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Joffrey punishes Sansa for Robb’s victories, while Tyrion and Bronn scramble to temper the king’s cruelty. Catelyn entreats Stannis and Renly to forego their ambitions and unite against the Lannisters. Dany and her exhausted khalasar arrive at the gates of Qarth, a prosperous city with strong walls and rulers who greet her outside them. Tyrion coerces a queen’s man into being his eyes and ears. Arya and Gendry are taken to Harrenhal, where their lives rest in the hands of “The Mountain,” Gregor Clegane. Davos must revert to his old ways and smuggle Melisandre into a secret cove.
The episode begins and two guards are talking about Loras. Just then, they see their horses behave weirdly. Suddenly out of the darkness comes a dire wolf, which attacks them. Meanwhile Rob Stark and his men attack. Robb does not want to execute the prisoners, who have been taken in after his attack. He doesn’t want to torture the prisoners, because the Lannisters too hold prisoners, and he doesn’t want to give them an excuse to torture his sisters. He then restrains an injured man, whose foot is rotting, so it can be amputated. Later Robb talks to the nurse, who amputated the boy’s foot. She is clearly not happy with Robb as he waged this battle which has resulted in many deaths and injuries. ..Read the full recap
Ratings: 3.65 Million Viewers
Opening Credits: This is the first episode since the beginning of the series in which Vaes Dothrak is not shown in the title sequence.
Casting: The Spice King (played by Nicholas Blane) does not appear in the novels.
Episode Title: 'Garden of Bones' is a reference to a description of Qart by Jorah Mormont to Daenerys: "The desert around their walls is called the Garden of Bones".
Tyrion Lannister: What kind of knight beats a helpless girl?
Meryn Trant: The kind who serves his king, Imp!
Bronn: Careful now. We don't want to get blood all over your pretty white cloak.
Tyrion Lannister: Someone get the girl something to cover herself with. She's to be your queen! Have you no regard for her honor?
Joffrey Baratheon: I'm punishing her.
Tyrion Lannister: For what crimes? She's not fighting her brother's battle, you halfwit.
Joffrey Baratheon: You can't talk to me like that. The king can do as he likes!
Tyrion Lannister: The Mad King did as he like. Has your uncle Jaime ever told you what happened to him?
Meryn Trant: No one threatens his grace in the presence of the Kingsguard!
Tyrion Lannister: I'm not threatening the king, Ser, I'm educating my nephew.
Tyrion Lannister: Bronn, the next time the Ser Meryn speaks, kill him.
Tyrion Lannister: That was a threat. See the difference?
Stannis Baratheon: For the sake of the mother who bore us, I will give you this one night to reconsider. Strike your banners, come to me before dawn, and I will grant you your old seat in the council. I'll even name you my heir...until a son is born to me. Otherwise, I shall destroy you.
Renly Baratheon: Look across those fields, brother. Do you see all those banners?
Stannis Baratheon: You think a few bolts of cloth will make you king?
Renly Baratheon: No. The men holding those bolts of cloth will make me king.
Stannis Baratheon: We shall see, Renly. Come the dawn, we shall see.
Melisandre: Look to your sins, Lord Renly. The night is dark and full of terrors.
Renly Baratheon: (to himself) Would you believe? I loved him once.
Roose Bolton: In my family we say, "A naked man has few secrets, a flayed man none."
Robb Stark: My father outlawed flaying in the North.
Roose Bolton: We're not in the North.
Robb Stark: We're not torturing them!
Roose Bolton: The high road's very pretty, but you'll have a hard time marching your army down it.
Melisandre: You should kneel before your brother. He's the Lord's Chosen, born amidst salt and smoke.
Renly Baratheon: Born amidst salt and smoke? Is he a ham?
Talisa: You're going to kill Joffrey?
Robb Stark: If the gods give me strength.
Talisa: And then what?
Robb Stark: I don't know. We'll go back to Winterfell. I have no desire to sit on the Iron Throne.
Talisa: So who will?
Robb Stark: I don't know.
Talisa: You're fighting to overthrow a king, and yet you have no plan for what comes after?
Robb Stark: First we have to win the war.
Daenerys Targaryen: When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who have wronged me. We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground. Turn us away and we will burn you first.
When Arya is adding Polliver and The Mountain to her list of people to kill for the death of her father, when she says "The Mountain," her lip movements don't match the word.
Catelyn accuses Littlefinger of betraying Lord Eddard Stark. Catelyn should have no way of knowing that Littlefinger was responsible for Lord Eddard Stark's downfall.