Kind of a "meh" episode, IMO, but I am guessing it was used to set-up some big storylines that are coming.
I am still amazed at how much this series must cost to film. It's like a mini LOTR movie every week. The budget must be incredible.
Couple questions (forgive me, I still don't have all the names/characters down):
1. Who is the guy that went with Snow to the Night Watchmen (not Tyrion)? Is he basically just a friend of the Stark clan? Why did he decide to go on his own past the wall?
2. Who is the white guy with the Darthrakis (sp?) that talks to the new Queen? I can't quite figure out his role in the story yet. Does he know the brother and sister before they came to the Darthrakis?
3. Can someone quickly summarize the importance of the various conversations between the King and Lannister, and Ned Stark and the old guy in the King's decision-making group? I'm really lost here.
I think Stark's dad was the former king and was killed (by the "mad king")? If so, why didn't he get the throne? Is there some bad blood here between Stark and some others due to his father's murder?
What was the deal with the comment that the mad king wanted to burn everyone?