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Game of Thrones: The Ghost of Harrenhal

The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee and Littlefinger to act. At King’s Landing, Tyrion’s source alerts him to Joffrey’s flawed defense plan and a mysterious secret weapon. Theon sails to the Stony Shore to prove he’s worthy to be called Ironborn. In Harrenhal, Arya receives a promise from Jaqen H’ghar, one of three prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks. The Night’s Watch arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient fortress where they hope to stem the advance of the wildling army.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x5
Airdate: Sunday April 29th, 2012


Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Apr 30, 2012
HU (HBO) May 13, 2012

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Guest Stars
Aimee RichardsonAimee Richardson
As Myrcella Baratheon (Daughter of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Recurring
Amrita AchariaAmrita Acharia
As Irri (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Recurring
Anthony Morris (1)Anthony Morris (1)
As The Tickler (Torturer and Interrogator)
Recurring
Art ParkinsonArt Parkinson
As Rickon Stark (Youngest Son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark)
Recurring
Ben CromptonBen Crompton
As Eddison Tollett (Brother of The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Ben HawkeyBen Hawkey
As Hot Pie (Orphan Headed for The Wall)
Recurring
Donald SumpterDonald Sumpter
As Maester Luwin (Maester of Winterfell)
Recurring
Eugene SimonEugene Simon
As Lancel Lannister (Squire, Sleeping With Cersei Lannister)
Recurring
Finn JonesFinn Jones
As Loras Tyrell (Heir to Highgarden, Lover of Renly Baratheon)
Recurring
Fintan McKeownFintan McKeown
As Amory Lorch (Knight Fighting for House Lannister)
Recurring
Forbes Keir-BucknallForbes Keir-Bucknall
As Black Lorren (Veteran Ironborn Raider Working For Theon Greyjoy)
Recurring
Gemma WhelanGemma Whelan
As Yara Greyjoy (Theon Greyjoy's Older Sister)
Recurring
Gethin AnthonyGethin Anthony
As King Renly Baratheon (Robert Baratheon's Brother, Lord of Storm's End)
Recurring
Gwendoline ChristieGwendoline Christie
As Brienne of Tarth (Member of King Renly Baratheon's Kingsguard)
Recurring
Ian HanmoreIan Hanmore
As Pyat Pree (Warlock from Qarth, Member of The Thirteen)
Recurring
Joe DempsieJoe Dempsie
As Gendry (Bastard Son of Robert Baratheon)
Recurring
Kristian NairnKristian Nairn
As Hodor (Bran's Servant at House Stark at Winterfell)
Recurring
Laura PradelskaLaura Pradelska
As Quaithe (Woman From The Shadow Lands)
Recurring
Mark StanleyMark Stanley
As Grenn (Ranger in The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Natalia TenaNatalia Tena
As Osha (Woman of The Free Folk, Servant to House Stark)
Recurring
Nonso AnozieNonso Anozie
As Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Powerful Merchant in City of Qarth)
Recurring
Ralph InesonRalph Ineson
As Dagmer Cleftjaw (Ironborn Reaver Working For Theon Greyjoy)
Recurring
Ron DonachieRon Donachie
As Ser Rodrik Cassel (Master-at-Arms at Winterfell)
Recurring
Roxanne MckeeRoxanne Mckee
As Doreah (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Recurring
Roy DotriceRoy Dotrice
As Wisdom Hallyne (Head of The Alchemists' Guild in King's Landing)
Recurring
Simon ArmstrongSimon Armstrong
As Qhorin Halfhand (Experienced Member of The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Steven ColeSteven Cole
As Kovarro (Dothraki Bloodrider fo Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen)
Recurring
Tom WlaschihaTom Wlaschiha
As Jaqen H'ghar (Former Criminal Of The Night's Watch, Helps Arya)
Recurring
Main Cast
Charles DanceCharles Dance
As Lord Tywin Lannister
Natalie DormerNatalie Dormer
As Queen Margaery Tyrell
Alfie AllenAlfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy
Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
As Tyrion Lannister
Iain GlenIain Glen
As Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit HaringtonKit Harington
As Jon Snow
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
Michelle FairleyMichelle Fairley
As Lady Catelyn Stark
Emilia ClarkeEmilia Clarke
As Daenerys Targaryen
Maisie WilliamsMaisie Williams
As Arya Stark
Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn
As Bronn
James CosmoJames Cosmo
As Lord Commander Jeor Mormont
Stephen DillaneStephen Dillane
As Stannis Baratheon
John BradleyJohn Bradley
As Samwell Tarly
Liam CunninghamLiam Cunningham
As Davos Seaworth
Aidan GillenAidan Gillen
As Petyr Baelish

Recap

The episode begins in Renly's camp; Catelyn tells Renly that Robb Stark has no interest in the Iron Throne. Renly says the Starks can have dominion over the North if they swear the same oath of fealty that Ned did. In return, Renly promises to defeat Stannis' army in the morning. Catelyn asks him again to try to negotiate a peace with Stannis. He won't hear it. He tells her to take his terms to Robb. There's a wind at the tent door and Melisandre's evil black spirit offspring comes in and stabs Renly in the back. He drops to the ground, dead. Guards rush in and, thinking Brienne did it, attack her. She fights them off and then collapses crying over his body. Catelyn tells her to leave, warning her they'll hang her. "You can't avenge him if you're dead," she says. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.90 Million Viewers

Episode Title: 'The Ghost of Harrenhal' is the phrase Arya refers to herself as in the novels during her time spend in Harrenhal.

Casting: This episode marks the last appearance of Gethin Anthony as King Renly Baratheon.

Trivia: "Dracarys," the word Daenerys uses to try and encourage her dragon to breathe fire, means "dragonfire" in High Valyrian.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits


Episode Quotes
Protestor: Brother fornicates with sister in the bed of kings. Are we surprised when the fruit of their incest is rotten? Yes. A rotten king.
Tyrion Lannister: It's hard to argue with his assessment.
Bronn: Not after what he did to your birthday present.
Tyrion Lannister: The king is a lost cause. It's the rest of us I'm worried about now.

Jaqen H'ghar: A man pays his debts. A man owes three.
Arya Stark: Three what?
Jaqen H'ghar: The Red God takes what is his, my lovely girl, and only death may pay for life. You saved me and the two I was with. You stole three deaths from the Red God. We have to give them back. Speak three names and a man will do the rest. Three lives I will give you, no more, no less. And we're done.
Arya Stark: I can name anyone? And you'll kill him?
Jaqen H'ghar: A man has said.

Tywin Lannister: And what do they say of Robb Stark in the North?
Arya Stark: They call him the Young Wolf.
Tywin Lannister: And?
Arya Stark: They say he rides into battle on the back of a giant direwolf. They say he can turn into a wolf himself when he wants. They say he can't be killed.
Tywin Lannister: And do you believe them?
Arya Stark: No, my lord. Anyone can be killed.

Margaery Tyrell: He was very handsome.
Petyr Baelish: He was, Your Grace.
Margaery Tyrell: Your Grace? Calling yourself king doesn't make you one, and if Renly wasn't a king, I wasn't a queen.
Petyr Baelish: Do you want to be a queen?
Margaery Tyrell: No, I want to be the queen.

Ser Jorah Mormont: You have a good claim. A title, a birthright. But you have something more than that. You may cover it up and deny it, but you have a gentle heart. You would not only be respected and feared, you would be loved. Someone who can rule and should rule. Centuries come and go without a person like that coming into the world. There are times when I look at you, and I still can't believe you're real.

Daenerys Targaryen: When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!



Episode Goofs
Continuity:

When Osha is helping Brann onto his saddle, she moves his legs into the stirrups. When the camera angle changes she steps back and her hands are not holding him anymore. The camera angle changes back and she is holding his leg again.




Cultural References
Roy Dotrice: The actor Roy Dotrice plays the role of Wisdom Hallyne, the head of the Alchemists' Guild. Roy Dotrice narrated all five of the audiobook versions of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series.



Episode References
Season 2, Episode 4: At the end of 2x04 "Garden of Bones," Melisandre gave birth to a demon child that she conceived with Stannis Baratheon.

Season 2, Episode 4: Arya and Gendry were taken to Harrenhal in 2x04 "Garden of Bones" to be questioned and tortured.

Season 1, Episode 1: Daenerys tells her handmaidens that the last time a rich man gave her a dress she was being sold to Khal Drogo. In 1x01 "Winter is Coming" Daenerys brother gave her a new dress and sold her as a bride to the Dothraki leader.



Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence  |  Christopher Newman
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus  |  Oliver Butler
Line ProducerLisa McAtackney
First Assistant DirectorMark Taylor (2)
Music SupervisorEvyen Klean
HairstylistCandice Banks  |  Rosalia Culora  |  Gary Machin
Set DecoratorTina Jones (1)
Property MasterGordon Fitzgerald
Construction CoordinatorBrian Martin (3)
Production AssistantLucy McCutcheon
Script CoordinatorAlanna Riddell
Assistant EditorAlan Freir  |  Jesse Parker  |  Raphi Hill
Story EditorBryan Cogman
Stunt CoordinatorPaul Herbert (2)
Storyboard ArtistWilliam Simpson
Art DirectorHeather Greenless  |  Ashleigh Jeffers
Costume SupervisorRachael Webb Crozier
Art Department CoordinatorKaren Batley
Visual Effects SupervisorRainer Gombos
Visual Effects ProducerSteve Kullback
Makeup ArtistMelissa Lackersteen  |  Martina Byrne  |  Daniel Lawson Johnson
Concept ArtistNick Ainsworth  |  Kimberley Pope
Construction ManagerTom Martin (4)
Make-up DesignerPaul Engelen
Hair DesignerKevin Alexander (1)
Second Assistant DirectorAlex Jones (4)  |  Therese Friel
Prosthetics DesignerConor O'sullivan
Transport CaptainMaurice Brown
SFX SupervisorStuart Brisdon
Transportation ManagerAlan Crozier
Children's Acting CoachJulie Austin
Transportation AssistantGail McIlvenny
Casting (ni)Carla Stronge
Art Director - CroatiaTom McCullagh
Crowd HairDana Kalder
Post Production Supervisor (la)Melissa Demino
Post Production Supervisor (uk)Martin Mahon
Crowd MakeupPam Smyth
 
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