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Robb sees a woman battlefield healer treating a [[Wounded Lannister|wounded Lannister]] soldier. He is fighting her as she is telling him she has to amputate. Robb helps hold him down as she saws off the leg. The woman, who introduces herself as [[Talisa]] of [[Volantis]], criticizes Robb for the need for this war. Robb doesn't want the [[Iron Throne]], just revenge on Joffrey for his father's death. She is shocked to learn he doesn't care which king takes the throne after they defeat Joffrey (having declared for neither of the Baratheon brothers). He just wants them to leave the north alone afterward. She points out that for all the bloodshed they've caused, he hasn't hurt the ones who killed his father, Joffrey and [[Tywin Lannister]]. The men they slaughtered weren't Tywin's main army but green boys and conscripts from [[the Westerlands]] who didn't ask for any of this.
 
Robb sees a woman battlefield healer treating a [[Wounded Lannister|wounded Lannister]] soldier. He is fighting her as she is telling him she has to amputate. Robb helps hold him down as she saws off the leg. The woman, who introduces herself as [[Talisa]] of [[Volantis]], criticizes Robb for the need for this war. Robb doesn't want the [[Iron Throne]], just revenge on Joffrey for his father's death. She is shocked to learn he doesn't care which king takes the throne after they defeat Joffrey (having declared for neither of the Baratheon brothers). He just wants them to leave the north alone afterward. She points out that for all the bloodshed they've caused, he hasn't hurt the ones who killed his father, Joffrey and [[Tywin Lannister]]. The men they slaughtered weren't Tywin's main army but green boys and conscripts from [[the Westerlands]] who didn't ask for any of this.
 
<p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">In King's Landing, King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey&nbsp;Baratheon]] is furious when he hears of Robb Stark's decisive victory against Lannister forces. He has [[Sansa Stark|Sansa&nbsp;Stark]] brought before the assembled court in the [[The North Remembers|recently redecorated]] throne room, which now boasts iron spikes on many surfaces and roaring fires surrounding the pillars. Lancel Lannister tells Sansa and the assembled nobles that Robb only won the battle with trickery and sorcery. At first, Joffrey sadistically menaces Sansa by brandishing a crossbow at her and openly toying with the thought of killing her right in front of the throne to send her brother a message. Despite being clearly terrified, Sansa refuses to give Joffrey the satisfaction of scaring her and continues to firmly pledge her loyalty. Annoyed, he reluctantly concedes to his mother's insistence that they need Sansa alive, lowering the crossbow and ordering her to stand. Joffrey then sits down on the Iron Throne and commands Ser [[Meryn Trant|Meryn&nbsp;Trant]] of the [[Kingsguard]] to beat and strip her as punishment, but insists that the knight "leave her face. I (Joffrey) like her pretty." Ser Meryn then proceeds punch Sansa violently in the stomach and strike her in the back of the legs with the flat of his sword, causing her to fall down. He then rips open the back of her gown,</p>
 
 
[[File:ILikeHerPretty.jpg|thumb|Sansa, beaten and stripped in front of the entire court]]
 
 
<p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">leaving her partially naked from the waist up. As the beating continues, the entire court watches in horror, particularly a disgusted [[Sandor Clegane|Sandor&nbsp;Clegane]]. But despite being filled with dozens of [[Knighthood|knights]] and officials, no one intervenes out of fear of Joffrey's wrath.</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Just as Sansa is about to be struck again, a furious [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion&nbsp;Lannister]] storms in and puts a stop to the spectacle. He orders someone to cover Sansa up and Sandor immediately steps forward, taking off his cloak and proceeds to gently wrap it around her. Tyrion then turns his wrath upon Joffrey, berating his actions as Sansa is his future wife and queen that he is publicly shaming (and the fact that Joffrey doesn't pause to think how politically disastrous it would be for their allies to see him having his guards beat a valuable political hostage to a bloody pulp). Furious, Joffrey proclaims that he was punishing her, to which Tyrion retorts that Sansa has committed no crime and has no control over Robb's actions (actions that Joffrey himself caused when he foolishly ordered Ned's execution), venomously denouncing his nephew as a halfwit. Now completely enraged, Joffrey bellows that as king, he can do whatever he pleases, but Tyrion again coldly counters that [[Aerys II Targaryen|the Mad King]] thought he could do as he pleased too (and his tyrannical cruelty led to him being [[Robert's Rebellion|overthrown]] and personally killed by [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime&nbsp;Lannister]]). When Ser Meryn tries to support the king, Tyrion silences the Kingsguard by ordering Bronn to kill Meryn if the knight opens his mouth again. Tyrion then comforts the shaken Sansa and personally escorts her out of the hall. He asks her wheth</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">er she wants to end her engagement to the king, but she continues to parrot the lines that she loves Joffrey and will uphold her duty. Impressed, Tyrion remarks that she has learned how survive around Joffrey and might just make it out of her situation alive, respectfully calling her "Lady Stark".</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">[[Bronn]] suggests to Tyrion that as an angry young man, maybe what Joffrey needs is to have sex with a woman, and that they should set him up with a prostitute. Tyrion agrees that maybe this would give Joffrey a chance to release his frustrations away from Sansa. Indeed, he might even be grateful for the gesture: given that he didn't have much of a father figure in Robert Baratheon to set him straight, doing something nice for the boy might even be the second chance Joffrey needs to re-establish a relationship with a male family figure. So Tyrion decides to use the carrot instead of the stick, and arranges for two prostitutes from Littlefinger's brothel, [[Ros]] and [[Daisy]], to entertain Joffrey. Unfortunately, the attempt fails horrifically: instead of trying to have sex with the prostitutes, Joffrey brings a loaded crossbow into the bedchamber. At crossbow-point, Joffrey forces Ros to beat Daisy unconscious, and then to dump her body in Tyrion's chambers, to send his uncle a message warning him not to interfere with his handling of Sansa again.</p>
 
 
 
   
 
[[File:Harrenhal.jpg|thumb|left|The prisoners arrive at Harrenhal.]]
 
[[File:Harrenhal.jpg|thumb|left|The prisoners arrive at Harrenhal.]]
[[Arya Stark]], [[Gendry]], and [[Hot Pie]] are taken by Ser [[Amory Lorch|Amory]]
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[[Arya Stark]], [[Gendry]], and [[Hot Pie]] are taken by Ser [[Amory Lorch]]'s group of soldiers to [[Harrenhal]], a vast but partially ruined castle which was badly damaged during the [[War of Conquest|Targaryen Conquest]] three hundred years ago by [[dragons]]' fire. Arya's group is herded in with many other prisoners the Lannister soldiers have taken, primarily peasant refugees from the Riverlands. The commander of the entire Lannister force is Ser [[Gregor Clegane]], "the Mountain That Rides", [[A Golden Crown|previously declared an outlaw]] by Eddard Stark for his raiding in the Riverlands. Now the positions are reversed, with Clegane having the support of the Iron Throne to brutalize the rivermen. The stench of corpses is so strong that Arya notices it as soon as they are in sight of the castle. The Lannister soldiers under Ser Gregor - particularly one known as [[The Tickler]] - sadistically torture many of the prisoners they have taken. One method used is to tie a bucket containing a rat to a man's abdomen, and then to hold a flame to the back of the bucket so the rat will chew its way through his guts. The prisoners are for the most part simple peasant refugees with no knowledge of the war, and the Lannister soldiers are savagely torturing them just because they want to know where they may have hid the few valuables they have. However, some are also asked if they know anything about a group known as "[[The Brotherhood]]". Just as Gendry is about to be tortured, Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] arrives with the main host of his army, who have retreated to Harrenhal to regroup after their loss at the Battle of the Whispering Wood. The main Lannister army group led by Lord Tywin is settling in to use Harrenhal as their new main base for the ongoing campaign in the Riverlands.
 
[[Amory Lorch|Lorch]]'s group of soldiers to [[Harrenhal]], a vast but partially ruined castle which was badly damaged during the [[War of Conquest|Targaryen Conquest]] three hundred years ago by [[dragons]]' fire. Arya's group is herded in with many other p
 
 
risoners the Lannister soldiers have taken, primarily peasant refugees from the Riverlands. The commander of the entire Lannister force is Ser [[Gregor Clegane]], "the Mountain That Rides", [[A Golden Crown|previously declared an outlaw]] by Eddard Stark for his raiding in the Riverlands. Now the positions are reversed, with Clegane having the support of the Iron Throne to brutalize the rivermen. The stench of corpses is so strong that Arya notices it as soon as they are in sight of the castle. The Lannister soldiers under Ser Gregor - particularly one known as [[The Tickler]] - sadistically torture many of the prisoners they have taken. One method used is to tie a bucket containing a rat to a man's abdomen, and then to hold a flame to the back of the bucket so the rat will chew its way through his guts. The prisoners are for the most part simple peasant refugees with no knowledge of the war, and the Lannister soldiers are savagely torturing them just because they want to know where they may have hid the few valuables they have. However, some are also asked if they know anything about a group known as "[[The Brotherhood]]". Just as Gendry is about to be tortured, Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] arrives with the main host of his army, who have retreated to Harrenhal to regroup after their loss at t
 
 
he Battle of the Whispering Wood. The main Lannister army group led by Lord Tywin is settling in to use Harrenhal as their new main base for the ongoing campaign in the Riverlands.
 
   
 
Tywin orders an immediate halt to the tortures (saving Gendry), rationally pointing out how disproportionate it is relative to what little wealth the peasants might be hiding, and it would be far more efficient to put them to work around the castle. As a blacksmith's apprentice, Gendry's skills are of particular use to them, and he is set to work. Tywin instantly notices that "Arry" is really a girl dressed up in boy's clothing, criticizing his soldiers for being such idiots that they didn't realize she was a girl in all this time. When he asks her why she's dressed as a boy, Arya simply explains that it was safer to be traveling as a boy than as a girl. Tywin is impressed with her intelligence, and says he is going to take her on as his new cupbearer while his army is based at the castle.
 
Tywin orders an immediate halt to the tortures (saving Gendry), rationally pointing out how disproportionate it is relative to what little wealth the peasants might be hiding, and it would be far more efficient to put them to work around the castle. As a blacksmith's apprentice, Gendry's skills are of particular use to them, and he is set to work. Tywin instantly notices that "Arry" is really a girl dressed up in boy's clothing, criticizing his soldiers for being such idiots that they didn't realize she was a girl in all this time. When he asks her why she's dressed as a boy, Arya simply explains that it was safer to be traveling as a boy than as a girl. Tywin is impressed with her intelligence, and says he is going to take her on as his new cupbearer while his army is based at the castle.
   
 
[[File:LeaveHerFace.jpg|thumb|left|"Leave her face, I like her pretty."]]
 
[[File:LeaveHerFace.jpg|thumb|left|"Leave her face, I like her pretty."]]
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In King's Landing, King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] is furious when he hears of Robb Stark's decisive victory against Lannister forces. He has [[Sansa Stark]] brought before the assembled court in the [[The North Remembers|recently redecorated]] throne room, which now boasts iron spikes on many surfaces and roaring fires surrounding the pillars. Lancel Lannister tells Sansa and the assembled nobles that Robb only won the battle with trickery and sorcery. At first, Joffrey sadistically menaces Sansa by brandishing a crossbow at her and openly toying with the thought of killing her right in front of the throne to send her brother a message. Despite being clearly terrified, Sansa refuses to give Joffrey the satisfaction of scaring her and continues to firmly pledge her loyalty. Annoyed, he reluctantly concedes to his mother's insistence that they need Sansa alive, lowering the crossbow and ordering her to stand. Joffrey then sits down on the Iron Throne and commands Ser [[Meryn Trant]] of the [[Kingsguard]] to beat and strip her as punishment, but insists that the knight "leave her face. I (Joffrey) like her pretty." Ser Meryn then proceeds punch Sansa violently in the stomach and strike her in the back of the legs with the flat of his sword, causing her to fall down. He then rips open the back of her gown, leaving her partially naked from the waist up. As the beating continues, the entire court watches in horror, particularly a disgusted [[Sandor Clegane]]. But despite being filled with dozens of [[Knighthood|knights]] and officials, no one intervenes out of fear of Joffrey's wrath.
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[[File:ILikeHerPretty.jpg|thumb|Sansa, beaten and stripped in front of the entire court]]Just as Sansa is about to be struck again, a furious [[Tyrion Lannister]] storms in and puts a stop to the spectacle. He orders someone to cover Sansa up and Sandor immediately steps forward, taking off his cloak and proceeds to gently wrap it around her. Tyrion then turns his wrath upon Joffrey, berating his actions as Sansa is his future wife and queen that he is publicly shaming (and the fact that Joffrey doesn't pause to think how politically disastrous it would be for their allies to see him having his guards beat a valuable political hostage to a bloody pulp). Furious, Joffrey proclaims that he was punishing her, to which Tyrion retorts that Sansa has committed no crime and has no control over Robb's actions (actions that Joffrey himself caused when he foolishly ordered Ned's execution), venomously denouncing his nephew as a halfwit. Now completely enraged, Joffrey bellows that as king, he can do whatever he pleases, but Tyrion again coldly counters that [[Aerys II Targaryen|the Mad King]] thought he could do as he pleased too (and his tyrannical cruelty led to him being [[Robert's Rebellion|overthrown]] and personally killed by [[Jaime Lannister]]). When Ser Meryn tries to support the king, Tyrion silences the Kingsguard by ordering Bronn to kill Meryn if the knight opens his mouth again. Tyrion then comforts the shaken Sansa and personally escorts her out of the hall. He asks her whether she wants to end her engagement to the king, but she continues to parrot the lines that she loves Joffrey and will uphold her duty. Impressed, Tyrion remarks that she has learned how survive around Joffrey and might just make it out of her situation alive, respectfully calling her "Lady Stark".
   
[[File:RosAndJoffrey.jpg|thumb|left|Joffrey torments Ros]]As Tyrion works in his chamber late at night, his cousin [[Lancel Lannister]] knocks on his door delivering orders from Cersei to release [[Maesters|Grand Maester]] [[Pycelle]] from the dungeon at once. Despite their blood relationship Lancel clearly holds Tyrion in contempt and openly calls him "Imp". Curious, Tyrion asks why Lancel is so late delivering the message. Blundering into a rather obvious trap, Lancel retorts that he always delivers messages immediately and is never late. Tyrion then simply points out how odd it is that Lancel would be coming from Cersei's bedchambers in the middle of the night. Lancel nervously says Cersei often works tirelessly keeping late hours, but Tyrion also notices that he reeks of Cersei's favorite lavender oil perfume. Tyrion then bluntly asks if Lancel was made a knight before or after he started sharing Cersei's bed. Lancel falls apart, saying that Cersei's father ordered him to obey her every command when he became a squire to King Robert, to which Tyrion sarcastically asks if Cersei forced him to have sex with her too. Tyrion wonders aloud what Joffrey would do to Lancel if he found out that Lancel had not only killed Joffrey's father but was also sleeping with his mother. Lancel gets down on his knees and pleads for his life. Tyrion gently instructs Lancel that he won't tell, but from now on, Lancel must report everything Cersei does back to Tyrion. As Lancel leaves, he also casually agrees that he will accede to Cersei's request and free Pycelle if she wants him as a "pet", though he doesn't want him back on the Small Council.
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[[File:RosAndJoffrey.jpg|thumb|left|Joffrey torments Ros]]
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[[Bronn]] suggests to Tyrion that as an angry young man, maybe what Joffrey needs is to have sex with a woman, and that they should set him up with a prostitute. Tyrion agrees that maybe this would give Joffrey a chance to release his frustrations away from Sansa. Indeed, he might even be grateful for the gesture: given that he didn't have much of a father figure in Robert Baratheon to set him straight, doing something nice for the boy might even be the second chance Joffrey needs to re-establish a relationship with a male family figure. So Tyrion decides to use the carrot instead of the stick, and arranges for two prostitutes from Littlefinger's brothel, [[Ros]] and [[Daisy]], to entertain Joffrey. Unfortunately, the attempt fails horrifically: instead of trying to have sex with the prostitutes, Joffrey brings a loaded crossbow into the bedchamber. At crossbow-point, Joffrey forces Ros to beat Daisy unconscious, and then to dump her body in Tyrion's chambers, to send his uncle a message warning him not to interfere with his handling of Sansa again.
   
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As Tyrion works in his chamber late at night, his cousin [[Lancel Lannister]] knocks on his door delivering orders from Cersei to release [[Maesters|Grand Maester]] [[Pycelle]] from the dungeon at once. Despite their blood relationship Lancel clearly holds Tyrion in contempt and openly calls him "Imp". Curious, Tyrion asks why Lancel is so late delivering the message. Blundering into a rather obvious trap, Lancel retorts that he always delivers messages immediately and is never late. Tyrion then simply points out how odd it is that Lancel would be coming from Cersei's bedchambers in the middle of the night. Lancel nervously says Cersei often works tirelessly keeping late hours, but Tyrion also notices that he reeks of Cersei's favorite lavender oil perfume. Tyrion then bluntly asks if Lancel was made a knight before or after he started sharing Cersei's bed. Lancel falls apart, saying that Cersei's father ordered him to obey her every command when he became a squire to King Robert, to which Tyrion sarcastically asks if Cersei forced him to have sex with her too. Tyrion wonders aloud what Joffrey would do to Lancel if he found out that Lancel had not only killed Joffrey's father but was also sleeping with his mother. Lancel gets down on his knees and pleads for his life. Tyrion gently instructs Lancel that he won't tell, but from now on, Lancel must report everything Cersei does back to Tyrion. As Lancel leaves, he also casually agrees that he will accede to Cersei's request and free Pycelle if she wants him as a "pet", though he doesn't want him back on the Small Council.
   
 
[[Petyr Baelish|Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish]] arrives at King [[Renly Baratheon]]'s camp as a political envoy from King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] at [[King's Landing]]. He tries to gain Renly's trust by implying that if Renly does march on the capital, he will help take down the Lannisters from within (it is unclear if he is lying, but he is also ready to jump ship if the Lannisters lose, and Stannis is not an option, because Stannis despises Littlefinger); Renly is tempted by the notion, despite expressing his open dislike for Littlefinger personally. Littlefinger then has a conversation with Queen [[Margaery Tyrell]] in which he tries to intimidate her by hinting that her husband is a homosexual. He does not anticipate that Margaery seems to already know and not to care. Margaery is not a naive ingenue like [[Sansa Stark]] but versed in court strategies: she honestly believes that Renly is the best candidate for king, and voluntarily entered into a paper marriage to secure the political alliance between Renly and [[House Tyrell]]. Baelish then moves on to meeting with [[Catelyn Stark]], who is upset at his betrayal of [[Eddard Stark|her husband]] to his death. Baelish first tries to kindle a romance with her, saying that now they are both free, it may be that they can be together. Catelyn simply draws a dagger and demands that he stop speaking. Discouraged, he moves on to present Tyrion's offer that the Lannisters want to make a prisoner exchange with the Starks: if they release [[Jaime Lannister]], Queen Cersei will release both Sansa Stark and [[Arya Stark]] (with Petyr Baelish lying about the Lannisters having Arya). Catelyn insists that Robb would never allow the exchange, but Littlefinger tries to manipulate her love for her imprisoned daughters. As a show of good faith from Tyrion, Baelish brings forward a pair of [[Silent Sisters]] carrying a box containing the returned bones of Ned Stark. Deeply grieving, Catelyn tells Petyr to get out. She looks at the bones with pain, but then shuts the box with a look of resolve on her face.
 
[[Petyr Baelish|Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish]] arrives at King [[Renly Baratheon]]'s camp as a political envoy from King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] at [[King's Landing]]. He tries to gain Renly's trust by implying that if Renly does march on the capital, he will help take down the Lannisters from within (it is unclear if he is lying, but he is also ready to jump ship if the Lannisters lose, and Stannis is not an option, because Stannis despises Littlefinger); Renly is tempted by the notion, despite expressing his open dislike for Littlefinger personally. Littlefinger then has a conversation with Queen [[Margaery Tyrell]] in which he tries to intimidate her by hinting that her husband is a homosexual. He does not anticipate that Margaery seems to already know and not to care. Margaery is not a naive ingenue like [[Sansa Stark]] but versed in court strategies: she honestly believes that Renly is the best candidate for king, and voluntarily entered into a paper marriage to secure the political alliance between Renly and [[House Tyrell]]. Baelish then moves on to meeting with [[Catelyn Stark]], who is upset at his betrayal of [[Eddard Stark|her husband]] to his death. Baelish first tries to kindle a romance with her, saying that now they are both free, it may be that they can be together. Catelyn simply draws a dagger and demands that he stop speaking. Discouraged, he moves on to present Tyrion's offer that the Lannisters want to make a prisoner exchange with the Starks: if they release [[Jaime Lannister]], Queen Cersei will release both Sansa Stark and [[Arya Stark]] (with Petyr Baelish lying about the Lannisters having Arya). Catelyn insists that Robb would never allow the exchange, but Littlefinger tries to manipulate her love for her imprisoned daughters. As a show of good faith from Tyrion, Baelish brings forward a pair of [[Silent Sisters]] carrying a box containing the returned bones of Ned Stark. Deeply grieving, Catelyn tells Petyr to get out. She looks at the bones with pain, but then shuts the box with a look of resolve on her face.

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