Before Ned leaves to go to King’s Landing, his son Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) decides to climb up one of the towers at Winterfell, as kids do, where he sees Queen Cersei Lannister having sex with her twin brother, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster Waldau). They catch Bran spying on them and Jaime pushes Bran out the window, paralyzing the boy and leaving him in a coma, clinging for his life.
Despite the circumstances, Ned and his daughters leave for King’s Landing. Once they get there, Ned starts investigating the death of the previous Hand of the King to try to determine why the queen and her brother would have wanted him dead. Arya starts taking sword fighting lessons with a Braavosi swordsman named Syrio Fore (Miltos Yerolemou) to help her train with Needle. Meanwhile, Sansa starts forging a relationship with Queen Cersei, as she prepares to one day be queen herself.
Back at Winterfell, a hired assassin shows up to try and kill Bran in the middle of the night, but Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) catches him in the act and wrestles him to the ground. Then Bran’s direwolf comes and kills the would-be assassin. Catelyn takes the assassin’s Valyrian steel knife and travels down to King’s Landing to try and figure out who gave this expensive blade to an assassin to kill her son.
In King’s Landing, Catelyn shows the blade to Ned and her childhood friend Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) who runs a brothel in town and is also the Treasurer (Master of Coin) for the entire Kingdom. Petyr tells her the blade used to belong to him, but he lost it in a bet to the queen’s brother Tyrion.