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In another part of the world, Gendry and Melisandre arrive at Storm's End. Gendry seems pretty impressed by everything, which makes sense, seeing as how he used to live in a place called Flea Bottom and eat rat stew. Stannis, though, looks none too happy to see him and is downright rude to Gendry, who is, after all, his nephew. Gendry is sent away to get a bath and a nice meal and this promise from Melisandre: "I'll come visit you soon."
Stannis is disgusted, saying, "If it needs to be done, do it. Don't torture the boy." Which, well. It seems like Arya was right and that Melisandre intends to kill Gendry. Stannis seems honestly conflicted about this, but then Melisandre gets all calm and creepy, saying, "Have you ever slaughtered a lamb, my king? If the lamb sees the knife, she panics, her panic seeps into her meat and darkens it, fouls the flavor."
Stannis asks, "You've slaughtered many lambs?"
"And none have seen the blade," Melisandre replies. Well, then!
Meanwhile, in the dungeons at Storm's End, Davos is making some real progress with his reading. Good for you, Davos. Stannis visits him and finally, with his usual amount of gruffness, pays his respects to Davos for the loss of his son. Also, Stannis confides in Davos about Melisandre's plan to sacrifice Gendry. Clearly, Stannis sees Davos as a kind of external conscious, but Stannis is still trying to rationalize that sacrificing Gendry is worth it for the greater good, saying, "We do not choose our destiny, but we must do our duty, no? What's one bastard boy compared to a kingdom."
Of course, Davos disagrees, claiming that there are no gods, not even the Lord of Light. Despite all this, Stannis decides to free Davos. I'm happy about this for several reasons, but one of them is definitely that I want to see Davos and Stannis' daughter Shireen hanging out more. She was awesome.
Later, Gendry gets a visit from Melisandre. They're in quite the fancy bedchamber, lots of red velvet and candles. George Costanza would like it, because being in that room would quite literally be like being draped in velvet. Gendry seems to be enjoying it. At first he's hesitant, but Melisandre knows how to make a man relax. By which I mean, she takes her clothes off. Melisandre, who is not necessarily one of my favorite characters, then utters the BEST EVER pick-up line that I will now be using should I ever wish to lure someone into my bed. She practically purrs, "Come fight death with me." I love that so much. And so Gendry lies on his back like a good boy. But his pleasure doesn't last for long, because Melisandre ties him up at the wrists and ankles (which, might not necessarily be the worst thing in the world, but only if it's consensual, kids, only then) and then puts LEECHES ON HIS BODY INCLUDING HIS PENIS.
Leeches! Melisandre says to Gendry, "There's power in the blood of kings and you have so much blood." It's after she says that last part that she puts a leech right on his dick. Ah! That's so twisted. I love that. And then, who should walk in but Stannis and Davos. Melisandre plucks off the leeches, and has Stannis place them in a fire whilst saying three names: "The usurper Robb Stark. The usurper Balon Greyjoy. The usurper Joffrey Baratheon." All three leaches sputter and spark and explode in the flames. I'd be feeling pretty unsafe if I was one of those usurpers.