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Game of Thrones: The Prince of Winterfell

Theon holds down the fort; Arya calls in her debt with Jaqen; Robb is betrayed; Stannis and Davos approach their destination.

Source: HBO


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x8
Airdate: Sunday May 20th, 2012


Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) May 21, 2012
HU (HBO) Jun 03, 2012
CA (HBO CANADA) Oct 18, 2013

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9/10 (21 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Andy Beckwith
As Rorge (Criminal Recruited Into The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Art Parkinson
As Rickon Stark (Youngest Son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark)
Recurring
Ben Crompton
As Eddison Tollett (Brother of The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Ben Hawkey
As Hot Pie (Orphan Working With Gendry)
Recurring
Daniel Portman
As Podrick Payne (Young Squire Who Wants to Be A Knight)
Recurring
Donald Sumpter
As Maester Luwin (Maester of Winterfell)
Recurring
Edward Dogliani
As Lord of Bones (Leader Among The Free Folk)
Recurring
Esmé Bianco
As Ros (Prostitute in King's Landing Brothel)
Recurring
Gemma Whelan
As Yara Greyjoy (Theon Greyjoy's Older Sister)
Recurring
Gerard Jordan
As Biter (Criminal Recruiter Into The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Gwendoline Christie
As Brienne of Tarth (Captures Jaime Lannister)
Recurring
Ian Gelder
As Ser Kevan Lannister (Brother and Advisor of Lord Tywin Lannister)
Recurring
Ian Whyte
As Gregor Clegane (Head of House Clegane)
Recurring
Joe Dempsie
As Gendry (Bastard Son of Robert Baratheon)
Recurring
John Stahl
As Rickard Karstark (Head of House Karstark, Fighting For Robb Stark)
Recurring
Kerr Logan
As Matthos Seaworth (Son of Ser Davos Seaworth)
Recurring
Kristian Nairn
As Hodor (Bran's Servant at House Stark at Winterfell)
Recurring
Mark Stanley
As Grenn (Ranger in The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Michael McElhatton
As Roose Bolton (Lord of the Dreadfort and Head of House Bolton)
Recurring
Natalia Tena
As Osha (Woman of The Free Folk, Helping Bron and Rickon)
Recurring
Oona Chaplin
As Lady Talisa (Healer, Love Interest of Robb Stark)
Recurring
Ralph Ineson
As Dagmer Cleftjaw (Ironborn Reaver Working For Theon Greyjoy)
Recurring
Rose Leslie
As Ygritte (Wildling North of The Wall)
Recurring
Simon Armstrong
As Qhorin Halfhand (Experienced Member of The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Steven Cole
As Kovarro (Dothraki Bloodrider fo Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen)
Recurring
Tom Wlaschiha
As Jaqen H'ghar (Former Criminal Of The Night's Watch, Helps Arya)
Recurring
Main Cast
Charles Dance
As Lord Tywin Lannister
Alfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy
Nikolaj Coster Waldau
As Ser Jaime Lannister
Peter Dinklage
As Tyrion Lannister
Jack Gleeson
As Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
As Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
As Jon Snow
Lena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
Richard Madden
As Robb Stark
Michelle Fairley
As Lady Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
As Daenerys Targaryen
Maisie Williams
As Arya Stark
Conleth Hill
As Lord Varys
Jerome Flynn
As Bronn
Stephen Dillane
As Stannis Baratheon
John Bradley (2)
As Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
As Davos Seaworth

Recap

The episode begins at Winterfell; and Theon welcomes riders with his sister, Yara, and she immediately mocks him for killing the Stark boys. He says the Northerners would have thought he was weak if he hadn't killed them. She's not there to defend Winterfell, she's there to bring him home. She thinks there will be hell to pay when Robb Stark finds out what Theon has done to the Stark boys. But Theon says he's killed the ravens and is holding the horses so Robb won't find out. Yara asks him nicely to come home with her so he doesn't die there. Meanwhile beyond the Wall; Ygritte brings her prisoner Jon Snow to her people. They order him killed until she points out he's Ned Stark's bastard son. She thinks Mance will want to decide what to do with him. They've also captured Quorin. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.86 Million Viewers

Episode Title: 'The Prince of Winterfell' is what Theon Greyjoy's sister calls him when she arrives at Winterfell. It is also the title of the 37th chapter of 'A Dance with Dragons.'

Trivia: When Jaime Lannister tells Brienne that there are three men that could have a chance to beat him in a battle, he is likely referring to Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane, Sandor "the Hound" Clegane and Ser Barristan Selmy.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits


Episode Quotes
Talisa: Most Lord's worry more about their gold and their glory than the woman scrubbing their floors.
Robb Stark: He didn't care much about gold or glory.
Talisa: And you?
Robb Stark: You think I'm fighting this war so that they'll sing songs about me? I want to go home. I want the men following me to go home.
Talisa: Then why don't you?
Robb Stark: Because we'll never be safe until the Lannister's are defeated, and because I believe in justice.
Talisa: Chopping off Joffrey's head, you mean?
Robb Stark: That would be a start.

Theon Greyjoy: You should be proud in your brother's achievements. I took the great castle of Winterfell with twenty men.
Yara Greyjoy: You're a great warrior. I saw the bodies above your gates. Which one gave you the tougher fight, the cripple or the six year old?

Robb Stark: Jaime Lannister has played you for a fool. You have weakened our position. You brought discord into our camp, and you did all behind my back. Make sure she's guarded day and night!
Catelyn Stark: Robb...
Robb Stark: How many men did we send on pursuit of the Kingslayer?
Stark Guard: Forty, Your Grace.
Robb Stark: Send another forty, with our fastest horses.

Tyrion Lannister: The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where is the god of tits and wine?
Lord Varys: In the Summer Isles, they worship a fertility goddess with sixteen teats.
Tyrion Lannister: You should sail there immediately.

Brienne of Tarth: All my life men like you have sneered at me. And all my life I've been knocking men like you into the dust.
Jaime Lannister: If you're so confident, unlock my chains. Let's see what happens.
Brienne of Tarth: Do you take me for an idiot?
Jaime Lannister: I took you for a fighter, a man - oh, pardon - woman of honor. Was I wrong? You're afraid.
Brienne of Tarth: Maybe one day we'll find out, Kingslayer.

Lord Varys: And if Stannis does attack the Mud Gate, what is our plan?
Bronn: We could throw books at his men.
Lord Varys: We don't have that many books.
Bronn: We don't have that many men either.



Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

Lord Karstark mentions "the Father," which is one of the names for the godhead in the Faith of the Seven, while saying that he would kill himself and offer it to the gods if it would bring back his son. Lord Karstark is from the North and would worship the Old Gods, not the new.

Editing Error:

Guest star David Sheehan, who plays a Stark Guard, has his name spelled incorrectly in the credits. It is spelled instead as 'David Sheenan.'




Episode References
Season 2, Episode 7: Jon Snow was captured by wildlings in 2x07 "A Man Without Honor" after being tricked by Ygritte.

Season 2, Episode 7: Jaime Lannister tried to escape the Stark camp in 2x07 "A Man Without Honor" but he was captured and brought back.

Season 2, Episode 7: Theon Greyjoy pretended to kill Bran and Rickon Stark in 2x07 "A Man Without Honor" because he couldn't find them.



Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence  |  Christopher Newman
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus  |  Oliver Butler
Line ProducerLisa McAtackney
First Assistant DirectorRichard Goodwin
Second Assistant DirectorCiara Tinney
Music SupervisorEvyen Klean
Story EditorBryan Cogman
 
Warning: Game of Thrones season 2 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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