The eighth episode of the first season of Game of Thrones, “The Pointy End”, firstly aired on June 5,2011 was written by George R.R. Martin and directed by Daniel Minahan.
The episode reveals that Tyrion and Bronn are surrounded by the barbarian hill tribes of the Vale as they headed towards Tywin’s camp. Tyrion, by promising them gold, weapons & an army to help them seize the Vale of Arryn, convinces them to join the fight against the Starks. Catelyn shows the letter she received about events at King’s Landing to her sister, Lysa who refuses to send troops to help the Starks to which Catelyn leaves the Eyrie. Robb receives a letter from his sister and calls his family’s bannermen to war against the Lannisters. Robb and his army marched south, leaving Bran in charge of Winterfell, and are later joined by his mother, Catelyn. A Lannister’s scout is captured by Robb’s men who he lets to go to Tywn with the message that the north is coming for him. Jon Snow, Samwell Tarly and their party returned to the Wall with two frozen corpses, which are recognized as Benjen Stark’s fellow rangers by Lord Commander Mormont. Later, Jon is informed about the events in south by Mormont. Ser Alliser Thorne mocks Eddard’s disloyalty. Enraged Jon charges at Thorne with his knife but his companions held him back.
Jon’s direwolf Ghost behaved in a strange manner inciting him to investigate Mormont’s quarters. As he enters, he is attacked by one dead ranger returned to life as a wight. Jon destroys the wight. The two bodies are burned by Mormont and the Night’s Watch. Sam told them that he read that the corpses which are touched by White Walkers are revived and can be killed only by fire. In order to gather funds for the ships needed to invade the Seven Kingdoms, Drogo’s gang robs a village. Daenerys is dismayed seeing Dothraki raiders gathering village women for rape and enslavement and demands raiders to marry the women they desire instead of enslaving, to which Drogo also agrees. The leading raider, Mago challenged the Khal to a duel and is killed by Drogo easily. After Ned’s imprisonment, the Lannisters move against rest of the Starks. Sansa, Ned’s eldest daughter is detained but Arya manages to escape with the help of her teacher, Syrio Forel. Sansa writes a letter to Robb, entreating him to come to King’s Landing and swear fealty to Joffrey. Tywin Lannister becomes the new Hand of the King. Joffrey gives Ser Barristan Selmy’s post to Jaime Lannister as Lord Commander of the kingsgaurd and offers Selmy a castle and land to appreciate his services but he takes it as an insult and departs. Sansa pleads for her father’s life publicly and Joffrey says that if Ned confesses and accepts him as rightful king, he will show mercy towards Ned.
About 3.6 million viewers were attracted by this episode and praised by many people.