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The Bear and the Maiden Fair 

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Jon and the wildlings travel south of the Wall. Talisa tells Robb that she's pregnant. Arya runs away from the Brotherhood. Daenerys arrives at Yunkai. Jaime leaves Brienne behind at Harrenhal.


Michelle MacLaren


George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 2 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Richard Madden ... Robb Stark
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Michelle Fairley ... Catelyn Stark
Charles Dance ... Tywin Lannister
Natalie Dormer ... Margaery Tyrell
Carice van Houten ... Melisandre (as Carice Van Houten)
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Oona Chaplin ... Talisa Stark


Robb and his entourage are traveling to the Freys but wet weather has delayed them. Talisa has big news for him. Jon Snow, Ygritte and the others have crossed into the south and are headed to Castle Black. Margaery has good advice for Sansa who dreads the thought of having to marry Tyrion. For his part, Tyrion thinks she's too young. Shae is also unhappy with Tyrion's upcoming marriage and she wants them to run away. Tywin Lannister makes sure King Joffrey knows exactly who is on charge. Daenerys and her army arrive at Yunkai, the Yellow City. Ser Jorah recommends that they simply bypass the walled city as conquering it serves no useful purpose. She disagrees but the slavers of Yunkai refuse to free all of their slaves. Melissandre arrives in King's Landing with Gendry and tells him of his ancestry. Arya meanwhile runs off on her own and into the arms of an enemy. Jaime begins his trip to King's Landing but refuses to leave Brienne behind. Theon Greyjoy is comforted by two young ... Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

12 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of the series to film scenes in the United States. The scenes in the bear pit were filmed in Los Angeles, because they involve a live bear (named Little Bart), and there are various legal restrictions on international transport of large animals such as bears. See more »


Tywin tells Joffrey that the dragon skulls that once lined the throne room were arranged largest to smallest, with the smallest next to the Iron Throne. In Game of Thrones: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things, Viserys tells Doreah the opposite, that the largest skull was next to the throne. See more »


Joffrey Baratheon: Tell me about the Targaryen girl in the east. And her dragons.
Tywin Lannister: Where did you hear about this?
Joffrey Baratheon: Is it true?
Tywin Lannister: Apparently so.
Joffrey Baratheon: Don't you think we ought to do something about it?
Tywin Lannister: When I was Hand of the King under your father's predecessor, the skulls of all the Targaryen dragons were kept in this room. And the skull of the last of them was right here. It was the size of an apple.
Joffrey Baratheon: And the biggest was the size of a carriage.
Tywin Lannister: Yes, and the creature to whom it belonged died 300 years ago. Curiosities on ...
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: Two Swords (2014) See more »


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17 September 2018 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 3, episode 7. Jon, Ygritte and the Wildlings are heading to Castle Black - Jon is afraid for the Wildlings safety. Arya escapes the Brotherhood and the Hound catches her. Theon is tortured again - and castrated. Talisa is pregnant and tells Robb. Daenerys is still making deals and getting things ready to head to Westeros. Tywin reminds Joffrey who is really in charge of King's Landing. Jaime is release to leave Harrenhal but comes back for Brienne.


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