A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 22 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 22 Summary

Catelyn wakes from a dream in which Ned is alive, Robb is not at war, Sansa and Arya hold hands, Bran is not crippled, and Rickon is still a babe. She is tired of being strong. Now, she and an escort of men travel south to meet with King Renly Baratheon. She recalls how Robb maneuvered her into leaving by threatening to send the Greatjon Umber to Renly. And she worries what Robb will do next; he has declared that his forces will march again, though not on the Harrenhal. Renly has made camp outside a castle, and Catelyn arrives at the end of a tourney. A knight in blue defeats all comers, including Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers, but the crowd does not love him. Catelyn is surprised to learn that the knight is a woman, Brienne of Tarth. Brienne requests to be the last member of Renly's Kingsguard. Looking at them, Catelyn pities Renly's army, which is mostly made up of children. She calls them the knights of summer but knows that winter will come for all of them just like it came for her. She talks to Renly after the feast and he explains that his vast army is his claim to the Iron Throne. He also offers to allow Robb to call himself the King in the North so long as he pays Renly homage. Their conversation is interrupted by news that Stannis is attacking Storm's End.