Episode 4: “Oathkeeper”
Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 4 splits time between Daenerys, John Snow and the Night’s Watch, Bran Stark, The Lannisters and King’s Landing, Sansa and “Littlefinger”, and the White Walkers.
Across the narrow sea, Daenerys orders a studying Grey Worm to invade Meereen with some of the unsullied. Once inside, Grey Worm and his men convince a large group of slaves to finally turn on their masters thanks in part to a large supply of weapons. The revolution works, giving the Mother of Dragons full command of the city. To “answer injustice with Justice,” Daenerys crucifies all 163 masters much like the slaves that had come to see on the road. With the victory, House Targaryen has now taken command of all three cities in Slaver’s Bay.
At the Wall, Jon Snow and some men are teaching recruits the proper way to fight against the wildlings. However, the training is ended by Ser Alliser Thorne, who commands Snow to get back to his steward duties. Janos Slynt informs Throne that if he wants Snow out of the picture, it may be in his best interest to send Snow out to Craster’s to take out the mutineers. Snow then meets and befriends the newly recruited Locke, who is actually on a mission from Roose Bolton to kill him, Bran, and Rickon. Upon speaking with Slynt, Throne allows Snow to take several volunteers to Crasters to tend to the mutineers.
At sea, an escaped Sansa speaks with “Littlefinger,” who informs her they are en route to the Vale of Arryn, where he will wed her Aunt Lysa. Feeling as though he is involved with Joffrey’s death, Sansa asks Baelish of his involvement in the purple wedding. While he denies direct responsibility, Baelish hints that the very necklace she wears was the poison used to do the job. Confused at why he would betray the Lannisters, Baelish informs Sansa that that his new allies can offer more than they ever could.
After speaking and training with Bronn in King’s Landing, Jamie visits Tyrion in his jail cell. Tyrion claims innocence in Joffrey’s death for both himself and his wife, Sansa. However, he knows that his pleas will fall on deaf ears as Cersei will not rest until he is dead. Following, Jamie speaks with his sister about his their brother, but she wants to hear nothing of it. Instead, she berates him for failing to protect their son and king.
In the gardens, Lady Olenna informs Margaery that she will soon leave for Highgarden. However be fore she leaves, she informs Margaery that she did indeed play a role in Joffrey’s death as she would never let her marry “that beast”. With her husband dead, Olenna suggests that Margaery get better acquainted with the future king, Tommen, before Cersei has him turn on her. Margaery heeds her words and speaks with the young boy king in his chambers, forming an instant bond with him.
In the morning, Jamie gives Breienne his Valyrian sword along with some new armor. He sets her out on a mission to find and protect Sansa. However, before she can leave, Jamie presents her with a new squire in Podrick so that he will be kept safe from Tyrion’s enemies. After reluctantly accepting to take the young boy on, she names her new weapon Oathkeeper”.
Beyond the Wall at Crasters, Karl is presented with Craster’s last child. He is informed by one of the wives that the child must be sacrificed to the gods. Rast is then ordered to leave the child out in the woods. Close by, Bran and his allies hear the child’s cries. Bran uses his warg abilities to enter Summer so that he may inspect, but falls into a trap when he spots Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost. As the four set our to free Summer, they are captured by the mutineers and Karl, who force Bran to reveal his true identity.
Meanwhile, a White Walker is shown riding a horse with Craster’s son in arm. It places the little one on an alter, where a crowned White Walker approaches. He lifts the baby in his arms and touches him, tuning the child’s eyes blue.