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Game of Thrones: The Bear and the Maiden Fair

Dany exchanges gifts with a slave lord outside of Yunkai. As Sansa frets about her prospects, Shae chafes at Tyrion's new situation. Tywin counsels the king, and Melisandre reveals a secret to Gendry. Brienne faces a formidable foe in Harrenhal.

Source: HBO

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x7
Airdate: Sunday May 12th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) May 13, 2013
NZ (Prime) Aug 05, 2014

  • Currently 9.1/10
9.1/10 (13 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Anton Lesser
As Qyburn (Prisoner from Harrenhal)
Art Parkinson
As Rickon Stark (Youngest Son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark)
Charlotte Hope
As Myranda (Prostitute Who Seduces Theon Greyjoy)
Clive Russell
As Brynden "Blackfish" Tully (Knight of House Tully, Uncle of Catelyn Stark)
Ellie Kendrick
As Meera Reed (Older Sister of Jojen Reed)
Gwendoline Christie
As Brienne of Tarth (Under Captivity With Jaime Lannister)
Ian McElhinney
As Lord Commander Barristan Selmy (Lord Commander of the Kingsguard)
Iwan Rheon
As Ramsay Snow (Torturing Theon Greyjoy)
Jacob Anderson
As Grey Worm (Commander of The Unsullied)
Kristian Nairn
As Hodor (Servant Carrying Bran)
Kristofer Hivju
As Tormund Giantsbane (Leader of Warband of Wildlings)
Mackenzie Crook
As Orell (Wildling and Warg Marching For The Wall)
Michael McElhatton
As Roose Bolton (Lord of the Dreadfort and Head of House Bolton)
Natalia Tena
As Osha (Woman of The Free Folk, Helping Bron and Rickon)
Nathalie Emmanuel
As Missandei (Translator for Daenerys Targaryen)
Noah Taylor
As Locke (Took Brienne and Jaime Lannister Into Custody)
Paul Kaye
As Thoros of Myr (Red Priest of The Lord of Light)
Philip McGinley
As Anguy (Archer in The Brotherhood Without Banners)
Richard Dormer
As Beric Dondarrion (Lord of Blackhaven, Head of House Dondarrion)
Thomas Sangster
As Jojen Reed (Heir of Lord Howland Reed of Greywater Watch)
Tobias Menzies
As Edmure Tully (Son of Lord Hoster Tully, Brother of Catelyn Stark)
George Georgiou
As Razdal mo Eraz (Wise Master and Slave Trader From Yunkai)
Jamie Michie
As Steelshanks (Man-At-Arms Sworn to House Bolton)
Stephanie Becker
As Violet (Prostitute Who Seduces Theon Greyjoy)
Main Cast
Charles Dance
As Lord Tywin Lannister
Natalie Dormer
As Queen Margaery Tyrell
Alfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
As Sandor Clegane
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
Richard Madden
As Robb Stark
Michelle Fairley
As Lady Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
As Daenerys Targaryen
Sophie Turner (2)
As Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
As Arya Stark
Rose Leslie
As Ygritte
Oona Chaplin
As Queen Talisa Maegyr
Joe Dempsie
As Gendry
Jerome Flynn
As Bronn
Carice Van Houten
As Melisandre


The episode begins and the Wildlings have scaled the wall and are now on their way to Castle Black. Although the Warg is skeptical of Jon Snow's allegiances and perhaps even lineage, it seems he also carries a torch for Ygritte. When he professes his love for her and points out that Jon Snow's beauty won't matter when she knows what he is, she doesn't budge. She's all in on Jon Snow and when he melts down pointing out that every time the Wildlings have attacked throughout the centuries, they have failed, she doesn't care, saying this time will be different because Mance Rayder is different. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 4.84 Million Viewers

Episode Title: 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair' is the title of a popular song in Westeros.

Trivia: The episode title was changed several times. The original title was 'Autumn Storms,' which was then changed to 'Chains' before finally settling on 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair.'

Location: Some scenes for this episode were filmed in Los Angeles because the bear, Little Bart, could not be internationally transported.

Writing: This is the third episode to be written by 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits

Episode Quotes
Tywin Lannister: When I was Hand of the King under your father's predecessor, the skulls of all the Targaryen dragons were kept in this room. And the skull of the last of them was right here. It was the size of an apple.
Joffrey Baratheon: And the biggest was the size of a carriage.
Tywin Lannister: Yes, and the creature to whom it belonged died 300 years ago. Curiosities on the far side of the world are no threat to us.
Joffrey Baratheon: But how do we know that these dragons are just curiosities and not the beasts that brought the whole world to heel?
Tywin Lannister: Because we have been told as much by the many experts who serve the realm by counselling the King on matters about which he knows nothing.
Joffrey Baratheon: But I haven't been counselled.
Tywin Lannister: You are being counseled at this very moment.
Joffrey Baratheon: I should be consulted about such things.
Tywin Lannister: From now on I will see to it that you are appropriately consulted on important matters. Whenever necessary.

Jon Snow: If you attack the Wall, you'll die. All of you.
Ygritte: All of us. You're mine as I'm yours. If we die, we die. But first, we'll live.
Jon Snow: Yes, first we'll live.

Tyrion Lannister: She's a child.
Bronn: She's a foot taller than you.
Tyrion Lannister: A tall child.
Bronn: What's the youngest you've ever had?
Tyrion Lannister: Not that young...
Bronn: How much older?
Tyrion Lannister: Older...
Bronn: You're a lord, she's a lady, and a beauty at that. I don't see the problem.

Jon Snow: Ygritte, you won't win. I know your people are brave, no one denies that.
Ygritte: You know nothing, Jon...
Jon Snow: Six times in last thousand years a King Beyond the Wall has attacked the Kingdoms. Six times they failed.
Ygritte: And how do you know that?
Jon Snow: Every boy in the North knows it. We grow up learning it. Where the battles were fought. The names of the heroes. Who died where. Six times you've invaded and six times you've failed. The seventh will be the same.
Ygritte: Mance is different.

Shae: Golden chains?
Tyrion Lannister: You could buy a ship with these.
Shae: Do I need a ship?
Tyrion Lannister: What?
Shae: Am I going somewhere?
Tyrion Lannister: Of course you're not going anywhere.
Shae: So, am I invited to your wedding?
Tyrion Lannister: I didn't ask for this marriage, I didn't want it.

Beric Dondarrion: The Red God is the one true god. When he commands, we obey.
Arya Stark: He is not my one true God.
Beric Dondarrion: No? Who is yours?
Arya Stark: Death.

Episode Goofs

In season one, When Daenerys' brother Viserys is describing the dragon skulls to Doreah, he says that they are arranged in the throne room so that they got bigger as they got closer to the Iron Throne. However, in this episode, Tywin says that the smallest skulls are arranged nearest the Iron Throne.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 6: The wildlings, including Jon Snow and Ygritte, climbed The Wall in 3x06 "The Climb."

Season 3, Episode 6: Sansa found out in 3x06 "The Climb" that she will be forced to marry Tyrion Lannister and will not marry Ser Loras.

Season 3, Episode 6: The marriage between Lord Edmure Tully and one of Lord Frey's daughters was arranged in 3x06 "The Climb" in place of Robb Stark marrying a Frey daughter.

Other Episode Crew

Associate ProducerOliver Butler  |  Annick Wolkan
Line ProducerLisa McAtackney
First Assistant DirectorStuart Renfrew
Second Assistant DirectorEdna Doherty
Music SupervisorEvyen Klean
Executive Story EditorBryan Cogman
Visual Effects SupervisorJoe Bauer
Visual Effects ProducerSteve Kullback
Warning: Game of Thrones season 3 episode 7 guide may contain spoilers
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