James Bond is the culmination of an important but much-maligned tradition in English literature. His genius was to repackage these antiquated adventures to fit the fashion of postwar Britain In Bond, he created a Bulldog Drummond for the jet age. See also: Inspirations for James Bond. When I wrote the first one in , I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened; I wanted him to be a blunt instrument If the quality of these books, or their degree of veracity, had been any higher, the author would certainly have been prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.
It is a measure of the disdain in which these fictions are held at the Ministry, that action has not yet—I emphasize the qualification—been taken against the author and publisher of these high-flown and romanticized caricatures of episodes in the career of a outstanding public servant. In a deep champagne goblet. Bond laughed. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold, and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I think of a good name. James Bond lives in a nightmarish world where laws are written at the point of a gun, where coercion and rape are considered valour and murder is a funny trick Bond's job is to guard the interests of the property class, and he is no better than the youths Hitler boasted he would bring up like wild beasts to be able to kill without thinking.
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It was part of his profession to kill people. He had never liked doing it and when he had to kill he did it as well as he knew how and forgot about it. As a secret agent who held the rare double-O prefix—the licence to kill in the Secret Service—it was his duty to be as cool about death as a surgeon.
If it happened, it happened. Regret was unprofessional—worse, it was a death-watch beetle in the soul. I wish to point out that a man in James Bond's position would never consider using a. It's really a lady's gun — and not a very nice lady at that! Dare I suggest that Bond should be armed with a. That's far more appropriate.
In Bond novels and their ilk, the plot must threaten not only our hero but civilization as we know it. The icing on the cake is using exotic locales that "normal people" only fantasize about visiting, and slipping in essential dollops of sex and violence to build interest. The films didn't influence me at all and nor did the continuation novels. I wanted to get back to the original Bond who's dark and edgy, has quite a sense of irony and humour and is extremely patriotic and willing to sacrifice himself for Queen and country.
He is extremely loyal but he has this dark pall over him because he's a hired killer — and he wrestles with that. I've always found him to be quite a representative of the modern era. Main article: Young Bond. I deliberately steered clear of anything post Fleming. My books are designed to fit in with what Fleming wrote and nothing else. I also didn't want to be influenced by any of the other books James Bond portal. The Times. Retrieved 15 April New Statesman.
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Retrieved 21 April Retrieved 27 January BBC News. Archived from the original on 12 February The Washington Times. Archived from the original on 19 March National Post. He storms past me, back to the key. Real talk. During our training, Kenny warned us how easy it was to be manipulated into sex by inmates. A federal institution. This story came up several times as an example of a guard who had to face the consequences of his weak will.
Nothing was ever said about the inmate who gave Roberts blow jobs. She had identified as a girl from age Her father beat her repeatedly, and by the time she turned 13 she had left home and begun stripping on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. During her first year, she was serving a stint in seg for a dirty urine test when, she later testified, Roberts shackled her, brought her to an office, and told her to give him a blow job.
Over the next two years, China said, she was raped several times by inmates, but she kept it to herself. There, an officer ordered her to take another urine test by peeing in a cup while standing. After a long standoff, Roberts showed up and told her she could sit on the toilet. The other guards left. As she peed, Roberts entered the bathroom and closed the door behind him. Roberts slapped her in the face. She dropped to her knees and did what he asked.
She held the semen in her mouth and spit it out onto her shirt. An agent came to the prison, took the shirt, and interviewed Roberts. She was released from prison 11 months later. Roberts also denied her allegations when the FBI interviewed him, but the bureau found that the semen on her shirt was his. I have not been able to track down China. Roberts served his sentence and was released in Nearly half of all allegations of sexual victimization in prisons involve staff.
In the BJS survey , CCA prisons reported a rate of substantiated staff-on-inmate sexual assault similar to that of public facilities. Another federal report found that former inmates of private state prisons are twice as likely to report being sexually victimized by staff members as inmates who were in public prisons. Prisoners also sexually harass and abuse officers. A recurring issue is inmates standing at the bars and masturbating at women guards sitting in the key. I regularly see the macho culture of prison transcend the division between guards and inmates—male officers routinely ignore the harassment of their female colleagues.
Man, you was down here every day shaking your stuff! Not long afterward, the inmate was released, and he sent a letter to the prison, telling them to look at the surveillance footage from that night. CCA fired the guard for sleeping on the job and for leaving the tier door open, Kenny recalled. He gone home. He got her for us. It worked out on both ends. They are frustrated because no one is doing it. Why should the guards put themselves on the line? You guys ever heard that term? We want them institutionalized , not individualized. Is that sort of a mind game?
But you know what? We do not want them to feel as though they are individuals. We want them, for lack of a better term, to feel like a herd of cattle. Parker says the DOC wardens have been pestering him. Parker, to be strong enough to take clothing away from an inmate?
Are they that scared, Mr. His tone softens. After the meeting, everyone moves slowly down the walk. They need to tighten up on the tier doors, re-man the towers, and reinstitute the inmate work out in the field and the inmate programs, and give these fools something to do besides sit in their beds, eat, watch TV, and figure out how to fuck with us. Today, the supervisor tells Edison to join Bacle and me in Ash. Having a new guard come to Ash is like having a visitor to our twisted household.
The question makes me nervous. You get your ass on the bunk.
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You get stupid, you get beat down. You get big and stupid, you get gassed and beat down. Either way, you learn your fucking place. Edison has been here for a year and a half. He is an Army Rangers veteran and was once a small-town police chief. When I went to work, I went to war. When I got off, I still went to war. I carried two clips on me regardless of what I was wearing.
I carried at least my Glock 40 underneath my arm, and usually I had a Glock. Go ahead, play with me. We walk the floor. He stops. We stop. I see rapists. I see robbers. Twenty-five years, federal mandatory. Getting busted with a joint near a school will typically land you about six years , not I unlock the door of B1 tier and Edison walks in. An inmate is standing at the sink, brushing his teeth. The inmate keeps his back turned to Edison. The inmate walks out, still brushing his teeth. Be dumb! I walk down the tier and do count.
When we leave the tier everyone comes up to the bars and yells at Edison. The captain and a sergeant enter the unit. The captain tells Edison to step aside so he can talk to the inmates and try to ease the tension. That pacifies. The sergeant, whose name is King, pulls me aside. As a kid, he spent time in juvenile hall. Like Edison, he is an Army vet, and he credits the military for correcting his delinquent ways. After 22 years in the service, he got a job in a juvenile correctional facility in Texas.
One day, he told a boy to get off the basketball court and the kid grabbed his throat and tried to strangle him. Sixteen years old, 6 foot 3. During count, I tally bodies, not faces. If I look at faces, it means I have to keep the numbers straight while constantly calibrating sternness and friendliness in my eyes for each individual. When I go down the tier, I make a point to walk in a fast, long stride with a slight pop in my left step, trying to look tough.
I practiced this in the mirror because inmates comment every day on a twist in my walk that I never knew existed. Sometimes prisoners whistle at me as I pass. In my normal life, I try to diffuse any macho tendencies. Now, I try to annihilate anything remotely feminine about me.
As I walk and count, I tighten my core to keep my hips from moving. I steel myself for A1 tier. I ignore it. Another comments that I look like a model. You like that dick.
This has been going on for weeks, but this time something snaps. I stop count and march back to the guy calling out to me, a thirtysomething black man with pink sunglasses and tattoos crawling up his neck. You are always focusing so much on me, maybe you like the dick! Bitch ass! He refuses. I get his name from another officer and write him up for making sexual comments. I try to cool down. My heart is still hammering 10 minutes later.
Slowly, my rage turns to shame and I go into the bathroom and sit on the floor. Where did those words come from? I rarely ever shout. I am not homophobic. Or am I? I feel utterly defeated. I go back to A1 and call Pink Shades to the bars. And I apologize. You feel me? I understand that you gotta live. You got to survive. Those words hurt you. I feel you. I mean I was singing a song, but you probably took it the wrong way.
It triggered something in you. Something about being here reminds me of being in junior high, getting picked on for my size and the fact that I read books, getting called a faggot. I tear up his disciplinary report and throw it in the trash. When I walk back down the tier for the next count, no one pays any attention to me. Man down! His eyes are closed and his left leg is moving back and forth slowly.
Mason starts to cry. His left hand is a fist. His back arches. They finna come see you now. A stretcher finally arrives. The nurses and their orderlies move slowly. Earlier today Mason was playing basketball and fell to the ground in pain, he explains. He went to the infirmary, where they told him that he had fluid in his lungs.
Three inmates pick up Mason in his sheet and put him on the stretcher. His hands are crossed over his chest like a mummy as two prisoners wheel him away. Days later, I see Mason dragging his feet, his arms around his chest. I tell him to take my chair. He sits and hunches over, putting his head in his lap. We call for a wheelchair. A nurse happens to be in the unit, passing out pills.
She looks at me sidelong. If he were sent to the hospital, CCA would be contractually obligated to pay for his stay. For a for-profit company, this presents a dilemma. Medical care within the prison is expensive, too. CCA does not disclose its medical expenses, but in a typical prison, health care costs are the second-biggest expense after staff.
On average, a Louisiana prison puts 9 percent of its budget toward health care. About 6 percent have a communicable disease such as HIV or hepatitis C. One day, I meet a man with no legs in a wheelchair. His name is Robert Scott. He consented to having his real name used. My feet hurt. His medical records show that in the space of four months he made at least nine requests to see a doctor. When he visited the infirmary, medical staff offered him sole pads, corn removal strips, and Motrin.
He says he once showed his swollen foot, dripping with pus, to the warden. If you make another medical emergency you will receive a disciplinary write-up for malingering. Eventually, numbness spread to his hands, but the infirmary refused to treat him. His fingertips and toes turned black and wept pus. Inmates began to fear his condition was contagious.
A resulting altercation drew the attention of staff, who finally sent him to the local hospital. Part of being locked up. Inmates have this thing that if they have a sniffle they are supposed to be flown to a specialist somewhere and be treated immediately for that sniffle. Yet CCA has found ways to minimize its obligations.
At the out-of-state prisons where California ships some of its inmates, CCA will not accept prisoners who are over 65 years old, have mental health issues, or have serious conditions like HIV. In , the company and Immigration and Customs Enforcement settled a federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU that asserted immigration detainees at a CCA-run facility in California were routinely denied prescribed medical treatment.
CCA admitted no wrongdoing. He removed the wires himself with nail clippers while guards watched. CCA has also been the subject of medical malpractice cases involving pregnant inmates. When the inmate went into labor, she was put in a cell with no mattress and left there for three hours as she bled heavily onto the floor. CCA employees did not call an ambulance until approximately five hours after the prisoner asked for help.
Her newborn baby died shortly thereafter. In court proceedings, the warden testified that surveillance footage showed no signs of an emergency. But before the footage could be reviewed, CCA claimed it had been accidentally erased. The court sanctioned the company for destroying evidence. The next morning, the inmate was shackled and taken to a hospital, where doctors found that she was already dilated.
While prison guards watched, she gave birth and was immediately sedated. When she woke up, medical staff brought her the dead baby. At least 15 doctors at Winn have been sued for delivering poor medical care. The prison hired several of them even after the state had disciplined them for misconduct. He was put on probation, but CCA kept him on. Winn hired Stephen Kuplesky after his license had been temporarily suspended for prescribing painkillers to a family member with no medical condition. Robert Cleveland was working at Winn when he was put on medical probation for his involvement in a kickback scheme with a wheelchair company.
He was later disciplined for prescribing narcotics from his home and vehicle. Data collected by Prison Legal News on more than 1, state and federal suits against CCA shows that 15 percent of them were related to medical care. This sample is not a complete list of complaints against the company; in alone, CCA faced more than pending cases. Between and , the company settled another cases.
My reconciliation with Pink Shades encouraged me. Every time I have a problem with a prisoner, I try the same approach and eventually we tap knuckles to show each other respect. Still, these breakthroughs are fleeting. We can chat and laugh through the bars, but inevitably I need to flex my authority. My job will always be to deny them the most basic of human impulses—to push for more freedom.
Day by day, the number of inmates who are friendly with me grows smaller. There are exceptions, like Corner Store, but were I to take away the privileges Bacle and I have granted him, I know that he, too, would become an enemy. My priorities change. Striving to treat everyone as human takes too much energy. I am vigilant; I come to work ready for people to catcall me or run up on me and threaten to punch me in the face. I show neither fear nor compunction. Sometimes prisoners call me racist, and it stings, but I try as hard as I can not to flinch because to do so would be to show a pressure point, a button that can be pressed when they want to make me bend.
Nearly every day the unit reaches a crescendo of frustration because inmates are supposed to be going somewhere like the law library, GED classes, vocational training, or a substance abuse group, but their programs are canceled or they are let out of the unit late. Inmates tell me that at other prisons, the schedule is firm. Here, there is no schedule. We wait for the call over the radio; then we let the inmates go.
They could eat at a. They could eat at 3 p. School might happen, or maybe not. Sometimes we let the inmates onto the small yard attached to the unit. Canteen and law library hours are canceled regularly. Guards bond with prisoners over their frustrations. Prisoners tell us they understand we are powerless to change these high-level management problems. Whenever I open a tier door, I demand that everyone shows me his pass, and I use my body to stop the flood of people from pouring out.
Some just push through. I catch one. You hear me? He walks back in, staring me down. I shut the door, ignoring him. An inmate comes around the key. Bacle is following him and calls for me to stop him. I know him, the one with the mini-dreads. I feel threatened, frankly, whenever I see him.
He tries to walk past me. I lock eyes with him. He turns back and walks slowly away. I walk behind him. I open his tier door. He walks in, stands just inside, and stares me down hard. I grab the door and slam it shut— bang! I turn and step back into the throng of inmates milling around the floor. I stop and turn around. He just stares. I grab the radio on my shoulder, then pause. Was I ever taught what to do when something like this happens? I know how to press the button and speak into the radio, but whom do I call? I go back to chasing the others into their tiers. In the back of my mind, however, there is a voice: Did you see him say anything?
Are you sure what you heard?
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He wanted to intimidate me and it was about time I threw someone in the hole. They need to know I am not weak. One morning, Ash smells like feces. On D2, liquid shit is oozing out of the shower drain and running down the tier. We let inmates out to go to the small yard. As they flow out of the tiers, I see a large group run to A1 tier. Bacle pushes the tier door shut and calls a Code Blue over the radio. Inside the tier, two prisoners are grappling, their bodies pressed up against the bars. Drops of blood spatter the floor.
The surrounding scene is oddly calm. Inmates stand around and watch, not saying anything. Bacle, Miss Price, a CCA employee from out of state, and I stand just two feet from them, separated by the bars, and watch the two try to press their knives into each other. My breath stops for a moment, and I utter a gagging sound. Bacle reaches through the bars and grabs the stabber by his hood as the other inmate struggles to break loose. For the first time, the other prisoners make noise.
Bacle lets go, and the two men tumble across the floor, landing in a heap by the toilet, blocked from our view by a short wall. They keep scuffling. An arm swings up and jabs down. One prisoner walks over to the urinal two feet from them and pees as they keep stabbing. The fight lasts nearly four minutes, until a SORT member comes in with a can of pepper spray.
The other goes to seg. The smell of pepper spray fades, but the smell of shit does not. At the end of my shift, I stride briskly down the dark walk. The longer I work here, the more people have grudges against me. The gate before the exit is locked and I am routed through the visitation area. There, 20 or so officers from my shift are sitting at the tables, frowning. Two inmates are serving pizza. Assistant Warden Parker is there. The chief of security.
I grab some pizza and sit down, frustrated. I raise my hand. And it takes all of us working together. It really, really does. On the wall is a painting of a black kid and a white kid lying on their bellies on a grassy hillside, looking at a rainbow. Next to it is another mural of a lion and a tiger tearing through an American flag with a bald eagle flying overhead.
So congratulations to everybody sitting inside this room. We gotta panic! Hit the panic button! After time they started developing a sophisticated auditing process. So, a third-party person who has no dog in the fight, so to speak, comes in and they take a look at how are we treating our inmates. We prepare the food in our kitchen under these standards. More than public and private correctional facilities and detention centers are accredited under its standards. Winn was the first prison to be accredited in Louisiana. Shortly after T. Over the next few weeks, inmates repaint every unit in preparation for the ACA audit.
The maintenance man is run ragged as he tries to fix busted vents, plumbing, and cell and tier doors. In anticipation of the audit, I read the ACA standards. How will the auditors deal with the fact that the cells in segregation are at least 20 square feet smaller than required? Or that inmates only get 10 minutes to eat, not the mandated 20? The ACA did not respond to a request for comment. Then again, Winn passed its last ACA audit, in , with a near-perfect score of 99 percent , the same score it received in its previous audit three years earlier.
On the morning of the audit, we wake everyone up and tell them to make their beds and take any pictures of women off their lockers. Two well-dressed white men enter Ash unit and do a slow lap around the floor. They do not examine our logbook, nor do they check our entries against the camera footage.
They do not check the doors. They do not ask to go on a tier. They do not interview any inmates. They do a single loop and they leave. Support fearless investigative journalism with a tax-deductible monthly or one-time donation to Mother Jones today. Support fearless investigative journalism with a tax-deductible donation to Mother Jones today. After nearly two decades, Corner Store is about to be free. How does someone reenter the world after two decades behind bars, with no friends on the outside and no money to his name?
His first step, he says, will be to stay in a shelter until he can get on his feet. Anxiety sets in. Your mind goes, working and thinking about stuff. How am I going to do this? How am I going to do that? It causes a panic attack. When I walk, I walk. But fantasies creep into his mind. He puts his hand on the fence and leans in. Fun means just enjoying life. It hurts to poke my chest out. He is a short white man in his 40s with peppered black hair.
He is hoping to go back to Afghanistan soon. Fuck that. I show him how to open the doors and do callouts, and I tell him we are going to start letting people out for chow soon. Not unless you have absolutely an emergency. When I was growing up, my mom used to live in Mississippi. They had all the work gangs and they were all in orange and all chained up. Chain gangs and shit like that. Code Blue in Elm! We get everyone in and I head out onto the Ash walk to see what is happening.
A minute later, a bleeding man is wheeled by on a work cart and I return inside. Several people were injured, and I hear one was stabbed about 30 times. Miraculously, no one dies. A week after that, another inmate is stabbed and beaten by multiple people in Elm. People say he was cut more than 40 times. During this time, Miss Price quits after nearly 25 years of service. We will go without a unit manager in Ash for weeks. Not long after she leaves, someone is beaten unconscious and stabbed through the cheek in Birch and another inmate is stabbed in Cypress. It is difficult to imagine how someone gets stabbed in segregation.
How do shanks get in? How do inmates get to each other? The morning after the stabbing in Cypress, I hear Assistant Warden Parker call over the radio for maintenance to come and fix the cell doors there. A month ago, he told us that inmates in the unit could pull some cell doors off their tracks. A month before that, Mr. Tucker, the SORT commander, told us something similar. Miss Calahan her real name , the Ash key officer, tells me they had the same problem in the unit before I started.
Now that Game of Thrones has officially come to an end, some fans may be wondering how they can go back and re-watch the series. And, winter is coming. Luckily, Arya is able to set her own direwolf, Nymeria, loose in the wild before any harm can come to her. Elsewhere, Daenerys finds a way to connect with her new husband and Bran wakes up from the coma he has been in for over a month. A hired assassin carrying a Valyrian steel dagger attempts to kill a comatose Bran but is thwarted by Catelyn and Summer.
In the early days of her arranged marriage, Daenerys is repeatedly raped by her husband a storyline that led to much controversy. Tensions continue to rise between Daenerys and Viserys upon their arrival in the holy Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak, leading Dany to stand up to her brother for the first time. Robert and Cersei discuss their marriage, a union that has held the realm together but left them both miserable.
Cersei asks Robert about Lyanna Stark for the first time in 17 years, leading him to reveal that his feelings for Lyanna prevented him from ever even trying to love Cersei. Robb and Theon kill the three men in the group and take the woman, Osha Natalia Tena , as a prisoner. At the Eyrie, Tyrion demands a trial by combat after realizing he has no chance of being judged fairly.
Later, thanks to Sansa, Ned finally comes to the realization that Joffrey is actually the son of Cersei and Jaime — not Cersei and Robert. Over in Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys declares her unborn son to be the Stallion Who Mounts the World after completing the sacred task of eating a raw horse heart. Fire cannot kill a dragon. Despite receiving a pardon that would allow him to return to the Seven Kingdoms, Jorah Mormont Iain Glen , who has clearly come to deeply admire Daenerys, prevents an assassination attempt on the khaleesi that was orchestrated by King Robert.
An enraged Khal Drogo then vows to cross the Narrow Sea with his khalasar to conquer Westeros for his unborn son. However, his attempt to do the honorable thing backfires when Littlefinger betrays him to the Lannisters, allowing Joffrey to lay claim to the throne. There is no middle ground. He later reunites with Catelyn in the Neck and sends a captured Lannister scout to tell Tywin that 20, Northern troops are marching on the Lannister army — which has been joined by Tyrion, Bronn and a group of hill tribesman.
After her father is taken prisoner by the Lannisters, Arya avoids capture with the help of Syrio, who sacrifices his life for her. He later reunites with Catelyn in the Neck and sends a captured Lannister scout to tell Tywin that 20, Northern troops are marching on the Lannister army — which Tyrion, Bronn and a group of hill tribesman have all joined. Daenerys asks the witch Mirri Maz Duur to heal Khal Drogo after he is wounded in a fight to the death with one of his riders. But there are some bright spots leading up to the bad. Tyrion tells her about the complicated relationship he has with his father and she comforts him before he heads into battle.
Tywin has ordered him to fight in the vanguard alongside the hill tribesman, an assignment that Tyrion sees as a suicide mission. He then successfully outmaneuvers the Lannisters by sending 2, of his troops to divert Tywin while he and the other 18, capture Jaime at Riverrun. Ultimately, this episode served as a warning that, in the world of Game of Thrones , no character — no matter how beloved by fans — is safe. He orders Tyrion to leave Shae behind — a command that Tyrion defies. The next day, Lord Commander Mormont asks Jon to ride out with him on a ranging mission beyond the Wall and prove his loyalty to the Watch.
Daenerys wakes from giving birth to learn that her son was both stillborn and horribly disfigured. She later smothers Drogo with a pillow to put him out of his misery and orders Jorah to tie Mirri Maz Duur to the funeral pyre — on which Dany also places her three dragon eggs — as punishment for her betrayal. Daenerys sets the pyre alight and walks fearlessly into the flames. Hours later, Jorah and the remaining Dothraki watch in awe as an unburnt Daenerys rises from the ashes with three newly-hatched dragons. When the seas go dry, when the mountains blow in the wind like leaves. Daenerys emerges unscathed from a massive inferno with her three newborn dragons.
Luckily, Sansa, who is slowly learning how to play the game of court life, is able to convince Joffrey to make Dontos his fool rather than kill him. It seems that Joffrey is turning out to be exactly the type of king everyone thought he would be. The Prince That Was Promised a. He inspires enough trust in her that she chooses to divulge a secret of her own, her real identity. Tyrion learns that it was Joffrey who ordered the massacre, not Cersei, a revelation that does nothing to mitigate the bad blood between the Lannister siblings.
Melisandre proceeds to seduce Stannis by promising him a son. Jon follows Craster into the woods that night and watches in horror as he leaves a newborn son as an offering to the White Walkers. After he returns to the Iron Islands to zero fanfare, Theon learns that his father intends to take the North for himself rather than join forces with the Starks. After taking a vicious beating from Craster for spying on him in the woods, Jon must come to terms with the fact that Lord Commodore Mormont has known about Craster sacrificing his sons all along.
But, ever the pragmatist, Margaery is aware of their relationship and is only interested in getting pregnant in order to strengthen the Baratheon-Tyrell alliance. In order to test the loyalty of the small council, Tyrion sneakily provides each of its members — Littlefinger, Varys Conleth Hill and Grand Maester Pycelle Julian Glover — with different information about his plan to marry Myrcella off. Tyrion tells Cersei, much to her anguish, that he still intends to go through with sending Myrcella to Dorne to join House Martell.
Meanwhile, Shae begins serving as a handmaiden to Sansa. Theon must decide whether his loyalties lie with his blood, the Greyjoys, or the family who raised him, the Starks. The attack results in the deaths of both Yoren and a boy named Lommy Eros Vlahos , who Arya cunningly convinces the soldiers was actually Gendry. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow. Unfortunately, his success prompts Joffrey make an example of Sansa by having her publicly beaten and stripped in the Red Keep throne room.
Tyrion later learns that his cousin, Lancel Lannister Eugene Simon , is not only working for Cersei, but also sleeping with her. In a last-ditch attempt to save her people from dying in the desert, Daenerys leads her khalasar to the coastal trading city of Qarth. Tywin recognizes that Arya is a girl and recruits her as his new cupbearer.
He tells her that the Lannisters will free both Sansa and Arya who he knows they do not have in exchange for Jaime. Renly refuses. Melisandre gives birth to a horrifying shadow creature that quickly flies away. A flayed man none. One of the five kings vying for the Iron Throne is killed off as Stannis forsakes his family for power and season 2 begins to kick into overdrive. Knowing that Brienne will be blamed for the assassination, Catelyn quickly spirits her away.
After Bran dreams of the sea — a. She manages to hold her own when Tywin grills her on her background. He offers to kill three people for her as repayment for saving the lives of him and his two fellow prisoners and she orders a hit on the head Harrenhal torturer, a man called the Tickler Anthony Morris. On the other side of the world in Qarth, Xaro Xhoan Daxos plies Daenerys with promises of the money for ships and an army in exchange for making him her husband.
I want to be the queen. Later that night, Osha feigns loyalty to Theon by sleeping with him before showing her true colors by smuggling Bran and Rickon Art Parkinson , their direwolves Summer and Shaggydog, and their gentle giant protector Hodor Kristian Nairn out of Winterfell. With Tywin already suspicious about her identity, Arya is desperate to hide her face when Littlefinger arrives at Harrenhal to propose a potential Lannister-Tyrell alliance.
Guess who quickly becomes the next target that Arya orders Jaqen to take out. Qhorin orders Jon to execute Ygritte as the rest of the party continues on, but Jon cannot bring himself to kill her. Jon manages to recapture Ygritte after she takes advantage of his hesitation and runs off, but finds himself hopelessly separated from his brothers in the process — a mistake that changes the trajectory of his life.
Sansa gets lost in the crowd and is assaulted by a group of men who try to rape her. Luckily, the Hound shows up just in time to rescue her and massacre her attackers. Back at the Red Keep, Tyrion slaps Joffrey for his asinine behavior, further aggravating their already tense relationship.
Now you are truly lost. Ygritte, on the other hand, wastes no time gaining the upper hand on Jon. At a meeting of the Thirteen in Qarth, Daenerys also finds herself in the thick of it when the warlock Pyat Pree Ian Hanmore admits that he has stolen her dragons and taken them to the House of the Undying — a. He proceeds to declare Xaro Xhoan Daxos the King of Qarth and, using magic to create 11 duplicates of himself, slits the throats of the other members of the council.
But Catelyn refuses Lord Karstark his vengeance. She tricks Jaqen by naming him as her third target and only relenting when he agrees to help her, Gendry and Hot Pie Ben Hawkey escape. At the stroke of midnight, the trio strolls out of the castle unimpeded by the Lannister guards, who Jaqen has taken out.
She secretly frees Jaime and enlists her newly sworn sword Brienne to take him south to trade to the Lannisters in exchange for her two daughters. That night, he and Talisa reveal their feelings for each other and sleep together for the first time. They happen upon a hidden supply of dragonglass daggers, a weapon that will prove to play a pivotal part in the fight against the White Walkers.
Unfortunately, the infamous wildling raider has already captured Qhorin Halfhand, who he sees as a more valuable prisoner, and has no interest in bringing Jon before Mance Rayder. Ygritte speaks up on behalf on Jon and convinces the Lord of Bones to spare his life. Yara arrives at Winterfell, but not, as Theon expects, to provide reinforcements. We learn that the boys who Theon killed and burned were actually two peasant boys, not Bran and Rickon. Osha kept the Stark boys safe by doubling back and hiding them in the crypts of Winterfell.
In its first capsule episode — a. Davos watches as the blast incinerates his son, Matthos Kerr Logan , before being blown away himself. Lancel quickly retreats inside after getting injured and even the Hound balks when a Baratheon soldier engulfed in flames charges at him. Fueled by his lifelong fear of fire, the Hound proceeds to oh-so-eloquently informs Tyrion and Joffrey that he has no intention of continuing to fight, or ever serving them again for that matter.
Throughout the assault, Cersei, Sansa and the rest of the highborn women and children have been holed up in the Red Keep awaiting their fate. Lancel arrives to update Cersei on the battle and she sends him back out to retrieve Joffrey from the battlements, a proposal that Joffrey eagerly accepts.
Shae orders Sansa back to her room for safety, where she find the Hound waiting for her. He offers to take her north to Winterfell, but she refuses. As she raises the bottle to his mouth, Tywin bursts into the throne room and declares that the Lannisters — along with the Tyrells, with whom Tywin formed an alliance — have won. F—k the city. F—k the king. A bandaged Tyrion wakes to find that — despite being the reason the city is still standing — he is no longer the acting Hand of the King.
To add insult to injury, he has also been relocated to a small, dumpy room in the Red Keep. Shae pleads with him to pack up and flee to the free city of Pentos with her, but Tyrion explains that he still feels a strange draw to his life in Westeros and refuses. The two reaffirm their love for one another. Loras requests that Jofffrey break off his engagement with Sansa in favor of marrying Margaery, and Joffrey obliges.
Sansa is secretly delighted. In the wake of his defeat, Stannis has returned to Dragonstone to lick his wounds and contemplate his next move. But Theon believes he is already in too deep and refuses to yield. He attempts to rally the 20 ironborn to go out in a blaze of glory, but his men turn on him and prepare to hand him over to the Boltons.
When Maester Luwin attempts to intervene, an ironborn runs him through with a spear. He urges Osha to take the boys north to Jon at the Wall and asks her to end his suffering. Arya is also on the move as she, Gendry and Hot Pie hurry to put as much distance as possible between themselves and Harrenhal. Then, for his final trick, Jaqen swaps his own face for that of a different man entirely. Once inside the House of the Undying, Daenerys experiences a series of mysterious visions.
Dany enters a tent, where she finds Khal Drogo holding a living, breathing version of their stillborn son, Rhaego. She is tempted to stay with her family, but ultimately walks away and is reunited with her dragons, who are chained to a pedestal back in the House of the Undying. Pyat Pree appears and chains Daenerys up as well, but her dragons respond to her command to breathe fire for the first time and set Pyat Pree aflame.
Daenerys experiences a series of cryptic — and seemingly prophetic — visions in the House of the Undying. Game of Thrones season 3 wastes no time jumping right back into the action with a demonstration of just how formidable the White Walkers and their army of dead are. Jon initially mistakes Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju for Mance and kneels before him, making the wildlings to break into laughter.
Tyrion meets with Tywin for the first time since Tywin returned to the capital in a blaze of glory. Tywin informs him, in no uncertain terms, that he will never be heir to the ancestral Lannister seat of Casterly Rock — despite the fact that Jaime cannot inherit land or titles as a member of the Kingsguard. By establishing herself as a queen of the people, Margaery quickly puts herself at odds with Cersei, who only knows how to rule with an iron fist.
Littlefinger comes to call on Sansa with Ros in tow. Davos is alive. Stannis throws Davos in the dungeon after he speaks out against Melisandre and tries to pull a knife on her. With his men losing heart, Robb orchestrates an assault on Harrenhal only to find that the Lannisters have deserted the castle and left hundreds of slaughtered Northern prisoners in their wake. Robb and Talisa discover only one survivor, a maester named Qyburn Anton Lesser. She begins negotiations to purchase an army of elite eunuch slave soldiers known as the Unsullied with their owner, Kraznys mo Nakloz Dan Hildebrand , who speaks to Dany via his translator Missandei Nathalie Emmanuel.
While discussing her options with Jorah on the way back to the ship, Daenerys spots a young girl who hands her a wooden ball as a gift. A hooded figure suddenly rushes up and knocks the ball to the ground, where it opens to reveal a poisonous manticore. The man stabs the manticore and chases off the child, who is actually an assassin sent by the Warlocks of Qarth, before revealing himself as Ser Barristan Selmy — the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard who was dismissed by the Lannisters back in season 1.
Ser Barristan kneels and swears fealty to Daenerys before requesting permission to join her Queensguard. But we have to make it, have to warn them. Speaking of wargs, Bran is still dreaming about that mysterious three-eyed raven. After a boy appears to him in one such dream and tells Bran that he himself is the raven, Bran and co. Jojen explains to Bran that he is not only a warg, but also — like Jojen himself — has the Sight , the ability to perceive past, present and future events through prophetic dreams and visions.
When Shae warns Sansa to be wary of Littlefinger and suggests that he is interested in her sexually, Sansa is quick to brush her off. At Harrenhal, Robb receives two ravens. One informs him that his grandfather, Hoster Tully, has died at Riverrun. Rickard bashes Robb for forsaking any possible marriage alliances by marrying Talisa. Theon wakes after being knocked out by the ironborn to find himself in an unknown location being tortured by unknown men. After a gruesome questioning session, a boy who says he was sent by Yara promises to help him escape.
The men take them to an inn to feed them and are about to let them continue on their way when a few other Brotherhood members bring in a captive Hound. Arya attempts to stay out of sight, but the Hound quickly identifies her as a Stark, much to the surprise of the group. Brienne manages to get the best of Jaime but not before a unit of patrolling Bolton soldiers shows up to take them prisoner. Stannis is also still struggling in the wake of his defeat at Blackwater Bay. In Astapor, Daenerys is getting a firsthand look at the horrors of slavery. During a second meeting with Kraznys mo Nakloz, the owner of the Unsullied repeatedly insults her in High Valyrian — with Missandei softening the translation of his words — as they negotiate over the price of his army.
Mance Rayder explains to Jon that his brothers have been turned into wights. He then orders Tormund to take 20 men, including Jon, to climb the Wall and prepare to ambush Castle Black from the south while the rest of the wildling army attacks from the north. Sam wanders outside and witnesses Gilly giving birth to the baby she was pregnant with when the ranging party stopped at the keep on their way north. With the help of the young man who promised him aid in the previous episode, Theon is able to escape from the dungeon where he was being tortured.
Unfortunately, his captors quickly catch up with him. As the torturers prepare to rape Theon, the young man intercedes once again and kills them. However, they make a deal with the innkeeper to leave Hot Pie behind to work as a baker. When they stop to make camp for the night, some of the men drag Brienne into the woods to rape her. Varys has no proof, only rumors, but uses the opportunity to teach Tyrion that the best revenge takes time and patience. After telling Tyrion the story of how he was castrated, Varys reveals that he has finally tracked down the sorcerer who cut him when he was just a young boy.
Shortly afterward, Margaery takes a stroll with Sansa and plants the idea in her mind that she would be best served by marrying Loras and living at Highgarden , the seat of House Tyrell. But Tywin turns her words back on her. In the North, the young man who rescued Theon from his captors tell him that he is taking him to Deepwood Motte , the stronghold of House Glover where Yara is supposedly waiting.
Theon confides in him that he knows he made the wrong choice when he picked the Greyjoys over the Starks and that the boys he killed while holding Winterfell were not Bran and Rickon. Unfortunately for Theon, the young man has only been toying with him and eventually leads him back to the same dungeon where he was originally being held.
New guards tie him back up while the young man watches on with glee. All hell breaks loose as Sam flees the keep with Gilly and her newborn baby. After Dany relinquishes her biggest dragon, Drogon, to Kraznys mo Nakloz, he hands over a whip that gives her total control of the 8, Unsullied soldiers.
In a glorious display of cunning, Dany then orders the Unsullied — in Valyrian, which she has understood the whole time — to kill all of the slave masters and strike the chains off of every slave they see. When the battle is over, Daenerys gives the Unsullied the choice of leaving or staying to fight for her as free men. Each and every soldier stays and the army marches triumphantly away from Astapor.
You sound like a bloody woman. When Locke and his men finally deliver their hostages to Harrenhal, Roose Bolton is displeased to learn that Locke has butchered Jaime, a valuable political prisoner. Later, Jaime joins Brienne in the bathhouse and tells her his side of the story behind his nickname, Kingslayer. Desperate to prevent the impending massacre, Jaime killed the pyromancer and then stabbed the Mad King in the back as he tried to run.
As soon as Ned Stark entered the throne room, Jaime knew that he had already judged him guilty. Jaime then faints and Brienne catches him in her arms. Having proved his innocence in the eyes of the Brotherhood, the Hound is released from custody and led away from the hideout. During a discussion with Beric and Thoros, Arya learns that the Lord of Light has enabled Thoros to resurrect Beric on six different occasions. They ultimately come to the conclusion that Robb will have to make nice with the Freys in order to recruit enough soldiers to have a chance at sacking the Lannister stronghold of Casterly rock.
Shireen asks Stannis if Davos came back from the Battle of the Blackwater and Stannis tells her that he is being held in the dungeon for treason. She offers to continue visiting and promises to teach him how to read when she does. Ygritte then leads Jon away to a cave and they sleep together for the first time. On the road from Astapor to the slave city of Yunkai, Jorah covertly tries to determine if Barristan knows that he was spying on Daenerys for Robert Baratheon when he was first in her service.
Meanwhile, Daenerys asks the Unsullied to select one of their own as their leader. A soldier named Grey Worm Jacob Anderson steps forward. While spying on Sansa and Loras discussing their wedding in the gardens, Tyrion finally accuses Cersei of trying to have him killed during the Battle of the Blackwater. However, her silence leads him to the conclusion that it was actually Joffrey who gave the order. Tyrion is then forced to break the marriage news to Sansa in front of Shae, much to the dismay of everyone involved. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.
We will meet again. However, Roose says that Brienne must stay behind as his prisoner. As Bran and co. When he wakes, he tells Bran that he saw Jon surrounded by enemies. They begin their climb and Jon saves both their lives before they reach the top of the Wall and kiss. Daenerys, meanwhile, is focused on freeing the slaves of Yunkai. He tells her that the masters are prepared to provide her with as much gold and as many ships as she needs to get her army to Westeros, but she refuses his offer. As they sail past the wreckage of the Battle of the Blackwater, Melisandre reveals to Gendry that he is the son of King Robert Baratheon.
Gendry seems somewhat enamored with Melisandre, but Arya is still enraged that the Brotherhood sold him out for gold. She sneaks out of their hideout and tries to escape into the night, but is intercepted by the Hound, who kidnaps her. That night, Talisa tells Robb she is pregnant. Ygritte reaffirms her feelings for Jon by declaring that she is his and he is hers. After Jojen explains that he and Meera plan to take Bran beyond the Wall to find the Three-Eyed Raven, Osha grows increasingly distressed and reveals that her husband was turned into a wight by the White Walkers and that she refuses to step foot beyond the Wall ever again.
In his dungeon cell, Theon is awakened by two women who begin seducing him. He races back to Harrenhal to find that Locke and his men are forcing Brienne to fight a bear with just a wooden sword for protection. Jaime rescues her from a near-certain death and triumphantly departs the castle with Brienne at his side. Jaime proves that he has truly come to care about Brienne when, at his own peril, he returns to Harrenhal to rescue her from Locke.
When Sam and Gilly stop at an abandoned hut to rest for the night on their way back to the Wall, they see two crows land on a nearby heart tree before going inside. Later that night, as they discuss baby names and their fathers, they suddenly hear a whole murder of crows cawing outside. Sam tries to fend it off with his sword, but the sword shatters as soon as the White Walker touches it. The Walker then bears down on Gilly, clearly intent on taking her baby, but Sam runs up behind it and stabs it in the back with a dagger made of dragonglass.
The Walker shrieks, falls to the ground and disintegrates as Sam and Gilly flee. They refuse and later plot to assassinate her.
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Davos, on the other hand, is still not ready to pledge any sort of fealty to Melisandre. After Mel returns to Dragonstone with Gendry, Stannis questions why she is treating him so kindly when they are just planning on sacrificing him to the Lord of the Light. Stannis then pays a visit to the dungeons to ask Davos for his opinion on her plan to sacrifice Gendry.
Stannis agrees to free Davos as long as he promises never to go after Melisandre again. Meanwhile, Mel has been busy seducing Gendry, tying him to a bed and placing leeches on his stomach. When Stannis and Davos enter the room, she hands Stannis the leeches and he throws them into the fire while speaking the names of the three usurpers to his throne: Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy and Joffrey Baratheon. Speaking of captors and their prisoners, Arya decides to have a go at killing the sleeping Hound, but ultimately backs off once he reveals he is actually awake.
Once the vows are said, Tyrion quickly begins drowning his sorrows in wine, which leads to an extremely tense confrontation with his nephew that Tywin is forced to diffuse. Shae enters the room the next morning and smiles when it becomes clear that the marriage was not consummated. With her army stationed outside the walls of Yunkai, Daenerys still has to figure out a way to infiltrate the city.
The trio is at first outnumbered, but ultimately succeeds in sacking Yunkai, giving Daenerys control of yet another slaver-city. Just south of the Wall, Bran and co. Jon hits a rock with his sword to warn the old man of their approach and he flees on horseback. Unfortunately, the wildlings catch up with him just outside the mill. Outside, Orell insists that Jon should be the one to kill the old man but Jon cannot bring himself to do it. Ygritte is forced to fire an arrow at the old man instead and Tormund orders the wildlings to kill Jon while holding Ygritte back from defending him.
Jon kills Orell and then flees on horseback, leaving Ygritte behind. After an emotional goodbye, Osha, Rickon and Shaggydog set off into the night. Meanwhile, Sam and Gilly are trying to figure out how to get south of the Wall. Brace yourselves. After arriving at the Twins, Robb fulfills his promise to publicly apologize to Walder Frey, but not without Walder getting in some lecherous jabs about Talisa. However, when all is said and done, Walder welcomes the Starks into his home as his guests.
At the altar, Edmure is pleasantly surprised to discover that his bride-to-be, Roslin, is much more stereotypically attractive than the rest of the Freys and the wedding ceremony goes off without a hitch. Everyone sits as Walder Frey rises to make a toast to Robb, but Catelyn is focused on Roose Bolton, who holds his arm out to her to reveal that he is wearing chain mail under his clothes.
Both Catelyn and Robb are hit with arrows and fall to the floor. Outside, Arya has given the Hound the slip and is waiting to sneak into the banquet hall when she realizes something is amiss. The Hound then finds her, knocks her out and carries her away from the massacre. Back inside, Walder motions for his men to stop the attack as Robb crawls across the floor to a dead Talisa.
Roose Bolton then strides up to Robb and stabs him in the heart to finish the job. Having made a deal with the Lannisters, Walder Frey violates the sacred Westerosi tradition of guest right and massacres the Starks after welcoming them into his home. The immediate fallout from the Red Wedding reverberates across the Seven Kingdoms as season 3 comes to a close.
As the Freys continue to massacre the Stark army camped outside the Twins, the Hound flees the scene with an unconscious Arya. Unfortunately, she wakes up at exactly the wrong moment and sees a decapitated Robb being paraded through the castle gates with the head of his direwolf sewn to his body in place of his own. Arya surprises the Hound by dismounting, wandering over to the man and brutally and repeatedly stabbing him. Roose smartly expresses concern over the Blackfish — who inadvertently escaped the massacre by leaving the banquet hall to pee — but Walder brushes him off.
Walder then asks him about the sack of Winterfell and Roose reveals that it was his bastard, Ramsay Snow Iwan Rheon , who actually destroyed the castle, not the ironborn. Instead, he gives Theon a new nickname, Reek. His letter also reveals that he flayed and killed all 20 of the ironborn men who held Winterfell — despite the fact that they met his terms by surrendering Theon — and plans to do the same with any ironborn who are left in the North.
However, Tywin remains calm and simply sends Joffrey to bed to diffuse the situation. Tywin then sits Tyrion down and orders him to consummate his marriage with Sansa in order to produce a son who can become Warden of the North. Tywin also cruelly reveals that he wanted to kill Tyrion on the day he was born by throwing him into the sea, but chose not to because Tyrion is a Lannister. When Tyrion returns to his chambers, he finds a despondent Sansa crying over the news of the Red Wedding. After a long and arduous journey, Jaime, Brienne and Qyburn arrive in the capital.
Jaime immediately seeks out Cersei, who is shocked at his appearance. Gilly reveals that she has decided to name her baby Sam. When Jon stops to wash out his wounds en route to Castle Black, he looks up to see that Ygritte has tracked him down and has her bow drawn on him.
Ygritte is visibly distraught and fires three arrows into him as he rides away. Despite his injuries, Jon is still able to make it back to Castle Black, much to the delight of Sam and Pyp. At Dragonstone, Davos decides to set Gendry free before Melisandre can sacrifice him to the Lord of Light and helps him escape in a rowboat. Stannis sentences Davos to die for his treason, but Davos has a plan. Surprisingly, Melisandre agrees and Davos is spared. Outside of Yunkai, Daenerys prepares to greet the slaves she has freed. As punishment for murdering a guest beneath his roof, the gods cursed the cook and turned him into a rat who could only eat his own young.
Although three of the kings battling for the throne in the War of the Five Kings are still alive, the Lannisters have pretty much got the Seven Kingdoms on lock. For now, that is. Oberyn believes that it was Tywin who ordered the Mountain to kill them. However, this time, Ser Dontos Hollard — the knight that Sansa prevented Joffrey from killing back in the season 2 premiere — shows up to give her a necklace that he says belonged to his mother as a token of his gratitude.
When Tyrion returns to his chambers, Shae is waiting to seduce him, but he rebuffs her. Shae accuses him of being in love with Sansa and of sending Varys to try to bribe her to leave, but he denies both claims. Shae then storms out of the room. Elsewhere in the castle, Cersei watches as Qyburn fits Jaime with a golden prosthetic hand.
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