He has risen! Bran is walking again — on his legs! Perhaps the past few episodes were just a bad dream. Perhaps the Starks are still together back at Winterfell, practicing their archery and beheading deserters and wearing rock star pelts like the good ‘ol days. Then Bran spies a crow with three eyes and, wait a minute, even in Westeros those don’t exist. Bran awakes next to his direwolf, and we’re back in this ever-tightening noose of a plot that is the first season of Game of Thrones.
Welcome back. Thrones is once again stuffed with character moments, but also spices things up with snarling wolves, bathtub nookie, fighting and jousting, all winding up to next week when … well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Back to the story:
“Little lord’s been dreaming again,” says Bran’s creepy nanny, as if the North was full of activities for disabled children that he was stubbornly refusing to participate in.
In walks Theon Greyjoy. This guy’s been skulking around the first three episodes and here’s his deal: Greyjoy is one of the Great Houses — like the Starks and Lannisters — and it rules over the Iron Islands (which are about as fun as they sound). Theon is heir to his House, but instead has to serve as a ward to the Starks since the Iron Islands rebelled against the king some years back and were soundly trounced. Theon and the Starks get along as well as can be expected considering Theon is a glorified hostage.
Theon summons Hodor, who’s huge, strong and slow-witted. He can only say one word, his name (and thankfully it’s not Timmy). Hodor carries Bran into the Great Hall where they’re joined by a visiting Tyrion, while Robb lords over the room with his direwolf. Note we’re already getting two more wolves than last week, which is a good sign.
“I’m not a cripple,” Bran says.
“Then I’m not a dwarf,” gently counters Tyrion, who you’ll recall loves to bluntly accept things as they are. “My father will rejoice to hear it.”
Tyrion gives the Starks a sketch that reveals his Leonardo Di Vinci side. It appears to either be a custom horse saddle or deadly attack robot, and Robb is confused as to why anybody would try to do anything nice for the Hand of the King’s sweet injured 10 year old (cruelty, particularly toward the weak, and how characters deal with it, is a bit of a theme this week).
“I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards and other broken things,” explains Tyrion.
NEXT: This little piggy went to The Wall; Bathing The Dragon