Council meeting! There are a lot of problems in the city around King's Landing. Unless the city itself is called "King's Landing" and the castle is that Red Keep Viserys was talking about. Anyway, the city is having troubles, largely caused by all the people that are in town for the Hand's Tournament. There's a lot of drunkenness and fighting. Before dealing with that, Lord Stark would like to make it clear that he, as the Hand of the King, wants no part of the tournament and would prefer to call it "The King's Tournament." He says that Littlefinger will round up more money for hiring extra men to keep peace in the city. Littlefinger is a little skeptical about that, but he didn't put up a fuss when the tournament itself required a lot more money. Varys opines that that tournaments are good because they give the rich a chance for glory and the poor a respite from their woes. End of meeting!
After the meeting, Pycelle oils up to Lord Stark and says that he envies the northerners their summer snows. Their what? I don't understand the weather on this show. First they have winters and summers that last for years, and now they have snow during the summer. All I know is that winter is probably coming. I'm pretty sure somebody mentioned that. Pycelle says that he could not save Jon Arryn, whose sickness struck him both very hard and very fast. Pycelle gets Ned's attention when he says that Lord Jon came to him often for counsel, which he clarifies to mean that he came looking for a particular book shortly before his mysterious death. He describes it as a ponderous tome. Oh, he read a particular book and then died? I've read Name of the Rose, so I have a theory about what's going to be revealed.