In “Game of Thrones,” Season 1, Episode 7, “You Win or You Die,” events are pointing toward an upcoming clash of arms that will rock the world of the story and promises to make a myriad of widows and orphans.
Jaime, having unwisely bushwacked Lord Eddard, is with his rebel army getting a lecture from his and the queen’s father, Tywin. While Tywin butchers and skins a deer, he informs his son that the only lasting thing in the world is the good name and honor of a family, in this case the Lannisters. That means that Jaime really needs to think about what he intends to do before he does it.
Up at the wall, it looks more and more like Jon Snow’s uncle Benjen may have come to grief somewhere in the snow-covered woods. His horse shows up without a rider. Later, Snow’s direwolf shows up with a dismembered hand that looks like it belonged to one of Benjen’s patrol.
In the meantime, Snow is vexed because instead of being a ranger, he is assigned to be steward to the commander of the Night Watch. All of this entails a lot of boring domestic duties, such as washing clothes and fixing meals. But, as Sam points out, it also entails being groomed for command of the Night Watch in fullness of time.
Meanwhile, across the narrow sea, Daenerys is vexed that her beloved husband, Drogo, will not lead his hordes into the Seven Kingdoms to take them for their unborn son to rule. Drogo’s people do not like being on the water to start with. And water that one cannot drink, i.e. salt water, is bad mojo.
But when one of King Robert’s assassins try to slip Daenerys a little poisoned wine, Drogo’s attitude changes abruptly. Now he means to cross the narrow sea, kill all the men, rape all the women, take all the children into bondage, and all the other horrible things barbarians like to do to civilized folk when the blood is up.
Finally, Eddard tells Cersei that the jig is up and it is time for her, her children, and her retainers to be elsewhere when Robert returns. Cersei doesn’t even bother to deny that she has been galloping her brother Jaime. Unfortunately, Robert returns from the hunt fatally wounded by a boar. It is Robert’s wish that Eddard rule the kingdom until Joffrey is of age. Eddard intends to depose Joffrey and place Robert’s next brother on the throne.
Things do not go as planned. At the end of a confrontation with the queen and her brat in the throne room, Eddard’s men are dead and Littlefinger’s knife is at his throat. “I told you not to trust me, didn’t I?” One has to love a political backstabber who is up front about it.
Source: Game of Thrones, You Win or You Die, TV.Rage