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501 – The Wars to Come


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Episode Highlights

In a flashback, a witch tells a teenage Cersei that someone younger and more beautiful than herself will one day steal her accomplishments.

In the present, Tywin is buried.

Lancel returns to King’s Landing and is now a devoutly religious man, a member of the “Sparrows”.

In Pentos, a despondent Tyrion agrees to accompany Varys to Meereen to support Targaryen’s claim on the Iron Throne.

In Meereen, the insurgent “Sons of the Harpy” murder an Unsullied, forcing Daenerys to launch more restrictive measures without respecting the old traditions.

Missandei gets suspicious when she realizes that the Unsullied visit brothels.

Daenerys’s locked-away dragons attack her when she checks on them.

In the Vale, Baelish puts Arryn in the care of House Royce and leaves with Sansa.

At the Wall, Stannis seeks to enlist the Wildlings in his war against Roose.

Jon Snow is unable to convince Rayder to accept Stannis’s authority. The latter has Mance burned alive, though Snow shoots him with an arrow to kill him quickly.

Related Chapters in the Books

A Storm of Swords:

  • Chapter 71, Daenerys VI: Daenerys has the harpy statue at the top of the Great Pyramid of Meereen pulled down.
  • Chapter 75, Samwell IV: After the Battle at the Wall, Sam notes that Ser Alliser Thorne and Ser Denys Mallister are candidates for the impeding Choosing of the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
  • Chapter 76, Jon XI: Jon Snow is training a young black brother in the yard of Castle Black when Melisandre comes and tells Jon to meet Stannis at the top of the Wall. On the way up, Jon asks her if she isn’t cold, and she claims she never is. They find Stannis on the edge of the Wall, where he asks Jon for his help to reclaim Winterfell and the North from its new Warden, Roose Bolton, who betrayed Jon’s brother Robb. However, Jon declares his loyalty is to the Night’s Watch. Stannis says he needs the wildlings to pledge their fealty to him, for which he would let them through the Wall and settle. Also, their King Mance Rayder will be burnt if he continues being too prideful to bend the knee.

A Feast for Crows:

  • Chapter 7, Cersei II: Cersei arrives at the Great Sept of Baelor, escorted by Ser Meryn Trant, for Tywin’s funeral. Cersei feels surrounded by Tyrells. She talks to Kevan, Tywin’s brother, and encounters Kevan’s son Lancel, who looks unrecognizably ragged. He has become a member of a new religious fanatic movement. Cersei fears what Lancel may tell the High Septon about King Robert’s death in an apparent hunting accident, which Lancel had helped stage.
  • Chapter 8, Jaime I: Jaime stands over Tywin’s body and feels incredible guilt for releasing Tyrion.
  • Chapter 36, Cersei VIII: Cersei looks back on how, when she was young, she and her friend visited a fortuneteller called Maggy in the woods. Cersei pressed Maggy for her fortune, and Maggy answered her questions: yes, she would be queen, until one younger and more beautiful replaced her; no, she would not have children with the king, but he would have many; and her own children would die before she did. Scared, her friend urged her to flee.
  • Chapter 41, Alayne II: Having descended from the Eyrie, Littlefinger discusses his own plans and Cersei’s reign with Sansa Stark, who is disguised as Alayne.

A Dance with Dragons:

  • Chapter 1, Tyrion I: Tyrion arrives drunk in Pentos, at Illyrio’s manse. Tyrion’s new benefactor convinces him not to drown himself in wine and instead go on to to serve someone stronger than Tommen, gentler than Stannis; the only one who he claims can save the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Chapter 2, Daenerys I: An Unsullied soldier visits a brothel alone to cuddle with a prostitute, but is then killed by the Sons of the Harpy, which enrages Daenerys. Grey Worm is asked why a eunuch would go to a brothel. Hizdahr zo Loraq asks Daenerys to reopen the fighting pits, which he argues are a part of the cultural heritage of Slaver’s Bay.
  • Chapter 5, Tyrion II: Tyrion heads to Meereen in order to serve Daenerys Targaryen and help her win the throne. He is told that Daenerys needs men such as him, and that Varys and Illyrio are old friends.
  • Chapter 10, Jon III: Mance Rayder is sacrificed in a pyre by Melisandre, who denounces him as a King of Lies, and claims Stannis is the one true ruler in Westeros. As Mance burns, Jon has him shot full of arrows in order to end him mercifully.
  • Chapter 11, Daenerys II: Soon after imprisoning them, Daenerys visits Viserion and Rhaegal in the catacombs of the Great Pyramid, but they are growing more savage every day and are out of control.
  • Chapter 23, Daenerys IV: Daario Naharis returns to Meereen from his mission. Daario urges Dany to loose the dragons on her enemies before they attack her.
  • Chapter 36, Daenerys VI: Hizdahr suggests terms of peace with Yunkai which the Wise Masters will accept, though it would mean reestablishing some of the practices Daenerys has abolished.


White Rat 

The Unsullied soldier that was killed in bed with a prostitute on the orders of the Sons of the Harpy.

Mance Rayder

The leader of the Wildlings who led the attack on Castle Black.

  • Cause of death: Jon mercifully Snow shot him with an arrow before he’s burned alive at the order of Stannis Baratheon.
  • Sadness ranking: 3. He was responsible for the attack on Castle Black. What was more moving about his death was that Jon gave him a quick one, instead of allowing him to burn alive.

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