Jaime wakes up and even without a hand he steals a sword and tries to fight his captors but he is immediately defeated and captured. Arya and Gendry are taken to the secret cave of the Brotherhood without Banners where they meet their leader Beric Dondarrion a missing soldier from the Stark army who sentences Hound to a sword battle with him. Theon Greyjoy is taken to his father's castle where he is betrayed and captured by the man who saved him. Daenerys is still convinced that she will trade her dragon for the Unsullied army, the day of the exchange, Kraznys meets with Daenerys to complete the deal. Daenerys hands Drogon to Kraznys, who tries to shake loose of his collar. Kraznys then gives her the golden whip. Daenerys asks if it is done, and if the Unsullied are now under her command, to which Kraznys insultingly says yes. Daenerys now tests her new powers and reveals her identity and that she can speak Valyrian, she orders Drogon to burn Kraznys and tells him that dragons are not slaves, she also orders the Unsullied to hug every armed man in the castle and leaves with the whole army and the three dragons now unchained.
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue abound. The primary families are the Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon families. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard Stark to serve as his chief advisor. Eddard, suspecting that his predecessor had been murdered, accepts so that he can investigate further. It turns out more than one family is plotting to take the throne.
The Queen's family, the Lannisters, may be hatching an incestuous plot to take control. Across the sea, the last surviving members of the previously deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also plotting a return to power. The conflict between these families and others, including the Greyjoys, the Tullys, the Arryns, and the Tyrells, leads to war. Meanwhile, in the north, an ancient evil awakens. Amidst war and the political confusion, a brotherhood of misfits, The Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and the horrors beyond.