A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 16 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 16 Summary

Bran must do his best to be the Stark in Winterfell now that a harvest feast has been called. It is not easy and he stops in the yard to watch the swordplay. When Big Walder and Little Walder tease Hodor, Bran defends the gentle, simple-minded giant. Maester Luwin chastises the Walders for picking on the helpless. He takes Bran to the hall where they receive Lord Manderly. He is interested in marrying the Lady Hornwood, a widow with no heirs, and in building ships. Maester Luwin and Ser Rodrik promise to bring the matter before Robb. The Umbers also arrive, asking after the widow and defending their shores from raiding wildlings. When Lady Hornwood arrives, she worries over Roose Bolton's bastard, who rules in the Dreadfort. He is said to be cruel and cunning, and is accompanied by a man named Reek. The other lords send ravens announcing that they cannot attend. After receiving the lords, Bran spends time with Summer, but he dreads sleep. The crow continues to haunt him in his dreams. When Cley Cerwyn arrives with news of Stannis's letter, Bran is shocked. That night, the three-eyed crow that appears in Bran's dreams pecks through his head and Bran sees Jaime Lannister throwing him out of the tower window.