Lord Stark in the dungeon gets yet another visit from Varys. This time again, he gets water. However, he also gets to know his daughter Sansa begged for mercy on her knees. He is dejected, but Varys tells him how every person has a role to play – something he learnt from the actors with whom he would roam the free cities. When Stark wants him to say what he wants, without riddles, he hopes peace will prevail. He only wants Lord Stark to see sense in confessing to his treason, and accepting Joffrey as the king. Cersei will understand – she already takes Stark as an honorable man. However, he refuses. He will not trade his respect for the few years he has left. Varys leaves saying it’s a pity – even if he is not worried about his own life, he should be about his daughter’s...Read the full recap
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Episode Title: 'Baelor' refers to the Great Sept of Baelor, the building where the event with Lord Eddard Stark takes place in King's Landing.
Casting: This episode marks the final appearance of
Tyrion Lannister: Ferocious? Last night, a Moon Brother stabbed a Stone Crow over a sausage. Three Stone Crows seized the Moon Brother and opened his throat. Bronn managed to keep Shagga from chopping off the dead man's c--k, which was fortunate but even still, Olf is demanding blood money, which Shagga and Gunther refuse to pay.
Tywin Lannister: When soldiers lack discipline, the fault lies with their commander.
Tyrion Lannister: Surely there are ways to have me killed that would be less detrimental to the war effort!
Eddard Stark: You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honor for a few more years... of what? You grew up with actors. You learned their craft and you learnt it well. But I grew up with soldiers. I learned to die a long time ago.
Lord Varys: Pity. Such a pity. What of your daughter's life, my lord? Is that a precious thing to you?
Robb Stark: I sent two thousand men to their graves today.
Theon Greyjoy: The bards will sing songs of their sacrifice.
Robb Stark: Aye, but the dead won't hear them.
Joffrey Baratheon: My mother wishes me to let Lord Eddard join the Night's Watch. Stripped of all titles and powers, he would serve the realm in permanent exile. And my Lady Sansa has begged mercy for her father. But they have the soft hearts of women. So long as I am your king, treason shall never go unpunished. Sir Ilyn, bring me his head!
Maester Aemon: Tell me, did you ever wonder why the men of the Night's Watch take no wives and father no children?
Jon Snow: No.
Maester Aemon: So they will not love. Love is the death of duty. If the day should ever come when your lord father was forced to choose between honor on the one hand and those he loves on the other, what would he do?
Jon Snow: He... he would do whatever was right. No matter what.
Jaime Lannister: We could end this war right now, boy, save thousands of lives. You fight for the Starks, I fight for the Lannisters. Swords or lances, teeth, nails - choose your weapons, and let's end this here and now.
Robb Stark: If we do it your way, Kingslayer, you'd win. We're not doing it your way.
Qotho: You did this, witch.
Daenerys Targaryen: Stop it. I don't want her hurt.
Qotho: No? No? You don't want her hurt? Pray we don't hurt you, too. You let this witch put her hands on our Khal.
Jorah Mormont: Rein in your tongue. She is still your Khaleesi.
Qotho: Only while the blood of my blood lives. When he dies, she is nothing.
Daenerys Targaryen: I have never been nothing. I am the blood of the dragon.
Qotho: The dragons are all dead, Khaleesi.