Robert reappoints Ned as Hand and tasks him with running affairs until Robert returns from hunting. Villagers from Riverrun arrive in the throne room with news of atrocities committed by raiders, who Ned deduces were led by Gregor Clegane, a Lannister retainer. Ned sentences Gregor to death and sends a message to Tywin Lannister, summoning him to a trial. Ned decides to send Sansa (now reconciled with Joffrey) and Arya back to Winterfell. Ned discovers that Joffrey and his siblings are not Robert’s biological children. Bran, while out testing his new saddle, is attacked by Wildings. Robb, Ned’s oldest son, and Theon, Ned’s foster son whose father was a fallen rebel king, save him. In the Vale, Tyrion demands a trial by combat, which Lysa grants. She chooses Ser Vardis, and Tyrion asks for a champion. The sellsword (mercenary) Bronn volunteers, kills Vardis, and thereby obtains Tyrion’s release. Meanwhile, Viserys becomes enraged with Drogo for not honoring his promise and threatens to kill Daenerys’ unborn child. Drogo kills Viserys by pouring molten gold on his head.