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A dead direwolf and her pups

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Official Synopsis – On their return to Winterfell, the party comes across a dead direwolf – a monstrous creature rarely seen south of the Wall. The wolf birthed a litter of pups before her death, and Jon Snow, bastard son to Ned, convinces his father that it’s an omen: The direwolf is the sigil of House Stark, and Ned’s five true-born children are meant to have the pups. As they walk away, Jon spies an albino runt cast to the side and takes it for himself. (Source: HBO)


The dead stag and direwolf

Scene shifts to a dead stag’s head. The Winterfell men gather on the bridge They see a ravaged deer before them. The stag’s entrails are spilled out.

JON: What is it?

THEON: Mountain lion?

NED: There are no mountain lions in these woods.

With swords out, they begin to search. They walk a little further where NED finds a dead direwolf with antlers through her throat. Her pups are whimpering around her.

THEON: It’s a freak.

NED: It’s a direwolf.

NED and CASSEL glance at each other.

NED: Tough old beast.

He pulls out the stag’s antlers still caught in the direwolf’s throat.

Discovery of the direwolf pups

ROBB: There are no direwolves south of the Wall.

JON: Now there are five.

Jon picks up a pup and offers it to BRAN.

JON: You want to hold it?

BRAN: Where will they go? Their mother’s dead.

RODRICK CASSEL: They don’t belong down here.

NED: Better a quick death. They won’t last without their mother.

As soon as Ned begins to say this, Theon unsheathes his sword and walks over to where one of the pups is, and reaches for it.

THEON: Right. Give it here.


ROBB (disgustedly to THEON): Put away your blade.

THEON: I take orders from your father, not you.

BRAN: Please, father!

NED: I’m sorry, Bran.

JON: Lord Stark? There are five pups. One for each of the Stark children. The direwolf is the sigil of your House. They were meant to have them.

Everyone looks at NED, BRAN with great hope.

NED: You will train them yourselves. You will feed them yourselves. And if they die, you will bury them yourselves.

BRAN cradles his pup as JON hands more pups to ROBB.

BRAN (to JON): What about you?

JON: I’m not a Stark. Get on.

JON walks away, pauses, and hears another whimper.

ROBB: What is it?

JON pulls up a white wolf pup.

THEON: The runt of the litter. That one’s yours, Snow.

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Winterfell is the seat of the ruler of the North and the traditional home of House Stark. It is a very large castle located at the center of the North, from where the head of House Stark rules over his people.

The castle is located alongside the Kingsroad as it makes its way from the Wall to the capital at King's Landing, more than a thousand miles to the south.



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Ned Stark

Robb Stark

Bran Stark

Jon Snow

Jory Cassel

Rodrik Cassel

Theon Greyjoy


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