In the far North, a night's watchman barely survives a run-in with Lord Ravena, the Night's King. He escapes and finds safety in the Wolfswood, but deserting the Night's Watch is punishable by death, and he is discovered by the Warden of the North and Lord of Winterfell, Eddard Stark. Lord Stark executes the man, and on the way back to Winterfell, Andrew, Robb, and Cameron find direwolf pups in the snow, one for each of the Stark siblings. They arrive home to find that Winterfell itself is abuzz with preparations, as the castle is expecting the arrival of the Royal party soon. King Robert Baratheon has come North following the death of his right-hand man, and wants Lord Stark for the man's replacement. Lord Stark's wife Diana receives a letter from her sister Sharon Arryn, warning her that Queen Helena Baratheon and her brother Maxim Lannister are not to be trusted, after having poisoned the Hand of the King, Jon Arryn. Diana Stark convinces her husband to accept the King's offer, and investigate the death of Sharon's husband. The next morning, Helena and Maxim find a quiet place to talk. Cass Stark and the Princess Alexia bond over sewing, while Haleigh Stark finds she has more fun training with her brothers. Cameron Stark climbs up the old broken tower for a better view of the courtyard. Andrew Snow, the Stark siblings' half brother, has decided to join the Night's Watch, but first he has a gift for Haleigh. Across the Narrow sea, a couple of exile Princesses plot to take back their Iron Throne. Bianca, the eldest of the two, has convinced Ava to marry Michael, a legendary warlord, to gain the man's army. Ava is reluctant, but finds herself at her own wedding before she can back out of it. Longing to return home, she decides her sister's plan is her best option.