To Cersei’s dismay, Tyrion takes up his post as acting Hand at King’s Landing. At Dragonstone, Stannis proclaims allegiance to Melisandre’s new god and lays public claim to the Iron Throne, revealing Joffrey’s bastardy. The latter orders the soldiers to slaughter Robert’s bastards, one of whom, named Gendry, manages to escape King’s Landing along with Arya.
Having won three victories, Robb offers the Lannisters peace in exchange for the North’s independence and Sansa’s return, sending Theon to gain the support of Balon, his father, and Catelyn to seek alliance with Renly, who also claims the throne.
Beyond the Wall, the Night’s Watch finds shelter with Craster and his daughters/wives. In Essos, as her people slowly die in the Red Waste, Daenerys sends out riders for reconnaissance.