Speaking of The Wall, various men of the Night's Watch are in the courtyard looking at some pale corpses. The fat bald one is identified as Othor, and the other one is the one whose hand was torn off by Ghost. They were last seen in company of Benjen, but there's no sign of Benjen himself. The theory at first is that they've been dead a long time, but Samwell points out that they don't stink, which presumably means they're not rotting. This is accepted as a good point. Snow thinks the bodies should be burned, but Mormont wants Aemon to examine them, although it's possible he just wants them stacked up in Aemon's chambers as a prank. He does take a moment to verbally pat Sam on the head for not being a complete idiot, which is nice of him. And then he's summoned to Maester Aemon himself, who has received a raven from King's Landing. I don't know if you've noticed, but I kind of vacillate between calling them ravens and crows. Part of the problem is that I'm not the best at distinguishing between black corvids, but also I'm pretty sure they're using crows but calling them ravens. So I'll probably keep doing it.
Somewhat later, Mormont is sitting in his chambers when Snow comes in. He tells Snow to bring him a horn of ale... and to have one for himself. The raven has clearly brought bad news. Mormont tells Snow that the king is dead, and that Lord Stark has been charged with treason. "They say he conspired with Robert's brothers to deny the throne to Prince Joffrey." That's not entirely inaccurate, I guess. I mean, he was "right" to do so if you like, but he definitely talked to Renly and sent a message to Stannis to try to keep Joffrey from becoming king. Snow reads the letter and stands. Mormont reminds him that his duty lies here, on this desolate Wall, rather than down south causing trouble. Snow says that his sisters aren't mentioned in this letter, and Mormont speculates that they'll be treated gently. Sure they will.