Barristan Selmy: Life is strange. Not so many years ago we fought as enemies at the Trident.
Eddard Stark: I'm glad we never met on the field, Ser Barristan... as is my wife. I don't think the widow's life would suit her.
Barristan Selmy: You're too modest. I've seen you cut down a dozen great knights.
Eddard Stark: My father once told me you were the best he'd ever seen. I never knew the man to be wrong about matters of combat.
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What a conversation! As Barristan puts it, “Life is strange.” Barristan is said to have been one of the, if not the, greatest warrior of all time. He has long been a member of the King’s Guard. During Robert’s Rebellion, he defended the Mad King, Aerys, as was his duty. Ned, obviously, fought alongside Robert — making these two gentlemen enemies less than a decade ago. Proving that this really is a game.

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Maester Luwin: Bran...
Bran Stark: The Iron Islands. Sigil - a Kraken. Words - "We do not sow".
Maester Luwin: Lords?
Bran Stark: The Greyjoys.
Theon Greyjoy: Famed for their skills at archery, navigation and lovemaking.
Maester Luwin: And failed rebellions.
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Luwin is teaching young Bran, or at least studying, several houses of Westeros, combining geography and history into this lesson! When the Greyjoys come up, Theon has a little moment of glory which is quickly shot down by the Maester, after all, Theon is kind of here because his pops lost a rebellion.

House Greyjoy hails from the Iron Islands, which are just as rough, if not rougher, of a place than the Starks' North. The head of House Greyjoy has the title of Lord Reaper of Pyke, and in this case it’s Theon’s father, Balon.

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The joust begins. The first pass takes its course with no contact. On the second pass, the Mountain’s joust strikes Ser Hugh in the neck, causing a massive splinter, and his blood gushing out. This occurs directly in front of where Sansa is sitting. Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things by Game of Thrones

Though entirely coincidental, the Mountain not only defeats Ser Hugh in the joust, but he manages to break his joust off into Ser Hugh’s throat. Demonstrating that he is as nasty as they come.

Fun fact: The cast were not told about the whole neck splinter, blood gushing thing, as the creators wanted their reactions to be genuine — which they definitely were.

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Tyrion, now loose, runs over and picks up a shield. He fends off an attack as another of Lady Stark’s men kills him. Another tribesman is nearing Catelyn, Tyrion rushes over with his shield, knocks him to the ground and begins slamming it into his throat, directly in front of, and in defense of Catelyn. The Wolf and The Lion by Game of Thrones

Perhaps the audience had the sense that Tyrion wasn’t as malicious as the rest of his family up to this point, but one could easily say that this was the moment that it was confirmed that Tyrion had a little virtue in him.

He was taken prisoner, and when a fight breaks out, aka the perfect time to take off, he ends up defending his captor. He realizes that Catelyn is a good person, now he demonstrates that he is as well, though there’s no immediate payoff for Tyrion as he becomes a captive once more directly following this scene.

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Petyr Baelish: No, please don't. If the Hound so much as heard you mention it, I'm afraid all the knights in King's Landing would not be able to save you. Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things by Game of Thrones

So now we know that the Hound is scary. And he’s not necessarily the big teddy bear type, he has compassion where his elder brother, The Mountain, lacks. Sandor, The Hound, is every bit as ferocious and skilled in combat, but he detests vows and rituals. As demonstrated a little bit later, he refuses to be knighted. In this particular scene, the Hound is Joffrey’s personal bodyguard (paid to do so, obviously).

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Sandor takes a bow and Gregor storms off. Loras walks up to Sandor, raising his hand in victory. The Wolf and The Lion by Game of Thrones

So fucking cool — chalk one up for The Hound.

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Gregor gets up off of the ground, shouts for his sword. His squire brings it to him and then Gregor severs his horse’s head completely off. The crowd is stunned, Gregor then attacks Loras. Knocking him off of his horse and striking him with his sword. Sandor, the Hound, runs down from the stands and fends off his brother. The Wolf and The Lion by Game of Thrones

Gregor Sandor, aka The Mountain that Rides, or simply, The Mountain, is said to be the largest man in Westeros, at roughly eight feet tall and overly muscular.

He has a deep affinity to Tywin Lannister, making him especially feared. He is well known for his temper, ferocity, cruelness, anger — you name it, anything bad. As told by Littlefinger earlier, he and his brother despise each other.

In this particular scene, the Hound knows that his brother is going too far, after beheading the horse and setting his sites on Loras, so he defends Loras, meanwhile showing loyalty to King Robert by stopping as soon as he asks.

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"Dracarys" Magical Reality by Kilo Kush

The word “dracarys” means “dragonfire”. It’s the command Khaleesi says when she wants her dragons to use their dragon fire to burn something.

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We heard a rumor Mance Rayder was planning to attack Eastwatch. So we went out to look for some of his men... Capture them, gather some knowledge. The Wildlings who fight for Mance Rayder are hard men. Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things by Game of Thrones

The audience learns of Mance Rayder along with Jon. Alliser doesn’t go all that in depth of whom Mance is, other than mentioning that he has men who fight for him.

Mance Rayder is the rumored “king beyond the wall”, he has the ability to lead the Wildlings, which are seen as a threat to the realm. It’s Mance’s first mention, certainly not his last.

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Jaime Lannister: They stopped liking it at the end. That was a proper battle. D'you remember Thoros of Myr charging through the breach?
Jory Cassel: With his burning sword? I'll remember that till the day I die.
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The two are reminiscing about the Greyjoy Rebellion, which was first mentioned by Tyrion the episode earlier, director to Theon Greyjoy. Do note that Jaime’s only bit of happiness in this scene is when he’s thinking of the past battle.

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