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The King's Landing throne room. Only in this version, winter has come. The roof is in ruins. Doesn't it look just like what the dragons did to Harrenhal? I think this is the throne room of a possible future where Daenerys Targaryen has wrecked havoc with her fiery pets.
She leaves and exits —
The massive gate in the Wall. There's a tent. Inside is —
Drogo! Yes, Jason Momoa is back. I like that even in dream-ghost form, he's still a witty badass ("These questions are for wise men with skinny arms"). This scene is a treat, giving Dany and us fans some closure, even if imagined, to her relationship with Drogo. "If this is a dream, I will kill the man who tries to wake me," he says, a great line.
She turns away from the vision, and finds her dragons — and the warlock. The dragons wear cute little dragon chains. The warlock explains the dragons being reborn have helped rekindle his magic, so he wants to trap them together.
She gives her dragons a command, "dracarys," and they spit-fire the warlock, setting him aflame. The scene doesn't feel too convincing, partly because the dragons look too small to shoot out those long streams of fire in this scene.
North of the Wall: Jon Snow in chains and on the march (lot of characters in chains this episode). Behind him, Ygritte is talking at him and smacking him on his head with his own sword when he doesn't answer. That must be really annoying.
Suddenly Qhorin Halfhand gets loose and attacks Jon. The Lord of Bones lets them fight. Jon's protective direwolf Ghost is ... I dunno, chasing Wildling squirrels or something. Halfhand provokes Jon with the oldest line in the book (your muddah is a whore!) and it works — he slays him. It's another deviation from the books that I suspect will get fans buzzing (Halfhand ordered Jon to kill him in the novels, making it more of an agonizing and calculated decision rather than an act of anger).
The Lord of Bones cuts Jon's binds. They crest the hill and see the sprawling Wildling Camp. Next season, Thrones will definitely introduce Wildling leader Mance "King Beyond the Wall" Rayder (a list of new characters being introduced next season here).
Qarth: Dany enters Xaro Xhoan Daxos' home. Seems now that she's got her dragons back, her entourage is growing again. She finds her former slave Doreah in bed with Xaro. The pleasure slave tries to spin this like, Hey, I was only sleeping with him to help you.
NEXT: The horn blows once...twice ...