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Oathkeeper
Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 4
Season 4, Episode 4
General Information
Series Game of Thrones
Air date 27 Apr. 2014
Written by Bryan Cogman
Directed by Michelle MacLaren
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Jaime sends Brienne on a quest; Daenerys takes the city Meereen; Jon is given permission to head to Craster's keep; Bran and the others are taken hostage at Craster's Keep.

Plot Summary

Grey Worm and a few members of Daenerys' soldiers sneak into Meereen through the servant entrance. There, they convince the slaves to revolt. With the slaves outnumbering the masters three to one, Daenerys easily captures the city. After taking the city, Daenerys orders the crucifixion of 163 masters to bring justice to the 163 children killed. Barristan advises against it, Daenerys go ahead with her plan.

In Castle Black, Jon and Grenn teach a group of men to fight with swords. Thorne appears and dismisses the men. He tries to provoke Jon so he can have a reason to kill him. Jon backs down and leaves. Janos appears beside Thorne and warns that Aemon is calling an election and it looks like Jon will succeed Mormont over Thorne. As acting commander, Thorne decides to give Jon permission to head to Craster's Keep so he can be killed there. He tells Jon he will sanction the trip, but will only allow volunteers. Jon makes an impassioned speech, telling the men of the Night's Watch that they need to do this to save themselves and to give Mormont justice. The speech arouses the men and several men including Grenn and Eddison Tollett.

During sword training, Bronn tries to persuade Jaime to visit Tyrion. Jaime visits Tyrion and becomes convinced that he did not do it. Jaime tells Tyrion that Cersei is offering a knighthood for whoever finds Sansa. Tyrion tells him that Sansa might have the motive, but she did not do it. Jaime visits Cersei, who is disgusted that he is taking his brother's side. Then he gives Brienne armor, supplies and a new armor. He gives her the sword made from Ned Stark's sword and asks her to bring Sansa to safety. Brienne swears to do this and names the sword Oathkeeper.

In the castle garden, Lady Olenna tells Margaery that she is returning to Highgarden. She tells Margaery that she will be marrying Tommen now that Joffrey is dead. She then insists that Margaery should do something before Cersei turns Tommen against her. Olenna tells her a story about how she had turned a prince to her after a night in bed and trusts that Margaery will know what to do. That night, Margaery slips past the guards and visits Tommen. Promising that she will be his when they get married, she wins Tommen's trust.

On the way to the Vale, Sansa accuses Petyr of killing Joffrey. To her surprise, Petyr admits that he had killed Joffrey by using a poisonous stone attached to her necklace. Petyr explains that Joffrey was an unreliable alley and that he wanted to give a show of faith to his new friends in House Tyrell. Beyond the wall, Karl and his men rape the women after taking over Craster's Keep. Then a woman brings a baby boy to Karl, who orders Rast to sacrifice it to the White Walkers. Rast does as he is told. Out in the woods, Brann hears the baby's cries and uses his powers to send a wolf to find it. When Bran finds Jon's wolf in a cage, he falls into a trap. Bran returns to his body and takes the others to Craster's Keep to free his wolf. When they get there, they are captured and taken hostage. Karl threatens to kill Meera and Jojen until Bran reveals his identity.

In the Lands of Always Winter, a White Walker takes Craster's last son to a shattered mountain. As other White Walkers watch, the baby is placed on an icy altar. Then one of the White Walkers takes the baby and presses a finger on its cheek, turning the baby's eyes blue.

Cast

  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
  • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
  • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
  • Kit Harington as Jon Snow
  • Aidan Gillen as Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
  • Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
  • John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
  • Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark
  • Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
  • Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
  • Jerome Flynn as Bronn
  • Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
  • Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
  • Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis
  • Ian McElhinney as Barristan Selmy
  • Owen Teale as Alliser Thorne
  • Burn Gorman as Karl Tanner
  • Noah Taylor as Locke
  • Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed
  • Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed
  • Kristian Nairn as Hodor
  • Mark Stanley as Grenn
  • Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett
  • Luke Barnes as Rast
  • Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon
  • Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
  • Josef Altin as Pypar
  • Brenock O'Connor as Olly
  • Emilio Doorgasingh as Slave Master
  • Reece Noi as Slave
  • Philip Philmar as Elder Slave
  • Ross Mullan as White Walker
  • Richard Brake as Night's King
  • Deirdre Monaghan as Morag
  • Robert Goodman as Valyrian Slave
  • Karl Jackson as Unsullied
  • Jane McGrath as Craster's Wife
  • Cheryl Lester as Craster's Wife
  • Aeryn Walker as Craster's Wife

Trivia

  • The name of this episode references the sword that Jaime Lannister gives to Brienne.

Quotes

Barristan Selmy: "The city is yours. All these people are your subjects now. Sometimes it is better to answer injustice with mercy."
Daenerys Targaryen: "I will answer injustice with justice."
Petyr Baelish: "A man with no motive is a man no one suspects. Always keep your foes confused. If they don't know who you are or what you want, They can't know what you plan next."
Sansa Stark: "I don't believe you. If you they catch you, they'll put your head on a spike just like my father's. You'd risk that just to confuse them?"
Petyr Baelish: "So many men risk so little. They spend their lives avoiding danger and they die. I risk everything to get what I want."
Sansa Stark: "And what do you want?"
Petyr Baelish: "Everything."
Jaime Lannister: "They say the best swords have names. Any ideas?"
Brienne of Tarth: "Oathkeeper."
Bronn: "Your brother ever tell you how I came into his service?"
Jaime Lannister: "You stood for him in his trial by combat at the Eyrie."
Bronn: "Aye. But only when Lady Arryn demanded the trial take place that day. You were his first choice. He named you for his champion because he knew you would ride, day and night, to come fight for him. You gonna fight for him now?"
Grey Worm: "A single day of freedom is worth more than a lifetime in chains."

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