Game of Thrones recap: Blue is the Coldest Color

The White Walkers return in a swords-and-sorcery packed hour that would make Tolkien proud (except for maybe that one scene).
Ep. 04 | Aired Apr 27, 2014

STRONG AS OATH: Brienne holds down the ground with her mighty moral compass on 'Game of Thrones'

Dany decides to celebrate her victory by repaying the masters for their crucified children signposts -- via crucifying them in return. Ser Barristan advises mercy, but she declares, "I will answer injustice with justice." They're nailed with one hand to the crossbeam and the other to their own body. I wonder if that hurts more or less than the way crucifixion is usually portrayed.

With Meereen under her belt, Dany gets the most pimp real estate ever. You know you're really in charge when you're literally living at the top of the pyramid. (At the end of this recap, there's a link to our exclusive images of Dany's epic new throne room.)

King's Landing: Jaime and Bronn practice fight. The Kingslayer is getting better with his left hand, and behind them, the Adriatic Sea looks as unearthly blue as its reputation. Bronn beats Jaime by yanking off his metal hand and smacking him with it -- a smart lesson.

They share a sunset drink. Bronn dares to guilt-trip Jaime about not visiting Tyrion. This is interesting, because Bronn always seemed like the type of guy who didn't really care about Tyrion -- that he's only in this relationship for the money. Yet this scene suggests otherwise. "He named you as his champion," Bronn says. "You going to fight for him now?" Ser Barristan is called "Barristan the Bold," but now it's Ser Bronn who deserves that title.

So Jaime visits Tyrion, and it's another great dungeon scene, full of comfortable familiarity. Tyrion notes Jaime's distancing language from Joffrey when he calls the boy "her son" instead of his own. Then Tyrion teases: "The Kingslayer Brothers -- you like it?" They gently admonish each other for their lack of trust ("You really asking if I killed your son?" / "You really asking if I'd kill my brother?"). Finally Tyrion comes right out and tells Jaime he did not kill the king, and Jaime accepts his answer. But what can Jaime do to help him?

Littlefinger's Ship: Over the next couple scenes, we find out who killed King Joffrey. We already knew about Littlefinger -- but now we get more specifics. He tells Sansa they're going to her crazy Aunt Lysa Tully, whom we haven't seen since season 1. (Hey, that's the same place Arya's going! Let's hope she doesn't try to breastfeed them.)

Littlefinger admits he killed Joffrey, even though he's one of the few people Joffrey actually treated well. "A man with no motive is a man no one suspects," Petyr explains. "If they don't know who you are or what you want, they cant know what you plan to do next." So Sansa asks Littlefinger what he does want. Littlefinger teases, "Everything," then creepily pets her like she's a cute puppy he wants to molest. He does tip that he helped kill Joffrey to forge a new secret alliance between himself and, as we learn in the next scene, the very reasonable, but apparently underhanded, House Tyrell.

NEXT: What worked (and didn't) about that Joffrey murder plot

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