cersei Lannister: You should have taken the realm for yourself. Jaime told me about the day King's Landing fell. He was sitting on the Iron Throne and you made him give it up. All you needed to do was climb those steps yourself. Such a sad mistake.
Eddard Stark: I've made many mistakes in my life, but that wasn't one of them.
Cersei Lannister: Oh but it was. When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.
Tywin Lannister: You're gonna to say something clever? Go on, say something clever.
Jaime Lannister: Catelyn Stark took my brother.
Tywin Lannister: Why is he still alive?
Jaime Lannister: Tyrion?
Tywin Lannister: Ned Stark.
Jaime Lannister: One of our men interfered, speared him through the leg before I could finish him.
Tywin Lannister: Why is he still alive?
Jaime Lannister: It wouldn't have been clean.
Tywin Lannister: Clean? You spend too much time worrying what other people think of you.
Eddard Stark: What you suggest is treason.
Petyr Baelish: Only if we lose.
Eddard Stark: You've always hated him.
Cersei Lannister: Hated him? I worshipped him. Every girl in the Seven Kingdoms dreamed of him, but he was mine by oath. And when I finally saw him on our wedding day in the Sept of Baelor, lean and fierce and black-bearded, it was the happiest moment of my life. Then that night he crawled on top of me, stinking of wine and he did what he did, what little he could do, and whispered in my ear, "Lyanna". Your sister was a corpse and I was a living girl, and he loved her more than me.
Khal Drogo: (in Dothraki) And to my son, the stallion who will mount the world, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the iron chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before. I will kill the men in iron suits and tear down their stone houses. I will rape their women, take their children as slaves, and bring their broken gods back to Vaes Dothrak. This, I vow, I, Drogo, son of Bharbo. I swear before the Mother of Mountains as the stars look down in witness. As the stars look down in witness.