The episode begins and Tyrion wakes up bandaged to find Maester Pycelle standing over his bed. He calls for someone to alert Varys and Bronn that he's still alive. Meanwhile, Pycelle informs him that Stannis suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of his father Tywin. Tyrion has been moved to decidedly less comfortable accommodations. He's informed he's no longer Hand of the King. In the Throne Room, King Joffrey proclaims his grandfather Twyin the new Hand of the King. And Petyr Baelish, for uniting the houses of Lannister and Tyrell, gets the Castle of Harrenhal. In the crowd, Varys glowers. Meanwhile, Joffrey promises Loras Tyrell anything he should ask for. Loras suggests that his sister Margaery remains "innocent" and he'd like to join their two houses. ..Read the full recap
Ratings: 4.20 Million Viewers
Episode Title: 'Valar Morghulis' is a High Valyrian phrase that means "all men must die."
Trivia: The sword fight scene between Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand took two days to film. It was shot outside near a cliff with a 500 foot drop.
Petyr Baelish: My Lady. My sincerest condolences.
Sansa Stark: They're right, I'm not good enough for him.
Petyr Baelish: You shouldn't say that. You'll be good enough for many things. He'll still enjoy beating you, and, now that you're a woman, he'll be able to enjoy you in other ways as well.
Sansa Stark: But if he's not marrying me...
Petyr Baelish: He'll let you go home? Joffrey's not the sort of boy who gives away his toys. You have a tender heart, just like your mother did at your age. I can see so much of her in you. She was like a sister to me. For her sake, I'll help get you home.
Sansa Stark: King's Landing is my home now.
Petyr Baelish: Look around you. We're all liars here, and every one of us is better than you.
Arya Stark: How did you know we'd be here?
Jaqen H'ghar: After all the things you have seen, this is your question?
Lord Varys: There are many who know that without you this city faced certain defeat. The king won't give you any honors, the histories won't mention you, but we will not forget.
Tyrion Lannister: Well?
Shae: You are a mess.
Tyrion Lannister: I'm a monster as well as a dwarf...you should charge me double.
Theon Greyjoy: You hear that? That's the mating call of the Northmen. They want to f--k us. Well, I haven't had a good f--k in weeks. I'm ready for one. They say that every ironborn man is worth a dozen from the mainland. You think they're right? We die today, brothers. We die bleeding from 100 wounds with arrows in our necks and spears in our guts, but our war cries will echo through eternity. They will sing about the battle of Winterfell until the Iron Islands have slipped beneath the waves. Every man, woman and child will know who we were and how long we stood. Aggar and Gelmarr, Wex and Urzen, Stygg and Black Lorren. Ironborn warriors will cry out our names as they leap onto the shores of Seagard and Faircastle. Mothers will name their sons for us. Girls will think of us with their lovers inside them. And whoever kills that f--king horn-blower will stand in bronze above the shores of Pyke! What is dead may never die!
(Theon gets hit over the head and knocked out)
Black Lorren: I thought he'd never shut up.
Dagmer Cleftjaw: It was a good speech, I didn't want to interrupt.
Tyrion Lannister: Pod...
Podrick Payne: Yes, my lord.
Tyrion Lannister: Would it be excessive of me to ask you to save my life twice in a week?
Podrick Payne: No, my lord.
When the Dothraki are ransacking the city of Quath, Jorah says to them "Mas ovray movekkhi moskay," which is subtitled as "take all the gold and jewels!" What that really translates to is "The remaining valuables are for loading." The line was ad-libbed by actor Iain Glen (Jorah) because there was no time to get the correct translation from language consultant David J. Peterson in time to shoot the episode.
Season 2, Episode 9:
The Lannisters won the Battle of Blackwater in 2x09 "Blackwater
," when Tywin Lannister arrived at King's Landing.
Season 2, Episode 9:
Tyrion Lannister was injured in 2x09 "Blackwater
" during the battle against Stannis' army.
Season 2, Episode 7:
Jon Snow was captured by wildlings in 2x07 "A Man Without Honor
" after being tricked by Ygritte.
Season 2, Episode 8:
Daenerys Targaryen found out where her dragons were being held in the city of Qarth in 2x08 "The Prince of Winterfell
Season 2, Episode 5:
Margaery is in King's Landing, and plans to marry King Joffrey. Her previous husband, Renly Baratheon, was killed in 2x05 "The Ghost of Harrenhal