A Game of Thrones: Chapter Thirty-One to Chapter Forty Summaries
Chapter 31 – Tyrion
Tyrion is surprised that Catelyn isn’t taking him to Winterfell, but to the Vale of Arryn instead. He had been hoping that someone at the inn would bring news of his capture to his father, but now sees that Catelyn’s announcement at the inn was a ruse, to draw off any Lannister attack.
Catelyn tells Tyrion that she knows the Valyrian steel knife belongs to him, and she recounts Littlefinger’s tale to him, of how Tyrion had won the knife betting against his brother, Jaime. Tyrion is about to defend himself when the entire group is ambushed by a gang of mountain clansmen. They win the battle but suffer 3 losses. In the fight, Bronn, one of the hired sellswords accompanying them to the Eyrie, fought particularly well.
After the battle is over, Tyrion tells Catelyn why Littlefinger’s account of the wager was wrong: Tyrion would never bet against family.
Chapter 32- Arya
Syrio Forel has set Arya the job of catching cats. While running after a cat, she finds herself in a strange section of the castle, where the skulls of the once famous Targaryen dragons are kept. She overhears a conversation between two men, who talk in whispers about how the Starks and Lannisters would soon be at war, and how the khal wouldn’t do anything until his son is born.
Arya hears a lot of other things, but she understands little of it. Eventually, she makes her way out of that part of the castle and runs to tell her father of what she has just heard. Eddard appears concerned but doesn’t take her story seriously. Yoren then arrives in the Hand’s Chambers; in a private meeting, Eddard learns from Yoren that Catelyn has now taken Tyrion Lannister prisoner.
Chapter 33 – Eddard
The King’s small council convenes, will all members presents save Stannis Baratheon. Varys presents an important piece of news: Daenerys Targaryen is pregnant. King Robert wants to send an assassin to kill Daenerys. Eddard argues against doing this, and he is backed up by the ever-honorable Barristan Selmy. However, all the other members of the council agree with the King’s proposal. Seeing that Robert is not about to budge, Eddard resigns as Hand of the King.
Eddard is packing up, having ordered his guards to gather all his household members in preparation for their departure back to Winterfell, when Petyr Baelish enters his chambers. Petyr tells Eddard that the King has decided to give a lordship to any man that successfully kills Daenerys. Petyr also tells Eddard that he has discovered the brothel that Jon Arryn and Stannis Baratheon had visited together. He suggests that they both visit the brothel before Eddard heads back to Winterfell.
Chapter 34 – Catelyn
Catelyn and her party are attacked by another group of clansmen; 3 more men die. They approach the first of the Vale’s gates, and Catelyn continues on foot alone, in the darkness. It is normally dangerous, but Lysa Arryn has requested that her sister meet her immediately. She completes the dangerous journey, finally arriving at the ancestral castle of the Arryns, the Eyrie. When she finally comes face-to-face with her sister, she learns that Lysa is furious at her for bringing Tyrion to the Vale.
Lysa wants her son, the sickly Robert Arryn, to stay in the Vale. Her reason: before his death, Jon Arryn had told her that “the seed is strong”. Lysa interprets this as Jon referring to their son, Robert Arryn. Catelyn warns Lysa that even the Eyrie is not impregnable. Robert Arryn then mentions that he wants to see Tyrion “fly”, a euphemism for throwing someone down the mountainside. Lysa Arryn muses that the Arryns might just do that to Tyrion.
Chapter 35 – Eddard
Eddard, Petyr and several Stark guards head over to the brothel which Jon Arryn and Stannis Baratheon allegedly visited. They meet another one of the King’s bastards, a baby girl win fine dark hair. When Eddard asks whether Jon Arryn was killed because he knew about Robert’s many bastards, Petyr says the notion is preposterous, considering that Robert’s many bastards around the Seven Kingdoms isn’t exactly a secret.
As they leave the brothel, they are surrounded by Jaime Lannister and a party of Lannister guards. Petyr runs off, promising to bring the City Watch. Jaime demands for Tyrion’s release, threatening to kill Eddard for ordering his brother’s capture. Eddard warns Jaime that doing so would make Tyrion a dead man. Jaime reluctantly agrees and rides off, telling his guards to kill all of Eddard’s men but to leave Eddard alone. Eddard helps his men, but they are badly outnumbered. He falls from his horse and breaks a leg; his men are slaughtered. He is brought back to the castle, where Maester Pycelle administers to his serious wound.
Chapter 36 – Daenerys
Daenerys and the rest of the khalasar enter Vaes Dothrak, capital and the holy city to the Dothraki. Khal Drogo intends to make a sacrifice in the city. Daenerys and Ser Jorah talk about the chances of a Dothraki army invading the Seven Kingdoms. Jorah mentions that Viserys is quickly losing patience, but states that Khal Drogo will offer his help in good time.
Daenerys invites Viserys to dinner, with the hope of giving him some fine Dothraki garments. Viserys, in his pride, mistakes this for an order, and threatens her. She hits him, and warns him that should he threatens her again, she would have him killed. Daenerys hugs one of the dragon eggs to sleep that night and falls into slumber knowing that the son in her belly would be the true king, the true Targaryen dragon.
Chapter 37 – Bran
Bran goes out on his first ride, using the special saddle that was created for him based on Tyrion Lannister’s design. He is accompanied by Robb, Theon and some of the household guards. Their direwolves go along as well, hunting for prey in the forests. Bran is enjoying his ride but during the ride, Robb tells him of their father’s encounter with Jaime Lannister in King’s Landing, and how he had been injured and the rest of the men killed. Upon hearing this, Bran feels sad and wants to return to the castle, but they have to go off to look for their direwolves first.
While doing so, Bran is ambushed by a gang of six – four being deserters of the Night’s Watch, and the other two wilding women. Robb, Theon and the direwolves come to the rescue, and in the ensuing skirmish, only one of the wildling women, Oshawa, survives. She is taken back to Winterfell for questioning.
Chapter 38 – Tyrion
Tyrion finds himself in a cell. The cells in the Eyrie are not like other cells: one can always escape, by jumping down the mountainside. Tyrion eventually manages to bribe the brutish gaoler into taking him to Lysa Arryn. He tells the gaoler it is because he wishes to confess his crimes, but instead, he requests for a fair trial. When told he would be trialed by the sickly Robert Arryn himself, Tyrion declines to take part in the farce and says he wants a trial by combat. Lysa chooses Ser Vardis, an honorable knight, to be her champion. Tyrion chooses his brother, Jaime, but his choice is rebuffed by Lysa, who says that Jaime is too far away and that the trial would begin today. Tyrion looks around him in despair, but is relieved when Bronn volunteers to be his Champion.
Chapter 39 – Eddard
Eddard is finally awake after a week of sleep and rest. The King and Queen immediately visit him in his chambers. The King is angry over the whole affair. Eddard asks the King to give him leave to go capture Jaime, who has since fled King’s Landing to return to Casterly Rock. The Queen accuses Eddard of seizing her brother, Tyrion, an action which started everything. Robert tells Eddard to release Tyrion and make peace with Jaime. Cersei insults Robert for not agreeing with her, and Robert responds by hitting her. Cersei leaves. The King leaves shortly thereafter for a hunt, but before leaving, he reappoints Eddard as the Hand of the King.
Chapter 40 – Catelyn
The trial by combat between Ser Vardis and Bronn takes place. Ser Vardis is fully armored and enters combat with a shield; Bronn enters with very light armor, and declines the offer of a shield. The two men fight, and Bronn’s strategy quickly becomes apparent to several of the onlookers: to evade Ser Vardis’ attacks, and let the weight of the heavy plate armor and shield slowly take its toll upon the knight’s strength and speed. The strategy is successful, and Bronn manages to kill Ser Vardis. Lysa unwillingly frees Tyrion, and his belongings are returned to him. He is also given horses and supplies. Tyrion and Bronn depart from the Eyrie.