Rodrik's head is still attached. CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Kick! His head's finally off. That was pretty sloppy work. Do you think Ned Stark is the "Old Gods" of the title and Theon is the "New"? Because if that's what they were going for, that's bad news for everybody.
Oh, hey! It's a white dire wolf! Remember Ghost? He's the wolf that's occasionally near Jon Snow, when the show remembers he exists. In the books, I believe he's described as Snow's "constant companion," but a surprising number of plot points would change if there was really a giant killer wolf on hand. Like that time Snow got whopped over the head, which I really only keep bringing up because I liked the word "whopped." Ghost is happily roaming over a snowy mountaintop. Jon Snow, Qhorin Halfhand and three other rangers are also roaming over the mountains, but they're not as cheerful about it. Qhorin is of the opinion that Ghost is a wild creature who Snow can't train or predict. And he also shares some important exposition that the wildlings sleep during the day and move around at night. Snow points out that Qhorin just claims that wild things can't be predicted and Qhorin corrects him: he said that Snow can't do it.
Snow suggests that maybe they should be sleeping during the day themselves, since they'd just decided to act more like the wildlings themselves. But that won't work because unlike the actual wildlings, they don't know the terrain and would fall into a crevasse in the dark. They talk about how they're at war. Big deal -- everyone on this show is at war. Qhorin asks if Snow is prepared to lay down his life, but it's a trick question. He wants Snow to fight and struggle before he dies all so the people south of the wall will be alive because some nameless bastard gave his life. And when Snow says he understands, Halfhand backs off, saying they're just words. I think Qhorin is imagining himself as a brilliant mentor here, but really he's just being a jerk who negates everything Snow says.
Off to Harrenhal, which I think is my favorite plot location at the moment. Arya and Tywin are both lots of fun. Tywin is engaged in a common hobby: berating his council for being dopes. Here's what this one guy did: "This letter detailing our inventory movements was meant for Lord Damon of House Marbrand. It was send to Lord Marlym of House Dormund." This sounds like a hilarious misunderstanding! Tywin tells Arya to get the Lineage of the Greater and Lesser Houses and Arya accidentally reveals that she can read when she grabs the book before he tells her which one it is. Actually, I think if Tywin had been fully paying attention, he would have realized that she knew which book it was before she even had to read the title. Tywin makes the dummy tell him that House Dormund owes allegiance to House Stark, so this is a bad mistake. He dismisses this dope. To be fair, that's sloppy work. You're not supposed to send vital military information directly to your enemies. He has Arya put the book away. He also jocularly (for him) suggests that she devise the next battle plan.