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"Two Swords"[3] is the first episode of the fourth season of Game of Thrones. It is the thirty-first episode of the series overall. It premiered on April 6, 2014 on HBO. It was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and directed by D.B. Weiss.


Season 4 Premiere. King's Landing prepares for a royal wedding; Dany finds the way to Meereen; the Night's Watch braces for a new threat.[5]


In King's Landing

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Ice is reforged.

Tywin Lannister has the ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword of House Stark, Ice (held by the Lannisters since Eddard Stark's execution) melted down and re-forged into two smaller swords. While he watches the process, he tosses the sword's wolf pelt scabbard on the smith's fire, smiling as he watches it burn. He presents one of the swords to his son Jaime as a gift. Jaime is impressed, as the Lannisters have not owned a Valyrian steel sword of their own for generations. Tywin tells him he acquired the original sword from "someone who no longer needed it" and then commissioned a Volantene blacksmith, the best of those who can work with Valyrian steel, to re-forge it. He wants Jaime to be his heir and return home to Casterly Rock, but Jaime insists on remaining in the Kingsguard. Furious at Jaime's disobedience and lack of ambition, Tywin rebuffs him. He tells Jaime to keep the sword anyway.

Tyrion Lannister, Bronn, and Podrick Payne wait on a road outside the city for the arrival of Prince Doran Martell of Dorne, who has been invited to the royal wedding. Tyrion quizzes Bronn on the sigils of the Dornish houses, none of which he knows, however Podrick answers perfectly. Lord Blackmont approaches them on horseback and says Prince Doran is in poor health and remained at Sunspear. Doran's brother, Prince Oberyn, will be attending the wedding in his stead, and arrived before dawn. Assigning the reception of the Dornish Lords to the City Watch, Tyrion says they should find Oberyn as soon as possible "before he kills somebody or several somebodies".

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Prince Oberyn confronts the two Lannister soldiers.

Prince Oberyn and his bastard paramour Ellaria Sand are examining prostitutes in a brothel owned by Petyr Baelish, but currently managed by Olyvar, as Lord Baelish is now in the Vale. They choose the contortionist Marei, and Oberyn orders Olyvar to get undressed also. Oberyn is infuriated when he hears men singing "The Rains of Castamere." He confronts the two Lannister soldiers, who insult him and Ellaria. Oberyn moves closer and chastises them for being "pink little men who are far too slow on the draw" rather than being "golden lions". One of the soldiers reaches for his sword, and Oberyn quickly stabs him through the wrist with a dagger and tells the other that his friend will only live if he immediately gets help. Tyrion and Bronn enter, and Oberyn and Tyrion step outside to speak privately. Oberyn says he wants revenge for the murder of his niece Rhaenys, his nephew Aegon, and the rape and murder of his sister Elia during the sack of King's Landing by Lannister troops during Robert's Rebellion. He wants Gregor Clegane, who murdered Elia, and Tywin, who Oberyn believes gave the order for Elia and her children to be killed.

Tyrion, Sansa, Shae, and another handmaiden are sitting in a garden. Sansa is still distraught over the deaths of her brother and mother. Tyrion attempts to console his wife but fails; Sansa has heard the gruesome details of the Red Wedding, how the corpses of her mother and brother were desecrated. Sansa then leaves for the godswood, not to pray but because it is the only place no one talks to her. Tyrion returns and finds Shae in his bed. He scolds her because no one can find out about their relationship. She attempts to seduce him but he resists. She accuses him of trying to bribe her with diamonds and ship her away to the Free Cities, but he doesn't know what she's talking about (Varys did this acting alone). She angrily leaves the room but is spotted by the handmaiden Bernadette, who is hiding behind a pillar and has overheard their conversation.

Jaime, Cersei, and Qyburn are in Cersei's chambers. Cersei has had a golden prosthetic hand made for Jaime, and Qyburn attaches it to Jaime's stump. Qyburn asks Cersei about her symptoms, and she says they are gone. After Qyburn departs, Jaime tells her that he will stay in the Kingsguard with one hand so he can stay close to her, then tries to kiss her, but she turns away, much to Jaime's confusion and anger. Cersei implies that she has taken other lovers and that their relationship has changed because of his lengthy absence, a statement that clearly wounds Jaime. Bernadette suddenly enters and says she has important information for Cersei.

As preparations for the royal wedding continue, Margaery Tyrell and her grandmother Olenna are interrupted by Brienne of Tarth, (Olenna being delighted to see the truth of the rumors about Brienne) who requests a private word with Margaery. Brienne tells Margaery the truth of Renly's death and vows to one day exact revenge on Stannis Baratheon, whom she holds responsible. They walk past a statue of King Joffrey standing over a dead direwolf, commemorating the victory over the northern rebellion.

Elsewhere in the Red Keep, Jaime, Ser Meryn Trant and King Joffrey discuss security at the upcoming wedding. Jaime is clearly irked by Joffrey's arrogance as well as Meryn's sycophantic agreement with the king's bragging that he is responsible for keeping the people fed (Jaime notes that this is more the doing of the Tyrells) and claiming he singlehandedly won the war. Jaime (who had previously noted to his father that thousands in King's Landing alone still want Joffrey dead) points out that the war is far from won; Stannis is still alive and will probably raise fresh armies. Dismissive of the threat posed by Stannis following the Battle of the Blackwater, Joffrey leafs through the Book of Brothers, which details the history of the Kingsguard and those who served in it. He reads Jaime's brief entry and sneers that someone must have forgotten to record all of his uncle's great deeds. He also questions Jaime's ability to serve in the Kingsguard with one hand. Jaime defensively quips that using his left hand makes for more of a challenge.

As Sansa prays alone in the godswood, she is watched by Jaime and Brienne; Brienne expects Jaime to uphold his oath to return Catelyn Stark's daughters in return for his freedom, but Jaime counters by pointing out the situation is complicated by Catelyn's death and Sansa's marriage to Tyrion; as for Arya, Jaime assumes she is dead, because no one has seen her since her father's death. As Sansa is leaving the godswood, she is approached by Dontos Hollard, who thanks her for convincing Joffrey to spare his life and gives her what he claims to be his mother's necklace as a token of gratitude.

In the North

Ygritte and Tormund stand outside a stone ravine. Tormund chides her for failing to finish off Jon Snow. Suddenly, their scouts signal that someone is approaching. Styr and a band of Thenns approach them through the ravine. Out of earshot, Tormund comments about how much he hates Thenns. Styr says his party raided a village south of the ravine and gathered meat. He says the meat tastes so much better south of the Wall, and chides Tormund for losing their warg as well as Jon. He reminds Tormund how the Night's Watch are feasting and getting fat at Castle Black. Styr suggests that Tormund taste crow meat before he dies, as a human arm roasts over a fire.

At the Wall

At Castle Black, Jon Snow has survived the injuries inflicted by Ygritte and has largely recovered, though he still grimaces while getting dressed and walks with a slight limp. Having been told of Robb's death, Jon shares with Samwell Tarly that he had always been jealous of Robb for having more of their father's affection and for being better than him at riding and fighting, and with girls. Despite all this, he says he could never bring himself to hate Robb. Sam responds by saying he has felt the same way about Jon, that Jon is better than him at everything apart from reading.

It turns out that Sam had been sent to retrieve Jon, who has been summoned to testify before a panel of five sworn brothers, including Maester Aemon, acting Lord Commander Alliser Thorne, First Builder Othell Yarwyck, and the exiled former Lord Commander of the King's Landing City Watch, Janos Slynt. Both Thorne and Slynt are openly hostile to Jon, disbelieving much of what he says. At the hearing, Jon admits to killing Qhorin but says that it was not murder, rather Qhorin wanted Jon to kill him to give Jon credibility with the wildlings in order to get a spy into Mance Rayder's army. Slynt dismisses Jon as "the bastard son of a traitor" while Thorne, a friend of Qhorin's, reacts with incredulity that Jon would presume to act like he knew the Halfhand. Jon responds by saying that Thorne should know that Qhorin would have done anything to protect the Night's Watch.

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Jon testifies before a panel of five sworn brothers.

When Jon refers to the wildlings as "Free Folk," Slynt accuses him of going native, to the extent he even talks like them. Jon snaps back, acknowledging that he talks like a wildling and also admits to living amongst the wildlings, eating with them, and climbing the Wall with them. He catches himself before admitting that he lay with one, but says it anyway. Slynt calls for Jon's execution for breaking one of his vows. Aemon points out the impracticality of executing every ranger who lays with a girl and says that "the Wall would be manned by headless men." Thorne says that there is a difference between sneaking off to the Mole's Town brothel and sleeping with the enemy.

Jon does not defend himself at this point. Instead, he says that Mance Rayder intends to attack the Night's Watch with his army of 100,000 wildlings and gives intelligence on Mance's plan of attack. Both Thorne and Slynt disbelieve what Jon has to say. Aemon, however, realizes that Jon is speaking the truth, and the hearing ends with Jon being allowed to keep his head, although after Jon leaves, Thorne expresses his distrust for Jon.

In the Riverlands

Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane are still traveling through the Riverlands on a single horse. They pass by overturned carts and dead bodies, including those of children. Arya asks when she is going to get her own horse, complaining of the Hound's stench. He scoffs at the idea, noting that horses are hard to come by and that he wouldn't give Arya her own horse (even if one was available) as she is the only thing of value he has since he did not take anything of value when he left King's Landing. Arya assures him she has no plans to run off, saying that she would die by nightfall without him as she has no one to go to. The Hound reminds her that she still has an aunt in the Vale, Lysa Arryn, to whom he plans to ransom Arya to.

The two eventually come upon a tavern. Both hungry, Arya suggests that they attack the men there, to which the Hound expresses reluctance as there are five men. Just then, two men exit to relieve themselves. Arya recognizes one of them as Polliver, the Lannister man-at-arms who had previously taken Arya's sword Needle and killed her friend Lommy. She also notices that Polliver still has Needle and runs off to get it back. The Hound chases after her, stopping her at the tavern's door, but they are seen and choose to go in anyways.

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Arya listens as the Hound and Polliver discuss.

It is clear that Polliver and the other men are making trouble and intend to rape the Innkeeper's daughter. Arya and the Hound go to a table far away from everyone else, but Polliver still recognizes the Hound and walks over to their table and strikes up a conversation. He does not recognize Arya, who he thinks is just the Hound's latest sexual conquest. Polliver implies that he and his men intend to rape and pillage on their way back to King's Landing and invites the Hound to come along. Polliver says that he and his men wear the King's colors and can do whatever they like, to which the Hound leans forward and states emphatically, "fuck the king."

The conversation then becomes tense and turns into a standoff. They eventually draw their swords. At first, the Hound fights the five men alone while Arya stands in the corner. He easily dispatches two of them and fights off the rest, stabbing one in the groin. Another, however, gets him on the ground, holding a dagger to his throat. The Hound is able to fight him off, stabbing him repeatedly in the head with his own dagger.

Arya then joins the fray, smashing a pot over the head of one of the men and stabbing him with his own long sword. She then slashes Polliver's leg from behind, causing him to fall to the ground. Arya takes Needle from Polliver and stands over his prone form. She echoes what he had said to Lommy just before he killed him, though Polliver still doesn't recognize her and has no idea what she is talking about. Arya then repeats what he had said to her when he took Needle: "Fine little blade. Maybe I'll pick my teeth with it." It is at that point when Polliver recognizes her and becomes frightened. Arya then kills Polliver in the same way he had killed Lommy by driving Needle slowly into his throat. Arya and the Hound then leave the tavern, taking with them a horse for Arya and a chicken the Hound wanted.

In Slaver's Bay

Daenerys Targaryen sits near the sea with her three dragons, each one about the size of a small horse. Daenerys strokes Drogon's head, while Rhaegal and Viserion fight over a dead lamb, Drogon joins the fight. As Daenerys tries to calm him down, without warning, Drogon snaps at her with a hiss, a warning to not interfere. He then roars and goes to contest the kill.

Drogon snarls at his mom

Drogon snarls a warning at his "mother".

This act, that her own children would threaten her, and that they are outgrowing her influence and ability to rein them, leaves Daenerys visibly shaken. Jorah Mormont approaches and tells her that dragons can never be tamed, not even by their mother.

Daenerys returns to her Unsullied army to resume the march to Meereen. She notices Grey Worm and Daario Naharis are absent and sets out to find them after being told they are "gambling". She finds the two men sitting face-to-face holding their weapons in front of them; they have been contesting their endurance since midnight. Daario explains they are deciding on which of them will ride up front with her in the vanguard. Frustrated, Daenerys states that the honor goes to Ser Jorah and Ser Barristan as they did not keep her waiting all morning. She orders the two men to ride at the back of the army with the livestock. Daenerys also adds that the last man holding his sword shall find a new queen to fight for and both men immediately drop their weapons.

On the road to Meereen, Daenerys speaks with Missandei, who tells her queen that Meereen would be wise to fear her approach. Daario meets them on the cliff side, and Daenerys expresses her annoyance when he shows her flowers he has picked. He reveals that the flowers represent a portrait of the landscape, and serve various purposes, chiefly that knowing her surroundings is important to Daenerys' strategy.

The marching army halts, and Daenerys goes to the forefront, discovering a crucified slave child, dead and her hand pointing the way to Meereen, and Ser Jorah tells Daenerys there is one for each mile to the last of the great slave cities, 163 in total. Ser Barristan offers to have outriders go ahead to bury them, but Daenerys refuses, ordering that each of them be buried, and their collars removed, but not before she has looked upon each and every face.


Main page: Two Swords/Appearances





Guest starring



Tywin Lannister: "If serving as a glorified bodyguard is the sum of your ambition, go serve."
Jaime Lannister: "I suppose you want the sword back."
Tywin Lannister: "Keep it. A one-handed man with no family needs all the help he can get."

Cersei Lannister: "Let's see, you started a brawl in the streets with Ned Stark, and disappeared from the capital. My husband died in a tragic hunting accident."

Jaime: "It must have been 'traumatic' for you."
Cersei: "My only daughter was shipped off to Dorne, we suffered through a siege-"
Jaime Lannister: "A rather short siege."
Cersei: "A rather short siege that I didn't expect to survive, and now I'm marrying my eldest son to a wicked little bitch from Highgarden, while I'm supposed to marry her brother, a renowned 'pillow-biter' so..."
Jaime: "Father disowned me today."
Cersei: "He can't disown you, you're all he's got."
Jaime: "You're forgetting Tyrion."
Cersei: "You don't really plan on staying in the Kingsguard, do you?"
Jaime: "Staying in the Kingsguard means I'll live right here in the Red Keep. With you."
[Jaime leans in to kiss Cersei but she pulls away.]
Cersei: "Not now."
Jaime: "I want...not now?! When? I've been back for weeks! Something's changed?"
Cersei: "Everything's changed! You come back after all this time with no apologies and one hand and expect everything to be the same?!"
Jaime: "What do you want me to apologize for?!"
Cersei: "For leaving me!"
Jaime: "You think I wanted to be taken prisoner?"
Cersei: "I don't know what you wanted, you weren't here. You left me. Alone."
Jaime: "Every day I was a prisoner, I plotted my escape. Every day. I murdered people so I could be here with you!"
Cersei: "You took too long."
Jaime: "I...what are you saying?!"
Cersei: "I'm saying you took too long."

Prince Oberyn Martell: "The King's own uncle Imp, Tyrion, son of Tywin, Lannister. And what are you, his hired killer?"

Bronn: "Started that way, aye. Now I'm a knight."
Oberyn: "How did that come to pass?"
Bronn: "Killed the right people, I suppose."

Oberyn: "The last time I was in the capital was many years ago. Another wedding. My sister Elia and Rhaegar Targaryen, the last dragon. My sister loved him. She bore his children. Swaddled them, rocked them, fed them at her own breast, Elia wouldn't let the wet nurse touch them. And beautiful, noble Rhaegar Targaryen...left her for another woman. That started a war and the war ended right here when your father's army took the city."

Tyrion Lannister: "I wasn't actually present."
Oberyn: "They butchered those children. My nephew and niece. Carved them up and wrapped them in Lannister cloaks. And my sister, you know what they did to her?" [Oberyn lifts his chin with a finger until their eyes are locked.] "I'm asking you a question."
Tyrion: "I've heard rumors."
Oberyn: "So have I. The one I keep hearing is that Ser Gregor Clegane, the Mountain, raped Elia and split her in half with his greatsword."
Tyrion: "I wasn't there. I don't know what happened..."
Oberyn: "If the Mountain killed my sister, your father gave the order. Tell your father I'm here. Tell him the Lannisters aren't the only ones who pay their debts."

Alliser Thorne: "You always know when a man's telling a lie? How did you acquire this magical power?"

Maester Aemon: "I grew up in King's Landing."

Arya Stark: "You're fine with murdering little boys, but thieving is beneath you?"

Sandor Clegane: "A man's got to have a code."

Arya Stark: "He killed Lommy..."

Sandor Clegane: "What the fuck's a Lommy?"
Arya: "He was my friend. Polliver stole my sword and put it right through his neck. He's still got it."
Sandor: "Got what?"
Arya: "My sword. Needle."
Sandor: "Needle... Of course you named your sword."
Arya: "Lots of people name their swords."
Sandor: "Lots of cunts."

Polliver: "You don't seem to understand the situation..."

Sandor Clegane: "I understand that if any more words come pouring out your cunt mouth, I'm gonna have to eat every fucking chicken in this room."

Grey Worm: "You are not a smart man, Daario Naharis."

Daario Naharis: "I'd rather have no brains... and two balls."

Behind the scenes

  • The title is a reference to the two swords Ice and Needle of the Stark family. Ice has symbolized the Stark family as it has been a heirloom to them for many generations. When Tywin melted down the Valyrian steel sword, he thought it ended the Stark line and legacy. When Arya later retrieves her own sword Needle from Polliver, she finds another Stark sword which rebirths the Stark ability to act in the world through her.[6]
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Ice's wolf-pelt scabbard, seen in the first episode of Season 1.

  • The soundtrack playing over the credits is a rendition of the main theme and Arya's theme. It did not appear on the official soundtrack release.
  • The wolf pelt scabbard that Tywin burns in the opening scene was used to carry Eddard's greatsword Ice during all of its appearances in Season 1. It most notably appeared in the opening of the first episode of Season 1, "Winter Is Coming", when Theon Greyjoy held the scabbard as Eddard unsheathed it.
  • This is the second episode of the series to be directed by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, after Season 3's "Walk of Punishment". While both of them co-directed these episodes, due to the way that Directors Guild of America rules work, only one of them could be officially credited with directing each one. Benioff was given the formal credit for "Walk of Punishment", so now it was Weiss's turn to be the only one formally credited as director for "Two Swords".[7]
  • Elia Martell, wife of Rhaegar Targaryen, has not been mentioned by name in previous seasons (though her story is detailed in the "Histories & Lore" animated Blu-ray featurettes). After Rhaegar was killed and Tywin's army sacked King's Landing, his soldiers killed Rhaegar's young daughter and infant son (Daenerys's niece and nephew as well as Oberyn's), and Ser Gregor Clegane personally raped and killed Princess Elia. Ser Gregor was never punished. In the books, what happened to Elia and her children was fully explained in the first novel. In the aftermath of the Red Wedding (corresponding to the Small Council scene in the Season 3 finale), Tywin is surprised that the Freys killed Catelyn Stark, because he wanted her taken alive. Tyrion then brings up that Elia Martell was also supposed to be taken alive when Tywin's army sacked King's Landing. Outside of the animated featurettes, the TV series itself has only mentioned it in passing on a few occasions: in Season 1's "Baelor" when Maester Aemon explains that he was a Targaryen and his outrage that the Lannisters killed his family, "even the little children", and then in Season 3's "Kissed by Fire" when Thoros of Myr remarks that he saw the butchered royal children in the aftermath of the sacking of the city.
  • The Dornish embassy that Tyrion meets when they arrive at the city are carrying the banners of six different Dornish Houses. In the left column, from front to back: House Dalt, House Manwoody, and House Jordayne. In the right column, from front to back: House Blackmont, House Qorgyle, and House Gargalen. Podrick identifies Dalt, Manwoody, and Blackmont in dialogue, the other three are known from their sigils in the books. In the novels, the embassy carried the banners of nine Dornish Houses: apart from these six, there was also the banner of House Martell, of House Uller, and House Allyrion. In the book version Oberyn was with the embassy, but in the TV version he rode ahead of the other envoys, explaining why the Martell banner is not present with the others. His paramour Ellaria Sand is a bastard daughter of House Uller in the books, though this was never established within the TV continuity (presumably why their banner was also not present). It is unclear why the Allyrions were not present.
    • The sigil of House Allyrion is a golden hand on gyronny red and black, maybe the producers decided to exclude this banner to avoid confusion because Jaime has a golden hand now.
  • Bryan Cogman explained that the change from having Oberyn arrive with the embassy in the novels to riding ahead so he is first seen in a brothel wasn't just to build up the tension of his introduction, but self-consciously meant to parallel how Tyrion himself was first introduced in the TV series - "rogue member of the family doesn't show up as expected, finds his way into a brothel": when Tyrion first appeared in "Winter Is Coming", he was similarly expected in the royal embassy that arrived at Winterfell, but instead he rode ahead, characters asked where he was, and then the camera first shows him in a brothel. As they leave the brothel, Tyrion even overtly draws the comparison that both he and Oberyn are second sons and considered the black sheep of their respective families.[8]
  • Cogman also explained that originally, the Book of Brothers recording the famous deeds of all the great Kingsguard was actually meant to feature predominantly in the episode he wrote, "Oathkeeper", as Jaime was looking through it and talking to Brienne (similar to how it is introduced in the novels, in which Jaime is reading through it and talking to another Kingsguard). Jaime is still seen leafing through it in a few subsequent scenes this season, but the major focus on it was shifted to this episode later in production. As Cogman explained, the writers came to the realization that Joffrey doesn't have any major scenes before his wedding in the next episode, so they wanted to invent something for him to do now in the intervening episode; thus the scene of Jaime discussing the book (apparently with Brienne) was shifted to Joffrey thumbing through the book and remarking on it to Jaime.[9]
  • Cogman also said that he was tasked with plotting out the overview for Arya's story arc across Season 4, and in this episode specifically he originally intended for Arya and the Hound's fight to just be against another Frey patrol they stumbled into, ending with Arya stealing one of their horses (as she is tired of riding on the same horse as Sandor). The fight with Polliver was going to happen later in the season. Benioff and Weiss, however, "very wisely" felt that it would make a much stronger season opener if the confrontation happened in this episode, with Arya dramatically killing Polliver, avenging Lommy, and getting her sword Needle back.[10]
  • According to Jaime's entry in the Book of Brothers, he was knighted and joined the Kingsguard when he was sixteen years old; this contradicts what Tyrion said in "The Prince of Winterfell" - that Jaime was seventeen years old when he was knighted.
  • Bronn remarks, "I need a sigil" when Podrick is describing the different sigils carried by the Dornish envoys. This is a nod to the fact that in the books, Bronn actually has obtained a sigil of his own by this point in the story. Bronn played a vital role in the Battle of the Blackwater, pulling a large chain across the entrance of the bay to trap Stannis's fleet inside once the wildfire trap was sprung. Following his knighting, Bronn was permitted to claim his own knightly sigil: he chose a flaming green chain on a smoking grey field (green because wildfire burns with green flames) to commemorate the battle in which he earned his knighthood. The TV series condensed the battle so the chain subplot was removed, but it did still have Bronn play a vital role in the wildfire trap, by having him personally fire a flaming arrow which ignited the leaking fire ship filled with thousands of jars of wildfire. As the chain was omitted from the TV series, Bronn's sigil based on that omitted subplot was also removed.
  • Despite appearing in the opening credits, Dragonstone, the Dreadfort, Winterfell, and Meereen do not appear in the episode; Meereen's associated storyline (Daenerys') is the only one to be featured.
  • When Arya takes back Needle, she repeats what Polliver had said to her previously when he took Needle from her in "What Is Dead May Never Die". She also kills Polliver the same way he had killed Lommy in that episode, stabbing him in the throat as he lies prone on the ground with a leg wound.
  • For the Arya and Sandor scenes at the end of the episode, the chicken pieces were not props but real food, because actors needed to be seen consuming them on-screen. The production team accidentally made much too many chicken pieces, however, so Maisie Williams (Arya) got to take them home with her. She said, "I didn't have to buy any dinner that night, I was beaming from ear to ear when I walked back to the car with the box full of chicken." Therefore, in a certain sense, Arya and not Sandor was the one who truly ended up "eating every fucking chicken in the room."[11]
  • The first time that Ser Preston Greenfield has been mentioned by name as a member of the Kingsguard. In the novels, Preston actually died during the riots in King's Landing which occurred back in Season 2. No Kingsguard were shown dying on-screen in the TV version of the riot, however, and this episode confirms in dialogue that as a result, Preston is still alive in the TV continuity.
  • The second time that Ser Duncan the Tall is mentioned in the show, following "Lord Snow".
  • The scene showing Ice being melted down and then reforged into two new swords was visually inspired by the 1982 Conan the Barbarian film.[12]
  • When Jaime is fitted with his prosthetic golden hand for the first time, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ad-libbed the little moment when he sarcastically waves goodbye slightly with it at Qyburn; it wasn't in the script.[13]
  • The elderly couple that walk past Tyrion, Bronn, and Podrick on the road while they are waiting for the Dornish embassy to arrive are a cameo by David Benioff's parents, Stephen and Barbara.[14]
  • The script specifies that Jon Snow is supposed to look physically weak, because he is recovering from multiple arrow wounds he took in the Season 3 finale. Actor Kit Harington, however, spent the break between seasons filming the swords-and-sandals film Pompeii, for which he exercised to appear even more muscular than previously - and it wouldn't make sense for Jon Snow to look even better than before after being badly wounded. Therefore, to hide this, Jon Snow never appears with his shirt off during Season 4, such as when he is getting dressed in this episode after recovering enough to be mobile again.[15]
  • When Olenna Tyrell flippantly throws a jeweled necklace over her shoulder and onto a cliff by the sea, the production team didn't actually own the prop, so someone had to actually run around and catch it immediately to make sure it didn't get lost.[16]
  • When Sandor taunts Polliver by drinking his flagon of ale, actor Rory McCann is actually drinking its contents, though it is simply water with food coloring instead of an alcoholic drink. Even so, they had to film the scene 10-12 times in rapid succession, and in each McCann had to chug down a large flagon of colored water. They ultimately used the final take - after which McCann promptly stepped outside and began vomiting.[17]
  • Why didn't Brienne make any contact with Sansa? It would have been rash of her to try to escape with Sansa without any proper plan; however, it would have been natural of Brienne to introduce herself to Sansa and offer her condolences - only a minor deviation from the novels.

In the books

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  • The episode is adapted from the following chapters of A Clash of Kings:
    • Chapter 30, Arya VII: Lannister men-at-arms harass an innkeeper's daughter, despite her father's protests.
    • Chapter 65, Sansa VIII: Sansa meets Dontos in the godswood. He gives her a jewelled accessory and tells her to wear it at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding.
  • The episode is adapted from the following chapters of A Storm of Swords:
  • The episode is adapted from the following chapter of The Winds of Winter:
    • Chapter unknown, Mercy: Arya kills the man who killed her friend Lommy while repeating the words this man had said to the boy before killing him.



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  1. In "Winter Is Coming," which takes place in 298 AC, Sansa Stark tells Cersei Lannister that she is 13 years old and Bran Stark tells Jaime Lannister that he is 10 years old. Arya Stark was born between Sansa and Bran, making her either 11 or 12 in Season 1. The rest of the Stark children have been aged up by 2 years from their book ages, so it can be assumed that she is 11 in Season 1. Arya is 18 in Season 8 according to HBO, which means at least 7 years occur in the span of the series; therefore, each season of Game of Thrones must roughly correspond to a year in-universe, placing the events of Season 4 in 301 AC.

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