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The North Remembers

The North Remembers

The eldest living brother of the late King Robert, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), announces himself as rightful heir to the Iron Throne. From his court at the island of Dragonstone, he sends a letter to all the corners of the Seven Kingdoms announcing that Joffrey, Tommen, and Myrcella are not Robert's true heirs, but rather the products of incest between Cersei Lannister and her twin brother Jaime. Stannis, though, refuses to seek an alliance with the other claimants (including his younger brother Renly), as his advisor Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) urges, as he sees them as usurpers; Stannis insists that all will bend the knee to him or be destroyed.

Stannis's maester, Cressen, is preoccupied with Stannis's late decisions and especially with the influence that the priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) has over him. Having come under the influence of the Red Priestess and her god, the Lord of Light, Stannis has even converted to the new religion and has ordered the burning of the statues of the Westerosii Seven Gods. Willing to sacrifice himself for Stannis's sake, Cressen puts poison in a cup and asks Melisandre to drink from it after he has done so. While he dies almost immediately, the priestess swallows the entire cup unaffected.