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Game of Thrones: What is Dead May Never Die

At the Red Keep, Tyrion plots three alliances through the promise of marriage. Catelyn arrives in the Stormlands to forge an alliance of her own. But King Renly, his new wife Margaery and her brother Loras Tyrell have other plans. At Winterfell, Luwin tries to decipher Bran’s dreams.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x3
Airdate: Sunday April 15th, 2012

Director: Alik Sakharov
Writer: Bryan Cogman

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Apr 16, 2012
HU (HBO) Apr 29, 2012


Guest Stars
Maisie DeeMaisie Dee
As Daisy (Prostitute in King's Landing Brothel)
Callum WharryCallum Wharry
As Tommen Baratheon (Son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Aimee RichardsonAimee Richardson
As Myrcella Baratheon (Daughter of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Gerard JordanGerard Jordan
As Biter (Criminal Recruiter Into The Night's Watch)
Andy BeckwithAndy Beckwith
As Rorge (Criminal Recruited Into The Night's Watch)
Andy KellegherAndy Kellegher
As Polliver (Man-At-Arms in Service of House Lannister)
Fintan McKeownFintan McKeown
As Amory Lorch (Knight Fighting for House Lannister)
Hannah MurrayHannah Murray
As Gilly (Daughter and Wife of Craster)
Kristian NairnKristian Nairn
As Hodor (Bran's Servant at House Stark at Winterfell)
Gemma WhelanGemma Whelan
As Yara Greyjoy (Theon Greyjoy's Older Sister)
Eros VlahosEros Vlahos
As Lommy Greenhands (Orphan Headed for The Wall)
Ben HawkeyBen Hawkey
As Hot Pie (Orphan Headed for The Wall)
Finn JonesFinn Jones
As Loras Tyrell (Heir to Highgarden, Lover of Renly Baratheon)
Gwendoline ChristieGwendoline Christie
As Brienne of Tarth (Member of King Renly Baratheon's Kingsguard)
Tom WlaschihaTom Wlaschiha
As Jaqen H'ghar (Criminal Joining The Night's Watch)
Joe DempsieJoe Dempsie
As Gendry (Bastard Son of Robert Baratheon)
Gethin AnthonyGethin Anthony
As Lord Renly Baratheon (Robert Baratheon's Brother, Lord of Storm's End)
Francis MageeFrancis Magee
As Yoren (Recruiter for The Night's Watch)
Patrick MalahidePatrick Malahide
As Balon Greyjoy (Head of House Greyjoy, Father of Theon Greyjoy)
Robert PughRobert Pugh
As Craster (Member of The Free Folk, Ally of The Night's Watch)
Julian GloverJulian Glover
As Pycelle (Former King's Grand Maester)
Ron DonachieRon Donachie
As Ser Rodrik Cassel (Master-at-Arms at Winterfell)
Donald SumpterDonald Sumpter
As Maester Luwin (Maester of Winterfell)
Tobias WinterTobias Winter
As Timett (Leader of the Burned Men)
Jonathan RyanJonathan Ryan
As Iron Island Priest (Priest Who Serves Drowned God of The Iron Islands)
Main Cast
Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
As Tyrion Lannister
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
Kit HaringtonKit Harington
As Jon Snow
Aidan GillenAidan Gillen
As Petyr Baelish
Natalie DormerNatalie Dormer
As Queen Margaery Tyrell
Michelle FairleyMichelle Fairley
As Lady Catelyn Stark
John Bradley (2)John Bradley (2)
As Samwell Tarly
Sophie Turner (2)Sophie Turner (2)
As Sansa Stark
Maisie WilliamsMaisie Williams
As Arya Stark
Conleth HillConleth Hill
As Lord Varys
Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn
As Bronn
Alfie AllenAlfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy


The episode begins with Crastor coming back and throwing everyone out of his home. He brings Jon Snow with him. The ranger learns the truth of Craster’s household and he is abhorred that Crastor is killing all the boys. He realizes that the head of the Night Watch knew. He tells Jon the boys are the offered to the Gods. He doesn’t want them to lose sight of the mission. The head of the night watch tells Jon to get his horse and tells him they leave at dawn. Samwell comes over to Gilly and gives her a thimble from his mother. It is the only thing he has from his mother and he gives it to her. He tells her to keep it safe for him until he comes back. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.77 Million Viewers

Episode Title: 'What is Dead May Never Die' is a quote often used by Iron Islander's during battle as a war cry, and also as a formal greeting.

Opening Credits: Although these cities are not featured in the episode, Dragonstone and Essos appear in the mechanical model of the world in the opening sequence.

Trivia: While filming this episode the weather was severe enough to cause a tent, containing thousands of extras and their costumes, to be blown over.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits

Episode Quotes
Renly Baratheon: You are all your father promised and more, my lady. I've seen Ser Loras bested once or twice, but...never quite in that fashion.
Margaery Tyrell: Now, now, my love. My brother fought valiantly for you.
Renly Baratheon: That he did, my queen. But there can be only one champion! Brienne of Tarth, you may ask anything of me you desire. If it is within my power, it is yours.
Brienne of Tarth: Your Grace, I ask the honor of a place in your Kingsguard.
Loras Tyrell: What?
Brienne of Tarth: I will be one of your seven, pledge my life to yours, and keep you safe from all harm.
[after long moment of silence, Renly answers:]
Renly Baratheon: Done! Rise, Brienne of the Kingsguard.

Lord Varys: Power is a curious thing, my lord. Are you fond of riddles?
Tyrion Lannister: Why? Am I about to hear one?
Lord Varys: Three great men sit in a room: a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who lives, who dies?
Tyrion Lannister: Depends on the sellsword.
Lord Varys: Does it? He has neither crown, nor gold, nor favor with the gods.
Tyrion Lannister: He has a sword, the power of life and death.
Lord Varys: But if it's swordsmen who rule, why do we pretend kings hold all the power? When Ned Stark lost his head, who was truly responsible? Joffrey? The executioner? Or something else?
Tyrion Lannister: I've decided I don't like riddles.
Lord Varys: Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.

Balon Greyjoy: Your time with the wolves has made you weak.
Theon Greyjoy: You act as if I volunteered to go. You gave me away, if you remember. The day you bent the knee to Robert Baratheon. After he crushed you. Did he take what was yours then. You gave me away! Your boy! Your last boy! You gave me away like I was some dog you didn't want anymore. And now you curse me because I've come home.

Tyrion Lannister: My sister wants to hurt me. She'll look for any weakness she can find. She can't know about you.
Shae: I'm the weakness?
Tyrion Lannister: It's a compliment, My Lady.
Shae: How is being a weakness a compliment?

Cultural References
John Holbrook Vance: When Tyrion seeks help for his constipation from Pycelle, Pycelle calls Tyrion's condition "insalubrious".

This is a term that has been used previously by science fiction author, John Holbrook Vance, whom 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin has great respect for.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 2: Jon Snow tried to follow Craster into the woods in 2x02 "The Night Lands" to see what happened to the male babies, but Craster caught him.

Season 2, Episode 2: Melisandre and Lord Stannis Baratheon continued their plans to invade King's Landing in 2x02 "The Night Lands". Melisandre promised to give Stannis a son.

Season 2, Episode 2: Theon Greyjoy returned home to the Iron Islands in 2x02 "The Night Lands" to find his father did not respect him anymore.

Season 1, Episode 9: Arya says that she can see the day of her father's death every time she closes her eyes. In 1x09 "Baelor" Arya was present when her father was executed by King Joffrey.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence  |  Christopher Newman
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus
Line ProducerLisa McAtackney
Story EditorBryan Cogman
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