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Who actually sent the assassin to kill Brandon Stark in Game of Thrones S01E02? Jamie believes it was not Cercei, and swears he did not do it - and it makes no sense for him to lie to Catelyn about that since he admitted to her that he pushed him out of the window.

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The books probably clear this up if you are so inclined... –  Meat Trademark Feb 2 at 18:09
    
I'm in the 3rd book now, and it really seems to be a dropped thread. I am inclined to think it was Robert, who thought he was dong Ned a mercy. –  Hank Feb 2 at 22:11
    
If I were you, I would wait till I finish Book 3, there are some hints in book 3 as to who might have done it. But its not crystal clear. –  cosmic_wanderer Feb 3 at 1:10
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Keep reading book 3. And this has already been discussed here: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/4613/… –  System Down Feb 3 at 2:45
    
@MeatTrademark I wonder if it's worth answering in spoiler tags? It strikes me as a good question which it would be nice to have a proper answer for –  Liath Feb 3 at 12:28
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Great question. I am simply providing an answer so this question is no longer listed as Unanswered.

As stated, this question was already answered here on SciFi (as System Down mentioned in his comment)

Tyrion concluded after his own investigations that it was his nephew Joffery who did it. Joffery overheard his father (King Robert Baratheon) saying that putting Bran out of his misery would be the merciful and brave thing to do. Wanting to impress Robert, Joffrey stole the dragon bone hilt dagger, hired an assassin and gave him the dagger with orders to kill Bran. Later, during a celebration (Joffrey's wedding I think), Tyrion strongly hinted to Joffrey that he knew all about his role in the assassination attempt. Joffrey's demeanor changed, which confirmed it in Tyrion's mind. But of course he never confessed.

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