When the Kings Hand dies, King Robert travels to Winterfell, home of the Starks, to ask his old friend Eddard to take the honor.
King Robert proposes a marriage of their houses, between Prince Joffrey and Ned's daughter, Sansa.
A huge feast is thrown in honor of the King's visit and all make merry, with the exception of Jon Snow, the bastard, who was not permitted to attend.
Catelyn's sister sends news that her husband, the former Hand of the King, was murdered.
In the free city of Pentos, Daenerys has been sold to Kohl Drogo of the Dothraki, by her brother Viserys, in his quest to get regain the crown that was lost when their father was killed in power.
Bran, the fourth child of the Stark family, prone to climbing and other such antics, discovers a secret of the Queen's that may cause his demise.