Eddard Stark: Try not to stab your sister with it. If you're going to own a sword, you'd better know how to use it. Lord Snow by Game of Thrones

After her father delivers this advice, she draws guard! Here Ned gets the brilliant idea, arguably the best idea he’s ever had, to get Arya some “dancing” lessons. And dancing means swordfighting lessons — Braavos style.

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Arya then steps in and fights with Joffrey, disarming him and putting him on his back. Her direwolf sees this as a thread and runs in to defend. The Kingsroad by Game of Thrones

Not that anyone really needed to be told because it’s fairly obvious, but Joffrey a straight up bitch. He gets disarmed by a little girl. Papa not gon' be happy.

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Arya Stark: He's my friend. The Kingsroad by Game of Thrones

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Arya Stark: He's a liar and a coward and he killed my friend. Lord Snow by Game of Thrones

Last episode, Arya and her friend Mycah were swordfighting, Prince Joffrey came and interrupted the fun, ending with Sansa lying, the Prince being attacked by a direwolf, a direwolf dying, some intense friction between the Starks and Lannisters, as well as Mycah being executed.

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Arya, Sansa and their Septa are all around a table eating. Arya is stabbing a knife into the table between her fingers. Lord Snow by Game of Thrones

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Petyr Baelish: I'll have to borrow it. The Lannisters will accommodate, I expect. We already owe Lord Tywin 3 million gold. What's another 80,000? Lord Snow by Game of Thrones

Without even formally meeting or seeing or have yet to really hear about… We know that papa Lannister, Tywin, is beyond rich, very respected and quite powerful.

As this small council meeting wraps up, we learn that the King Robert Baratheon seems to have little issue burrowing himself, and the realm, deeper into debt with the Lannisters.

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Eddard Stark: Daenerys Targaryen has wed some Dothraki horselord. What of it? Should we send her a wedding gift?
Robert Baratheon: A knife perhaps, a good sharp one, and a bold man to wield it.
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This is the beginning of a conversation between these two that drags on throughout this season. Robert shows his cause of worry with Daenerys and her new husband Khal Drogo, whereas Ned thinks little of it, doubting the Dothraki and trying to get Robert to think of more immediate dangers in the realm.

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Jon Snow: We've guarded the Kingdoms for 8 000 years.
Jaime Lannister: Is it "we" already? Have you taken your vows then?
Jon Snow: Soon enough.
Jaime Lannister: Give my regards to the Night's Watch. I'm sure it will be thrilling to serve in such an elite force. And if not, It's only for life.
The Kingsroad by Game of Thrones

On the surface of this conversation, one could take that Jaime is belittling Jon and disrespecting his life choice, which he most definitely is doing. But underneath it all, he’s also talking down on the Night’s Watch itself.

Jaime is certainly a skilled combatant and revered at that, but his thoughts on the Night’s Watch almost match his brothers, that it’s a little outdated and not entirely necessary.

However, don’t think that Jaime is mocking a life oath, because he himself has taken one, as he’s a member of the King’s Guard.

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Sansa Stark: Pardon me, Ser.
Sandor Clegane: Do I frighten you so much, girl? Or is it him there making you shake? He frightens me too. Look at that face.
Sansa Stark: I'm sorry if I offended you, Ser. Why won't he speak to me?
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The beginning of a very unique friendship… Or admiration. Sandor (The Hound) is Joffrey’s bodyguard. Sansa is set to wed Joffrey down the line, which obviously, the Hound knows. Sansa could be seen as pure and entirely innocent. The Hound looks a bit on the darker side. Sansa and the Hound’s exchange here shows us that he likes her, and that he breaks his hardass bodyguard image to ensure Sansa comfort by poking fun at Ser Ilyn.

And do note the Hound’s expression as Joffrey enters, (he looks down at his feet) and obviously Sansa grins from ear to ear.

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Robb Stark: You've said goodbye to Bran? He's not going to die. I know it.
Jon Snow: You Starks are hard to kill.
Robb Stark: My mother?
Jon Snow: She was very kind.
Robb Stark: Good. Next time I see you, you'll be all in black.
Jon Snow: It was always my color.
Robb Stark: Farewell, Snow.
Jon Snow: And you, Stark.
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This is a hefty one… We discover Robb’s optimism, with him saying he knows Bran won’t die. But more importantly, we now realize that these two, technically brothers, know their roles and comprehend their futures. Robb using my mother, and Jon using you Starks.

But when it’s all said and done, they embrace, just as real brothers would. And if you’re confused about the “black” bit, Robb says he’ll see Jon next when he’s all in black. As we know, Jon is joining the Night’s Watch and the Night’s Watch members don all black attire. They are nicknamed “crows” because of it. And to become a member of the Watch, it’s also referred to as “taking the black.”


Do note, when the Stark children all acquire their direwolves in episode one, Jon’s wolf, Ghost, is all white — whereas Jon is saying that black is his color.

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