A Game of Thrones: Chapter Sixty-One to Chapter Seventy Summaries
Chapter 61- Daenerys
Daenerys rides into Lhazareen, a town recently conquered by Drogo. Daenerys saves the women from being raped by the Dothraki warriors. She then finds Drogo with his riders. Drogo has suffered a cut on his chest. When asked where the healers are, Drogo tells her that he sent them away, to heal other warriors first. She begs him to find a healer to sew up his wound. A woman that she has earlier saved, by the name of Mirri Maz Duur, volunteers to clean up and sew Drogo’s wound. Initially she is met with contempt by Drogo’s bloodriders, who spit on the ground and call her a witch, but Daenerys manages to convince Drogo to let Mirri tend to his wound.
Chapter 62 – Tyrion
Tyrion and his clansmen are to take on the vanguard of the attack against the Stark army. He meets his new squire, a shy boy by the name of Prodick Payne. Bronn also introduces him to Shae – Tyrion had earlier told Bronn to help find him a prostitute. Tyrion is delighted with Shae’s wit and beauty.
Tyrion is rudely awaked the next morning by the loud blare of war horns. He dons his armor and leads the clansmen into battle. The Lannisters win the battle, and Tyrion is somewhat surprised that he has managed to survive. When reports come in, it is learned that Robb was never in this battle; the majority of the Stark army were now on the other side of the Green Fork, riding to Riverrun.
Chapter 63 – Catelyn
Robb goes over the battle plans with his bannermen. They report that Jaime Lannister has split his army into three to lay siege to Riverrun. They suggest laying a trap for Jaime Lannister; his bannermen agree that it is a trap the Kingslayer would definitely fall for because Jaime has a reputation for riding out with his scouts, never content to just stay at camp. And true enough, the trap works and they capture Jaime Lannister. Theon suggests killing Jaime. Robb disagrees, stating that Jaime will be more use to them alive than dead.
Chapter 64 – Daenerys
Drogo does not follow Mirri Maz Duur’s instructions on the care of his wound. He becomes delirious with pain, even dropping off from his horse, a bad omen for born riders like the Dothraki. Daenerys orders her bodyguards to take Drogo to a covered tent, away from the eyes of others. She then orders them to bring Mirri Maz Duur to the tent. Jorah enters and removes the poultice from Drogo’s chest, only to discover that the chest wound is festering. He warns Daenerys that Drogo will be dead very soon. He also tells her that the best thing to do now would be for both of them to leave the khalasar; if Drogo dies, the other Khals will kill her once they take control of the khalasar. When Daenerys asks why, Jorah tells her that the other Khals will want no competition from her baby.
Mirri arrives but states that there is nothing she can do for Drogo. Daenerys begs her to save him. Mirri proposes a bloodmagic ritual, but warns Daenerys that the price is steep, for it involves death. Daenerys agrees, ignorant of the true price. Mirri instructs everyone to leave the tent and forbids them from entering. Ghostly shadows and screams can be heard in the tent. Drogo’s bloodriders try to enter the tent, intending to kill Mirri, but Daenerys and her bloodriders stop them – some of them die in the process. Daenerys goes into labor, but none of the birthing women dare come. Bereft of choices, Jorah carries Daenerys into the Khal’s tent despite Mirri’s warning.
Chapter 65 – Arya
Arya has been hiding in King’s Landing all this while, surviving by catching and eating pigeons. One day, she sees a crowd of people rushing to the Great Sept of Baelor, and so she follows too. She sees King Joffrey, the Queen and Sansa. They are flanked by the Kingsguard and Lord Petyr and Varys. Eddard is brought out to face the crowd. He confesses to his crimes and proclaims Joffrey the true king.
Joffrey then tells the crowd that his bride, Sansa, has requested mercy for her father. The Queen, he tells them, has requested that Eddard be allowed to join the Night’s Watch. Joffrey, however, goes against both of their wishes, and orders Ilyn Payne to execute Eddard. Sansa faints, Varys and the Queen protest, and Arya finds herself roughly manhandled into an alley by Yoren.
Chapter 66 – Bran
Bran tells Maester Luwin about his dreams; he has been having dreams of walking down into the Stark family crypt and seeing his father there. Maester Luwin then brings Bran, carried by Osha, down into the family crypt, to prove him wrong. As they walk in the crypt, Maester Luwin is suddenly attacked by Shaggydog; Rickon and his direwolf have been staying in the crypt as. When asked the reason for doing so, Rickon mentions that it is because he saw their father, Eddard, in the crypt. Maester Luwin convinces everyone to go back up. A raven brings bad news: Eddard had been executed.
Chapter 67 – Sansa
Sansa has been staying in her room for days, weeping and grieving. Joffrey summons her and brings her to the battlements, where he forces her to look at her father’s head sitting atop an iron spike. Joffrey then tells her he will bring her the head of her brother, Robb Stark, as a gift. Sansa snaps and says that perhaps Robb will give her Joffrey’s head instead. Joffrey orders one of the Kingsguard to slap her for her insolence. Sansa notices that Joffrey is at the edge of the battlements; she attempts to push him off, but her attempt fails when the Hounds steps in between the both of them, offering her a tissue to wipe the blood on her lips.
Chapter 68 – Daenerys
Daenerys wakes up from a long, deep sleep. She asks to see her son, but Ser Jorah tells her that her son is dead. When pressed for further details, Jorah cannot answer, but Mirri Maz Duur does. She tells Daenerys that the child was born deformed, with wings, and the skin fell off from the bones: this was the true price for Drogo’s life. Daenerys demands that Mirri brings her to see Drogo. When they go outside, they see that the khalasar is no more; the few that remain are mostly the old and infirm.
They find Drogo outside, staring at the sun. Daenerys is horrified when she realizes that Drogo is now blind. Furious, she orders Mirri to be bound and carried back to camp. When night comes, she uses every trick that she can think of to breathe life back into Drogo. But he never even acknowledges her presence. With tears in her eyes, she smothers him with a cushion.
Chapter 69 – Tyrion
Tywin has been rapidly marching south, trying to bolster Jamie’s forces. He soon hears new of Jamie’s capture as well as the breaking of the Riverrun siege. Tywin’s bannermen offer many suggestion but he orders them to leave the war council, save for Tyrion and Tywin’s brother, Kevan. Tywin reveals that Renly Baratheon has left King’s Landing – he has married Margaery Tyrell and proclaimed himself King, with the full power of the Tyrells behind him. He also reveals unsettling rumors that Stannis is gathering a force at Dragonstone. Tywin decides to deal with Robb’s army first. He orders Tyrion to go to King’s Landing, to rule in his stead, but warns Tyrion not to bring Shae to the King’s court. Tyrion decides to go against his father’s orders in regards to Shae.
Chapter 70 – Jon
Jon decides to sneak off in the night, to join up with Robb’s army. Sam and the rest of Jon’s friends stop him, however. They shame him by repeating the vows he made when he was raised to the Night’s Watch, vows that pledge loyalty and service. Jon Snow gives up and returns to Castle Black.
In the morning, Jeor Mormont tells Jon that he is not surprised by Jon’s actions; in fact, he had been expecting it. He had also expected Jon to be back by morning. Jeor then tells Jon that a lot of strange things have been happening North of the Wall, and that he intends to lead a large expedition beyond the Wall, to find the truth behind Benjen’s disappearance. Jon, ashamed of his actions, agrees to join the expedition, and promises the Commander that he will never run away again.