In King's Landing, Ned falls to the mercy of the new king. While in the battlefield, Robb captures a valuable prisoner and Catelyn agrees to a deal with the unsavory Walder Frey. In Castle Black, Jon discovers an old name in hiding. And across the Narrow Sea, Khal Drogo falls ill and Daenerys entrusts his care to an unlikely source.moreless
The title of this episode, "Baelor", refers to The Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing where Ned's execution took place. The Great Sept of Baelor was named after Baelor I Targaryen, called "Baelor the Blessed", who was the ninth Targaryen king to rule Westeros. He was a septon and had the sept built when he became king after his brother. The statue, whose legs Arya stands by as she sees her father taken to the sept, is of Baelor.
Maester Aemon: Love is the death of duty.
Eddard Stark: I am Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Hand of the King. I come before you to confess my treason in the sight of gods and men. I betrayed the faith of my king and the trust of my friend Robert. I swore to protect and defend his children, but before his blood was cold, I plotted to murder his son and seize the throne for myself. Let the High Septon and Baelor the Blessed bear witness to what I say: Joffrey Baratheon is the one true heir to the Iron Throne, by the grace of all the gods, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm.
Grand Maester Pycelle: As we sin, so do we suffer. This man has confessed his crimes in sight of gods and men. The gods are just, but beloved Baelor taught us they can also be merciful. What is to be done with this traitor, Your Grace?
Joffrey Baratheon: My mother wishes me to let Lord Eddard join the Night's Watch. Stripped of all titles and powers, he would serve the realm in permanent exile. And my Lady Sansa has begged mercy for her father. But they have the soft hearts of women. So long as I am your king, treason shall never go unpunished. Ser Ilyn, bring me his head.
Maester Aemon: The gods were cruel when they saw fit to test my vows. They waited till I was old. What could I do when the ravens brought the news from the South, the ruin of my house, the death of my family? I was helpless, blind, frail. But when I heard they had killed my brother's son, and his poor son and the children, even the little children.
Jon Snow: Who are you?
Maester Aemon: My father was Maekar, the first of his name. My brother Aegon reigned after him when I had refused the throne. And he was followed by his son, Aerys, whom they called the Mad King.
Jon Snow: You're Aemon Targaryen.
Maester Aemon: I am a maester of the Citadel, bound in service to Castle Black and the Night's Watch. I will not tell you to stay or go. You must make that choice yourself, and live with it for the rest of your days. As I have.
Qotho: (to Mirri Maz Duur) You did this, witch. (pulls out dagger)
Daenerys Targaryen: Stop it. I don't want her hurt.
Qotho: No? No? You don't want her hurt? Pray we don't hurt you, too. You let this witch put her hands on our khal.
Jorah Mormont: Rein in your tongue. She is still your khaleesi.
Qotho: Only while the blood of my blood lives. When he dies, she is nothing.
Daenerys Targaryen: I have never been nothing. I am the blood of the dragon.
Qotho: The dragons are all dead, khaleesi.
Qotho: (about Khal Drogo) He fell from his horse. A khal who cannot ride is no khal.
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