Game of Thrones
Second Sons

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Monty Ashley: B | 7 USERS: A
Love. True Love.
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The credits once again contain King's Landing, Harrenhal, Riverrun, Winterfell, the Wall, and Yunkai. That's the same sentence I started the last recap with. Clever, right? Because the credits didn't change? Ah, never mind. Let's get on with it.

Arya wakes up next to a rock about the size of her head. She picks it up and carefully carries it over to Sandor, who's sleeping next to a tree. As she's lifting it, but before she can smash it down on his unprotected skull, he opens his eyes and says, "I'll give you one try, girl. Kill me and you're free. But if I live, I'll break both your hands." She considers it, which I think speaks well of her determination to kill everyone who has wronged her.

But she appears to have chosen to bide her time, because now she and Sandor are riding a horse. Arya's in front, and she's riding side-saddle. Except without the saddle, if you see what I mean. Sandor tells her she's lucky to be with him, rather than with someone worse. She says there's no one worse than Sandor, and he tells her about his brother, who kills children. And the rapists he saved Sansa from. Arya claims not to believe that he saved Sansa, because she only knows about Sandor as the looming Hound. So when they get to a big body of water, she thinks it's the Blackwater and that she's being taken back to King's Landing. Sandor explains that he quit his old job, but he does it in a colorful and colloquial manner: "Fuck Joffrey. Fuck the Queen." This is actually Red Fork, which is on the way to The Twins. Sandor's taking Arya to Robb and Catelyn, who will pay for Arya's return. Arya doesn't even know why everyone's going to The Twins, because she hasn't heard about the social event of the season. Sandor catches her up: "Your uncle's marrying one of the Frey girls. So quit trying to bash my skull in, and we just might make it there in time for the wedding." Arya quiets down a little, but she's probably still thinking of nothing but murder all day.

Riders gallop through the desert, so it's time to check in on Daenerys. She's still outside Yunkai. These riders are a new army that has been hired to defend the city. Selmy says mercenaries can't be trusted, but Jorah says they can if they're paid enough. These are the Second Sons, led by a Braavosi named Mero. He also calls himself "The Titan's Bastard," which is a pretty cool epithet. There are 2.000 men in the army, and they're all armored and mounted. Selmy says that's enough to make a difference in the upcoming fight (in which Daenerys has 8,000 Unsullied). Daenerys says it's hard to collect money from a corpse, so she'd like to talk to the Titan's Bastard. Her theory is, "A man who fights for gold can't afford to lose to a girl." Considering the losers in this kind of war tend to get killed, I don't think anyone can afford to lose to anyone, really. No one's going to hire a corpse, regardless of who killed him.

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